Earlier this year a local police department lured a Hollywood screenwriter into delivering a quantity of cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy to a female undercover officer who was allegedly seeking a “hook up” over the Internet. Arrested for felony possession of three controlled substances for distribution, the screenwriter was facing a potential prison sentence of seven years.
Immediately after his arrest, the screenwriter hired Attorney Dudley to represent him. Not waiting for his client’s forthcoming court date or even the prosecutor’s filing of formal charges, Mr. Dudley entered into discussions with the investigating officer in the case.
Although his client was arrested with the drugs in hand and admitted his intent to deliver in recorded conversations over the telephone and the Internet, Mr. Dudley was able to persuade the officer that substantial circumstances mitigated against the filing of criminal allegations against the client. Consequently, the officer chose to not even refer the case to the district attorney. Mr. Dudley’s client did not lose even a day of freedom and his criminal record remains completely clean.
This case represents one more successful example of Mr. Dudley’s axiom that the earlier a criminal suspect hires an experienced, accomplished defense attorney, the more likely his or her chances of a favorable resolution become.