Monthly Archives: June 2016

Two Drug Trafficking Counts Dismissed

In P. v. D.E., the defendant was arrested after allegedly helping to load over 400 pounds of marijuana into a mini-van.  Charged with two drug-trafficking counts, he was facing years of jail time.  At preliminary hearing, however, Attorney Dudley was able to decimate the prosecution’s case resulting in an immediate DISMISSAL of all charges.

David Successfully Prosecutes Search & Seizure Motion, Gets Sentence Reduced

In S. v. W.R., the defendant was charged with possessing for distribution almost half a kilogram of cocaine in Houston, Texas.  Although he had no felony record, the defendant was out on bond for a murder case in Dallas at the time of his drug arrest.  The district attorney’s initial settlement offer was for eight years in state prison.  After Attorney Dudley successfully prosecuted a search and seizure motion that led to the suppression of an important part of the case against his client, the case was resolved for an actual sentence of only six months.

David Gets Case Dismissed, Allows Client to Keep Job

In P. v. C.S., a young woman with no criminal record at all was arrested at a hotel and charged with a prostitution offense.  If convicted of that specific charge, she would have been unable to secure the job she was seeking in the airline industry.  Attorney Dudley, however, persuaded the city attorney to accept a plea of no contest to a trespassing charge.  After the defendant completed a short period of summary probation, Mr. Dudley successfully moved to DISMISS the case.  That dismissal allowed his client to keep her newly acquired job and pursue the career she wanted.

Government Counsel Agrees to Quick Settlement

In U.S. v. $29,000, a man traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles was stopped by DEA agents at an airport.  When asked to consent to a search of his bag, he agreed.  From the bag, the agents seized approximately $29,000 in cash.  Attorney Dudley provided some, but by no means definitive, documentary evidence to the government demonstrating that his client had lawfully earned the money through gambling in Las Vegas.  To avoid extended litigation of the claim, government counsel agreed to a quick settlement of the matter for half of the seized currency.

David Helps Client Recover Thousands in Seized Cash

In U.S. v. $34,000, a Jamaican citizen residing in New York City was driving through the Birmingham area of Alabama when he was stopped by a state trooper.  A search of his vehicle ensued which resulted in officers seizing $34,000 in cash.  Although the stop and search appeared on the surface to be lawful, and the driver of the car provided no plausible explanation for the source of the money, Attorney Dudley asserted that the detention was likely motivated by racial profiling.  To resolve the matter without having to litigate the profiling allegation, government counsel agreed to release half of the money as an early settlement of the case.

David Helps Client Avoid Deportation & Jail Time

In P. v. D.E., the defendant was accused of participating in a scheme to transport hundreds of pounds of marijuana from California to Florida.  Because he was a Jamaican national residing in the United States on a green card, he faced mandatory deportation if convicted of the marijuana trafficking charges filed against him.  For months, the district attorney would not entertain any disposition of the case other than a guilty plea to a felony drug-trafficking offense with punishment to include two years of jail time.  When the case was set for trial, however, Attorney Dudley previewed his defense to a more experienced prosecutor who was brought in to try the matter.  After Mr. Dudley’s presentation, the new prosecutor agreed a settlement under which the defendant would plead no contest to a non-deportable felony with NO JAIL TIME.  As a result of that favorable disposition, the defendant remains in this country with his wife and children.

David Helps Client Avoid Jail Time After Manslaughter Charges Filed

In P. v. B.S., the defendant, a commercial truck driver, swerved off a major freeway, striking a parked vehicle and killing its owner who was standing in front of the car.  The truck driver, who had prior felony conviction for a violent strike offense, was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.  In exchange for the defendant’s consent to a two-year suspension of his commercial driving privileges, Attorney Dudley was able to secure a no contest plea to the charge with NO JAIL TIME imposed.

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.