Notable Cases

Federal Cases

United States v. Pantoja, et al. Case no. 07-1172-DDP
United States District Court, Central District of California

This complex, multi-defendant federal RICO case began as a death penalty case and ended, after a three-month trial in 2012, with the defense defeating the murder altogether and resulting in conviction on much less serious charges.

United States v. Azalea Abayari; 11-935-R-17
United States District Court, Central District of California

This was a multi-defendant federal drug conspiracy. The client was facing approximately 17 years in federal prison and was offered a deal for a mandatory minimum 5 years. The deal was rejected and later a disposition was reached where the client was offered diversion and promptly released.

United States v. Anthony F.
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

This was a multi-defendant federal drug conspiracy concerning a large quantity of drugs. The client was facing a guidelines sentence of approximately 25 years. Following a guilty plea, he was sentenced to time served, which amounted to about one month of custody.

United States v. Sergio Marquez, 12-CR-606-MWF-15
United States District Court, Central District of California

This was a multi-defendant marijuana importation conspiracy case. The client, age 19 at the time of the alleged offense, was facing a ten (10) year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence. Following an eight (8) day jury trial, my client was fully acquitted of all charges.

United States v. Brown; 09-734-ODW
United States District Court, Central District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, #10-50425

This was drug sting operation. The client was facing a minimum sentence of five (5) years with a sentencing guidelines range of over 25 years. He was sentenced to 21 months. The government appealed the very low sentence but, after oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, moved to dismiss their own appeal.

State Cases

People v. Cuong Vi To; Case No. GA074680
Los Angeles Superior Court, Alhambra

This was a case in which the defendant was charged with robbery with a firearm. The matter got dismissed at the preliminary hearing. The client avoided a minimum 12 year prison sentence and was released from court the same day.

People v. Sanchez; Case No. 1256981
Santa Barbara Superior Court, Santa Barbara

This was a felony vandalism case that threatened the client's employment and career in law enforcement. After investigation and several pre-trial hearings, the district attorney came to understand the client's actual innocence and not only dismissed the case, but agreed to stipulate to the client's factual innocence entitling him to sealing and destroying of the record of arrest.

People v. Najara; SA063485-02
Los Angeles Superior Court, Beverly Hills

This was a felony grand theft/embezzlement case where the client was a store security officer looking forward to a career in law enforcement. The client was innocent and the entire case was beaten at the preliminary hearing. Later, the judge granted a petition-of the district attorney's objection- for a declaration of factual innocence, allowing him to have the records of his arrest destroyed.