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Commonwealth v. R. M. (Prince William County):

Client was charged with two misdemeanors: Driving While Suspended and Reckless Driving (accident case). Client could not afford any additional demerit points because his license would be suspended, so we tried the case.

Result: At trial, Client was found NOT GUILTY of both charges. April 12, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Jeremy R. (Arlington County):

Client was charged with misdemeanor Reckless Driving by speed (80 mph in a 45 mph zone).

Result: The charge was reduced to the infraction of Speeding (54 mph in a 45 mph zone). This saved Client 3 demerit points and a potential misdemeanor conviction on his record. April 8, 2019.

Commonwealth v. T. S. G. (Arlington County):

Client (a Washington DC driver) was charged with misdemeanor Reckless Driving by speed (56 mph in a 25 mph zone).

Result: The charge was reduced to the infraction of Speeding (40 mph in a 25 mph) and Client received a $50 fine. April 4, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Waldo V. P. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with DWI and Refusal to Submit to Breath test.

Result: The DWI charge was amended to Reckless Driving by the prosecutor and the Refusal charge was dropped. April 1, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Andrea C. S. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with DWI and Refusal to Submit to Breath test.

Result: The DWI charge was amended to Reckless Driving by the prosecutor and the Refusal charge was dropped. April 1, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Ruben J. R. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with DWI. The charge was amended to Reckless Driving by the prosecutor.

Result: Client did not lose license for one year (only 6 months and with a restricted license) and did not have to install the ignition interlock machine in his vehicle. March 26, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Jonathan A. B. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with DWI (First Offense) with elevated blood alcohol content (.18) and was facing a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 5 days.

Result: The charge was amended to a standard DWI without elevated blood alcohol content. The Client did not go to jail. March 21, 2019.

Commonwealth v. M. S. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with the misdemeanor charges of Possession of Marijuana (First Offense) and Trespassing.

Result: Both charges were dropped by the prosecutor. March 20, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Alex M. R. (City of Alexandria):

Client was charged with misdemeanor Destruction of Property.

Result: The charge was dropped by the prosecutor. March 18, 2019.

Commonwealth v. H. J. G. (Prince William County):

Client was charged with Following Too Closely and causing an accident.

Result: The charge was dropped by the prosecutor. March 15, 2019

Commonwealth v. K. S. S. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Felony Possession of a Schedule I/II Drug Offense (THC oil).

Result: Charge was amended to misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana (First Offense) and Client was allowed to complete the First Offender program to get charge dismissed after complying with all terms and conditions of the program. March 14, 2019.

Commonwealth v. K. A. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Possession of Marijuana (First Offense).

Result: The charge was dropped by the prosecutor. March 13, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Luis E. (Prince William County):

Client was charged with Misdemeanor Domestic Assault and Battery.

Result: The charge was dropped by the prosecutor. March 13, 2019.

Commonwealth v. B. O. C. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with three counts of Petit Larceny for stealing from three different stores at a shopping center.

Result: All the charges were dropped by the prosecutor. March 7, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Juan V. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Possession of Marijuana (First Offense).

Result: The charge was dropped by the prosecutor. March 7, 2019.

Commonwealth v. David A. O. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with misdemeanor Reckless Driving (going 80 mph in a 55 mph zone).

Result: The charge was reduced to the infraction of Failure to Obey a Highway Sign with a fine. March 6, 2019.

Commonwealth v. G. G. F. (Prince William County):

Client was charged with Felony Hit and Run and Driving While Suspended. The felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving and the Driving While Suspended charge was dropped by the prosecutor.

Result: Client did not go to jail and did not get any additional license suspension. February 21, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Edwin M. P. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with DWI first offense with an elevated BAC. Client was facing a mandatory jail sentence of 5 days. We resolved this case as a DWI first offense with no elevated BAC.

Result: As a result, Client did not go to jail. Client was able to request a restricted license immediately. February 11, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Renato L. A. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Possession of Marijuana (First Offense).

Result: The charged was dropped by the prosecutor. January 25, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Pranav R. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Possession of Marijuana (First Offense).

Result: The charge was dropped. January 24, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Jose B. F. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with DWI second offense in 5 years with an elevated BAC (.19). He was facing a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 30 days plus a license suspension of 3 years with no possibility for a restricted license until one year after conviction. We resolved this case as a DWI first offense with the same BAC.

Result: As a result, Client only faced a jail sentence of 5 days. His license was only suspended for one year and he was able to request a restricted license immediately. January 18, 2018.

