Redondo Beach, Drunk Attorney Hits Wife in Face, Dismissal
When Redondo Beach police arrived, they allegedly found our client's wife had bruising to the left side of her face and our client, age 43, “severely” intoxicated. The two had both passed out in their living room on the large couch after arguing loud enough for the neighbors to call the police.Synopsis: Redondo Beach, drunk attorney allegedly hits wife on side of face, client arrested, client spends night in jail, felony case dismissed.
Greg Hill was called after our client was arrested and he immediately went to the Redondo Beach Jail to speak to our client. It was now about 2:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning.
Greg was taken back to the rear of the jail, where he met with the client in a small room. The client reeked of alcohol. He was quite worried about what a felony charge or, worse yet, a felony conviction would mean for his license to practice law.
Greg listened to the client explain what had happened and, in turn, Greg explained how such cases often resolve in the Torrance courthouse. He also explained who the prosecutor most likely would be if the case was filed as a felony and which Redondo Beach City prosecutors may work on the case if it was filed as a misdemeanor.
After perhaps 45 minutes of talking with the client, Greg left the jail.
The same day, later that morning after the sun rose, Greg spoke with the wife. The wife reiterated her explanation of events and volunteered to undergo a lie detector (polygraph) test to show she was telling the truth. Greg responded that the results of such a test are not admissible, generally, in court, but that they can be used in plea bargain negotiations.
Instead, Greg arranged for a private investigator to speak with the wife and have her sign a declaration under oath about the events.
The private investigator met with the wife the same day and Greg then provided the declaration to the Redondo Beach Police Department detective assigned to the case. The detective regarded the declaration with some suspicion, accepting it reluctantly.
Nonetheless, the detective politely thanked Greg for the declaration. Greg did not expect the declaration to help too much, if at all, as he had used the same technique in the past with little success. However, it was the only and best thing one could do under the circumstances of this case.
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