Case Conclusion Date:November 17, 2008
Practice Area:Violent Crime
Outcome:No True Bill
Description:Jason Z. was a 20 year old married father of one, who was charged with 2 counts of Burglary in the first degree. He was accused of being a lookout and driver of the "getaway" car. Jason came to see us after his previous lawyer had recommended he plead guilty to a reduced charge and accept an 8 year sentence for a crime he did not commit. Jason had a signed confession that he claimed was coerced by police who arrested his then pregnant wife and accused her of giving a vehicle to Jason and his "cohorts". Jason claimed he was told to either sign the confession or his wife "would hatch her kid in Riker's island if somebody didn't kick it outta her first." Police believed Jason had driven himself and two others to the scene of a home invasion, then ran, leaving the vehicle at the scene when police came. they believe he got away along with another unnamed individual. They received all thier information from Jason's co-defendant who was indicted for the crime. After working with Jason so that his story came out smoothly, and preparing him for the first time he had ever testified, I accompanied him to the Grand Jury. The Prosecutor was very unfair and scarcastic in his questioning of Jason, but Jason handled it well and in the end the 23 Grand Jurors beleived Jason and voted that there was not even enough to charge him with ANY crime. In other words there wasn't reasonable cause to even believe Jason was involved in any crime. Meaning he was innocent. Jason is now back in college and raising his little boy. He has expressed some interest in paralegal or even law school after this incident.