Commonwealth v. Francisco C. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Police officers caught Client smoking marijuana outside his apartment.

Result: The charge was dropped by the prosecutor. January 11, 2018.

Commonwealth v. Alonso A. A. (City of Alexandria):

Client was charged with DWI and Failure to Appear.

Result: After lengthy negotiations with prosecutor, the DWI charge was amended to reckless driving and the Failure to Appear charge was dropped. December 20, 2017.

Commonwealth v. Antonio O. S. (Fairfax County):

Client, a bartender at a couple of bars in Arlington, was charged with DWI and Refusal. At trial, judge acquitted (found him not guilty) client of DWI but found him guilty of the civil offense of Refusal.

Result: The Refusal charge was appealed to the Circuit Court. December 19, 2017.

Commonwealth v. Ronald M. R. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Reckless Driving (80 mph in a 55 mph zone).

Result: After presenting mitigating evidence, the prosecutor reduced the charge to the infraction of Speeding (64 mph in a 55 mph zone). December 18, 2017.

Commonwealth v. Manuel D. L. (Fairfax County):

Client was convicted of DWI (after pleading guilty in the Fairfax County General District Court with a different attorney). Our firm appealed his conviction to the Circuit Court.

Result: In the Circuit Court, Client’s charge was amended to Reckless Driving. December 14, 2017.

Commonwealth v. Freddy T. (Fairfax County):

Client, holder of high security clearance, was charged with DWI.

Result: After negotiations with prosecutor that involved highlighting legal defenses as well as mitigation, the charge was amended to reckless driving. April 5, 2017.

Commonwealth v. Adan L. R. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with DWI with a BAC of .19. With that alcohol content client was looking at a minimum jail sentence of 5 days.

Result: We pointed out the weaknesses and flaws in prosecution’s case and the charge was amended to a DWI without an elevated BAC, so client did not go to jail. March 28, 2017.

Commonwealth v. Dolores R. R. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Hit and Run, after striking a parked vehicle, while driving his roommate’s vehicle. At trial, the prosecution was unable to place our client behind the wheel of the vehicle that struck the parked car.

Result: The charge was dismissed. March 2, 2017.

Commonwealth v. Manuel M. M. (Prince William County): 

Client was charged with Reckless Driving, after being involved in a 2-vehicle accident. The other driver had to be taken to the hospital for injuries and missed over a month of work.

Result: At trial, the prosecution’s witnesses were unable to prove identity of the driver and Client was found not guilty. January 20, 2017.

Commonwealth v. Guadalupe O. F. (Fairfax County): 

Client was charged with driving without a valid operator’s license and Giving False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer. Driver was stopped under suspicion of a child sitting in the back not being properly restrained. At trial we had a motion to suppress the stop, which was granted by the Judge.

Result: The case was dismissed. September 9, 2017.

Commonwealth v. G.J.R. (Fairfax County): 

Client was charged with DUI 1st Offense, after being involved in a 3-vehicle accident. He blew a .16 and was facing 5 days in jail as a mandatory minimum sentence. We pointed out weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, including being able to keep the certificate of analysis out. The prosecutor made a Reckless Driving which our client accepted.

Result: There was no active jail and client’s license was only suspended for 6 months. August 9, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.C.T. (Fairfax County): 

Client was charged with DUI 2nd Offense in 5 years. If convicted, client was facing a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 20 days. Client was involved in an accident and committed the charged offense within one month of being arrested on his first DUI.

Result: In this case, pre-trial motions were filed and after strenuous negotiations with the prosecutor, the charge was amended (reduced) to a first DUI with no active jail. July 8, 2016.

Commonwealth v. P.S.R. (Fairfax County): 

Client was charged with Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License (4th Offense). If convicted, client was facing a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 days.

Result: The case was resolved as a first offense Driving on Suspended with no active jail sentence. June 10, 2016.

Commonwealth v. B.Y.R.M. (Prince William County): 

Client was charged with DUI and Driving on Suspended. Client blew at the station and her B.A.C. was: 0.19. If convicted client was facing, just on the DUI, a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 days and a 12 month loss of license.

Result: After several court appearances and lengthy negotiations with the prosecutor and arresting officer, the DUI charge was amended to Reckless Driving and client DID NOT go to jail. Furthermore, her license was only suspended for 6 months. May 13, 2016.

Commonwealth v. M.Q.J. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Grand Larceny (a Felony) and Misdemeanor Embezzlement.

Result: After negotiations with the prosecutor, we resolved these matters with a plea to a misdemeanor petit larceny, with no active jail and no fine. May 2, 2016.

