Delivery of MJ, Possession of MJ, Money Laundering, Crime Forfeiture
Every one of these cases takes a piece of the soul of any caring defense attorney who accepts representation or is appointed on one. The memories of the clients, their families and lives, the facts of their cases, the experts and detectives, the child records, and the psychological evaluations occupy space in our minds until we pass.
In this case, our Client was indicted on an accusation of sexual abuse that would have led to a minimum 25 year sentence and a maximum of life. He and his family insisted that he was truly innocent and tracked the history of the accusation, showing ways in which it morphed and conflicted with other evidence.
Lost, scared and ripped away from his family almost 3000 miles away, our Latinx client was left in jail in Southern Oregon to hire attorneys that would try and save his life. We had to vigorously argue bail to get it to an amount where the sale of the family home would cover the costs, something that most people simply cannot afford or do - and something that greatly hurt our client and his family.
We retained four experts and an investigator and poured through thousands of pages of child welfare records, psychological reports, police reports and other documents. Utilizing the information from our client's family and the insight of the experts, we were able to put together a compelling presentation to the DA. He is dismissing the case, returning our client to his family and saving his future.
The scars will not quickly fade from their memory of the year he was ripped away and taken to jail, forced to live in a faraway state and only call home. And they will also remember the injustices that happen so often, those that we warned him might happen to him, those that convict innocent people and lock them away. I am grateful to have gotten such a dismissal - but I am also in mourning over the injustices that happen every day and those that are a part of my client's history forever.
"Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. Not for kudos and not for cash. Just refuse to bear them.”