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Andrew M. Morgan
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Andrew Morgan’s Legal Cases

13 total


  • State v. JD

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Acquitted in full at Jury Trial.
    Description:
    Defendant faced two counts of first degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 16. Faced 92 years. Police destroyed written denial by victim ("We didn't want to confuse the jury."), did only cursory investigation. Prosecutor attempted to use school counselor as expert witness. Defendant testified. Verdict: Not guilty both counts.
  • State v. DW

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    New Trial.
    Description:
    Appeal case. Defendant accused of theft from museum. Prosecutor had argued in summation that an innocent man would have explained art object found in his possession. This is a violation of the right to silence. Trial lawyer did not object. I briefed the issue and argued in oral hearing, won right to new trial. DA's office eventually dropped charge rather than retry.
  • State v. VF

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed.
    Description:
    Defendant charged with substantial battery of ex-girlfriend. Ex-girlfriend refuses to show for trial, State seeks to overcome right to confrontation. Briefed week of trial, argued morning of trial. State's investigator melts under cross-exam. Case dismissed.
  • State v. ML

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed.
    Description:
    Defendant charged with sex assault of 4-year-old granddaughter. Kept family lines of communication open, eventually obtained recantation and enough background information to show manipulativeness and motives of mother's boyfriend. Ensuing motions, State drops case.
  • State v. JA

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed.
    Description:
    Defendant charged with burglary of girlfriend's home while family on vacation. Uncontested that defendant did enter home. Credibility contest between most of girlfriend's family on one side and defendant and girlfriend on the other. Girlfriend says she gave defendant permission to enter home. Detective gets her to change her story. State tried to bluff, we call their bluff. They walk into the courtroom morning of trial and drop the case.
  • United States v. RH

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed on motion.
    Description:
    Defendant charged with theft of lumber from federal land. Probation officer demanded he speak with forest ranger. Motion to suppress involuntary statements, granted. Without statements available for trial, Feds dropped the case.
  • State v. JK

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Reduced from Automatic Life in Prison
    Description:
    Defendant faced automatic life in prison without parole for two counts of alleged sex assault of a his niece. Able to show family dynamics bias and other unreliability factors in her story. State held out until week before trial, then settled for a greatly reduced deferred felony, misdemeanors and probation.
  • State v. JJ

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed on motion
    Description:
    Motion to dismiss for improper detention. Officer stopped car then had occupants wait for canine unit. Dog alerts to marijuana in backseat (unknown to defendant who was driving a friend's car). Officer had excuse to stop car (taillight, revoked DL of registered owner) but could offer no basis for holding the car 20 minutes while waiting for arrival of canine unit.
  • State v. LS

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed.
    Description:
    Client faced 300 years in prison for repeated child sex assault. Crusading prosecutor refused to fairly investigate, and fought to keep the rest of the story from the jury. The truth required piecing together many small, scattered, buried clues, to show the pressures brought to bear on the child by a vindictive step-mother, where the defendant was simply a friend of the birth mother. After more than two years of motions, briefs, oral argument and continuing defense investigation, the judge ruled in our favor. The prosecutor promptly dropped the case.
  • State v. ZJ

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Black man accused of sex assault of a white woman while she slept. I was able to show the psychology that prompted the false accusation, through the particular pattern of inconsistencies in her story. The inconsistencies matched the psychology, and therefore could not be discounted as minor misstatements.