High Profile Cases & Results
State v. Forrest D. --- Negligent Homicide
A young teen mother left her infant baby in a bathtub
filling with water to go get a towel. The mother told investigators she
was looking for a towel but got sidetracked with poems she was writing.
After checking on the infant after about five minutes, she said she
went into her bedroom, saw her poetry book and started reading some old
poems. She said she was gone for about 20 minutes this time The infant
drowned. The State charged her with Negligent Homicide, and Child
Abuse, dangerous crime against children felonies. If convicted at
trial, she would have been facing decades in prison.
Result: Supervised probation with zero days of jail.
State v. Margie N. --- Vulnerable Adult Abuse
The State charged client with the felony beating of a
mentally retarded elderly woman. The elderly woman was a resident at
the retirement community where the defendant worked as a orderly for
the elderly woman and other elderly people. An alleged witness stated
that she observed the defendant repeatedly striking the alleged victim
over the head with a large coffee mug. The alleged victim was bleeding
from her head and suffered some other injuries.
Local media referred to this case in many segments.
This case went to trial.
Result: Not Guilty of all charges.
State v. Steven T. --- Sex Assault
The State charged my client, a 14 year-old Liberian
refugee, with being the orchestrator of a group sexual assault against
an 8 year-old Liberian refugee in State v. Steven T. Furthermore, the
State sought to try him as an adult. If he lost at trial in adult
court, the laws would have required that he spend the rest of his life
in prison. Following a weeklong evidentiary hearing, the adult felony
judge transferred the case back to juvenile court. In juvenile court,
the judge imposed supervised probation with zero days of jail.
The case generated local, national, and even
international media attention. For example, the associated press
covered this story from beginning to end. Additionally, the Liberian
Ambassador and even the President of Liberia addressed this case in an
interview conducted by CNN. The link is provided below.
Below are some articles regarding the transfer
hearing, which was attended by several reporters:
State v. Richard C. --- Felony Animal Cruelty
An alaskan Malamute dog was beaten so badly, that the
dog required staples to its head, suffered several broken bones
including ribs, and had to have one of its legs amputated. In addition
to local print media on the case, a local news channel ran a segment on
the case, featuring the three-legged dog and speaking with the new
adoptive mother of the dog. The news segment aired the day before trial
The State refused to offer any plea bargain, and the
case went to trial.
Result: Not Guilty of all charges.
State v. Jens B. --- Armed Robbery &
Defendant and an unknown accomplice allegedly robbed
two teen-age boys at knifepoint of all their belongings. The victim
boys were stripped down to their underwear. Investigators determined
that my client was likely involved. Following a partial, but
substantial confession, officers arrested the defendant. The State
charged him with two counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of Kidnapping,
and two counts of Aggravated Assault, all Dangerous offenses. If he
lost to all counts, he could have received 114 years in prison.
All plea offers requiring prison were refused and we
went to trial.
Result: Not Guilty of all charges that required
mandatory prison. Although the judge could have still imposed a
significant amount of prison, the judge sentenced the defendant to
probation with zero days of jail.
State v. Michael A. --- Concealing a Dead Human
Police arrested defendant after they discovered his
deceased girlfriend in the trunk of her car. Defendant was present when
police opened his car trunk. When police discovered the body, the
defendant tried to flee. He was apprehended within a couple of minutes.
His girlfriend had been missing for several days.
Unable to determine a cause of death, the case went to
trial on charges of concealing a dead human body.
Result: 2½ years in prison as the sentence.
State v. Jose Q. --- First Degree Murder
Listed as a High Profile case on Maricopa County
Superior Court website for Media Relations. Case in appeal
State v. Ragen H. ---
Aggravated Assault, a Class 3
Client alleged to have pointed a loaded firearm at
two teenage victims following an alleged road rage incident and car
accident. $50,000 bond. Typical plea offer
for this type of case: 5 years in prison.
Result: Supervised probation, Zero days of jail.
State v. Nishma K. ---
Promoting Prison Contraband
Client caught with bag of methamphetamine while serving a
jail sentence for a felony Aggravated DUI. Alleged that client
confessed to smuggling the meth.
Initial offer: 3 -
12.5 years in prison, followed by probation.
Result: 2 years in prison.
State v. Allison W. --- Theft
of Means of Transportation, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault on a
Alleged that client stole vehicle, led police on high speed
chase through two counties. Crashed stolen car into RV while on
the freeway at a speed in excess of
100 mph. Officers attempt to arrest client; and alleged
that client struck officers in the face several times with fists and
Result: Supervised Probation in both counties. Zero days
in jail. All offenses can be designated misdemeanors upon
successful completion of probation.
* Past results are not indicative of future success or
what you can expect as the outcome in your particular case. Every case
is legally and factually unique and results will vary.