• Drug Paraphernalia

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Sep 20, 2017

    Outcome: Dismissed

    Description: Client was not offered Misdemeanor Diversion Program due to a change of address. After three months of negotiations, the DA offered Client a highly desirable diversion program. Ultimately, Client paid $350 for a one day class and the case was dismissed after her successful attendance.

  • Drunk in Public

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Sep 18, 2017

    Outcome: Dismissed

    Description: Client was charged with being drunk in public at a tavern. The case was dismissed for lack of evidence after several months of negotiation.

  • Domestic Violence

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Sep 18, 2017

    Outcome: Dismissed

    Description: Client was charged with spousal battery. There were also allegations of subsequent violations of a no-contact protective order. The case was dismissed after a suitable elder care placement was found.

  • Certificate of Rehabilitation

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Sep 14, 2017

    Outcome: Granted

    Description: Client was granted a certificate of rehabilitation for a 2004 felony conviction – possession of a controlled substance for sales. The certificate was then transmitted to the Governor’s office as an application for a pardon.

  • Domestic Violence – Case Rejected

    Practice Area: Civil rights

    Date: Jul 24, 2017

    Outcome: Case Dismissed

    Description: Criminal case was dismissed upon a motion asserting a violation of Client’s right to a speedy trial.

  • Hate Crime Battery

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Aug 24, 2017

    Outcome: Rejected Before First Court Date

    Description: Client was arrested after police were called to a loud verbal argument at his home. Client was charged with domestic battery and maliciously preventing someone for telephoning for help. We provided the DA with a signed declaration from the alleged victim clarifying some mistakes in the police report. The DA rejected the case and Client never had to go to court.

  • Obstructing Police

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Jul 10, 2017

    Outcome: Case Dismissed

    Description: Client was charged with obstructing the police. An agreement was reached with the prosecutor in which Client would simply continue to attend classes she had already been attending and avoid negative contact with law enforcement for 60 days.

  • Felony Forgery

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Jun 29, 2017

    Outcome: Expunged

    Description: Client suffered a felony conviction for Forgery in 2007. The case was reduced to a misdemeanor and then dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4.

  • Battery

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Jun 22, 2017

    Outcome: Charge Reduced

    Description: Client was allegedly captured on video repeatedly striking another woman in the halls of the Superior Court with multiple witnesses present. An agreement was reached in which the charge was reduced from Battery to Disturbing The Peace. Client received one year of informal probation with zero jail time and suspended fines.

  • Drug possession

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: May 31, 2017

    Outcome: Case dismissed

    Description: Client was charged with possession of illegal drugs. The DA was presented with new information.

  • Mail theft

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: May 23, 2017

    Outcome: Dismissed

    Description: Client was charged with stealing a package delivered by the USPS. We approached the DA and highlighted the flaws in the case – a poor description from a lone eye witness, and our mutual inability to locate the former co-defendant and subpoena him to testify. The prosecutor believed that she could not meet her burden of proof to proceed to trial and the case was dismissed.

  • Drug possession

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: May 11, 2017

    Outcome: Dismissed

    Description: Client was arrested for possession of illegal drugs. The arrest also triggered two violations of probation. An agreement was reached in which client attended 50 NA meetings and the case was dismissed. The two probation violations were also dismissed.

  • Battery

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: May 03, 2017

    Outcome: Case dismissed

    Description: Client was charged with battery stemming from an altercation over who had the right to enter an Uber that had arrived outside the night club. We sent a private investigator to speak with witnesses. We then presented their statements to the DA. The criminal case was dismissed and Client received a $100 non-criminal ticket for disturbing the peace by loud noise.

  • Vandalism

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Apr 25, 2017

    Outcome: Case dismissed

    Description: Client attended the counseling of his choice for two months and his case was reduced to a non-criminal $100 ticket. This spared him probation and a driver’s license suspension.

  • Commercial Burglary – Felony

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Mar 07, 2017

    Outcome: Burglary charge dismissed

    Description: Client faced total exposure of seven years in state prison. Preliminary hearing was set without a time waiver. We presented major problems in the way the case was charged and with the police investigation to the DA. The DA likely could not be ready in time. The burglary charge was dismissed and the case was settled for 30 days county jail as a probation violation. Defendant was released from custody the next day when the preliminary hearing had been scheduled.

