THEFT of GOVERNMENT MONIES ($4,500) REDUCED to PROBATION with ZERO DAYS in JAIL – State v. Ms. M (DMC No. 10928) (United States District Court, District of Arizona CR12-00354-PHX-DGC): Ms. M worked at the Post Office and had a serious gambling addiction. She eventually stole money orders out of the US Mail totaling $4,500. When she was confronted about this, she admitted to her gambling addiction and paid all the money back. She was subsequently charged with Theft of Government Monies and was ordered to appear in the US District Court in Phoenix (i.e. Federal Court). We became involved, presented Mitigation that Ms. M had a serious gambling problem, along with other mental health issues. The US Attorney agreed to reduce the charge (per the Sentencing Guidelines) that would allow Ms. M to receive Probation with no days in jail.
REDUCED | 8 COUNTS of FRAUD SCHEMES and MORTGAGE FRAUD/5 COUNTS of ID THEFT/7 COUNTS of FORGERY and 1 COUNT of THEFT REDUCED to a SINGLE COUNT of FORGERY with PROBATION and 60 DAYS JAIL – State v. Mr. M. (DMC No. 6028) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2005-011595): Mr. M. was being accused of being involved in fraudulent real estate loans that included “straw buyers” which resulted in $1.5 million of fraudulent loans. We were able to show that Mr. M. did not know that the loans were to straw buyers, and that he did not receive any kickbacks from the co-defendants. The only thing Mr. M. was guilty of was a single count of forgery. Although he was facing decades in prison, we were able to get the case reduced to a simple probation with 60 days in jail. The co-defendants were not as lucky.
REDUCED | COMPUTER TAMPERING/UNLAWFUL USE of an ACCESS DEVICE and ATTEMPTED THEFT REDUCED to MISDEMEANOR ATTEMPT with ZERO DAYS JAIL/SENTENCE LATER MODIFIED to REDUCE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FROM 360 to 50 – State v. Mr. B. (DMC No. 4839) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2004-014814): Mr. B. was set up by a sting operation regarding people who were accessing Direct TV with unauthorized satellite cards. He went to the Detective and purchased several cards and told the Detective he had been doing this for four years. He was securing hundreds of dollars of services every month. We were able to have all charges reduced down to a simple misdemeanor with zero days in jail and 360 community service hours. There is no felony on Mr. B.’s record. Later, we petitioned the court to reduce the 360 community service hours down to a mere 50 hours. We were successful.
REDUCED | COMPUTER TAMPERING/ATTEMPTED THEFT REDUCED to POSSESSION of ACCESS DEVICE class 6 open/MISDEMEANOR with PROBATION and ZERO DAYS JAIL – State v. Mr. S. (DMC No. 4814) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2004-014804): Mr. S. had made contact with an undercover Detective in order to purchase a cable access card that would allow him to get free cable. This allowed him to secure hundreds of dollars worth of programming and NFL games on a monthly basis. When he was finally arrested by the Detectives, he was taken into custody and had to post bond. He then contacted us and we were able to negotiate with the Prosecutor to get the case reduced down to a class 6 open with probation and zero day’s jail. Upon the completion of probation, the case was designated a misdemeanor, and Mr. S. has no felony conviction on his record.
REDUCED | 2 COUNTS of FORGERY/THEFT REDUCED to class 6 open/misdemeanor with PROBATION and ZERO DAYS in JAIL – State v. Ms. R. (DMC No. 4656) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2004-014768): Ms. R. was accused of taking her credit card out of another woman’s purse at a local gym and purchasing over $500 of various items. Although she was charged with 3 felonies, we were able to have the case reduced to a simple “possession of forgery device” which was a class 6 open/misdemeanor with probation and zero day’s jail. Upon probation, the case was designated a misdemeanor and Ms. R. has no felony on her record.
REDUCED | FEDERAL THEFT REDUCED to PROBATION with ZERO DAYS JAIL – State v. Ms. M. (DMC No. 5005) (U.S. District Court for Arizona 04CR-00227-002-PHX-NVW): Ms M.’s boyfriend had burglarized a suburban vehicle owned by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. Approximately $80,000 worth of items was stolen including three specialized GPS devices. Ms. M. placed these devices for sale on EBay, and the Department Homeland Security and FBI arrested her. She was originally facing Theft of Government property charges which carried 5 years of prison. We were able to reduce it to probation with zero days in jail.
REDUCED | FELONY AUTO THEFT – State v. Mr. H. (DMC No. 7129) REDUCED to Misdemeanor & Probation – Felony Auto Theft, (Maricopa County Superior Court No. CR2007-101364): Mr. H. was observed with 2 others stealing a motorized scooter from a parking lot. He was caught taking the scooter to his vehicle. He was ultimately indicted for Theft of Means of Transportation (Auto Theft), and was now facing prison time. We were able to demonstrate that this was a prank that he and his friends were pulling at the college, and we were able to secure an offer of 18 months of probation with no jail. At the conclusion of probation, the charge was designated a misdemeanor, thereby not leaving a felony on Mr. H.’s record.
REDUCED | THEFT OF MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION / SALE OF COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE –State v. Mr. D. (Tempe City Court No. 03-672467): Mr. D. had worked for a local car dealership, and he had taken 3 different vehicles and driven them for extended periods of time without permission. In some cases, the vehicles were driven for several thousand miles, thereby reducing the value of the vehicles substantially. After conducting extensive witness interviews, we were able to show that Mr. D. did have permission given to him by his General Manager, however, he did question the validity of this permission. On the eve of trial, the prosecutor extended a misdemeanor deal with zero days in jail and small amount of restitution.
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 | TRAFFICKING IN STOLEN PROPERTY – State v. Mr. H. (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2002018916CR & 200200173CR): Mr. H. had 2 prior felony convictions, and was now accused of selling 2 stolen vehicles to undercover police. The State originally wanted 2.5 years in prison, however, we were able to show (through mitigation), that Mr. H. had suffered from drug addiction. We were able to have the plea reduced to probation with 120 days in jail.