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Category: firearms

Case Dismissed After David Discredits Witness

In P. v. J.C., the defendant allegedly pointed a firearm at the complaining witness and then fired it in his direction.  The district attorney alleged that he had unlawfully discharged that weapon, a felony.  At the preliminary hearing, Attorney Dudley discredited the witness so severely on cross examination that, over the prosecution’s strenuous objection, the court DISMISSED the case, specifically finding that the purported victim lacked any credibility whatsoever.

Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor & Sentence Reduced to 6 Months

In P. v. J.H., the defendant in a road rage incident was specifically accused of making terrorist threats while brandishing a handgun at the driver of another vehicle, his wife, and his young child.  Although he was a young man with no criminal record, he was facing two felony counts that would have counted as strikes under California’s sentencing laws and many years in state prison.  Through patient but persistent negotiation, Attorney Dudley finally convinced the district attorney to allow his client to plead no contest to…