Meissner Law Firm - Verdicts & Settlements
VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS
July 14, 2017. Lancaster Superior Court: CHARGES OF ILLEGALLY POSSESSING AND TRANSPORTING MARIJUANA TO BE DISMISSED
This client was a passenger in a U-Haul van being driving by his friend. The police stopped the van for a faulty tail light violation. The police found inside the U-Haul van many growing marijuana plants. Both the driver and my client, who was the passenger, were charged with one count of transporting marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana for sale. The problem this case presented for my client is that he is from China and is not a United States Citizen. A conviction for either of these charges would mean he would be subject to being deported back to China. After much work on showing the prosecutor that the client was actually a responsible person with no prior criminal background, the defense attorney and DA worked out a plea bargain which ultimately will result in both of these charges being totally dismissed without the client having to enter a plea of guilty or no contest to any type of drug related crime which would be fatal for immigration purposes.
April 28, 2017. Pasadena Superior Court: FELONY PORCH PIRATE CASE DISMISSED
This client held a Ph.D. in the sciences. In is apartment complex he noticed a package had been dropped off on the common walk-way and had been left there for days. One day the client decided to pick up the package and take it into his apartment to see if he could learn to whom it might have belonged. Unknown to the client, this was a rigged police plant package with a device in it which would go off when the package was opened and the police would be summoned. Suddenly, a whole swarm of police came knocking on client's door and he was arrested for felony grand theft. After MUCH investigation by his defense attorney and MUCH negotiation with the prosecutor's office his attorney was finally able to get the entire case dismissed. A conviction for any type of theft offense could have cost this client his reputation and career in the scientific community. This was a case where the police messed up badly but in the long-run justice was finally achieved.
July 19, 2017. Downey Superior Court. CLIENT RECEIVED NO JAIL TIME ON CRIMINAL THREATS CHARGE
This client took his daughter to school and parked in a restricted zone. When confronted by the school police officer the client became extremely angry and outraged. The client took a fighting stance and threatened to cause physical harm to the officer in the future, claiming he knew where the officer lived, etc. He was charged with making a criminal threat against a police officer. This is a crime that the DA and the courts take very seriously and usually results in some very substantial jail time. The defense attorney worked up a mitigation package and pointed out that this defendant had no prior criminal record and had a lot of stress in his life at the time when he made the threats. He also was very sorry for his behavior. A settlement was finally reached where the judge did not impose any jail time (which would have costs the client his job) on condition that the client attend some anger management classes and stay away from this particular police officer. The client was very happy with the settlement since he thought for sure that he would be going to jail. His job was saved.
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