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Edward Sternisha’s Legal Cases

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  • People v D.S.

    Practice Area:
    Domestic Violence
    Date:
    Oct 09, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissal
    Description:
    Domestic Violence charge against my client. I argued, over the prosecutor's objections, for the no contact order for my client to be lifted so he could see his little girl and my motion was granted. By the next court date I was able to obtain a dismissal of the charges and the family was reunited.
  • T.G. vs E.B.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Dec 10, 2012
    Outcome:
    Rescinded
    Description:
    Ex-wife filed a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against my client preventing him from seeing his children. The order was based on false information, outdated claims, and hearsay. I successfully argued for dismissal of the PPO and it was granted. My client was reunited with his kids!
  • People v. M.N

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 24, 2013
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty Jury Verdict
    Description:
    Domestic Violence case where client was falsely accused of assaulting his girlfriend during a break-up. I fought this case very hard and jury believed that my client was Not Guilty.
  • People vs T.N.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Oct 23, 2012
    Outcome:
    Nolle Prosequi (Dismissed)
    Description:
    My client was charged with Malicious Use of a Telephone and was alleged to have been making harassing calls to her ex-husband's current girlfriend. Although the police officer was able to show numerous calls to the alleged victim, he was not able to show who made the calls or what the calls were about. The alleged victim just "guessed" the phone calls came from my client and the officer arrested her. There was no evidence at all that my client made any calls. I was able to work with the prosecutor and get this case dismissed before trial.
  • People vs. M.M.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Oct 31, 2012
    Outcome:
    (not available)
    Description:
    My client was charged with having an open container of alcohol as a passenger in a motor vehicle. As a result, he was also charged with a probation violation out of a different county due to a prior OWI case. The judge in the probation violation case sentenced him to 364 days in jail and I was able to have my client released after 7 days. At sentencing in the open container case, although the judge sent the two defendants to jail who’s cases were just ahead of my client’s; I was able to convince the judge that my client has already served his time. The judge agreed and did not even impose probation. My client was very happy. Sometimes it may not be possible to get an acquittal. In those cases, it is still important to have an attorney paint the best picture of the client that is possible to obtain the best resolution possible. This was one of those cases.
  • People vs C.S.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Outcome:
    (not available)
    Description:
    My client was charged with Retail Fraud (Shoplifting) as a first offense. She had actually been convicted of a prior Retail Fraud about seven years earlier but the police officer was unable to local any record of it. Believing my client must have been a juvenile during the earlier conviction, the officer only charged her with a First Offense charge. When my client pleaded guilty to this charge, the judge asked her if there were any priors and, following my advice, she told the truth (again). The judge was not able to locate any prior either and sent the case for an investigation. At sentencing the judge now had the record of the original conviction showing that my client was not a juvenile at the time but simply had a different name (she had since been married). After pleading to the judge for leniency and reminding that my client was honest the entire time and admitted to the officer and to the court, the judge agreed, acknowledge that honesty was a factor, and did not sentence my client to jail (which would have been the case). Sometimes it may not be possible to get an acquittal. In those cases, it is still important to have an attorney paint the best picture of the client that is possible to obtain the best resolution possible. This was one of those cases.
  • People vs. M.R.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Oct 09, 2012
    Outcome:
    Nolle Prosequi (Dismissal)
    Description:
    My client was charged Domestic Violence. Because the alleged victim had cuts on her hands and there was blood in the house (and the house looked as though there had been a fight), along with the fact that there was a bloody knife on the floor, my client was immediately arrested. Investigating this case, I learned that the alleged victim admitted to being angry with my client so she began destroying his personal property. She had taken his clothing and other items and tried destroying them. She also was attempting to flip over his washing machine and cut the hoses off the back with a knife (which is how she cut her hands). Although the prosecutor wanted my client to plead guilty to a crime, I explained my investigation to the prosecutor. I was able to work with the prosecutor to have this case dismissed before trial. It is always important to have an attorney who will thoroughly investigate a case and not take the police officer’s word as to what happened.
  • People v. S.M.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 16, 2013
    Outcome:
    Nolle Prosequi (Dismissed)
    Description:
    Client charged with Domestic Violence against girlfriend. Although the girlfriend neveral actually called the police to report any violence, and she just wanted the police to ask my client to leave because he had been drinking, the police turned it into a Domestic Violence arrest. Fortunately the prosecutor's office was able to agree with me and see this was not a crime of violence at all. Upon proof that my client was enrolled in an alcohol counseling program, the charges were dismissed.
  • A.M. vs R.B.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 16, 2013
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client had a Personal Protection Order (PPO) filed against him by his ex-girlfriend. I was able to get the PPO terminated after cross-examining the ex-girlfriend and getting her to testify that her text messages were true. The texts contradicted the statements she made in a police report and her application for the PPO.
  • People v. J.B.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 06, 2013
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty on most serious charge. Guilty on less serious charge.
    Description:
    2-Count criminal jury trial.