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Past Verdicts & Settlements

Our firm’s track record for proven results speaks for itself. We have succeeded at obtaining countless reduced charges, “not-guilty” verdicts and dismissals on our clients’ behalves, and we continue to do so, thanks to our unique and highly specialized approach to criminal law. A criminal accusation is a serious matter that requires skilled attorneys with highly trained support teams in order to protect your constitutional rights and freedom. It would be wise to make sure that the legal team you choose to represent you can effectively help you pursue your goals throughout the case.

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10 years reduced to six months time served in Attempted Murder with a weapon – Criminal

Client lacerated victims face and throat, victim almost died. Original offer for attempted murder was state prison for 10 years. Negotiated with the DA over a long period of time to reduce the charge to assualt with a deadly weapon for county jail for 1 year. Client released after 6 months with time served.

Finding of Factual Innocence for throwing a beer bottle at a woman causing injury – Criminal

Client was charged with throwing a beer bottle at a woman causing injury. After proving that our client was not the one who threw the beer bottle, all charges were dismissed and we were able to secure a finding of factual innocence.

After filing a Motion to Correct a Judicial Error, the court granted request and records were corrected – Criminal

Client was convicted of a misdemeanor. The court erroneously recorded the conviction as a felony in their records and the records sent to DOJ.

Found not guilty for Felony Assualt with a Deadly Weapon (Knife) – Criminal

District Attorney offered two years state prison and strike on our client’s record. A four-day jury trial was held where we advocated the right to the “self defense” and “stand your ground” defenses available in California. The jury returned a unanomous verdict of Not Guilty for an aquital of all felony charges.

All charges dismissed in underage DUI with felony allegation of driving a stolen vehicle – DUI

All charges dismissed based on defense of necessity. Advocated for our client who was a young lady fleaing from dangerous situation. In limited situations, the law allows one crime to be committed in order to stop a worse crime.

Full dismissal of complex elder abuse and fraud case – Criminal

Client was charged in a complex elder abuse and fraud case. After establishing that the complaining witness was lying, we were able to obtain a full dismissal.

Bail reduced from half a million dollars to $10,000 – Criminal

Sucesfully advocated on client’s behalf that they are not a flight risk or threat to public saftey. Judge reduced bail from half a million dollars to $10,000.

High speed Hit and Run in work vehicle reduced to speeding ticket – Criminal

Work out civil settlement with victim and sucesfully reduced misdemeanor hit and run with an offer of jail time to a speeding ticket punished by a fine.

California Parole Division sued for false imprisonment of client for a parole violation – Criminal

Client spent 150 days in custody for violating parole. We determined the client in fact had been discharged from parole and was wrongly imprisoned. After client was released we successfully sued California Parole Division for false imprisonment of our client.

Jury acquittal of 7 counts of sexual assault – Sex Crime

Client was charged with 7 counts of sexual assault. Client was found not guilty of all 7 counts of sexual assault in a jury trial.

Case Dismissed for possession of a concealed firearm – Criminal

Client was charged with possession of a concealed firearm. After a successful suppression motion, the case was dismissed.

Misdemeanor charge and eventual dismissal granted for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 – Sex Crime

Client was charged with lewd and lascivious acts with child under 14. After jury trial in which they hung favorably, negotiated plea for misdemeanor battery and no sex offender registration. After the completion of probation, we petitioned the Court for a dismissal pursuant to 1203.4 which was granted.

Client acquitted of all charges of failure to register under Penal Code 290 – Relief

Offer of prison, alleging client failed to register at a concurrent address. Client was acquitted of all charges by jury trial

Misdemeanor with community service and no sex offender registration for penetration with a foreign object and oral copulation – Sex Crime

Client was charged with penetration with a foreign object and oral copulation, both with someone under 18. Original offer was prison and life time sex offender registration. We were able to negotiate a plea for a misdemeanor with community service and NO sex offender registration.

Client acquitted of all charges of failure to register under Penal Code 290 – Relief

Offer of prison, alleging client failed to register at a concurrent address. Client was acquitted of all charges by jury trial

No sex offender registration or jail time for Indecent Exposure – Sex Crime

Client was charged with penetration with a foreign object and oral copulation, both with someone under 18. Original offer was prison and life time sex offender registration. We were able to negotiate a plea for a misdemeanor with community service and NO sex offender registration.

Convictions reduced and dismissed of 2 felony counts of oral copulation with someone under 18 – Relief

Client convicted of 2 felony counts of oral copulation with someone under 18. Client sought a reduction and dismissal. court and DA originally agreed that client was ineligible for felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors. After filing points and authority with the court, and oral argument, the court agreed our client was eligible and granted our request to reduce his convictions and dismiss.

Not guilty jury trial and no sex offender registration for oral copulation of a 4 yr. old and resisting arrest – Sex Crime

Client was charged with oral copulation of a 4 yr. old and resisting arrest. Original offer was prison and life time registration as a sex offender. After jury trial, client was acquitted of the 148 (resisting) and the jury hung 9 – 3 in favor, Not Guilty on the oral copulation charge. After trial, negotiated a plea to a misdemeanor with no jail time and no sex offender registration.

Credit for time served and no sex offender registration for over 40 violations of sexual intercourse and oral copulation – Sex Crime

Client originally charged with over 40 violations of sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a minor. Original offer was prison. Negotiated plea for probation with credit for time served and no sex offender registration.

Prison avoided for felony DUI and leaving the scene of an accident – DUI

Because of prior Strike conviction, original offer was prison. After a successful Romero Motion, we were able to not have his prior Strike included in the senentencing calculation and the client avoided prison.

Dismissal for conspiracy to distribute drugs – Criminal

Client was charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs. After reviewing the facts, we were able to successfully argue the lack of our client’s involvement. The case was dismissed.

