ARSON TO OCCUPIED STRUCTURE (First Degree Felony)
Fire investigators and law enforcement officials alleged that our client
intentionally set an occupied dwelling on fire as the result of a domestic
argument. The client was arrested and retained Longwell Lawyers for legal
representation. Longwell Lawyers got to work investigating the government’s
case and successfully convinced the prosecution not to file any formal
charges in the case. The case was dropped and the client was not prosecuted.
Battery – Domestic Violence
No charges ever filed
Our client and his girlfriend were verbally arguing as they were leaving
dinner. The girlfriend reached into our client’s pocket in an attempt
to take his phone. Our client grabbed her wrist to prevent her from taking
his phone. A passer-by, having not witnessed the entire sequence of events,
saw our client grab a woman’s wrist, thought he was trying to strong-arm
rob the woman, and called the police. Our client was, unfortunately, arrested.
Criminal Trial Expert, Benjamin Jones saw that cooler heads prevailed
and that law enforcement, as well as prosecutors understood the full context
of what one person thought they saw. Quickly opening this line of communication
with the prosecution helped to facilitate no charges ever being filed
against our client.
Grand Theft – 3rd Degree
All Charges Dropped
Our client was trying on sunglasses at a local mall. Deciding that he
did not want to purchase a paid he left the store. Unbeknownst to him,
store employees suspected him of shoplifting and called the police. Our
client was stopped while getting into his car and told that his sunglasses
belonged to the store. He was arrested on the spot and charged with a
felony theft charge. Criminal Trial Expert Benjamin Jones immediately
pointed out what should have been obvious: No alarm sounded when our client
left the store. There was no allegation of a “booster bag”
being used to defeat the alarm (a “booster bag” is typically
a shopping bag that is lined with aluminum foil designed to block RF sensors
on merchandise). And, finally, there were no sales tags or stickers on
our client’s sunglasses, nor was there any time for him to remove
any such tags. When additionally confronted with the fact that the sunglasses’
fair market value was far less than the $300 felony threshold, the prosecution
caved and dropped all charges.
Burglary of a Conveyance (Auto Theft), Grand Theft, Fleeing and Eluding an Officer (with lights and siren)
Police saw a stolen pick-up truck run a stop sign and tried to make a stop.
The driver of the truck successfully eluded the officer and was not stopped.
15-20 minutes later the unoccupied stolen pick-up truck was located in
front of a residence. The officer claimed that our client, who was at
the residence, looked like the person who had been driving the truck a
bit earlier when police (that same officer) tried to stop it. The officer
was very aggressive and took our client into custody at gunpoint. Our
client denied any involvement or knowledge of the truck. Longwell Lawyers
worked with our client and the witnesses to clearly demonstrate that the
client should not have been arrested and that there was a verifiable alibi.
Most disturbingly, the officers knew of the alibi information but chose
to arrest our client anyway.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) over a .15
Client was stopped for allegedly running a red light and swerving in traffic,
almost sideswiping the officer. After performing several field sobriety
exercises on video, the client was arrested and had an breath test result
over a .15 (exposing our client to enhanced mandatory penalties, if convicted).
The client was also issued to tickets the red light and the swerving.
Longwell Lawyers prepared the case for trial. In the process, the prosecutor
agreed to drop the DUI charge to a Reckless Driving charge.
Result: Client agreed to a Reckless Driving plea. The DUI was dropped.
The tickets were dismissed.
Robbery with a Firearm with a Discharge
Our client, who is a minor with no prior criminal record, was charged as
an adult, with a crime that could have resulted in a Life Sentence. After
careful investigation and several rounds of depositions, Criminal Trial
Expert Benjamin Jones revealed that our client was merely an innocent
bystander to a Robbery with a Firearm (where someone was shot), rather
than an active participant. Instead of facing the prospect of a future
locked-up behind bars, our client can now look forward to finishing school
and pursuing his dreams as a free man.
Result: All Charges Dropped
Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Paraphernalia
Prison Sentence Lifted
Our client was stopped for speeding and allegedly found to be in possession
of a felony controlled substance, cannabis and paraphernalia. Because
of our clients past criminal history, he scored a minimum of 8 years prison,
if convicted. Longwell Lawyers was able to leverage our client’s
defenses to obtain a favorable outcome. Our client was offered the option
of either going to trial, entering a plea to a misdemeanor with a relatively
short jail sentence, or entering a plea to a felony with no jail (2.5
years of probation). Our client selected the probation offer and was very
pleased with the outcome.
Result: Client facing minimum 8 year prison sentence received no jail or prison
Petition for Injunction for Protection against Stalking
The injunction was granted.
While representing our client in a Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) it
became necessary for us to file an injunction for protection against stalking
on behalf of our client, due to the fact that her estranged husband (respondent)
was harassing her in a malicious manner with the intent to cause her substantial
emotional distress. Despite the respondent and his attorney strongly contesting
the injunction, Longwell Lawyers was able to win the hearing and obtain
the injunction. Our client was very relieved and grateful.
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.