I was trying a big battery case where my client was an Uber driver who ended up kicking passengers out of his car because they were trying to jam five passengers in a car that could not have five passengers.
One of the passengers challenged him to a fight, stepped outside and my client, in defending himself, punched the guy in the face and that caused him to break his nose, to fall and hurt his head and get a concussion.
Felony Battery Charges in California
My client was ultimately charged with a felony battery, causing serious bodily injury/great bodily injury, which is obviously a serious crime, a string if he were to be found guilty. Obviously, we had indicated the whole time that he was innocent so we ended up preparing for trial.
After doing the Preliminary Hearing in the case where they called one of the alleged victim’s friends who testified that they alleged victim challenged my client, went outside and actually through the first punch.
It’s just one of those cases where the prosecutors don’t look at their evidence clearly, don’t realize they’re going to lose the case because there’s just such a big bureaucracy sometimes and just are looking at the injury involved to the alleged victim, not looking at what led to the injury.
There were some other surroundings they they were trying to use against my client. But the bottom line is this, once a deputy looked at it who was actually going to have try the case against me they realized they were going to lose so they made the decision to go to their boss and say, I don’t’ want to try this case. The guy’s innocent.
District Attorney’s Office Dropped Charges
We should dismiss it. So, ultimately, they ended up dismissing the case, against right before the trial which is a shame because the client has to spend all that money to prepare the case for trial, has to go through the anguish of months of investigating the case and thinking that he could potentially get convicted of a strike.
If a felony battery or great bodily injury is alleged it can be a strike on the person’s record.
So, it was a great result for him. I was glad to get the dismissal and to me, that’s just as good as a not guilty verdict at trial because the DAs don’t dismiss cases unless they genuinely realize they’re going to lose the case. The writing was on the wall in this case and they were going to lose it.
There was another interesting issue. Another attorney had the case before the case was filed and it was being investigated by a senior police officer and the other attorney had realized that there was video tape of the incident.
So, so instead of letting the senior police officer get their hands on that video tape, the other attorney filed some stupid civil-type motion basically trying to get the establish that had the tape to preserve it.
Of course they didn’t, so that video evidence was lost and I remember getting on the case and speaking to the investigating officer and saying why didn’t you get that tape. He said we didn’t realize there was a tape over there. If we had known that we would have got it. So, that was just bad strategy by the other attorney.
Lawyer’s Track Record of Success and Client Reviews
There are a lot of attorneys out there that claim they can help people and they know what they’re doing. Look at their track record of success. Look at their reviews. Look at how long they’ve been an attorney. Look at their background.
I don’t want somebody who has been prosecuting people for the last 10 to 15 years representing me in a criminal defense case. I want a defense attorney. I want someone who knows how to fight from his or her bootstraps and has been a defense attorney for many years.
It’s really easy to be a prosecutor where everything is handed to you. It’s not that easy to be a defense attorney and win cases.
So, look at the person’s track record. Think about who you want to fight your case for you if you are going to fight the case and think about who you want to negotiate the case.
So, if you have a serious battery case involving great bodily injury — something along those lines — it’s right up my alley. I can help you. Pick up the phone. Make the call and I will be there to do everything I can to get you out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.
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