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Satisfied Clients:

  • Not guilty verdict at trial for client charged with petty theft based upon witness identification issues
  • Client charged with a taking of close to $20,000 receives probation only, no custody time, and case reduced to a misdemeanor
  • Military client charged with theft in a case involving his ex-spouse has his case dismissed
  • Client charged with delaying/obstructing officers and resisting arrest for verbal altercation with police gets his case dismissed
  • Military client charged with high blood alcohol content (BAC) Driving Under the Influence gets dropped special allegation of high BAC, no additional jail time, no work release. Later, we successfully fought and got dropped a case involving a charge of Driving on a Suspended License against the same client.
  • High BAC special allegation dropped for client charged with Driving Under the Influence, saving him additional jail time, the 9 month DUI school, additional license consequences, and approximately $1,000 (the difference between the cost of the standard 3 month alcohol education class and the high BAC required 9 month alcohol education class)
  • Client charged with evading officers gets his case dismissed
  • Client charged with Driving Under the Influence, First Offense, in Ventura County receives no additional jail time (credit for time served) and no community service, in lieu of the standard minimum 48 hours of jail or 5 days of work release
  • Negotiated with prosecutors and argued to the court to get clients charged with Driving Under the Influence in Ventura County reduced offers (highlight reduced offers) of jail time or less work release (highlight less work release)
  • Client charged with domestic violence got only 10 anger management classes instead of the standard, onerous, and generally required, 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling
  • Case dismissed for client charged with check fraud
  • Case dismissed for juvenile client charged with criminal threats
  • Client charged with drug offenses gets the chance to do local 90 day residential treatment program instead of approximately two years of prison for multiple drug charges
  • Client charged with two drug counts and a third charge of child endangerment and facing a D.A. demand for 90 days custody only gets dismissal of one drug charge and the child endangerment charge, and is allowed to do out-patient drug counseling only with absolutely no jail time
  • Got 1 year residential drug treatment in lieu of close to 7 years of prison for a client with multiple felony charges and an underlying addiction issue
  • Client charged with theft found Not Guilty in court trial
Dismissals:
  • DUI: Hung jury in favor of the defense in a DUI case with a .11/.12 alleged blood alcohol level and an accident. Result: Case dismissed
  • Felony Drug Charge: Hung jury in favor of the defense in a felony drug possession and transportation case where my client was the only person in the car with the drugs. Result:Case dismissed
  • DUI: DUI Dismissed, client Allowed to Plead to Reckless Driving only.
  • Criminal Defense: Resisting arrest; After we filed a motion on the illegal arrest of my client, the case was dismissed.
  • Criminal Defense: Hit and run; there was an issue as to whether damage could be established.; Case dismissed.
  • Criminal Defense: Hit and run; Arguing that my client lacked the required intent based on his compromised mental state at the time, we were able to get this case dismissed.
  • Criminal Defense: Client was falsely accused of criminal threats, successfully argued to get her case dismissed with one counseling class.
  • Criminal Defense: Client avoids conviction for felony drug possession by participating in short-term drug counseling; Case dismissed.

Trials:

  • In JURY TRIAL for client charged with possession and transportation of a controlled substance, officer admitted under cross-examination that the methamphetamine was not where he had stated in his police report, supporting the defense theory that my client did not know that the drugs were present. Further, my client had only borrowed the car and our investigator uncovered that the registered owner of the car had a conviction for possession of methamphetamine, in that same vehicle, only several weeks before my client was stopped. Result: Hung Jury for the Defense and the case against my client was subsequently dismissed
  • In JURY TRIAL for client charged with a second offense Driving Under the Influence, my client, a long-distance truck driver, hit a parked car by the side of the road after leaving a bar. Through effective officer cross-examination, including attacking the reliability of field sobriety tests, witness testimony from the bartender as well as an eyewitness to the location of the parked car in the lane of traffic, and use of our own forensic toxicology expert, my client got a great result. Result: Hung Jury for the Defense and the case against my client was subsequently dismissed
  • In JURY TRIAL for client charged with felony Domestic Violence with prior history, the defense used expert medical testimony and expert officer cross-examination to my client’s advantage. Result: Not Guilty verdict for my client
  • In court TRIAL for client charged with petty theft, my client was found Not Guilty by the judge based on our defense exploration of witness identification issues.
  • For my client charged with possession for sale of methamphetamine where the sales behavior was motivated by an underlying personal addiction issue, I won for my client the chance she deserved to successfully participate in residential drug treatment in lieu of custody time in jail or prison.
PEOPLE V. E.S.: CLIENT WITH .17 DUI GETS HIGH BLOOD ALCOHOL ALLEGATION DROPPED, AVOIDS CUSTODY TIME FOR ENHANCEMENT

