Results

I have handled several hundred felony and several hundred misdemeanor cases over the course of my career.  I have resolved most of my cases through skillful negotiation.  However, I am not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary, and it is this resolve that has made me a successful negotiator.  Click on the headings below for a sampling of the results I have achieved by fighting for my clients.  Bear in mind that every case is different and that these results are case-specific.

  • Dismissal. Rape in the Second Degree
    State of Washington v. SL.  Prosecution dismissed charge after our investigation revealed consent defense.
     
  • Misdemeanor reduction.  Child Molestation in the First Degree.
    State of Washington v. R.H.  Jury hung, 11-1 to acquit, after trial.  State offered misdemeanor reduction rather than retry case.
     
  • Not Guilty.  Indecent Liberties.
    State of Washington v. V.D.  I was able to persuade the jury that my client was falsely accused based on a personal vendetta.
     
  • Not Guilty.  Burglary with Sexual Motivation.
    State of Washington v. A.J.  I was able to persuade jury that entry into neighbor’s apartment was done with consent and without criminal intent.  
     
  • Misdemeanor reduction.  Child Molestation in the First Degree.
    State of Washington v. T.G.  I litigated child competency during pretrial hearings, eliminating a witness against my client.  On the eve of jury selection the State offered my client a plea to a misdemeanor charge and he served no time in jail.
     
  • Dismissal.  Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault.
    State of NH v. SH.  I was able to persuade the prosecution to dismiss charges after our investigation revealed that the alleged assault could not have happened on the date and place alleged.
     
  • Dismissal.  Petition for Involuntary Civil Commitment.
    In Re the Detention of W.D.  I won the dismissal of “sexually violent predator” petition on eve of trial after conducting depositions that persuaded the State not to go forward.
     
  • Not Guilty. Assault in the Second Degree. Felony Harassment
    State of Washington v. D.C.  I was able to persuade the jury that the objective evidence was inconsistent with alleged victim’s claim of strangulation. A second count of Felony Harassment resulted in a hung jury.  On retrial the jury acquitted my client of Felony Harassment and convicted of the lesser-included offense of misdemeanor harassment.  He was sentenced to time served.
     
  • Not Guilty.  Felony Violation No Contact Order (2 counts).
    State of Washington v. J.H.  I was able to persuade the jury that the alleged victims’ claims were not credible and likely motivated by a custody dispute.  The jury hung, 8-4 to acquit, on a third count of Telephone Harassment, and the State subsequently dismissed that count.   
     
  • Not Guilty. Assault in the Second Degree.
    State of Washington v. AH.  I was able to persuade the jury that the alleged victim’s story was inconsistent with the objective evidence and was likely motivated by a race to the police station after a mutual conflict.  A second count of Assault in the Fourth Degree ended in a hung jury and the State dismissed that charge rather than retry the case.
     
  • Not Guilty.  Felony Harassment.
    State of Washington v. C.J.  I was able to persuade the jury that the incident in question was a volatile verbal argument, not a criminal threat.  A second charge of felony drug possession was dismissed after my motion to suppress evidence from an illegal search was granted.
     
  • Dismissed.  Felony Violation of No Contact Order.
    State of Washington v. T.W.  State dismissed after the Court granted my motion to suppress evidence because of illegal stop of vehicle containing client and alleged victim.
     
  • Dismissed.  Felony Violation of No Contact Order.
    State of Washington v. S.S.  The State dismissed after we set the case for trial and forced the State to reckon with witness availability issues.
     
  • Dismissed.  Assault in the Fourth Degree.
    City of Seattle v. S.R.  I was able to persuade the City that the alleged victim was the first aggressor
     
  • Not Guilty.  Misdemeanor Harassment.
    State of N.H. v. M.L.  I was able to persuade jury that alleged victim’s claims were false and motivated by custody dispute.
     
  • Not Guilty.  Misdmeanor Harassment.
    State of N.H. v. D.K.  I persuaded the jury that the alleged victim’s claims were exaggerated.
     
  • Not Guilty.  Misdemeanor Harassment.
    State of N.H. v. T.R.   I persuaded the judge that my client’s alleged threat was not motivated by a genuine intent to harm.

Often the best defense to a drug charge is a good offense. I have won multiple motions to suppress evidence which have resulted in the dismissal of charges against my clients. Below are a few examples.

  • Dismissal.  Possession of Methamphetamine.
    State of Washington v. R.B. I persuaded the judge that the police officer’s search of my client exceeded its legal scope.  The State subsequently dismissed for lack of evidence.
     
  • Dismissal.  Possession of Heroin.
    State of Washington v. L.S.  I was able to persuade the judge that the police officer lacked probable cause to stop and search my client.  The charge was dismissed. 
     
  • Dismissal, Possession of Cocaine.
    State of Washington v. L.H. I persuaded a judge that the police officer lacked reasonable suspicion to stop my client and the subsequent search was illegal.  The State dismissed for lack of evidence.
     
  • Misdemeanor Reduction.  Delivery of Cocaine.
    State of Washington v. T.D.  The State folded mid-trial and offered a misdemeanor reduction to attempted possession after I cross-examined the Detective who handled the Confidential Informant and cast doubt on his credibility and raised questions about the true identity of the informant
     
  • Misdemeanor Reduction.  Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.
    State of Washington v. D.H..  The State offered a misdemeanor reduction after I filed a suppression motion challenging the warrantless “protective sweep” that yielded incriminating evidence.
     
  • Dismissal. Delivery of Cocaine.
    State of Washington v. L.W. I persuaded a judge to grant my pretrial motion to dismiss for insufficient evidence that client participated in delivery.
  • Not Guilty.  Robbery in the First Degree.
    State of Washington v. C.W. With the help of expert testimony on memory and identification I persuaded a jury that the robbery victim misidentified my client.
     
  • Dismissal.  Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree.
    State of Washington v. A.R.  Through pretrial investigation and litigation of discovery motions I pressured the State into dismissing all charges against my client, who had been misidentified in part because of faulty identification procedures.
     
  • Dismissal.  Robbery in the First Degree.
    State of Washington v. O.A.  I persuaded the State of my client’s innocence and the case was dismissed shortly after the commencement of trial.
     
  • Not Guilty.  Residential Burglary (2 counts), Felony Possession of Stolen Property.
    State of Washington v. N.Y.  I persuaded the jury that my client had falsely confessed to help his mother and demonstrated that his confession was inconsistent with the known evidence.  The jury convicted of two lesser misdemeanor charges and client received a deferred sentence.
     
  • Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.  Second Degree Murder.
    State of N.H. v. V.K.  By carefully selecting an expert witness were were able to persuade the State and its evaluator that our client was not responsible for his actions.  Our investigation obtained out-of-state psychiatric records to substantiate defense.
     
  • Not Guilty.  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree.
    State of Washington v. J.S.  I was able to persuade the jury that client had no knowledge of gun and that police testimony that client admitted to knowledge of gun was not credible.
     
  • Dismissal.  Felony Fraud Charges.
    State of N.H. v. T.R.  I persuaded judge to dismiss case before it got to jury because of insufficient evidence that client’s mismanagement of father’s funds was criminally motivated.  
     
  • Not Guilty. Felony Theft.
    State of NH v. RR.  I persuaded jury that loss allegedly caused by “flim-flam” scheme was plausibly attributable to employee mismanagement of funds.