State v. Mr. J. (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2003-124281CR): Mr. J. was backing his vehicle up when he struck a gate which fell on someone, resulting in a severe injury to the victim’s head and face. The police administered Field Sobriety Tests to Mr. J., and he performed poorly on them. Although he was initially charged with a Misdemeanor DUI, the prosecutor was looking into filing an Aggravated Assault Dangerous charge (which would carry a 5-15 year prison term) because a civil lawsuit had been filed against Mr. J. We were assisting the civil attorney who was defending the civil lawsuit, and convinced the prosecutor to leave the case as a Misdemeanor DUI. Mr. J. eventually received a Misdemeanor DUI with 1 day in jail.
REDUCED | Vehicular Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault Ms. C was accused of traveling 80 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone with barbiturates in her system when an accident occurred taking the lives of two people and injuring three others. We were able to show that there was a faulty drug analysis and were not barbiturates in her system. In addition, by performing an accident reconstruction, along with analyzing the “black box” (data recorder) in her vehicle, we proved that her speed was not 80 miles per hour. After numerous plea negotiations we finally obtained a plea for Negligent Homicide, which involved probation and two years of jail (with work release). Her original exposure was as high as 42 years in prison.
Maricopa County Superior Court No. CR2004-014836