Battery and Child Abuse Case Dismissed
Attorney Philip Israels and Sam Israels client was charged with battery and child abuse in Van Nuys. She also had 4 probation violations trailing. We investigated and determined that she had a very defensible case. We tracked down witnesses who verified our client’s version of the events. On the fourth day of trial after the defense had put on their case and before the parties did closing arguments, the prosecutor asked the court to dismiss the charges. The judge declined to violate our client on the probation violations and she walked out of the court room and left the building arm in arm with her husband.
Probation on Vandalism and Assault with Deadly Weapon
Steve Cron was hired by the family of a young man who was in custody, with a $100,000 bail, charged with felony vandalism and possession of a deadly weapon at the LAX courthouse. Since he had a strike prior, the DA offered him a sentence of 32 months in state prison. Once Steve was retained, he convinced the judge and the DA to reduce the bail to $25,000 because the client was just short of graduation from a trade school, and the client agreed to attend an anger management class and provide proof of graduation at the next court date. Since the client completed the program, graduated as promised,and paid restitution to the victim, the DA agreed to dismiss the strike allegation, and the DA and judge agreed to put him on probation and ordered him to complete 60 days of community service. If he stays out of trouble, he won’t spend any more time in custody.
Case Dismissed in Loaded Gun at Airport
Steve Cron’s client, who is a doctor, drove to Los Angeles from Arizona with her husband. Unexpectedly, she had to fly to Denver, and forgot that she had a loaded handgun in her suitcase. She was arrested when she attempted to board a plane at Burbank Airport. Steve Cron was able to convince the prosecutor that hers was an innocent mistake, especially since she had not planned to fly home. She was allowed to do community service in Arizona, and all charges against her were dismissed. Steve was able to resolve the case without her ever having to return to Los Angeles.
Carjacking Reduced to Attempted Auto Theft
Steve Cron’s client was arrested and charged with carjacking. His client’s parents hired Mr. Cron to represent him. Steve was advised that his client had recently been using a lot of drugs and had essentially gone off the deep end around the time of this offense. We were able to document his drug usage through anecdotes from friends and family, text messages, and investigative interviews of all of the witnesses who acknowledged that he seemed a out of it. Steve was ultimately able to convince the D.A. that Todd wasn’t really intending to carjack the car, but was acting on a drug induced delusion. His client was allowed to plead guilty to the reduced charge of attempted auto theft, and was released from custody directly into a drug treatment program where he is doing well. Once he completes the 6-month live-in program he will be allowed to return to New Hampshire where his parents live, and his probation will be transferred to New Hampshire.
Drunk in Public Case Dismissed
Attorney Sam Israels represented our clients who were both charged with being drunk in public. The prosecution asked for probation with alcohol classes or diversion. We got the case dismissed for both clients saving them from having a criminal record.
Dismissal in Domestic Violence Case
Attorney Philip Israels represented client charged with domestic violence. Prosecution wanted a plea to the charge and jail time. Phil negotiated a shortened program that culminated with a dismissal protecting her record and her government regulated license in the industry in which she works.
Felony Assault Reduced to Disturbing the Peace
Attorney Philip Israels represented a client charged with felony assault by means of force that is likely to cause great bodily injury to another as well as two misdemeanor probation violations. At the preliminary hearing, Mr. Israels manages to get the case reduced to a misdemeanor and gets the judge to indicate that they do not see this as a case that should result in jail. The case is sent to the misdemeanor prosecutor who initially suggests that that client received substantial jail time on the probation violations alone. Phil continues to negotiate the case and eventually sets it for trial. On the day of trial, the case is resolved for the much reduced charge of disturbing the peace with no jail time and no penalties on the probation violations.
Case Dismissed on Hitting Security Guard With Car
Attorney Steve Cron was hired by a woman who had already had three different lawyers representing her on the same case. She was accused of hitting a parking lot security guard with her car. The client was adamant that she was not guilty, even though the “victim” and another security guard were both witnesses to the incident. Through investigation and discovery, we found out that the “victim” had already received over $40,000 in worker’s compensation claims from this incident, and had previously filed six other worker’s compensation claims. Additionally, her partner security guard had a prior felony conviction. We also found an accident reconstruction expert who disputed much of the “victim’s” claims. Our investigator interviewed the “victim” on several occasions, and found numerous discrepancies in her story. The prosecutor offered us a reduced charge, but we stood our ground, and on the day the day the trial was due to commence the case was dismissed.
Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed
Steve Cron represented our client who is an attorney who was charged with domestic violence and had a prior arrest for the same thing. The prosecutors were demanding that the client serve 30 days in jail and complete a one year anger management program as part of a three year grant of probation. As a result of numerous motions filed to get access to the “victim’s” prior allegations of domestic violence against our client and others, it became clear that the victim was not trustworthy or credible. As a result, all charges against our client were dismissed.
DUI Causing Injuries
Attorney Philip Israels substituted in on a case in which our client was being offered state prison in a driving under the influence and causing multiple injuries matter. We kept him out of prison and jail and had him complete a program instead. He is now healthy and helping others beat their substance addictions.