REDUCED | THEFT/POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS/BURGLARY – State v. Mr. C. (Peoria City Court No. CR2003-000888): Mr. C. was initially arrested because a victim claimed that she observed 2 males removing lug nuts and trying to steal 4 wheel covers from her vehicle. Mr. C. was arrested and charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Theft. We were able to show the prosecutor that due to the low value of the property ($285.00) that the case should be routed to the City Prosecutor’s Office for misdemeanor charges. We then negotiated to have him charged with a single misdemeanor Theft. Mr. C. paid a $350.00 fine and served no jail time.
REDUCED | BURGLARY W/ PRIORS – (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2002-080498CR): Mr. L. had prior convictions in another state for Breaking and Entering. He had served 2 years in prison in that state several years earlier. He was now charged with breaking into a house and stealing money. Due to his extensive prior criminal history, Mr. L. was given a 5 year prison offer through his prior attorney. After terminating the other attorney and hiring us, we were able to show that he had a tragic prior circumstances (due to the fact that he was from Vietnam and was a refugee), and we were able to secure a plea to Trespassing with probation and 9 months of jail.
DISMISSED | BURGLARY – (DMC No. 4237) (Hassayampa Justice Court No. A779026CR): Mr. R. was 4-wheeling in the desert when he came across a trailer with a new air compressor. Mr. R. did not take the air compressor, but was stopped by police when he was leaving the area. The police claimed he was in a private area and that a lock had been cut to the gate surrounding that large area of land. He was then charged with burglary. We were able to explain to the prosecutor that Mr. R. was simply on the property to go 4-wheeling, and was not there to commit crime. The prosecutor sent the case back to the detectives, who then decided not to pursue the case any further. All charges were dismissed.
NOT CHARGED | THEFT/BURGLARY – State v. Mr. K. (Maricopa County) (DMC No. ): Mr. K. was accused of stealing $2,000.00 from the safe of a K-Mart store where he was employed. We had him submit to a polygraph, and then sat down with detectives in order for them to interview Mr. K. The detectives reviewed our polygraph and agreed that no charges would be brought against Mr. K.
NOT CHARGED | BURGLARY (Maricopa County) (DMC No. 4147): Mr. W. had prior issues with alcoholism. After living sober for quite a while, he “fell off the wagon” and was found breaking into cars in front of his new apartment and stealing various items. We were able to get Mr. W. into a Faith Based Rehab Program, and we provided numerous letters to the County Attorney’s Office on his behalf. The County Attorney’s Office agreed to route the case to the City Prosecutor’s Office for misdemeanor charges instead of felony charges. We then dealt with the City Prosecutor, who agreed to allow the 1 year statute of limitations run and bring no charges against Mr. W. because he had remained law-abiding for over 1 year.
REDUCED | BURGLARY AND AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE – State vs. Mr. S. (DMC No. 9983) (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2007-133818-002): Mr. S. was an 18 year old high school student who went with several of his friends to a local junior high. They took several golf carts and drove them around the school and crashed them into walls. They also utilized fire extinguishers to engage in other acts of Criminal Damage. Although Mr. S. was originally charged with class 4 Burglary and class 5 Aggravated Criminal Damage, we were able to convince the prosecutor to mitigate the punishment down to a class 6 undesignated felony for Possession of Burglary Tools. He was given 12 months probation, and after he paid restitution and completed probation, his charge became a misdemeanor. He has no felony record and did not spend any time in jail.