Case Results

Dismissal of charges: State v. A.G.

Client was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.  The police located an airsoft gun in the client’s car during a traffic stop.  Mr. Peterson argued to the court that an airsoft gun is not a firearm.  The Court agreed and dismissed that charge.

Dismissal of charges: State v. C.D.

Client was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.  The police found a pistol at the client’s feet in a vehicle where she had been a passenger.  The client told police that the driver had thrown it there after the vehicle was stopped by police.  Mr. Peterson was able to show with DNA and fingerprint evidence that his client never touched the gun and couldn’t have been in possession of it.  The prosecutor dismissed charges.

Murder charges dropped: State v. W.S.

Client was charged with 3rd Degree Murder because she was accused of selling heroin to an individual who eventually died from an overdose.  Mr. Peterson interviewed several witnesses, hired an expert in toxicology, and aggressively investigated the background of the deceased individual. He discovered that the individual had not only purchased other heroin after purchasing from his client, but also took a large amount of other narcotic drugs.  He and his expert convinced the prosecutor that there was no way that the heroin purchased from the client could have killed the individual.  Mr. Peterson arranged a plea deal where the client pled guilty to selling drugs, and avoided a lengthy prison sentence.

Lesser charges: State v. Q.K.

Client was charged with DWI/DUI after police stopped his vehicle and accused him of driving after smoking marijuana.  Mr. Peterson aggressively investigated the qualifications of the officers and learned that they did not have any training needed to determine if someone was under the influence of drugs while driving.  Mr. Peterson negotiated a plea agreement to a careless driving charge for some of the client’s bad driving behavior.

Dismissal of charges: State v. R.B.

Client was accused of theft after a patron at a bar accused her of stealing her purse. Mr. Peterson was able to show that in fact another bar patron had stolen the purse and that the victim had mistaken his client’s purse for her own. The prosecutor dismissed all charges.

Dismissal of charges: State v. D.S.

Client was accused of domestic assault when he and his girlfriend got into a loud argument where the neighbors called the police.  Mr. Peterson argued to the prosecutor that there was not enough evidence to show that his client assaulted his girlfriend or caused her fear of harm.  The prosecutor dismissed all charges.

Dismissal of charges: State v. P.P.

Client was accused of having contact with his estranged girlfriend in violation of a domestic abuse no contact order.  Mr. Peterson argued to the prosecutor that the client was at the girlfriend’s house to pick up the last of his belongings when the girlfriend showed up unexpectedly and tried to confront him.  The prosecutor agreed that the client should not face charges in those circumstances and dismissed all charges.

Lesser charges: State v. C.S.

Client was accused of possession of a firearm by a felon, which carries a five year prison sentence.  Through investigation involving DNA, fingerprint, and witness interviews, Mr. Peterson was able to uncover that his client did not ever possess the gun involved.  Rather, it was a case of mistaken identity and the client’s friend had possession the whole time.  Mr. Peterson worked out a plea deal for the client where he plead guilty to other far less serious charges and avoided the five year prison sentence.

Avoiding prison time: State v. A.A.

Client was accused of a very serious criminal sexual conduct crime against his minor daughter.  Mr. Peterson was able to show that the alleged victim had given several inconsistent statements about the incident and then claimed she made the whole thing up.  Mr. Peterson got the client a plea negotiation where he avoided an over 10 year prison sentence and instead was given a short 4 month jail sentence.

Dismissal of charges: State v. B.D.

Client was accused of assaulting another individual at a local summer festival.  Mr. Peterson investigated the incident and found several witnesses who indicated that the client was actually the victim of the assault and was just defending herself.  After receiving that evidence the State dismissed charges.