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

DUI special allegation dropped, improved sentencing

Description:

We successfully argued to the prosecutor to get the high blood alcohol allegation dropped for our client, which was a big benefit to the client. As a result, he avoided the standard 10 day enhancement for high bac and also avoided the longer 9 month alcohol education class. Happily, he only had to do the 3 month class for regular DUI.

PEOPLE V. L.L.: CLIENT WITH HIGH BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL DUI CHARGE GETS NO ADDITIONAL CUSTODY, COMMUNITY SERVICE ONLY

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

No Additional Time for High Blood Alcohol Special Allegation

Description:

A client received the chance to do community service, in lieu of the standard 10 day enhancement, for a DUI with an alleged high blood alcohol enhancement for BAC over .20%.

PEOPLE V. J.R.: CLIENT RECEIVED NO CUSTODY TIME IN DUI CASE

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

No Custody Time in DUI

Description:

In a recent case for a client charged with 1st offense DUI, we ran motions for illegal arrest, delayed prosecution, suppression of the illegally obtained sample. At the time the client came to me, his case had already gone beyond the arraignment court and was set for trial. Generally, the standard offer in the arraignment court is 48 hours of jail or 5 days of work release – although I have been able to get my first offense DUI clients credit for time served. However, once the case is set for trial in Dept. 13, the offer generally goes up. Despite the fact that we were set for trial and ran every good motion in the client’s case, we were able to get from the prosecutor an offer that was better than the standard offer in the arraignment court. I was still able to get my client the No Custody Time (or credit for time served) offer. This was a giant relief to the client. Also, half-way through his 3 year term of probation, we plan to get him early termination of probation and expungement of his conviction. This will remove the burden and restrictions imposed on him by probation and allow him to move on with a clean slate.

PEOPLE V. J.W.: DUI WITH HIGH BLOOD ALCOHOL SPECIAL ALLEGATION RESULTS IN CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Client Avoids Any Jail Time Despite High BAC Enhancement

Description:

I am pleased to report that, in a high BAC DUI where my client was hit with a special allegation of .15% or higher, we were able to defeat the standard 10 day enhancement for high BAC. Through the use of investigation of the scene to establish the timeframe for driving and consultation with our forensic toxicology specialist, I was able to make a persuasive argument to the court that the Special Allegation could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, the client was not required to serve any time in custody and, importantly, avoided the standard 10 day sentence for a high BAC special allegation.

PEOPLE V. S.D.: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DISMISSED IN TRIAL, CLIENT ALLOWED TO PLEAD TO STRAIGHT RECKLESS DRIVING

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

DUI Dismissed, Client Allowed to Plead to Reckless Driving Only

Description:

In Santa Barbara County, while in trial on DUI, I was able to get my client the reduction to a straight “reckless driving” (not a “wet reckless” involving alcohol) that he had wanted all along. We got this by arguing a motion, pushing the case forward to trial, and having our forensic toxicology specialist ready to go for the defense. We further pressured the D.A. to agree to sentencing terms that were even more favorable than the standard sentence for reckless driving, so that my client further benefited by saving one year on his term of probation and saving money on his fines.

