Torrance, Severe Facial Injuries, DEJ and Dismissal
Without All the Details, What Happened: Torrance, severe facial injuries to victim, case settled for delayed entry of judgment and dismissal.
As our client had a prior criminal history for domestic violence, he became the prime suspect right from the start of the investigation. Police interviewed our client in the hospital, where she remained for several days. In every interview, she insisted that our client had never hit her and that she caused her injuries by falling down. She stated that she remembered taking almost an entire bottle of sleeping pills and falling down, after which time the last thing she remembered thinking was “wow, that really hurt” and crawling into bed.
The police did not believe her. It seemed the more she insisted that our client was not involved, the more skeptical the police became. The District Attorney, apparently taking her cue from the police, decided to press charges in the Torrance Superior Court.
Our office, upon interviewing the alleged victim, discovered that the victim had undergone gastric bypass surgery, which accelerated the effects of taking sleeping pills. Our office presented scientific evidence of this to the District Attorney, which made the victim’s story more credible.
Our efforts were successful, as after many weeks of negotiations, Greg Hill was able to get the District Attorney to dismiss the domestic violence charge, the battery on a co-habitant and the probation violation case pursuant to a plea bargain wherein the third charge, simple battery would be dismissed as well if our client attended 13 anger management classes, paid a $300 fine and a $225 booking fee.
The client, however, had to first plead no contest to the simple battery charge. Upon his successful completion of the 13 anger management classes, the plea would be withdrawn and the simple battery charge dismissed. Our client, although not guilty, was happy to avoid trial and the risks of being convicted for a crime he did not commit. The photographs of the injuries, after all, were quite horrific.
Had our client fought his case at trial and been found guilty of all charges, he faced a maximum of four years in prison.
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