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.