PEOPLE V. T.M.: CLIENT FOUND NOT GUILTY IN THEFT TRIAL

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Not Guilty at trial

Description:

In this case, I represented my client in a court trial on a charge of theft from a store. After exposing witness identification issues involving the loss prevention officer and police officer, my client was found Not Guilty!

PEOPLE V. J.O.: $20,000 PLUS THEFT REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR, PROBATION ONLY

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Client sentenced to Probation, No Custody and charge reduced

Description:

In the case of a taking of over $20,000 from a position of trust as a caretaker/ assistant, I was able to get my client’s charge reduced to a misdemeanor (with full restitution), get her probation only with absolutely no custody time and some limited community service

PEOPLE V. C.M.: CLIENT FACING MULTIPLE FELONIES GETS 1 YEAR TREATMENT IN LIEU OF 7 YEARS PRISON

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

1 year residential treatment instead of close to 7 years in prison

Description:

My client facing multiple charges arising from her drug addiction, including possession, fraud and theft, was facing prison when she received the chance to participate in Drug Court. However, a new case was filed which then kicked her out of Drug Court. We continued to fight and appealed to another Court to get my client the treatment alternative she deserved to turn her life around. With the new alleged offense, she was facing close to 7 years in prison! Not only did she avoid any time in custody on multiple serious felony charges, she successfully completed treatment. I am so pleased to report is on a completely different road today.

PEOPLE V. M.Q: CLIENT RECEIVES PROBATION ONLY IN FRAUD CASE IN EXCESS OF $15,000

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Probation only, no custody time

Description:

Client charged with receiving benefits under false pretenses in an amount in excess of $15,000 received Probation Only and no custody time in a case where she was not able to make full restitution. Client continues to pay monthly and do well on probation.

PEOPLE V. N.L.: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE REDUCED, PROBATION ONLY, EXCEPTION GRANTED FOR SHORTER CLASSES

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Domestic Violence Charge Reduced, Probation only, no custody time, an exception outside of the statutory requirement awarded by the court as to classes

Description:

A client charged with domestic violence received a reduced charge, probation only, no custody time, and a much shorter course of classes (10 anger management) as opposed to the 52 week DV classes statutorily required. This was a very unusual disposition. We were able to make a persuasive argument to the court on sentencing based on factors such as the circumstances of the offense, the lack of history and the fact that the client and the complaining witness had since participated in relationship counseling together.

PEOPLE V. E.L.: RESISTING ARREST CASE DISMISSED

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Case dismissed

Description:

After we filed a motion on the illegal arrest of my client, the case was dismissed. In this case, my client made some verbal commentary to officers in the course of his friends being arrested and was unjustly arrested.

PEOPLE V. E.A.: HIT AND RUN CASE DISMISSED

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Case dismissed

Description:

A client was charged with hit and run in a store parking lot. The client did not know that she had hit anything, giving her an excellent defense. Also, there was an issue as to whether damage could be established.

PEOPLE V. J.C.: HIT AND RUN CASE DISMISSED

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Case dismissed

Description:

In another Hit and Run case, a client was having a panic attack when, after impact, he drove away from the scene of an accident that occurred while he was driving. Arguing that my client lacked the required intent based on his compromised mental state at the time, we were able to get this case dismissed.

PEOPLE V. A.M.: THEFT CASE DISMISSED FOR NAVAL OFFICER

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Case dismissed

Description:

In this case, I represented a naval officer whose career would have been ruined by these false accusations made by his soon-to-be ex-wife. By arguing the bad motive of the complaining witness, the weaknesses of the case, and my client’s stellar record to the prosecution, we were able to get charges dropped.

PEOPLE V. A.T.: JUVENILE CRIMINAL THREATS CASE DISMISSED

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Case dismissed

Description:

My client, a good kid who had done well in school, was falsely accused of criminal threats, which allegedly occurred in the course of trying to protect her sister from being bullied. We successfully argued to get her case dismissed with one counseling class. As a result, the client avoided a conviction on her record and later was even able to get into the U.S. Naval Academy!

