Recent Case Results
Obtained by jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys
Speeding Ticket -
Our client was cited for speeding in a school area during school hours. Our legal team was able to have the charges dismissed and our client did not have to pay any fines or attend traffic school.
DUI With Injuries -
No Jail Time
Our client was charged with a felony VC23153(A)-DUI with Injuries, which carried a maximum sentence of up to three years in custody. Through the hard work of our legal team, our client did not have to serve any time in custody.
Carrying a Firearm and Driving Without a License -
Charge Reduced and Dismissed
Our client was charged with a felony PC25850(a)-Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public and VC14601.1(a)-Driving with a Suspended License. Because this was a felony crime, our client was worried that this charge would appear on his criminal record and, as a result, affect his career. The legal team at jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys had one charge dismissed and another reduced to a misdemeanor, ensuring our client’s criminal record remained clean of felony charges.
Criminal Threat and Firearm -
Our client was charged with PC422-making a Criminal Threat and PC417(a)(2)-Withdrawing a Firearm. These charges carried a maximum of three years in prison, however, our client was also facing an added allegation that this felony offense was committed in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote and assist in criminal conduct (PC186.22(b)(1)). Because the underlying offense in this case was a felony, the punishment could have been enhanced to anywhere from two additional years to life in prison, depending on the severity and circumstances of the underlying felony charge.
After our team’s aggressive approach in tackling this case, the original charges were dismissed. It was left as a simple misdemeanor charge of PC415(2)-Disturbing the Peace.
DUI Charge -
DMV Hearing Won
Our client was charged with a VC23152(a)-DUI, but also had allegedly refused to consent to a breath or blood test after her arrest. At the DMV hearing, we were able to show that she was not given the proper admonishment. Therefore, she could not have possibly known that failure to submit to an exam would mean her license would be suspended for a full year. The hearing was won, and she was able to immediately apply for a license.
DUI with Injuries -
Our client was facing serious charges of a felony VC23153(a)-DUI with Injuries, which carries a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison, and a felony PC273a(a)-Child Abuse, which carries a maximum of six years in prison. This occurred after a head-on collision on a narrow road in Valley Center, CA, during which the child was in the car. Our firm was able to get this case reduced to a misdemeanor DUI with injuries and the other charge was dismissed.
Battery Upon Another -
Our client was charged with a misdemeanor PC242-Battery for hitting a patron at a Casino. Our team was able to show that the patron was continuously harassing our client before the alleged crime occurred. The case will be dismissed upon completion of The Community Justice Initiative program.
Battery Charge -
Our client was charged with violating PC242-Battery for allegedly hitting a friend. After an aggressive approach and explaining the circumstances surrounding the incident, the case was dropped down from a misdemeanor to an infraction for Penal Code 415(2)-Disturbing the Peace.
Driving Without a License -
Our client was charged with violating VC14601.1-Driving Without a License. Due to previous charges of driving without her license, our client had several tickets which is why she was charged with a misdemeanor. The team had this case dropped down to a simple infraction that would not add points to her driving records.
Domestic Violence -
Our client was charged with PC273.5(a)-Corporal Injury to a roommate and PC242(e)(1)-Battery of a current or former significant other. The San Diego District Attorney’s Office takes a very hard stance with these cases, but our team worked tirelessly to show mitigating factors surrounding the case. After several hearings, the case was dropped down to only battery but not upon a “significant other.”
DUI with BAC of .23% -
We had a client who was charged with VC23152(A) and 23152(B) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Driving While Having a Measurable Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), and it was further alleged that he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent or more, by weight, within the meaning of Vehicle Code Section 23578. After pursuing an aggressive offense, Attorney James N. Dicks was able to have the charges reduced to VC 23013.5- a wet reckless. This is a lesser offense than a DUI, even though the client had a BAC of .23%.
Multiple Drug Charges -
A young man was arrested for Health & Safety Code Section 11377 (A)-Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony charge, HS 11550(A)- Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, HS11364.1 (A)- Possession of Paraphernalia Used for Narcotics, and Vehicle Code Section 12500(A)- Unlicensed Driver. This person has five prison priors, so this case was difficult to negotiate due to his extensive criminal history. After Attorney James N. Dicks filed a 1538 Wilder Motion (a motion to suppress evidence), he was able to plead the client to just one count of 11377 (A). The client was given credit for one day served and no additional jail time.
