Conduct After an Accident
Client, a delivery driver, was backing out of a customer’s driveway when he struck a granite light post. The client looked at the fallen post, panicked and left the scene. The incident was captured on a home video surveillance system. The client retained Attorney Justin Shepherd. Attorney Shepherd reached a result with the State whereby the matter was dismissed after a short period of time, without any type of conviction. The client was extremely happy to not have a criminal conviction or a loss of license.
Client was charged with Reckless Conduct after his car swerved into an oncoming lane of traffic striking an oncoming vehicle head-on. Attorney Shepherd argued successfully that the collision was an accident that occurred late at night on a dark windy backroad and was not the product of recklessness.
Result:The case was DISMISSED. August, 2022
Client, a middle-aged person with no prior criminal history, was charged with felony-level assault after getting into a physical altercation with his parent. Prior to trial Attorney Shepherd provided the prosecutor with a detailed affidavit from the victim parent wherein the victim explained that an assault did not occur as alleged, and the police reports were incorrect.
Result:The assistant district attorney dropped the case.
Result: Client was charged with Simple Assault for punching another in the face during a heated argument. Attorney Shepherd argued that his client acted in self-defense and was not the initial aggressor. Thus, the State had to disprove the self-defense claim. The State failed to meet its burden of proof. The client was found not guilty following trial. July 2022
Client, a young person with no criminal history, was charged with Burglary breaking into a residence.
Result: Attorney Shepherd was able to reach a result whereby the Burglary charge was reduced to a non-criminal violation. This was huge as a felony conviction would have essentially ended this young person’s prospects.
The client was charged with Criminal Mischief for breaking a vanity mirror during a verbal argument. The client retained Attorney Justin Shepherd.
Result: The State dismissed the case prior to trial.
The Client was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. The client was driving home when she went off the road striking a mailbox. The homeowner heard the collision and called the police. The officer made contact with the client and noted that she smelled of alcohol. The client admitted that she consumed too much alcohol. The officer subsequently administered the standardized field sobriety tests. The client failed 2 out of 3 field sobriety tests and blew a .10 on the breath test. The client was placed under arrest for DWI. The client retained Attorney Justin Shepherd.
Result: Attorney Shepherd achieved a result whereby the DWI was reduced to a less serious Reckless Operation. The client was very happy to avoid a DWI conviction and the collateral consequences that come with a DWI conviction such as a criminal conviction, expensive programs and high fines.
First Degree Assault
Client was charged with First Degree Assault and Falsification of Physical Evidence. The charges stemmed from an alleged altercation. After an extensive investigation by Attorney Shepherd’s investigator it became clear to everyone that the defendant acted in self-defense. The State DROPPED the case.
Result: The case was dismissed.
Second Degree Assault
The client was charged with Second Degree Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The client’s teenaged son claimed that the defendant assaulted him. The police arrived and, after minimal investigation, placed the client under arrest.
Result: Attorney Shepherd thoroughly investigated the case and discovered that the “victim” made many inconsistent and false statements. Attorney Shepherd achieved a result wherein the entire case was dropped.
Endangering The Welfare Of A Child
Client was charged with the Class A misdemeanor offense of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The client worked in the health care industry and could not afford to loose her license if convicted.
Result: Attorney Shepherd was able to reach a result whereby the Endangering the Welfare of a Child charge was dropped. The client was very happy to avoid a conviction and loss of her professional license.
Client was charged with Criminal Threatening and Cruelty to Animals. The State alleged that the client was walking down a sidewalk when he kicked a dog and threatened to bash the dog owner over the head with his skateboard.
Result: The client retained Attorney Shepherd. The jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY.
Riot/Disorderly Conduct/Resisting Arrest
A large police protest occurred in a local city. During the protest the client approached the Police Riot Lin in a purportedly aggressive manner and hit a police shield with fists. The client was summarily thrown to the ground and, ultimately, charged with three Class A misdemeanors. The client retained Attorneys Shepherd & Hayes.
Result: Attorney Shepherd achieved a result where the Riot and Disorderly Conduct charges were completely dropped. The Resisting Arrest was reduced to a lesser misdemeanor. The client was ordered to do community service, not jail.
Client was charged with DWI after swerving off the road and striking a mailbox and sliding into a parked car. The Client retained Attorneys Shepherd & Hayes. Attorney Shepherd was able to get the DWI charge dropped. The client was very happy not to have a DWI on their driving history and all the collateral consequences that accompany a DWI conviction.
Result: Case Dismissed.
Operating After Suspension
Client rolled through a stop sign and was pulled over by the local police department. The client’s license was suspended. The client was charged with Operating After License Suspension and Operating without a Valid License. The client retained Attorneys Shepherd & Hayes. Attorney Shepherd was able to achieve a result whereby all charges were dropped.
Result: Case Dismissed.
State v. M.B.
M.B. was charged with Hindering Apprehension when she drove two suspects away from a crime scene.
Result: Rather than M.B. being convicted of a crime, Attorney Shepherd was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charge upon the completion of community service.
State v. J.B.
J.B. received a notice in the mail that the DMV was seeking to certify him a Habitual Offender based on his driving history. J.B. risked losing his license for a period of 1-4 years.
Result: Attorney Shepherd was able to back to court and “undo” one of J.B.’s prior motor vehicle convictions. The Habitual Offender matter was withdrawn and J.B. obtained a valid license.
Domestic Violence Simple Assault
Attorney Shepherd was retained to represent a client charge with Domestic Violence Simple Assault after an altercation with his partner.
