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INSURANCE FRAUD ($23,000) and THEFT of MEANS of TRANSPORTATION NOT CHARGED; FALSE REPORTING DISMISSED – State v. Mr. C (DMC No. 8485) (Surprise City Court CR07-01028/Surprise Police Department DR 07096356): Mr. C had gone to Las Vegas to get married, and when he got back his truck was missing. It was found by the Peoria Police Department burned out in the desert. This was then reported to the Surprise Police Department, and Mr. C had filed a stolen vehicle report. The police and insurance company became suspicious and interviewed a friend of Mr. C’s who stated that Mr. C had another friend named “Greg” steal the vehicle and burn it so he could file an insurance claim in order to recover $23,000.

We became involved in the case, and dealt directly with the Detective on Mr. C’s behalf. The Detective filed a direct complaint into the Surprise City Court for False Reporting. We ultimately got this charged Dismissed. In addition, the Detective routed his file over to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to be reviewed for charges of Insurance Fraud and Theft of Means of Transportation. Due to our intervention, no charges were brought against Mr. C. If he would have been charged, he could have done time in prison.

REDUCED | FALSE INFORMATION, FAKE ID and MINOR in POSSESSION of ALCOHOL REDUCED to MINOR in CONSUMPTION with ZERO DAYS in JAIL – State v. Ms. T. (DMC No. 8961) (Desert Ridge Justice Court JC2009-113691): Ms. T. was seen standing with a beer in hand by a plain clothes officer on foot patrol.  He surmised that she looked too young to drink, and asked her for her ID.  She provided a fake ID and said she was 21 years old.  She was ultimately arrested for Fake ID and False Information, and she provided a .065 breath test.  We were able to have the Fake ID, False Information and Minor in Possession of Alcohol charges dismissed in exchange for a single plea to a Minor in Consumption with a small fine and classes.

DISMISSED | FALSE REPORTING/DISORDERLY CONDUCT and MISCONDUCT with a WEAPON (gun) – State v. Mr. F. (DMC No. 7859) (Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court CR08-408): Mr. F. has previously been in an argument with his neighbor, when he went into the garage in order to clean his guns. The neighbor called Mr. F. over to talk about the previous incident. Mr. F. came over with a gun strapped to his back and one sticking out of his pocket. The neighbor said he felt uncomfortable, and Mr. F. put the rifle back in his garage but left the gun in his pocket. The police pulled up (because the neighbor’s wife mistakenly had called them thinking there was a problem) and Mr. F. put the gun in the bed of his pickup truck. When questioned about having a gun “on him” Mr. F. said that he did not. The officers then arrested him for False Reporting (because the gun was near him in the bed of the truck), Disorderly Conduct Dangerous and Misconduct With a Weapon. We were able to show the real story to the Prosecutor, and they agreed to dismiss all charges in exchange for 24 hours of community service. Mr. F. was originally looking at a minimum of 1 ½ years in prison if convicted.

HIT and RUN NOT CHARGED/FALSE REPORTING REDUCED to SPEEDING TICKET – State v. Mr. N. (DMC No. 10405) (Scottsdale City Court TR2011-015309): Mr. N. was at a red light when he began backing up and bumped into another car. The lady in the other car yelled something at him, and then he left the scene. When police contacted Mr. N., he had broken English (because he was from India) and he stated he was not the operator of the car. When the eventual facts came out, we were able to convince the Detectives not to charge him with ‘Hit and Run”. However, he was charged with “False Reporting”. We were able to convince the Prosecutor to reduce that down to a simple “speeding” ticket (failure to control speed to avoid a collision), with a small fine. Mr. N. has no criminal conviction on his record.

PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION to a POLICE OFFICER REDUCED to NO DRIVERS LICENSE in POSSESSION TICKET – State v. Mr. C (DMC No. 8222) (Maryvale Justice Court JC2008-131249): Mr. C travels in a trailer all around the United States. He spent approximately 4 months a year in Arizona. He was pulled over for not having his registration sticker on his license plate, but he showed the Police Officers that he had it in the glove box and simply forgot to put it on his car. When asked for driver’s license, he provided an International Driver’s License, which is valid in 155 countries. When the Officers then asked Mr. C for social security number, he stated he did not have one. When they ran his name in their data base, they found that he did, in fact, have a social security number. When questioned about this, he stated that he did not want to provide it to the Officer’s. He was then cited with Providing False Information to a Police Officer under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2907.01. We were able to explain the entire situation to the Prosecutor, and he agreed to reduce the charge down to No Driver’s License in Possession. This was a non-criminal ticket which carried a minimal fine.

