Decatur County (2004).
Charges: Assault, Hate Crime, Going Armed with Intent, First Degree Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Participating in a Riot, Carrying a Weapon, Criminal Mischief and Joint Criminal Conduct. Government purposefully tried to make an example of this defendant, overcharging him, then arresting and charging counsel’s student intern with obstruction of justice and witness tampering for speaking with state witnesses. Counsel filed motion to dismiss all charges based on atmosphere of government intimidation. Counsel also worked with client to enroll in alcohol counseling and anger management. Ultimately obtained reduction in charges to Attempted 2nd Degree Burglary, Participating in a Riot, and Criminal Mischief. Presented numerous witnesses and evidence at sentencing and obtained DEFERRED JUDGMENT. After serving two years supervised probation, client’s criminal record was expunged.