DUI Homicide: Client was accused of Murder based upon the Watson Murder Advisement in prior DUI convictions. Jonathan was part of a Defense Team that defended the client to verdict.
Criminal Defense case results: PC 314: Not guilty verdict at trial. Winning a jury trial in Fresno County on a sex offense can help give the client his pre-accusation life back. Criminal charges are very taxing on an individual, and can have serious detrimental Consequences.
Criminal Allegation: Charged with Vandalism PC 594: Charges dismissed! Another happy client was allowed to resume his life absent the burden of a criminal allegation or criminal record.
Domestic Violence 2nd chair in a criminal court in the Fresno, Not guilty at trial.
4th Offense DUI Serving no actual custody Time
3rd Offense DUI Served No actual jail Time.
2nd Offense DUI - Served No actual Jail Time
1st Offense DUI - Served No actual Jail Time
Domestic Violence: No actual time in Jail.
Domestic Violence: Dismissal
Homicide: Arrested for homicide and violation of probation, no charges filed. Released.
Felony Domestic Violence: Will be reduced to misdemeanor following completion of Batter's Treatment Program. Client not sentenced to any further time in custody.
Trespassing: Dismissed December 2014- A criminal accusation was holding a client up from starting a new profession. The prosecution had offered a diversion program which would likely result in the case being dismissed several months later if the client attended a program or class, and stayed out of trouble in the time in between. However, the client would have to enter a plea of guilty, then hope everything worked out to obtain the relief, which would be months later. Jonathan was able to reason with the prosecution, and gain a dismissal on behalf of his client at Pre-Trial. This isn't a strategy of "get tough" or be "aggressive" in your defense, this is a case where Jonathan's ability to reason with the prosecution, explain his clients case, and come to agreement, peacefully, based on his credibility and honesty which he has built over a long period of time, to benefit his client. Aggressive, tough, or adversarial defenses can be the best defense in a limited amount of cases, however, there are many cases where having the education, ability, and legal knowledge combine with proper, friendly communication with the people who work as Deputy District Attorney's to help them see what we see in our clients, and obtain a better result than would be expected by and adversarial and antagonistic approach.
Battery: Dismissed: Co-Defendants where accused of breaking a facial bone on a victim during a fight with domestic roots. Jonathan worked with his clients, their family, and even at some point provided information that showed the parties had resolved their differences. The District Attorney was eventually pleased with the outcome, and Jonathan was able to convince them to dismiss the case. Jonathan had aggressively prepared for the case, understood the law and facts, and was prepared to try the case if need be, but a friendly approach combined with a reasonable prosecutor who was willing to see Jonathan's reasoning combined with mutual professional respect and a dismissal. It is always better to achieve a dismissal prior to trial, than try a case, as it keeps my clients from being exposed the jeopardy of a trial, which can always depend on the view of the people in the jury. December 2014
4th Offense DUI: Served 4 actual days in custody. Client actually had more than 4 prior DUI's, but some had fallen outside the 10 year statutory window. Jonathan was able to negotiate a plea, and circumstance that eventually resulted in the client spending 4 actual days in custody at the Fresno County Jail, along with other terms and conditions. December 2014
Petty Theft: Jonathan was able to provide the District Attorney with information, gained on Jonathan advice, and provided by the client that resulted in the client's petty theft case being dismissed at arraignment. The client listed to Jonathan's advice, self enrolled in a class, completed community service, and provided Jonathan with the proof needed to convince the District Attorney that the client was remorseful and would not commit crimes in the future. The district attorney was convinced, and upon request dismissed the case. While petty theft is not a major crime, it is a crime of moral turpitude, which for a college student who is preparing to enter a highly competitive field such as this client, it was a life altering accusation, and Jonathan was able to help him keep his future looking bright with a dismissal at arraignment. December 2014
Madera County (Bass Lake Court) Felony vandalism charge DISMISSED. Jonathan came into the case right before preliminary hearing. A court appearance later, the case was dismissed. The client was exceptional in his willingness to take the necessary steps to help himself, which helped Jonathan, help him. Sometimes a client's desire, willingness, and intelligence combined with being a good person as demonstrated over a lifetime ban benefit them when accused of a crime they didn't commit after an unfortunate misunderstanding. This was the case. Helping good people through bad times is what I do, and in this circumstance, it had a happy ending for all involved.
Madera County: DUI hung jury. Blood test with gas chromatography, multiple prescription drugs, and a Vehicle Code violation. Jonathan was able to hang the jury with a vast majority voting Not Guilty.
Was found to be a qualified expert by the trial court, and testified for the defense as an expert witness regarding a blood DUI case, which helped earn an acquittal for the client.
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