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Ashleigh Bartkus Merchant

Ashleigh Merchant’s Legal Cases

20 total


  • State v. TM

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty on 6 of 7 felony counts
    Description:
    TM was charged with 6 felonies including armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary and aggravated assault. After a jury trial, TM was found not guilty on 5 out of the 6 felony charges. TM was only found guilty on one of the lesser charges and received a much lower sentence that the life in prison without the possibility of parole that the District Attorney’s Office was seeking.
  • State v. HC

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Outcome:
    All Charges Dismissed
    Description:
    State v. Hitchcock, 285 Ga. App. 140 (2007): Hitchcock was charged with two counts of arson. I filed a speedy trial demand and a motion to dismiss based on a failure to have a speedy trial. The trial court granted my motion and dismissed all charges against Hitchcock. The state appealed the dismissal to the Georgia Court of Appeals, where I was able to keep Hitchcock’s case dismissed.
  • State v. VG

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Feb 24, 2005
    Outcome:
    Overturned trial judge's decision
    Description:
    Gillespie v. State, 280 Ga. App. 243 (2006), following a bench trial, the court found Victor Gillespie guilty of one count of simple battery and one count of simple assault. Since Gillespie was charged under the family violence provision of OCGA § 16-5-23 (f), the misdemeanor battery offense was “of a high and aggravated nature.” On appeal, I was able to convince the appellate court to reverse Gillespie’s convictions on the basis that the State failed to prove that the offense was an act of family violence.
  • State v. CF

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Murder Charges Dismissed
    Description:
    After my client was indicted for murder along with 4 other codefendants, I was able to convince the District Attorney that my client was not involved but was in fact an innocent bystander and witness to the murder. After spending time in jail for a crime he did not commit, my client was able to walk out of court with all charges dismissed.
  • State v. EA

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Prosecutor Barred from Trying Client
    Description:
    My client was charged with serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving stemming from a serious car crash that he was involved in. I was able to get a ruling from the Court of Appeals that barred him from ever being prosecuted with the serious injury by vehicle.
  • State v. KR

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty At Jury Trial
    Description:
    KR was charged with 4 felonies including armed robbery and aggravated assault. After a jury trial, KR was found not guilty on all counts and walked out of jail a free man, as opposed to the life sentence without the possibility of parole the District Attorney’s Office was seeking.
  • State v. JM

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    All Charges Dismissed After Three Days of Trial
    Description:
    JM was charged with 12 felony charges including 6 capital felonies. After 3 days of trial and my cross-examination of all the state's witnesses, JM’s case was dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office and JM walked out of jail a free man, not with the 6 life sentences the District Attorney’s Office was seeking.
  • State v. JD

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty At Jury Trial
    Description:
    JD was charged with 4 felonies, including rape, kidnapping, aggravated sodomy and aggravated assault. The state had DNA evidence linking JD to the crime. I was able to discredit the DNA evidence and other forensic evidence. A jury found JD not guilty on all counts and JD walked out of court a free man.
  • State v. TS

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Charges Dismissed by Judge During Jury Trial
    Description:
    TS was charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of a firearm. After 3 days of a jury trial, the judge directed a not guilty verdict on all counts and TS walked out of court a free man.
  • TC

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Negotiated a Great Deal During Trial
    Description:
    TC was charged with numerous felonies including murder and felony murder. After 4 days of a jury trial, I was able to negotiate a favorable plea on TC’s behalf that saved TC an extra 10 years in prison.