Commonwealth v. H.F.R. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Malicious Wounding. This is a Class 3 Felony (this carries a punishment range between 5 and 20 years and a fine up to $100,000).

Result: After a one day jury trial, client was found guilty of the lesser offense of Assault and Battery. This is a Class 1 Misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. April 26, 2016.

Commonwealth v. M.T.G. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with DWI 2nd Offense in 5 years (mandatory minimum jail sentence of 20 days). Client blew at station and the result was a BAC of .14. We filed pre-trial motions to suppress the stop and arrest of our client.

Result: On the date of trial, after arduous negotiations with the prosecutor, the charge was amended to DWI first offense with no active jail sentence. April 22, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.B.H. (Fairfax County):

Client, a Virginia CDL holder, was driving a tanker with the liquid/chemicals used to pre-treat roads ahead of snow storms. He was stopped by Fairfax County police after he ran a red light due to defective brakes. Client was charged with Reckless Driving (a Class 1 misdemeanor and 6 points on your license), Over License weight (a Class 2 misdemeanor), Fail to Obey Traffic Signal, and Drive Without Proper License Endorsement (also a Class 2 misdemeanor).

Result: This case was resolved via negotiations with the prosecutor to two infractions: Failure to Obey Traffic Signal and an amended/reduced charge of Defective Equipment (which carries no demerit points in Virginia). April 21, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.M. (Prince William County):

Client, a D.C. driver, was charged with Reckless Driving for going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. Client’s appearance was waived (he didn’t have to come to court).

Result: The charge was dismissed after client completed a Driver Improvement course and paid court costs. April 20, 2016.

Commonwealth v. A.R.A. (Fairfax County):

Client was charged with Reckless Driving (a Class 1 misdemeanor and 6 demerit points in Virginia) for going 82 mph in a 55 mph zone. Client had prior Reckless Driving conviction.

Result: We resolved this case with an infraction of Speeding – 64 mph in a 55 mph (3 demerit points in Virginia) with a $150 fine. April 20, 2016.

Commonwealth v. S.C.Z. (Fairfax County):

Client, an unlicensed driver, was charged by Fairfax County police with Reckless Driving for striking 2 vehicles in an apartment complex, driving too fast for conditions.

Result: Charge was amended to an infraction of Improper Driving with a fine of $200. March 24, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.R.B. (City of Alexandria):

Client was charged with Attempted Malicious Wounding by Mob (Class 5 Felony). Allegations were that Client and other co-defendants chased victims with knives.

Result: After a trial with a Judge in Circuit Court, Client was found guilty of a Class 1 Misdemeanor: Attempted Assault by Mob. March 16, 2016.

Commonwealth v. S.S.G. (Fairfax County): 

Client was charged with Driving on Suspended after a DUI Conviction. This is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a possible punishment of up to 12 months in jail and a one year license suspension by the DMV.

Result: After negotiations with the prosecutor highlighting the weaknesses in their case and presenting our defenses, the government agreed that they could not prove the charge and dropped the charge. March 9, 2016.

Commonwealth v. I.G. (Fairfax County): 

Client was charged with Assault and Battery (Class 1 misdemeanor) against a co-worker.

Result: The charge was dropped by the government upon entry of a Peace Bond. A peace bond is a court order that requires Client to be of good behavior and refrains from acts of violence against complainant. Failure to comply results in Defendant paying the amount set in the bond by the Judge. February 23, 2016.

Commonwealth v. J.G.L. (Fairfax County): 

Client was charged with DWI 1st Offense (Class 1 Misdemeanor) with an elevated BAC (carrying a mandatory 5 day jail sentence), Hit and Run (Class 1 Misdemeanor), and No Driver’s License (Class 2 Misdemeanor: Maximum Penalty of up to 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine).

Result: This case was worked out to a DWI 1st Offense with no active incarceration with the remaining charges being dropped by the prosecutor. February 17, 2016.

Commonwealth v. R.V.M. (Prince William County): 

Client was charged with Felony Hit and Run (Class 5 Felony), Assault and Battery (Class 1 Misdemeanor), Reckless Driving (Class 1 Misdemeanor), and No Driver’s License (Class 2 Misdemeanor). This case took lengthy negotiations with the prosecutor, the officer, and the victim.

Result: We resolved this matter with a plea of guilty to the Reckless Driving and No Driver’s License charges. There was no active incarceration and the Felony Hit and Run and Assault and Battery misdemeanor were dropped. February 2, 2016.

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