Criminal Defense and Shattering the Illusion of Truth and Justice in the Courts
YOU'VE BEEN BUSTED! You are about to enter a world of smoke and mirrors
that can be so convoluted that it would give even the "Great Houdini"
a major migraine to escape unscathed. DON'T try to tread these waters
on your own. The truth of your innocence or guilt is only secondary to
the prosecution. You are about to be a soccer ball to be kicked around
a courtroom. You are a statistic now. A step on the stairway to promotion
for a zealous public servant who cares not a whit about truth. In most
cases the prosecutor is all about racking up convictions. A plea bargain
is a conviction. Go to trial, especially if you are innocent or mischarged.
The marching orders to clear clogged courts have been sung loud and clear.
Charge. Bargain. Convict. Sentence. Hang 'em High!
It can happen to anyone! Here is a little story about Robert K. Wittman,
the founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team. In his fascinating book,
"Priceless" Mr. Wittman tells a tale his own heart wrenching
experience, not as a law enforcement professional, but as defendant in
a manslaughter case aimed at him while he was a Special Agent with the FBI.
The long and the short of it is this. He and his partner were in a car.
They had been at a celebration and he was sober and acting as the designated
driver to take his overindulgent partner home. In the course of driving
Robert was startled by a bright light and lost control of the car. He
and his partner were both removed from the wreck with the jaws of life
and taken to the hospital where he survived and his partner died of a
In the hospital there was no chain of evidence procedure in place and Robert's
blood alcohol sample was mixed up with the one from his intoxicated partner
which was way over the limit for DUI. Robert was facing loss of career,
family, credibility, and freedom. He got a good criminal defense attorney
with a great investigator and after a NINE day trial he was found not-guilty
and acquitted of the charge of manslaughter.
Here's the rub and this is what I am blogging about. Shortly before
his trial a prosecutor made the offhand remark to him that the prosecution
knew their case was weak, "but we have to lose at trial".
Would an FBI agent even live through prison? I doubt it, unless he were
in solitary confinement. Most likely hiring a top notch criminal Defense
attorney saved his career and his bacon. Don't become a mere statistic
or just another notch on some prosecutor's gun.
Contact us and let us help put your troubles behind you.
If you were arrested for any Crime, including DUI or Juvenile Matters,
we offer a free and confidential consultation. Our law office is located
near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, California. We represent
individuals who have been arrested in Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore,
Wildomar, Menifee, Perris, Banning, Hemet, Corona or Riverside.