PEOPLE V. T.B.: CLIENT AVOIDS CONVICTION FOR FELONY DRUG POSSESSION BY PARTICIPATING IN SHORT-TERM DRUG COUNSELING

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Case dismissed

Description:

Under the Diversion program, Client who possessed methamphetamine for personal use received the chance to avoid having any conviction on his record by participating in a program called Diversion, where he completed 3 1/2 months of out-patient drug counseling and otherwise continued to do well for a two year period. Upon successful completion of that term and counseling, his charges were dismissed. Avoiding a conviction allowed him to move on with his life in a positive direction! Diversion is an opportunity for all first-time, personal use drug offenders.

HUNG JURY IN FAVOR OF THE DEFENSE ACHIEVED FOR CLIENT IN DUI TRIAL

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Case dismissed

Description:

My client, a long-distance truck driver whose career would have been ruined by a conviction, was charged with a .12 DUI with an accident. I was able to get him a hung jury in favor of the defense and his case was subsequently dismissed by the prosecution. In this case, we were able to get evidence through our investigation that was critical in establishing drinking pattern and thus cast doubt on whether my client was at .08% bac at the time of driving. We also were able to successfully argue that the vehicle struck was parked partially in the lane of traffic on a dark street, defeating the prosecutor’s argument that only an impaired driver would have struck it. We also brought out how my client’s medical issues would have compromised both his performance on field sobriety tests and possibly the validity of the breath sample itself.

PEOPLE V. V.L.: HUNG JURY IN FAVOR OF THE DEFENSE ACHIEVED FOR CLIENT IN FELONY DRUG POSSESSION AND TRANSPORTATION TRIAL

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Case dismissed

Description:

My client was the driver of the car and the only one in the car. A small amount of meth was found at his feet, literally, on the driver’s side floorboard. Our defense was that the drugs were not his and he did not know they were in the car. Through investigation, we brought out that the registered owner of the car (which my client had just borrowed) had a conviction for possession of methamphetamine in that same car, arising from an incident that occurred in the same timeframe within which my client was stopped. Further, under cross-examination, I was able to catch the officer in an inconsistency. He admitted to me that the drugs were not in full view out on the floorboard where he had claimed in his police report, but were instead off to the side and partially hidden by the trunk release button. This was critical because it supported our argument that it was a reasonable possibility that my client did not even see those drugs and that they were not his. After the jury was hung 9-3 in favor of the defense, the case was dismissed by the prosecution.

PEOPLE V. MR. L: NOT GUILTY IN JURY TRIAL FOR CLIENT CHARGED WITH FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Not Guilty at trial

Description:

A client charged with felony domestic violence (serious conduct with serious injury) and a reported history was found Not Guilty at jury trial. This case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. There were no witnesses. We, as the defense, introduced expert psychiatric testimony that was helpful to the defense. Also there was time gap between the alleged incident and when it was later reported, a time gap during which the complaining witness was observed to be engaging in actions which could have caused injury.

PEOPLE V. W.S.: SUCCESSFUL TERMINATION AFTER ABSCONDED FROM PROBATION

Practice Area:

Criminal defense

Outcome:

Successful Termination of Probation and Expungement

Description:

A local business owner, an upstanding member of the community with many character references, allegedly “absconded” from probation ten years ago. Although he complied with the terms of his DUI probation in important ways, he failed to check in with probation for continued monitoring during the 3 year grant of his 1st offense DUI probation. Client was facing a custody sentence of 30 days in jail! By arguing how my client had turned his life around and highlighting all the positive aspects about his case and about him personally, we were able to get the court to agree to a successful termination of probation! Thereafter, we were able to get my client’s record expunged, which means that his conviction was removed from his record. The purpose of an expungement is to make sure that clients will not be unfairly limited by their past mistakes and can move forward into a brighter future.

DISCLAIMER

The case results reported involve individual clients’ experiences with the Law Office of Jennifer Zide. They are not to be taken as warranties or guarantees of the outcome in your particular case. Results depend on many factors, including the unique facts of your individual case.

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