Case Results

Rutherford County Circuit Court- State of Tennessee vs. Y.R. (2016)

Charged: (1) Felony Grow Operation of Over 100 Marijuana Plants; (2) Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Purpose of Drug Use; (3) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; (4) Felony Interference with Utility Lines; and (5) Felony Theft of Services Over $60,000.

Potential Sentence: (1) 8-30 years; (2) 2-12 years; (3) 11 month and 29 days; (4) 1-6 years; and (5) 8-30 years

Result: Possession of Marijuana, 2 years probation with expungement from record after completion.

Police were called by a neighbor to investigate a possible domestic violence situation at my client’s home. My client and his girlfriend were cuban immigrants and did not speak any english. When police arrived they claimed that they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the home and entered without verbal consent or waiting for a translator to arrive on the scene. A large scale marijuana grow operation was discovered by the officers and my client was arrested and charged with several serious felony drug charges. I filed a motion to suppress all of the evidence based upon the officer’s illegal entry of the home and a faulty search warrant. Based upon the issues raised in my motion, the district attorney’s office went from offering my client a lengthy prison sentence to two (2) years probation with the right to have the charges expunged from his record after his successful completion of the probation.

Rutherford County Circuit Court- State of Tennessee vs. D.V. (2015)

Charged: Felony Possession of Marijuana.

Potential Sentence: 1-6 years

Result: Dismissed.

Police initiated a traffic stop of my client based upon an accusation that he was playing the music in his car too loudly, in violation of a local noise ordinance. During the course of the traffic stop, the Officer convinced my client to consent to a search of his vehicle. The search revealed one (1) pound of marijuana in the trunk of his car and resulted in a charge of felony possession. After a review of the relevant noise ordinance, obtaining a copy of the Officer’s in-car video and cross-examining the Officer in three (3) separate hearings, I was able to have the charges dismissed three (3) times based upon the Officer’s unlawful traffic stop of my client. The charges were first dismissed in the local Municipal Court after a full hearing and determination that the traffic stop was illegal. The charges were dismissed again in the General Sessions Court after a preliminary hearing with a finding by the Judge that the traffic stop was illegal. And finally, after the State again persisted with a felony indictment in Circuit Court, I successfully convinced the Judge to suppress all of the evidence obtained as a result of the illegal traffic stop which resulted in the charges being dismissed a third and final time.

Wilson County Circuit Court- State of Tennessee vs. J.B. (2014)

Charged: Felony Theft over $10,000.

Potential Sentence: 3-15 years

Result: Dismissed.

Client was originally charged with misdemeanor joyriding for taking his girlfriends truck without her permission and pled guilty in exchange for a probationary sentence. Several months later, the District Attorney’s Office decided to indict my client for Felony Theft based upon the exact same incident for which he had already pled guilty. The client hired me to represent him during this felony prosecution. I successfully argued a motion to dismiss the indictment based upon the District Attorney’s Office attempt to prosecute my client twice for the same conduct. All charges were dismissed.

Davidson County Criminal Court- State of Tennessee vs. A.C. (2014)

Charged: (1) Felony Possession of Cocaine, (2) Felony Possession of Marijuana and (3) Possession of a Handgun During Commission of Dangerous Felony.

Potential Sentence: (1) 8-30 years; (2) 1-6 years; and (3) 3-5 years mandatorily consecutive to other charges

Result: 2 years probation for Possession of Marijuana.

Police were investigating a person with a long history of drug possession and sales. After this person made a sale to a confidential informant, police followed him and observed that he made a visit to my client’s home. Based upon nothing more than this one visit, the police obtained a search warrant for my client’s home believing that evidence of drug activity would be found there. The search resulted in the police finding and my client was charged with possession of felony amounts of marijuana, cocaine as well as possession of a handgun during a dangerous felony. After being retained, I filed a motion to suppress the evidence found in my client’s home based upon the lack of probable cause contained in the search warrant. Based upon the issues raised in the motion to suppress, the district attorney’s office agreed to dismiss the felony possession of cocaine as well as the gun charge. Client received two years probation for the possession of marijuana.

Rutherford County Circuit Court- State of Tennessee vs. K.S. (2013)

Charged: (1) Felony Possession of Marijuana, (2) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and (3) Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Purpose of Drug Use.

Potential Sentence: (1) 1-6 years; (2) 11 months and 29 days; and (3) 2-12 years

Result: Misdemeanor Simple Possession, 11 months and 29 days of probation with expungement from record after completion.

Client was living in a student housing apartment at a local university. His roommate was suspected of selling marijuana from the residence. Police obtained a search warrant for the apartment based upon a sale the roommate made with a confidential informant at the apartment. When officers executed the search warrant, they entered my client’s bedroom and discovered a substantial amount of marijuana. Client was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor. Once retained, I filed a motion to suppress the evidence found in my client’s bedroom based upon errors and omissions contained in the search warrant. The district attorney’s original settlement offer before I filed the motion to suppress was a felony conviction and jail time. After filing my motion to suppress, the settlement offer was to plea to a misdemeanor with no jail time and an agreement that the charge could be expunged from his record after one (1) year.

Davidson County Criminal Court- State of Tennessee vs. J.B. (2013)

Charged: Felony Aggravated Assault

Potential Sentence: 3-15 years

Result: Not Guilty

Client was confronted at a friend’s apartment and was later attacked in the parking lot by a romantic rival. The fight broke out between my client and the rival as well as several other individuals who were present. During the brawl, the rival was stabbed in the back and suffered serious bodily injury. The romantic rival told police that my client was the one that stabbed her, despite all of the confusion and the many people involved which resulted in my client being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. I was able to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and the circumstances that led to the fight. The case eventually went to a jury trial where I was able to demonstrate through eye witness testimony and the romantic rivals prior statements on social media that the she had lied about the events leading up to the fight as well as about the fight itself. Client was found Not Guilty of all charges.

Davidson County Criminal Court- State of Tennessee vs. A.H. (2009)

Charged: (1) First Degree Murder and (2) Aggravated Burglary.

Potential Sentence: (1) 25 years to Life Imprisonment; (2) 3-15 years.

Result: Voluntary Manslaughter, 8 years to serve.