You should never assume that past success on another case will equal the same or similar results in your case. All cases are different, and results in any case depend on a variety of factors sometimes including what the client is willing to do. That said, you should be very skeptical of any attorney who does not have significant success in a variety of cases.
Following are some of our representative successes for clients.
Federal Criminal Cases
Conspiracies to commit mail fraud and adulterate food products. NOT GUILTY ALL COUNTS. In a federal conspiracies to commit mail fraud and adulterate food products case, we took the case to trial and convinced the jury to return not guilty verdicts on all counts. Our client was the only one of about 70 defendants to go to trial and the only one of the defendants not to be convicted.
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine. NOT GUILTY ALL COUNTS. In a federal criminal case alleging three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, our client maintained her innocence and went to trial. We convinced the jury to acquit her, and the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all three counts. She was the only of three defendants in the case acquitted.
Probation with two counts dismissed. In a federal criminal case (1) alleging impersonation of a U.S. citizen, (2) false statement in a passport application, and (3) fraud with identification documents, our client faced a total of 15 years in prison. We convinced the government to dismiss two of the three charges and then convinced the judge to sentence our client to probation. Our client had school-age children and a successful business. She went home to her children.
Bank fraud. 14 day sentence. In a bank fraud case, our client pleaded guilty exposing herself to 30 years in federal prison. Even though the total loss in the fraud and in a related scheme approached half-a-million dollars, we presented our client's post-offense self-rehabilitation and subsequent successful career getting her sentence of only 14 days. (Probation was not allowed by statute.)
State Criminal Cases
First Degree Felony Reduced to Second Degree Felony and then No-Billed. In an allegation of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a family member (a first degree felony), we succeeded in, first, getting the DA's office to file the charge only as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (a second degree felony) and, then, convincing the grand jury to no bill the case resulting in our client's going home a free man.
DWI. Not Guilty. In a driving while intoxicated case, despite a breath test of only the .08 legal limit and a 30 minute videotape of the client conversing normally with the arresting officer, the district attorney refused to negotiate a plea bargain. We tried the case, and the jury found our client not guilty in less than 20 minutes.
Possession of Marijuana. Not Guilty. In a possession of marijuana case, the arresting officer claimed to be able to smell the small amount of marijuana that was wrapped in plastic under the driver's seat even though the car windows were rolled down and the wind was blowing. We didn't buy it. Neither did the jury. Twenty minute not guilty.
In defending a Tarrant County jailer accused of civil rights violations, we first sought dismissal of the case based on immunity grounds. When that was denied by the district court, we took an interlocutory appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which reversed the district court's decision resulting in dismissal of the case against our client without trial.
In a lawsuit alleging a breach of a lease for commercial office space, the plaintiff was seeking damages in excess of $55,000 plus $10,000 of attorney's fees. Though our client was clearly liable for the breach of the lease, we negotiated a settlement—paid out over time—of less than half the amount owed.
In defending a suit on a debt, we defeated the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment (which is a request for disposition without trial) and settled the case for ten cents on the dollar with our client's paying no attorney's fees.
In a civil case, opposing counsel sought to hold our client in contempt not once but twice. We filed a response, and the request for contempt was summarily denied. Opposing counsel tried again but folded canceling the hearing after we filed another response. These responses are on the Legal Writing page.