SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLES OF PLEA NEGOTIATIONS
Theft/Identity Theft: A mother retained me to represent her adult
daughter facing multiple state felony charges here after completing a
sentence in federal prison. The client had completed long-term drug
treatment. We persuaded the court to reinstate bail so she could travel
on her own back to the state. Her family paid full restitution to the
victim. The prosecution reduced the multiple felonies to a single
misdemeanor and released the client to return to her home state to live
with her family.
Forgery/Identity Theft: Parents retained me to represent their
adult son arrested for multiple counts of identity theft and forgery. It
soon became clear the son had a serious drug addiction. We worked over a
period of months to break his denial, to educate the parents, and to
persuade him to enter a drug treatment program. Once we solved the
underlying problem, the prosecutor let the case go with a single count
of forgery and credit for jail time served. Many years later, the client
remains drug-free, healthy, and has had his conviction vacated.
Robbery/Assault: A young man was charged with robbing another
man in the men's room of a convenience store, then driving off and
shooting at the robbery victim when he gave chase. The store's video
surveillance showed the "victim" using a cell phone to call someone when
he asked the owners to call the police. Our investigation of phone
records revealed the "victim" was many lies, .
a drug dealer. Realizing they had been duped the prosecution offered a very favorable resolution.
Domestic Violence Felony Assault: A man retained me after other
lawyers asked him if his wife would say she "ran into a door." He
didn't want his wife to lie. He treasured his marriage and family. He
was frightened by the injury he caused. He wanted to control his anger.
He hoped to save his marriage and himself. We got him into domestic
violence treatment and negotiated a favorable resolution.
Property Destruction: Parents retained me to represent their
teenaged son who, with several friends, blew up a porta-potty with a
bundle of sparklers. They captured the event on video. The boys were
arrested at the scene. Before the prosecutor decided on any charge, the
boys went to the porta-potty company, paid for the damage, and volunteered to clean portapotties for a
day. What had been publicized as a terrorist crime involving "explosive
devices" was resolved as a misdemeanor of reckless burning and
diversion from the court system with no criminal record.
Juvenile Sex Offenses: A young client was charged with voyeurism for
looking in a neighbor's window. We obtained a psychological sexual
deviancy evaluation of him. His lack of sexual maturity and experience
led the psychologist to conclude that he was looking not for purposes of
"sexual gratification," as the crime requires, but out of mere curiosity. The
prosecution resolved the case with criminal trespass and diversion, with
no criminal record.
Juvenile Sex Offenses: An 11-year-old male client had sexual contact
with his younger sister. The children's father had recently died. The
family was in great emotional upheaval. We obtained a sexual
deviancy evaluation of the boy. He began counseling with a sex offender
treatment provider who specializes in children. We created a safety plan
for the children. The State agreed not to file a criminal charge.
Child Sex Offense: After a client confessed to his clergyman that he
had molested six children, he retained me. I immediately had him
evaluated for sexual deviancy. Our expert found him appropriate for
treatment. The law does not permit a SSOSA for six separate charges. We challenged admissibility of evidences. I
persuaded the prosecutor to reduce some charges if the client would
plead guilty. After a highly charged sentencing hearing with many
community members for and against the treatment option, the court
granted a SSOSA to my client. After local jail time, he returned to his
family and successfully completed treatment.