Attempted Child Molest Case Dismissed
Client was charged with attempting to molest a child and the client claimed he was innocent. The State claimed that it had DNA evidence, other admissible evidence, and witnesses for the case. In fact, the DNA was inconclusive, there was no other evidence, and the witnesses lacked credibility. The client refused to accept any plea and insisted on going to trial. Even after the trial started, the State was not able to produce any credible witnesses or evidence. When the client refused to accept a plea even after the trial started, the State finally concluded that it could not proceed to trial and dismissed the case.
All Evidence Suppressed and Case Dismissed
Client was charged with receiving stolen property (credit cards and mail). Evidence was found in the client's wallet and the client admitted having it. Rick filed a motion to suppress all evidence claiming that the evidence obtained was due to an illegal search. The motion was granted suppressing all evidence and the case was dismissed.
Arson Case Dismissed
Client was arrested and charged with arson of her business and criminal damage over $100,000. The State's case was made through the county fire inspector who declared the fire that destroyed the building with several businesses was a clear arson due to fire accelerants found at the fire's point of origin. The fire inspector also claimed there was a witness who saw the client leave the building just prior to the fire starting. The case took almost 18 months to fully investigate and defend. Then, a witness was discovered just before trial that contradicted the State's evidence. In addition, this key witness told the fire inspector that the client was not the person seen leaving the building just before the fire started, and this person wrote out a report to that effect. Through the defense's investigation, Rick was able to discover that the fire inspector told the prosecutor that presented the case to the grand jury about the witness, but neither the prosecutor nor the fire inspector informed the grand jurors about the other witness. Rick filed a motion to dismiss the case with prejudice, and after a lengthy hearing on the matter, the court granted the dismissal due to prosecutor misconduct.
Not Guilty of Burglary After Trial
Residential burglary - client was charged with a residential burglary. The State had two eyewitnesses and evidence. The client rejected a plea agreement and elected to go to trial where the jury found the client not guilty.
No Charges Filed
Client was arrested with several others during a 200 pound drug sale. The police confiscated approximately 200 pounds of drugs, weapons, and a substantial amount of cash. After approximately a month of pre-file work, no charges were filed on the client.
Standard Probation for Accused Sex Offender
Rick's client was charged with public sexual indecency to a minor under 12 years old. After almost 9 months of litigation and two prior attorneys who could not help the client, Rick was able to successfully negotiate a very favorable plea agreement. The client was thereafter sentenced to very favorable terms of probation to include: standard probation, no incarceration, no fines, no electronic monitor, and no sex offender registration.
Almost 500 Pounds of Marijuana for Sale Case Dismissed
Rick's client was charged with illegal control of an enterprise (being in charge of a large drug selling ring), conspiracy, transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and money laundering - for allegedly setting up and selling nearly 500 pounds of marijuana to undercover officers. Rick's client plead not guilty. The State had surveillance and photographic evidence, GPS tracking on the pick-up and delivery vehicle, and an informant witness. After several months of litigation, Rick was able to convince the State that their case was extremely weak, and that their two key witnesses (the informant and lead detective) were no longer credible. Through the defense's investigation, Rick's defense team was able to gather key details that lead to many weaknesses in the State's case, which ultimately lead the State to dismiss their case completely.
Probation Violation Case Dismissed
Rick's client was arrested for violating his probation from allegations related to selling drugs (approximately 500 pounds of marijuana) and because the client was already on probation for selling approximately 400 pounds of marijuana. When the client was arrested, he was held without bond. After 17 days of incarceration, Rick got the client released from jail, and also got the client's release conditions changed to O.R. (own recognizance) pending the outcome of the second case. Once the client's second case was dismissed, the State dismissed the probation case and the client's probation was thereafter successfully terminated.
This case involved a wanted sex offender from Florida, called a fugitive of justice (FOJ) here. The client was wanted on 7 counts of transmitting child pornography over the internet (very serious offenses). Over the 3 months that Rick worked the case, he was able to prevent the Florida authorities from extraditing his client and finally got the case dismissed from Arizona. As a result, the entire FOJ case was dismissed.
Rick Wins Civil Case
Rick's represented a defendant business who was sued for breach of contract. When negotiations failed, the case proceeded to trial where the client was successfully defended and judgment was entered in their favor and they were awarded attorneys fees.
1 count of manslaughter 2 counts of aggravated assault - NOT GUILTY after trial
Criminal case where the client was charged with one count of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault. The client rejected the state's plea offer to a range of 7-10.5 years in prison. The case proceeded to jury trial where several novel issues were raised, and the jury acquitted the client of all three charges.
Misconduct Involving Weapons - Not Guilty After Trial
Rick's client was charged with misconduct involving weapons (possessing a weapon while being a prohibited possessor) because the client had several prior felony convictions. The client rejected any plea agreement and the case proceeded to trial where he was acquitted after a jury trial. This case was especially successful because the client was tried in absentia (the client was not present during trial) which almost always suggests guilt.
Assault Case Dismissed
Rick's client was charged with assaulting his wife in front of witnesses. The client claimed that he did not assault his wife and refused to accept a plea. Rick worked this case to prove that his client was telling the truth and convinced the state to dismiss the case because his client was wrongfully accused, and the case was dismissed.