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Zachary Cryder Shaffer

Zachary Shaffer’s Legal Cases

8 total

  • Commonwealth v. Ford

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 19, 2011
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    Multiple defendant case involving a confidential informant making several drug purchases from a home. Police obtained a search warrant and raided the home where they found my client at a table with drugs, scales and a large amount of money. After a tough battle, client was found not guilty of all charges.
  • Commonwealth V. Brown

    Practice Area:
    Domestic Violence
    Date:
    Feb 07, 2011
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    Aggravated assault charge against client for allegedly attacking her ex-husband after a custody hearing. The ex-husband had to have emergency surgery after becoming partially paralyzed which he alleged was Ms. Brown's fault. Client, Ms. Brown, found not guilty of all charges.
  • Commonwealth v. Ibn-Fraruq

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 17, 2012
    Outcome:
    Case dismissed against both of the firm's clients
    Description:
    4 co-defendant attempted murder. Complaining witness was shot through the chest as he tried to escape a robbery. Co-defendant gave statement implicating my client and my partner's client as having weapons and being part of the stick up.
  • Commonwealth v. Watson

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 23, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissed- Lack of Prosecution
    Description:
    Client was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. Despite bench warranting twice, once while the commonwealth was ready, the judge dismissed the case against my client even though the District Attorney had a witness who wanted to come to court.
  • Commonwealth v. Mark Casey

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 08, 2013
    Outcome:
    NOT GUILTY
    Description:
    MC was charged with various felonies including forgery as a felony of the second degree. He was on video with several co-defendants who were purchasing items with the stolen card at Target. At the trial the complaining witness who had her credit cards stolen testified and gave testimony that was markedly different from the preliminary hearing, which was held several months ago. Mr. Shaffer attacked these inconsistencies relentlessly on cross examination, raising doubt as to who was who at the woman’s store and whether a since fired employee was actually the culprit. After argument judge Convington came back with a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges.
  • Commonwealth v. Morris McDuffy

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 17, 2013
    Outcome:
    Motion to Suppress Granted. Case nolle prossed
    Description:
    MM. walked down the street and quickly shoved an object into his pockets when he saw officers. Officers asked him what was in his pants and he said "candy." Officers patted down MM for safety and pulled out a large packet of cocaine. MM started to run away from officers and was eventually caught. The large amount of the drugs carried a minimum state sentence of 2-4 years incarceration. Mr. Shaffer successfully litigated a motion to suppress, stating that the police had illegally detained and searched MM. After extensive argument the judge agreed with Mr. Shaffer and granted the motion to suppress the drugs.
  • Commonwealth v. JH

    Practice Area:
    Violent Crime
    Date:
    Apr 25, 2014
    Outcome:
    NOT GUILTY
    Description:
    JH was charged with F2 aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, his sister, the complaining witness. He allegedly got into an increasingly tense verbal argument with her while staying at their parents’ house. Tensions continued to rise and JH supposedly started pounding the wall and screaming. His sister came out of another room to continue their dispute. The situation quickly became violent. JH’s sister claimed that JH, who was around 300 pounds, punched her in the face, smashed her head and dragged her down the stairs by the hair. When police finally arrived JH immediately ran out the front door and had to be chased down by officers. After the Commonwealth rested Mr. Shaffer was able to take advantage of a procedural error and had his client acquitted of the felony charge through a motion for judgement of acquittal. On defense Mr. Shaffer called the father to the stand. Through direct testimony he was able to elicit that the complaining witness had an order issued against her to stay away from the house and that she was the aggressor in the matter despite the large difference in size. Even though JH ran away from the police, Mr. Shaffer’s argument convinced the judge of his client’s innocence and he was found NOT GUILTY of all charges.
  • Commonwealth v. AA

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 15, 2014
    Outcome:
    NOT GUILTY
    Description:
    AA and multiple other people were arrested in a major drug sting by the narcotics strike force. Officers observed co-defendants serve multiple people heroin. During the transactions one of the sellers went to a house where AA opened the door, had a conversation and let the co-defendant in. Co-defendant left shortly thereafter with what was immediately apparent as a bundle of heroin. Police began making arrests and held the house where AA resided while waiting for a search warrant. The search warrant was issued and executed. Discovered at the house in the refrigerator were multiple bundles of heroin, carrying a 5-10 year minimum mandatory sentence. AA was arrested and processed with the other individuals, giving his home address as the one where he was arrested. During trial Mr. Shaffer was able to elicit that there were multiple other individuals in the house and had a defense witness state that she didn’t know AA to live there, but someone else. During closing arguments Mr. Shaffer brought to the judge’s attention multiple cases from both PA and the federal 3rd circuit that addressed the issue of constructive possession. All of the co-defendants were found guilty, but despite AA’s transaction with one of the co-defendants and the large amount of heroin found in his residence, he was found NOT GUILTY of all charges.