Staging a Motor Vehicle Crash (Insurance Fraud), Scheme to Defraud
All Charges Dropped at Trial
In 2015 several individuals planned, staged, and executed an intentional
car crash and received medical treatment for fraudulent injuries. One
of this scheme’s participants had an ax to grind with our client
and duped law enforcement into believing that our client was involved
in planning this intentional crash. Despite numerous inconsistent statements
from the scheme’s admitted participants, the government would not
drop the case against our Client. Finally, after picking a jury and delivering
a hard hitting opening statement, the prosecution’s house of cards
began to tumble. After a hard hitting cross examination, and halfway through
the testimony of the Government’s star witness, the prosecution
gave in and dropped the case. Because a jury was sworn, jeopardy attached,
and our client can never be charged for the false allegations again.
Violation of Probation, 4 Counts of Forgery, 3 Counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Grand Theft, Absconding
5 Separate Cases Dismissed
Sometimes prosecutors make mistakes. In 1993, our client pled to several
cases relating to a fraud. He was to be incarcerated for a period of time
and then start probation when he was released. Somehow though, before
our Client even began probation, the prosecution filed paperwork to violate
his probation. When he was released from incarceration, the prison system
never told him to report to probation and, 24 years later, he found out
that he had 5 warrants out for his arrest for violation of probation and
absconding. Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert, Benjamin Jones, spring
into action, quickly getting the warrants quashed and the cases dismissed.
Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct (Active Warrant)
Orange County - Our client came to us with an outstanding active arrest
warrant for Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. We were able to quickly
and efficiently get our client's case favorably resolved by getting
the prosecutor to agree to drop the Resisting charge and to withdraw the
arrest warrant. We entered a no contest plea to only the Disorderly Conduct
charge. The court withheld adjudication (no conviction) and our client
only paid a small fine (no jail, no probation).
Result: No conviction, no jail, no probation for Disorderly Conduct charge.
Resisting charge and arrest warrant dropped.
Family Law/Petition to Establish Paternity
Lake County - Client hired us to establish his paternity rights as a father.
Longwell Lawyers was able to proceed to a Final Hearing and obtain all
of the rights, including time sharing and decision making rights, that
our client was rightfully seeking.
Result: The Judge granted our client exactly the time sharing schedule
and terms that he was requesting.
Tampering with a Witness and Battery
Client was a passenger in an Uber and vomited during the ride, causing
the driver to stop and tell the client to get out. The Client got out
but realized he left his smart phone, ID, and credit card in the backseat.
He chased down the car and was yelling for the driver to stop so he could
get his things. The driver panicked and claimed that our client was trying
to attack her. She claimed that when she tried to call the police our
client attacked her and knocked her phone away, knocking her to the ground
in the process. Our client was intoxicated and was arrested for Tampering
with a witness to hinder a 9-11 call (Felony) and battery (misdemeanor).
Result: Longwell Lawyers engaged in discovery, took depositions, and prepared
the case for trial. On the day of trial, the client agreed to enter a
plea to a separate charge of disorderly intoxication only and all original
criminal charges were dropped.
Trafficking Oxycodone (15 year/$500,000 minimums)
Orange County - Client was set up by an acquaintance, who was working as
a Confidential Informant, to buy 120 pills of Oxycodone from an undercover
law enforcement officer. The client was originally facing a minimum mandatory
sentence of 15 years prison (up to 30 years) and a $500,000 fine. Longwell
Lawyers prepared the case for trial by obtaining discovery, taking depositions,
and pursuing an entrapment defense. As a result, the government offered
our client a lesser offense with 3 years prison and no fine or probation.
The client accepted the offer in lieu of proceeding with further litigation.
Any sentence less than a dismissal or a Not Guilty is a disappointment,
especially when it involves incarceration. However, our client obtained
the best possible outcome under the circumstances, without risking a minimum
mandatory 15 years prison/$500,000 fine – up to 30 years prison.
Result: client accepted plea to lesser offense with 3 years prison and
no fine or probation instead of risking a minimum mandatory 15 years prison/$500,000
fine – up to 30 years prison.
Juvenile - Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling with a Firearm
Orange County - Our client was arrested and initially held in juvenile
detention without release based upon an allegation made by a school-mate
who claimed that our client, along with another individual, broke down
the front door of a home and invaded the home while occupied by the school-mate.
Longwell Lawyers was able to get the client released and immediately prepared
the case for trial. During depositions it was established that the witness/school-mate
only quickly peeked out to see who was breaking-in, and only saw the back
of the head of the person who he identified as our client. Furthermore,
an alibi defense was asserted establishing that our client was at home
at the time of the alleged offense. Finally, evidence was uncovered that
another individual, who looked similar to our client, was associating
with the other accused "co-defendant" and was allegedly committing
other burglaries at about the same time. As such, Longwell Lawyers was
able to convince the officer and the prosecutor that the case involved
a mistaken identification and got the prosecutor to drop the case on the
day of trial.
Result: charge dropped by the state
Felony Grand Theft (Scheme to Defraud/Employee theft).
Client was accused of stealing over $1,000 in cash from merchandise sales
transactions while employed at a resort.
Result: Felony charge dropped. No conviction.
Conspiracy to Traffic Oxycodone
Orange County, Florida- Our client was charged in a 24 count Information
(along with 17 other co-defendants) with Conspiracy to Traffic in Oxycodone
(and other charges). Facing more than 30 years in prison, our client courageously
allowed us to assert the very powerful constitutional rights that every
accused individual is afforded-and the process paid off.
Result: Today the case was successfully resolved and our client did not
get any jail/prison. Our client is very happy!
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Client was stopped by the police for swerving while driving. The police
suspected the client was DUI and conducted an investigation, including
field sobriety exercises, a breath test, and a urine test. The client
had two prior DUIs.
Result: Longwell Lawyers was able to get the case dropped