Probation and no jail time for assault with a deadly weapon with a car – Criminal

Client was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with a car. The victim was left with a brain injury. After a complete review of all of the facts, we were able to negotiate a plea for probation and no jail time.

Dismissal for laundering illegally obtained money through business – Criminal

Client was charged with laundering illegally obtained money through her business. After thorough forensic accounting and research, we were able to negotiate a dismissal with the Deputy U.S. Attorney.

Probation only for illegal marijuana grow – Criminal

Client was charged with an illegal marijuana grow. After negotiations with the U.S. Attorney, our client avoided time in custody and was placed on probation only.

Dismissal for Speeding over 100 MPH and Failure to Appear at Court – Criminal

Client failed to appear in court for misdemeanor speeding over 100 mph. Judge found guilty and sent case to collections. Sucessfully petition the Judge to recall the case from collections and dismiss the failure to appear. Negotiate with DA and had charges dropped from Misdemeanor to a standard speeding ticket for over 65 mph. Made our client eligible for traffic school, after completion resulted in a complete dimissal.

Reduced time for possession and receiving child pornography – Sex Crime

Client charged in federal court for possession and receiving child pornography. Federal Sentencing Guidelines were 97 – 121 months. After favorable evaluations, and impassioned argument, the Client was sentenced to 5 years.

Dismissal of 2nd DUI with High Blood Alcohol – DUI

Sucessfully petition court, under new Veteran’s Court law, for a dismissal of the DUI in exchange for entering the Vertan’s Court Treatment Program.

Reduction to misdemeanor and subsequent dismissal for felony DUI – Relief

Client had been convicted of a felony DUI and on probation. Wanted to terminate probation and seek relief to pursue nursing license. Court granted request to terminate probation early. Felony convictions reduced to misdemeanor for all purposes. Client was relieved of all disabilities and penalties associated with the conviction.

Dismissal of DUI under perscription medication with separate allegation of collision with a telephone pole – DUI

Negotiate a dismissal of the DUI completley due to driver having a perscription for medication in his system. DUI was dismissed and client plead to reckless driving with no alcohol or drugs involved. Punishment was by fine.

Relieved of all disabilities and penalties for elderly woman convicted of a DUI – Relief

Elderly woman convicted of a DUI sought early termination of probation and to restore her blemish-free record. Court granted request to terminate probation early. The DUI conviction was dismisses pursuant to Penal Code 1203.4. The client was relieved of the disabilities and penalties associated with the conviction.

Dismissal of DUI with Blood Alcohol of .09% while driving over 100mph – DUI

Negotiated a dismissal of the DUI and plea to a less-related offense of wet and reckless driving

Relieved of all disabilities and penalties for felony violation of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 18 years – Relief

Client was convicted of a felony violation of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 18 years of age under Penal Code 261.5. Clients felony conviction was reduced to a misdemeanor for all purposes under Penal Code 17(b) and subsequently dismissed under Penal Code 1203.4. The Client was relieved of all disabilities and penalties associated with the conviction.

Dismissal of Grand Theft and Residential Burglary – Criminal

Original offer was state prison. DNA did not match and case completley dismissed. However, client was arrested for possession of drugs which created a new case. Sucessfully petitioned the court to grant him eligible for “Diversion Class” which when completed, resulted in a dismissal of those charges as well.

Relieved of duty to register as a Sex Offender – Relief

Petitioned the Court to dismiss the client’s conviction pursuant to Penal Code 1203.4, and subsequently filed a Petition for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. The Court was compelled and granted both requests. Upon the granting of the Certificate of Rehabilitation, the client was relieved of the duty to register as a sex offender.

Dismissal of Residential Burlgary and Robbery with a Firearm – Criminal

Held preliminary hearing and receive “no holding order”. Judge dismissed the case for a lack of probable cause to continue to trial.

Relieved of the duty to register as a sex offender and removed from Megan’s Law website – Relief

Client was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14; and oral copulation of a minor under 16 by someone over the age of 21. Client was elieved of the duty to register as a sex offender approx. 4 years after the conviction and removed from Megan’s Law website.

DUI with allegation that defendant refused to submit to a chemical test dismissed – DUI

Sucessfully dismissed the refusal to take a chemical test allegation. This was due to improper admonishment and instructions from the arresting officer.

Saved client 10 yrs. in prison for marijuana grow that involved an officer shooting – Criminal

After thorough investigation, we were able to demonstrate that the officer was shot with friendly fire, saving our client 10 extra years in prison.

Felony conviction reduced to misdemeanor under Penal Code 17(b) and subsequently ALL convictions were dismissed. Client relieved – Relief

Client suffered felony and misdemeanor convictions when younger. Clients felony conviction was reduced to a misdemeanor for all purposes under Penal Code 17(b) and subsequently all convictions were dismissed under Penal Code 1203.4. The Client was relieved of all disabilities and penalties associated with the conviction.

Two Misdemeanor counts and no sex offender registration for multiple counts of 288(a), lewd and lascivious act with a child – Sex Crime

Client was charged with multiple counts of 288(a), lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14. A plea was negotiated for 2 misdemeanor counts, alternative sentencing and No sex offender registration.

Felony Transportation of Marijuana Across State Lines for Purpose of Sale or Distribution reduced to a Misdeamenor – Criminal

Negotiate case over the course of 11 months from a felony transportation charge for possession of 8 pounds of marijuana crossing state lines. Case sucessfully settled for misdeamenor possession of marijuana and community service.

While at the Chastaine Law Office strives for the best results for every client, it is impossible to promise any specific outcome in any given case. Our past results are based on the particular facts of each of those matters and do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. Outcomes vary based on many factors, including the county the case is prosecuted in, the judge the case is seen before, the prosecutor involved and the specifics of the case itself.

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