Result: Attorney Shepherd was able to resolve the case on behalf of his client whereby the matter was continued for a period of time to be dismissed. The client was very happy to have not sustained any conviction.
Domestic Violence Simple Assault
Attorney Shepherd was retained to represent a client charged with Domestic Violence Simple Assault following an altercation with his partner. The client hired Attorney Justin Shepherd.
Result: The case was dismissed.
Conduct After An Accident and False Report to Law Enforcement
Client was charged with Conduct After an Accident and False Report to Law Enforcement. The State alleged that the client crashed a vehicle into a local resident’s front yard and, when the police arrived, lied about who was driving and how the accident occurred. Attorney Shepherd successfully pointed out several flaws in the State’s case such as there being no witness to the client actually operating the said vehicle.
Result: Ultimately, Attorney Shepherd argued that the State’s evidence did not raise the level needed to convict – that the State failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The Judge agreed and DISMISSED both charges.
Felony Reckless Conduct
Client was charged with Felony Reckless Conduct for allegedly pointing a firearm at a group of protesters. In short, Client and his father drove past a rally while displaying a Donald Trump flag and honking the horn. Members of the rally, who were engaged in a moment of silence, suddenly ran towards the defendant’s truck in a hostile and threatening manner. The defendant exited the passenger side of the truck, pulled a firearm and kept the firearm pointed at the ground in an effort to ward away the approaching mob.
Result: Attorney Shepherd argued to the jury that his client acted appropriately and in self-defense given the rapidly unfolding events. The jury agreed and returned a NOT GUILTY verdict.
Client was charged with a DWI after crashing his truck into a snowbank. Police responded and discovered the client unconscious behind the wheel. The police woke the client and subsequently administered Field Sobriety Tests. The client failed the standardized Field Sobriety Tests and was placed under arrest. The client retained Attorney Shepherd. Attorney Shepherd successfully highlighted several weaknesses in the State’s case to include the potential unreliability of the field sobriety test results following a car crash.
Result: The State dropped the DWI. While the client ultimately plead guilty to a reduced motor vehicle related offense, the client was very happy to avoid all the mandatory penalties that would have resulted from a DWI conviction.
Possession of a False Identification Card (2nd offense)
Client, a college student and scholarship recipient, was detained inside a local bar by Liquor Commission officers as the client “appeared to be under 21”. This was a second offense and, as such, the State was adamant that a conviction was needed. Officers searched the client’s wallet and discovered a false identification card purporting to show the client of being over 21-years-old. Prior to trial Attorney Shepherd filed a Motion to Suppress (or keep out) the evidence at trial. Attorney Shepherd argued that officers had no legal basis to approach the client in the first instance as “appearing over 21” was a completely subjective determination. Further, Attorney Shepherd argued that officers did not have a warrant and/or the client’s consent before officers went rummaging for the client’s identification.
Result:This case was resolved without any conviction whatsoever. The client avoided a conviction and avoided a potential loss of a collegiate scholarship.
Client was stopped for not having an inspection sticker. The officer felt that the client’s eyes were “pinpoint” and that he was “speaking too fast”. The Officer had the client perform the walk-and-turn test. The Officer concluded that the client failed this test. The client had 0.0% alcohol in his system. Officers then transported Client to the local hospital for a blood test. A “Drug Recognition Expert” affiliated with the local police department conducted further field sobriety testing aimed at determining if a person was operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs. The “Expert” concluded that the defendant was impaired by drugs. Well, the client’s blood was tested for the presence of every drug under the sun. The client had 0.0% of any substance whatsoever in his blood. The client retained Attorney Shepherd.
Client stayed at a local establishment until closing, got into his car and started to drive home. The client was pulled over by the local police department for traveling 10 MPH over the speed limit. The client pulled over appropriately, rolled down the window and provided the officers with his license and registration. The officer smelled alcohol and asked the client to exit the vehicle. According to the officer the client “passed” 2 out of 3 of the standardized field sobriety tests. The officer administered a fourth non-standardized test. In the officer’s subjective opinion the client failed this test. The client was arrested. The client retained Attorney Justin Shepherd. Attorney Shepherd got the case DISMISSED at trial.
A young adult client was charged with Felony Riot. One Tuesday morning a group of young adults entered a very popular local diner. After walking inside the first group spotted a rival group of young adults having breakfast. Insults were launched back and forth. A fight broke out – the first group attacked the second group as they were eating eggs and pancakes. During the ensuing melee fists were thrown, tables were tipped over, plates were smashed and coffee mugs shattered. The local police arrested Attorney Shepherd’s client and charged him with Felony Riot.
Result: Attorney Justin Shepherd convinced the prosecutor to reduce the charged from a felony to a misdemeanor. The client was ordered to finish his education rather than go to jail. This was an amazing result as a felony would have completely destroyed this young person’s life.
Agreement to Dismiss
Client was charged with Simple Assault following a scuffle. The client had no prior criminal record. The client retained Attorney Justin Shepherd.
Result: Attorney Shepherd successfully negotiated a result whereby the matter was simply continued for a period of time with the understanding that the matter will be dismissed without any conviction whatsoever. The client was very happy not to have any conviction on their record.
Drugs and Guns
The client was pulled over for crossing a solid yellow line and failure to use a turn signal. Officers discovered cocaine and firearms in the clients car. The client was charged with several serious felony offenses.
Result: Attorney Shepherd achieved a result for his client wherein the felony cases were dropped to a single misdemeanor, with no jail time involved.