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Past victories

In criminal defense, victories sometimes can be defined beyond acquittals, for instance by dismissals and inactivations of charges, sometimes through negotiated guilty pleas to minor misdemeanors from major felony charges, and low sentences where high ones were very possible. Some of my past victories are...

DWI Acquittal

Last week, I won a drunk driving case in Virginia District Court. Here are some of the highlights of our victory: – My client’s Intoximeter EC/IR (breathalyzer) reading was 0.08. – The prosecutor presented the testimony of the cop, the breath technician, and the Virginia...

Converting a 40-plant marijuana felony charge to a half-ounce misdemeanor

Image from public domain. In late 2006, I blogged about getting a thirty-plant Maryland marijuana felony prosecution reduced to a simple marijuana possession conviction, and a medical marijuana sentence of a $100 fine plus court costs, which ultimately was converted to a probation before judgment. ...

Rowe to the rescue

Image from National Institute of Standards & Technology. Where I usually practice law in Maryland, a drunk driving defendant with a good driving record and nothing unusual in his or her case is a good candidate for a probation before judgment after any guilty verdict....

Defending and winning in federal magistrate’s court

Bill of Rights. (From the public domain.) Recently, I won a marijuana possession case in federal magistrate’s court. I won the case not through pulling any rabbits out of the hat, but by using procedural rules and procedural strategy to my advantage.  My client was issued...

Winning on framing Club Ah v. Club Blah

Photo from website of U.S. District Court (W.D. Mi.). An essential focus at the Trial Lawyers College is to replace verbal legalese droning at trial with painting word images, telling persuasive stories by re-enacting events, and talking from the first-person perspective of non-lawyers involved in...

When cops speak Spanglish to a non-English speaker

Photo from website of U.S. District Court (W.D. Mi.). Too many monolingual people seem to think that if they speak louder or repetitively that ultimately they will be understood by a person who does not speak the speaker’s language. Too many people think that if...

Why plead guilty when pleading innocent is not much more risky?

Photo from website of U.S. District Court (W.D. Mi.). Most people in my neck of the woods go to court without a lawyer for non-jailable criminal matters. However, even non-jailable convictions can come back to haunt people. For instance, a conviction for possessing a pot...