Sacramento, CA, July 29, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- In Sacramento Superior Court today, domestic violence attorney
Patricia Campi of Summit Defense resolved a domestic violence case with a full court dismissal allowing her client to keep his record clean and avoid jail.
Ms. Campi’s client, whos name is withheld to protect his privacy, was charged with two counts of felony domestic violence and was facing up to 4 years in state prison in addition to possible fines and a criminal record.
The charges were particularly burdensome to the client due to the additional allegation of battery with serious bodily injury under PC234(d). Since the charge of penal code 234(d) is considered to be a serious felony within the meaning of PC 1192.7(c), it becomes a strike offense under the three strikes law.
Even though the alleged victim was cooperative and expressed her desire to drop the charges, the prosecution was unwilling to negotiate and pushed for a plea bargain.
The client, a successful business man known in the community, could not afford to have a criminal record impact his reputation.
Through independent investigation, ongoing negotiations and a stubborn insistence that justice require a dismissal of all charges, Patricia Campi finally prevailed upon the DA to drop the case on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
According to Ms. Campi, “My domestic violence clients often assume that they’ll have to accept a deal to a lesser offense. But dismissals are possible through negotiation, interviews and statements of mitigation. It’s in our clients best interests for charges to be dropped altogether…more work but worth it.”
About Summit Defense
Summit Defense is a Northern California Criminal Defense Law Firm with offices in the Bay Area and Sacramento. Their accomplished team of trial attorneys includes two former prosecutors, a former police officer and attorneys who graduated from the country’s top law schools. Their criminal defense attorneys handle the full spectrum of criminal defense cases with a focus on serious felony defense.