 NOT CHARGED | POSSESSION of MARIJUANA/POSSESSION of DRUG PARAPHERNALIA and FALSE REPORTING NOT CHARGED – State v. Ms. J.  (DMC No. 6784) (Maricopa County Juvenile Court O6-000010776): Ms. J. was with her friend at a AM/PM, when an officer made contact with them.  Her and her friend appeared to have been drinking, and both stated they were 16 years of age.  In reality, they were 14 years old and had been drinking and smoking marijuana.  We were able to intercept the case at the juvenile court level, and have the case diverted from prosecution pursuant to diversion classes.  No charges were ever brought against Ms. J.

NOT GUILTY/COMPLETE ACQUITTAL at BENCH TRIAL | FALSE REPORTING – State v. Ms. J. (DMC No. 10882) (Yarnell Justice Court CR120766): Mr. J. and his girlfriend were driving to Las Vegas when they were pulled over by police.  His girlfriend was driving and had a suspended license, and she attempted to switch seats with Mr. J.  She was ultimately arrested and when Mr. J. was asked if he was driving, he stated “what if I said I was driving”.  He was then arrested and charged with false reporting to an officer.  At Bench Trial, we convinced the Judge that he committed no crime, and he was acquitted of all charges.

NOT CHARGED/REDUCED | FALSE REPORTING/HIT AND RUN and ENDANGERMENT – State v. Mr. S. (DMC No. 10842) (Scottsdale City Court CR2012010042):  Police were dispatched to the location of Terrance & Vista, where they discovered a vehicle that had struck and blown apart a block wall.  They observed debris strewn all over the roadway.  When they contacted Mr. S., he had denied driving and stated that his vehicle was stolen.  Eventually he admitted to driving and he was charged with hit and run and endangerment.  We were able to convince the prosecutor that nobody was endangered (other than Mr. S.), and that the hit and run charge should also be dismissed in exchanged for a reckless driving plea involving no jail time.  We also convinced the prosecutor to not charge Mr. S. for false reporting to a police officer.

DISMISSED | BOMB THREAT – State vs. Mr. P. (DMC No. 8691) (Phoenix Police Report No. 2008-81850649): Mr. P. had been frustrated when dealing with Bank of America regarding his credit card statement and balance.  Bank employees reported that Mr. P. called in and stated if they did not give him credit for his airline miles that he was “going to bomb the Phoenix office”.  He was eventually arrested and taken into custody.  We were able to talk with the charging attorney at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and they agreed that based on Mr. P.’s mental state and stressors in his life, they were not going to proceed with criminal charges.

Mr. K was having an argument with his wife, when she picked up the phone to call 911. He then grabbed the phone, threw it down and damaged it. Police responded off the initial 911 “trigger”, and saw Mr. K in his garage. When he was instructed to exit the garage, he reached for a duffle bag on the ground and Officers immediately grabbed him and escorted him outside with a “control hold”. When they searched the duffel bag they found a weapon.

Mr. K was allegedly struggling when they placed him under arrest and when he was cuffed. He repeatedly stated that he had done nothing wrong and didn’t know why the Police were there. The Police then charged him with Obstruction of a Governmental Operation under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2402 (A)(1), Failure to Obey a Police Officer under Mesa City Code 42-179; Prevention of the Use of a Telephone During an Emergency under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2915 (A)(3); False Reporting to Law Enforcement Officers under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2907.01 (A); Carrying a Concealed Weapon per Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-3102 (A)(1) and Criminal Damage under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-1602(A)(1). We were able to show the Prosecutor that the Statute does not qualify regarding Obstruction of a Governmental Operation while placing a defendant under arrest. Also, the False Reporting and Failure to Obey were fairly outrageous charges given the situation. As far as the Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Prevention of the Use of a Telephone, they agreed to dismiss both of those charges. Mr. K only pled to the Misdemeanor Criminal Damage due to the destruction of the telephone, and was given a minimal Jail sentence of 4 days in Jail. Originally, he could have been facing up to 2 and a half years in the County Jail.

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