Felony DUI Causing Injury -
A very serious case came in with a young woman who was being charged with a felony VC 23153(A)(B)- Driving Under the Influence Causing Injury, Prior DUI within 10 years of VC23152 (A) conviction and VC20001 (A)- Hit and Run with Injury. This was a very serious case, as the initial Preliminary Alcohol Screen Information had her blood alcohol level at a 0.29%. She submitted to a blood test and it came back as 0.27% and was facing a maximum of three years in prison. After several meetings with the district attorney and the judge, Attorney James N. Dicks was able to have it reduced to a misdemeanor VC23153 (A) with VC23540 (a prior) and VC 23578. She had to enroll in the multiple conviction programs and, in lieu of jail time, she was ordered to do the SCRAM program for thirty (30) days.
Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance -
Attorney Dicks takes a very aggressive stance in investigating cases before charges have been filed. In many cases, it is possible to talk to the investigators before they make a recommendation to the District Attorney's office to have formal charges filed. In one instance, we had a young man charged with HS 11350(A)-Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Before going to his arraignment, Attorney Dicks talked to the detective and presented evidence that the client was lawfully entitled to have the controlled substance. The case was completely dropped and the client was extremely happy to not have this on his record.
Multiple Drug Charges -
Motions to suppress can be critical in the outcome of a case. Take for example, a client of ours that was arrested for HS 11379.6- Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance, HS 11359- Possession of Marijuana for Sale, and HS 11357 (A)- Possession of Concentrated Cannabis. After filing a motion to suppress to be heard at the preliminary hearing, the district attorney's office dismissed the case in its entirety because they were unable to proceed and justify a warrantless search and seizure in the case.
16 Felony Counts -
A couple came in to our office accused of 16 felony counts of Penal Code Section 118(A) Perjury by false information for aid, one felony count of WI10980(C)(2) Aid by misrepresentation in the amount of over $950 and one felony count of WI14014 False statement to receive health care. Each count was a maximum of 4 years in custody, thus it was imperative to reduce the charges. We were able to reach a settlement with the San Diego City Attorney's office and have our clients pay a restitution fee to the Office of Revenue and Recovery. Once our clients satisfied that requirement, the case was completely dismissed.
Domestic Disturbance -
Penal Code Section 273.5 (A) makes it a felony to inflict corporal injury on current or former spouse or cohabitant with a punishment of imprisonment in state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not more than one year. We represented a mother of two children who had been charged with this because she had been the victim of a domestic disturbance and in the process had injured her husband.
She was arrested, but bailed out of jail. Mr. Dicks had a conference with the District attorney and explained that she had acted in self-defense to protect herself and their children since her husband had been intoxicated at the time of the incident. After we provided corroborating statements to prove that her husband had been the aggressor and that our client had been the victim, the charges were dropped against her.
Attorney James N. Dicks had the pleasure of representing a woman for an alleged DUI that occurred last year. Our client had been unfairly accused of a DUI because she had been near her car at the time of an accident. She denied ever driving the car and told officers that one of her two friends was in fact the driver. She had been responsible in her actions and had opted to have a designated driver. Unfortunately, the police officer she encountered found that there was probable cause to arrest her due to the fact that she had failed the field sobriety tests (which could be very subjective). We were able to help her keep her license after introducing the witnesses to testify on her behalf during the Department of Motor Vehicles hearing. Ultimately the case was completely dismissed by the District Attorney's office after Mr. Dicks proved there was not enough evidence to take the case to trial and unfairly convict her of a crime she didn't commit. The client was extremely happy to be able to close this chapter of her life and begin a new one.
Penal Code Section 594(A)(B) Vandalism is "punishable by imprisonment…in a county jail not exceeding one year." We represented a student being accused of vandalism, but Attorney James N. Dicks was able to have the charges reduced to Penal Code 415(2) infraction of disturbing the peace. The client was ordered to attend 10 Alcohol Anonymous meetings and pay a small restitution fee.
Drug Charges and Concealing a Firearm -
A young woman's family came in to our office very distraught that their daughter had been arrested for drug charges and concealing a firearm. The District attorney ended up filing the case and she was charged with a felony charge of Penal Code (PC) 23900 of obliterating the identification of a firearm, a misdemeanor charge of PC 25400(A)(1) having a concealed firearm in vehicle, and a misdemeanor charge PC 25850(A) carrying a loaded firearm on one's person. After being able to prove that she had not been involved in any conspiracy with her co-defendants, she pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of Penal Code Section 27315 Gun Show-Display of Ammunition.
Reduced to Small Fine
We represented a young man who had been cited for Vehicle Code 23154(A) violation his DUI probation, VC 12500(A) misdemeanor charge of being an unlicensed driver, and VC 16028(C) having no insurance. Attorney James N. Dicks took a very proactive approach with this case and explored a settlement with the District attorney's office. In the end he was able to get the charges of VC 23154(A) and VC16028(C) dismissed. Our client had to pay a small fine to the court and his case was concluded.
