STATE v. A.W.
Charge: FELONY BURGLARY Punishable by up to 10 years hard time in state prison; up to $20,000 in fines plus a $6,000 surcharge; and up to $1,500 in restitution.
Summary: We argued that our client did not know he was involved in a criminal activity until the officers stopped his car. The State argued that he should have known; however, they ultimately dismissed the serious felony charge after a long period of intense negotiations.
Result: Our client won a one year Administrative Release on misdemeanor charges, paying only his share of restitution. The remaining misdemeanor charges will be dismissed upon successful completion of the one-year release period. Our client avoided a serious jail sentence as well as a felony conviction.