Local Success: Trial Court Successes: October, 2016

Below are trial court victories of our subscribers as reported on SADO’s Forum—an online community for criminal defense attorneys. Subscribers are encouraged to submit their stories of success on SADO’s Forum and/or directly to Associate Editor Neil Leithauser at nleithauserattorney@comcast.net. SADO’s CDRC Subscription information is available by contacting Heather Waara at hwaara@sado.org.

Michael A. Faraone secured a reduction in a minimum term for his client, from 171 months to 132 months,  October 6, 2016, in the 4th Judicial (Jackson County) Circuit Court in an assault with intent to rob while armed case.

James Sterling Lawrence won a not guilty verdict from a jury in a domestic violence case October 7, 2016, in the 23rd Judicial District Court (Taylor); the jury deliberated for about five minutes.

Susan K. Walsh was successful in getting OV 10 and OV 19 amended for a client in the 16th Judicial (Macomb County) Circuit Court, resulting in a reduction in the minimum sentence from 36 to 22 months.  In the 23rd Judicial (Alcona County) Circuit Court, Ms. Walsh also secured an amended scoring of OV 19 for a client resulting in a lowered minimum sentence, from 12 years to 10 years.

Adil Haradhvala obtained dismissal of a felony fake prescription-form charge at the preliminary examination, October 24, 2016, in the 41-B Judicial District Court (Clinton Township).

Legal Aid Assistant Defender James A. Parker won a not guilty verdict in an assault with intent to murder case tried in a bench trial in the 3rd Judicial (Wayne County) Circuit Court.

by Neil Leithauser
Associate Editor