Assault and Battery Case Dismissed
Philip Israels’ client charged with assault and battery upon his employee after employee alleges that client intentionally threw scalding hot water from the microwave on him resulting in 1st and 2nd degree burns. Case had tremendous potential civil consequences as the employee was asking for hundred of thousands of dollars in damages. We ultimately got the case dismissed on the last day prior to trial.
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.
Attempted Murder Case Dismissed
Philip Israels’ client was charged with attempted murder and a gang allegation. Prosecutor was asking for state prison. We managed to get the case dismissed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Criminal Threats Reduced to Disturbing The Peace
Philip Israels’ client is charged with multiple counts of Criminal Threats, multiple counts of Violation of a restraining order, and a violation of a criminal protective order. We work with the prosecutor and get the client a plea to disturbing the peace and no jail.
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.
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.
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.
No Jail for Reckless Driving Warrant
Philip Israels’ client had multiple driving violations (in excess of 5), a warrant for misdemeanor reckless driving charge and a misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. We helped him stay out of jail and get his license back.
Not Guilty in Armed Bank Robbery Case
In a federal armed bank robbery case, the government offered the defendant a 40 year sentence if he were to plead guilty. The defendant and his lawyer, Steve Cron, told the prosecutors to pound sand.
At trial, the prosecution presented surveillance photographs from within the bank of the actual robbery, as well as the eyewitness testimony of three bank tellers. By pointing out discrepancies in the testimony, and evidence of coaching by the FBI agent, Steve was able to create enough reasonable doubt to get a hung jury.
Convinced that the hung jury was a fluke, the government refused to make any better offers to settle the case, so there was a second trial. The second trial revealed more discrepancies and attempts by witnesses to clean up clean up mistakes from the first trial. After the second trial, the defendant was found not guilty. One of those surveillance photos still hangs in Steve Cron’s office.
Not Guilty in Torrance Embezzlement Case
In another jury trail in Torrance, Philip Israels tried a case where his client was charged with embezzling from his employer. Jury found our client NOT GUILTY.
Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Evading Arrest
Steve Cron represented this client who was charged with possession of dangerous drugs and evading arrest. The deputy sheriff wrote in his report that he called out to the client to stop because he suspected him of being under the influence of drugs.
He said that the client ran away, so the deputy chased him and used physical force to subdue him, after which he found illegal drugs in the client’s pants pocket. The client said that the deputy called him a derogatory name about his sexual orientation, then chased him and beat him up for no reason.
He denied possessing any drugs. We did extensive discovery of the deputy’s personnel records and found numerous people who had complained about him. We even found a judge who had dismissed several cases involving that deputy because the judge didn’t believe his testimony. Ultimately, the client did a 12 hour anger management program, and the case was dismissed.
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.
Under 21 DUI Reduced to Driving Without a License
Philip Israels’ client under 21 is on probation for a driving under the influence (DUI). Client gets picked up for a driving on a suspended license. Prosecutor wants jail on the new case and the probation violation. We get client a driving without a license with no jail.