  • Spousal battery

    Practice Area: Domestic violence

    Date: Mar 06, 2017

    Outcome: DA declined to prosecute

    Description: Wife was arrested for striking her husband. We sat down with the young lady, put her version of the physical exchange into a memorandum. We dug up an eleven-year-old domestic violence police report against the husband from a remote county. We outlined the husbands history of untruthfulness by attached documents he had forged over the years (Including his DD214 from the army that he had altered in order to join a police force from which he was later fired.) We put all of this into a mitigation packet and convinced the DA to reject the filing. The young lady’s criminal matter was solved for her before it even got started.

  • Conversion of property

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Feb 14, 2017

    Outcome: Case dismissed

    Description: Statements supporting my client’s non-involvement made by another individual were presented to the District Attorney. The case against my client was dismissed shortly after arraignment.

  • British Military

    Practice Area: Military law

    Date: Feb 13, 2017

    Outcome: Diversion offered

    Description: A UK Soldier in California on NATO orders was arrested for public intoxication. He was not offered diversion and was scheduled to be charged with a misdemeanor. We were able to convince the DA to dismiss the case after he completed an online alcohol class. The soldier received no fallout from his chain of command.

  • Violating Protective Order

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Feb 06, 2017

    Outcome: Case dismissed

    Description: Client was alleged to have made contact with his ex-wife in defiance of a no-contact order. We made the DA aware of exigent circumstances in the form of direly needed medical equipment for Client’s son that the alleged victim possessed. The new case was dismissed and probation was re-instated without any jail time.

  • 1/2 Pound of methamphetamine

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Jan 16, 2017

    Outcome: Conviction Overturned

    Description: Client and co-defendant were alleged to have been transporting a half-pound of methamphetamine for sales. Initially charged as an HS 11378 Felony, the case was plea bargained to Felony Possession of Concentrated Cannabis (a total legal fiction). The case was then calendared for a sentence modification the day after the November elections. Client was able to remove his house arrest anklet that day. The Prop 57 motion was heard on January 16, 2017. The case against my client had to be dismissed and expunged based on the decriminalization of 4 grams or less of hash / 28.5 grams or less of marijuana – neither of which was satisfied by a half-pound of methamphetamine. Client walked.

  • Felony Expungment

    Practice Area: Expungement

    Date: Jan 12, 2017

    Outcome: Expungement granted

    Description: Client was convicted of embezzling $50,000 in 1996. Felony was reduced to a misdemeanor and expunged from her record.

  • Battery against intruder in own home

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Jan 09, 2017

    Outcome: Case Dismissed

    Description: Client was charged with battery against an uninvited guest discovered in a connected guest house. After several months of impasse, The Law Office of Peter Depew took over the case. The case was dismissed after the DA was presented with an interview our private investigator conducted with the alleged victim.

  • Possession of prescription pills

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Dec 22, 2016

    Outcome: Case Dismissed

    Description: Client was alleged to have been found in possession of several types of pills without a valid prescription during a traffic stop. Case was dismissed after the DA was presented with a statement from a co-passenger taken by our private investigator.

  • Possession of meth – dismissed for 16 NAs

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Dec 21, 2016

    Outcome: Dismissal

    Description: Client was charged with possession of methamphetamine. The case was dismissed when client showed proof of completion of 16 Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

  • Grand theft – diamond ring

    Practice Area: Criminal defense

    Date: Oct 26, 2016

    Outcome: Probation granted – no jail

    Description: Client was alleged to have taken a diamond ring from the bathroom of a home while she was there as an invited guest. The case settled for no jail and 18 months of informal probation.

  • Driving with license suspended

    Practice Area: DUI and DWI

    Date: Aug 08, 2016

    Outcome: Case Dismissed (speedy trial)

    Description: Client was alleged to have been driving without a license when he entered a DUI checkpoint. The alleged offense was three years old. A Serna motion was brought to dismiss the case due to dilatory prosecution. The motion was granted and the case was dismissed.

  • LAX customs – 2 lbs. of meth

    Practice Area: Immigration

    Date: Dec 15, 2015

    Outcome: No state or federal prosecution

    Description: Client was alleged to have entered the USA from Mexico with two pounds of liquid methamphetamine in factory-sealed tequila bottles. Client was arrested and posted bail. Client was not charged by California or Federal prosecutors, client’s cellphones were returned, client kept his green card.