Two Counts of Felony Vehicular Manslaughter -
Our client was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter after causing the death of two individuals, and faced over 10 years in prison. After an extensive trial, the jury acquitted our client of two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and also driving under the influence.
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Felony Domestic Violence -
Our client was arrested and charged with injuring his cohabitant - a felony. After an extensive trial, he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.
DUI With BAC .17 -
Reduced to Wet Reckless
A nurse was charged with a DUI with allegation of high blood alcohol content of .15% or above. After aggressive negotiations, jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, got her charges reduced to a VC23013.5 (a wet reckless).
DUI With Suspended License -
DMV Hearing Won
Our client’s license was suspended after being charged with a DUI while under the influence of alcohol and drugs and evading police.
Multiple Felony Charges -
Reduced to Misdemeanor, No Jail
Our client was arrested and charged with making criminal threats - a felony - and battering a significant other while having a prior strike conviction. Charges were reduced to misdemeanor and no jail time.
Felony Possession of a Firearm -
Our client was arrested and charged with felony possession of a firearm. Case dismissed at second hearing.
Felony DUI With Collision With BAC .18 -
Our client was arrested and charged with felony driving under the influence with a .18 blood alcohol concentration and causing a collision and injuries to another driver. Resolved as a misdemeanor and house arrest.
Boating Under the Influence With BAC .18 -
Our client was arrested and charged with driving his boat under the influence of alcohol in the San Diego Harbor. DUI dismissed.
Petty Theft -
A client came into our office after being caught stealing items from Macy’s. This was her second petty theft within three years. After skillful negotiations, the charge was reduced to one count of disturbing the peace — a complete win, as it would not show up as a theft conviction on her record.
Felony DUI Causing Injury -
All Charges Dropped
Our client was charged with a felony - a DUI with great bodily injury on two individuals. He faced up to three years in jail. With an extensive and aggressive defense, jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, got all charges dismissed before the preliminary hearing and won the DMV hearing.
Multiple Drug Charges -
Our client was caught with over 20 kilos of methamphetamine. He was charged in the Chula Vista Courthouse with HS11378 and HS11379(a) - two felonies - transport of and possession for sale of controlled substances of over 20 kilograms /400 liters. He faced over 19 years in prison. After discovery and negotiations, jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, obtained two years in fire camp with no probation after release.
DUI With Collision With BAC .28 and Hit-and-Run -
Our client was arrested and charged with driving under the influence with a .28 blood alcohol concentration, while causing a collision and hit-and-run. Our client was given seven days in the public works service program.
Transportation of Heroin Exceeding 14.25 Grams -
Charges Reduced to Possession for Sale
Our client was arrested at the U.S. and Mexico border for transporting drugs for sale and was facing five plus years in prison due to the quantity that was being transported. After successful discovery motions filed by jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, the client got one year in local custody and probation.
Unlawful Entry Upon Land and Unlawful Removal of Game -
A client was arrested for illegal entry when he was hunting, but after jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, went out to the scene and took photos to present to the prosecutor, the charges were dropped. The client was able to get his gun and coyote-calling box back.
Resisting an Officer -
A client was charged with resisting an officer, after she confronted law enforcement after seeing her young daughters get arrested. jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, was able to get her out on her own recognizance after her arraignment. After difficult negotiations, the case was ultimately dismissed.
Fraudulent Appropriation by Clerk -
Charges Reduced to an Infraction
A client was charged with fraudulently taking property in excess of $950. There was no offer other than to plead guilty to the charge. After months of difficult negotiations, a plea agreement was reached, and her charge was ultimately reduced to an infraction citation. Her record is clean of any conviction for a theft-related crime.
Felony Resisting Officer and Harm With a Police Animal -
Not Guilty; Second Count Dismissed
Our client was arrested and charged with one felony count of Penal Code Section 69 – resisting an executive officer and harming a police dog. After trial, a jury found him not guilty of Count 1, but he was found guilty of the lesser included offense of Count 1, Penal Code section 148(a)(1) resisting, delaying, or obstructing a peace officer. Count 2 was dismissed by the prosecuting attorney.
Felony DUI with Injuries -
Reduced to Misdemeanor
Insurance Adjuster Charged with Fraud -
Minor Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol -
Cyber Sex Child Molestation -
Attempted Murder -
Attempted Rape and Sodomy -
Case Dismissed After Investigation
Child Molestation -
Case Dismissed After Investigation
Felony Battery with Injuries on Police Officer -
Reduced to Misdemeanor, No Jail
Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon -
Reduced to Misdemeanor
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