Our client Cohen M. was charged with multiple counts of felony domestic violence and assault with a shotgun. After extensive investigation and pretrial settlement talks, the District Attorney’s office offered our client a non-jail plea bargain in exchange for community service and domestic violence counseling. Our client was facing 9 years in state prison of convicted.
However because defense investigation revealed serious credibility issues and a motive to lie on behalf of the complaining witness, our client (despite a very reasonable and safe plea offer) elected to go to trial. After a week-long trial, the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all counts. The jury credited Mr. Sterling’s aggressive cross-examination of the government’s witnesses as the reason for disbelieving the victim’s accusations.