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Ann Gottesman’s Legal Cases

10 total

  • People v. Morales

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 10, 2008
    Outcome:
    Case Dismissed
    Description:
    My client was charged with receiving stolen property, a felony; to wit. 13 candy bars and 5 soda cans. He was accused of accepting candy and sodas from a man that broke into a snack shop and stole cash and merchandise. My client had a prior strike from when he was a juvenile. His exposure, if convicted, was up to 6 years in prison. I thought it was ridiculous that the DA filed the charges as a felony but she refused to reconsider. I cross examined the officers at the Preliminary Hearing and showed that there was insufficient evidence to presume the client knew the food was stolen when he took it into his possession. The court dismissed the case and chastised the DA for filing such a weak and silly case.
  • People v. Sanders

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 02, 2008
    Outcome:
    Felony with prior strike reduced to Misdemeanor
    Description:
    My client was charged with felony grand theft. A strike and prison prior was also alleged. The client’s exposure was up to 7 years in prison. The DA would not dismiss the strike or prison prior and refused to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, which is what it should have been filed as originally. At the preliminary hearing I cross examined both officers and it became clear that the client’s conduct did not rise to the level of a felony. The Judge granted my motion pursuant to Penal Code 17(b) and reduced the charge to a misdemeanor. My client was released and received informal probation with 15 days community service.
  • People v. Rivas

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Aug 18, 2009
    Outcome:
    Probation for Sex Offense on 11 yr old child
    Description:
    Client was charged with committing a lewd and lascivious act on a girl under the age of 14 (girl was 11 years old) and the Defendant was more than 10 years older than the victim (PC 288(a)). This was a very serious case with the potential of serious prison time. The evidence against my client was very strong but I knew there was a sympathetic side I could bring out in the Defendant's case. After thoroughly investigating the case and hiring a psychiatrist to evaluate my client, I was able to present mitigating factors to the prosecutor. Without having to go to trial, I was able to convince the prosecutor to allow my client to plead guilty to one count (other 3 counts were dismissed), get credit for the 60 days he was in jail, and 5 years probation with registration requirements. Although my client was charged and convicted of a serious sex offense on an 11 year old child, he only did 60 days in county jail and was then released on probation.
  • People v. Peter F.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jun 06, 2011
    Outcome:
    Hit and Run charges dismissed
    Description:
    JUNE 2011: Pasadena Court: Misdemeanor Hit and Run charges dropped: My client was an older gentleman who had a prior misdemeanor hit and run from a year ago. He was charged with a second offense this year. The victim alleged my client side-swiped him and that my client left the scene without stopping to exchange his insurance information. A conviction for this offense would have resulted in the loss of my client’s driver’s license and a loss of his independence. The investigating officer did not handle the case in a professional manner and never took any photos of the victim’s vehicle. The Officer also approached my client late at night without declaring he was a police officer. My client treated the officer as a prowler and demanded he get off his property. The officer wrote a report that appeared to biased against my client and implied my client was trying to avoid responsibility for tye hit and run. My client denied hitting the victim’s vehicle and not stopping. We were ready to go to trial. However, after discussing the case with the city prosecutor, she decided to dismiss the hit and run charges and allow my client to plead to an infraction for improper lane change. Client avoided a misdemeanor on his record and a license suspension.
  • People v. Javier B.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Jul 18, 2011
    Outcome:
    All DUI Charges Dismissed and Factual Innocence Declared
    Description:
    July 2011: Alhambra Court: DUI charges dismissed and Factual Innocence found: My unfortunate client was very intoxicated when he unknowingly confessed to a crime he did not commit--Driving Under the Influence. My client’s friend , who had a suspended license and 2 prior DUI convictions was driving my client’s car when he was involved in a minor collision. Although my client was the passenger, he was told by his “friend” that he, my client, was the one driving. The friend told the arriving officers that my client had been driving out of fear that he would end up with a 3rd DUI if he told the truth and admitted to being the real driver. Well, once my client agreed that he had been driving, the officer naturally believed my client was the driver and did not even suspect the friend. After my client sobered up and learned that he was wrongfully arrested and charged with a DUI when he was not even the driver, no one believed him. Luckily, text messages, phone records and witness statements all corroborated my client’s cries of innocence. The Supervising District Attorney was very fair, and once she saw all the exculpatory evidence I had collected, she agreed to dismiss all the charges via a court finding of not guilty and further agreed to stipulate that my client was factually innocent. Factual innocence is needed to seal an arrest record because a dismissal by itself will not get an arrest off a person’s criminal record. A not guilty finding or acquittal is needed to reverse a DMV suspension. The DMV will be contacted and the DUI suspension that my client had received months earlier will soon be reversed.
  • NOT GUIILTY on domestic violence charges

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 18, 2012
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty!
    Description:
    Client was falsely accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend during the exhange of their child, for which client had visitation rights. Victim lied to gain advantage in family court. After 45 minutes of deliberation, the jury unanimously found my client not guilty.
  • DUI w/ Accident Dismissed

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Outcome:
    DUI charges dismissed
    Description:
    Motions filed to suppress blood granted resulting in DA dismissing all charges
  • Domestic Violence case dismissed after counseling

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Aug 15, 2014
    Outcome:
    Domestic violence charges dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with choking and hitting wife's head against the wall. Client had a professional license and job on the line. After lengthy negotiations with DA, diversion was granted and case was dismissed after client completed counseling.
  • 2nd times DUI reduced to wet reckless

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 10, 2015
    Outcome:
    2nd DUI reduced to wet reckless
    Description:
    Client had a .13lood alcohol level and this was his 2nd DUI. After extensive investigation and negotiating with the city prosecutor, it was obvious the police didn't conduct their dui investigation properly and client would suffer serious collateral consequences with a second DUI conviction. City attorney eventually agreed to a wet reckless with a 9 month class instead of 18 months, no interlock device and no suspension by the court of his driver's license. Although DMV ultimately issued a suspension on their own, client was able to keep his job.
  • Drug Charges Dismissed after judge grants motion to suppress the evidence

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jun 15, 2014
    Outcome:
    Drug Charges Dismissed after winning Motion to Suppress
    Description:
    Commercial driver was stopped by police solely based upon an anonymous 911 call alleging a "possible drunk driver". Methamphetamine was found in his person. Client was charged with possessing meth and DA was considering to add a DUI charge once in Court. Client would lose his job as a Commercial driver if he was convicted. After arguing a motion to suppress in Court, and showing the judge new case law to support the defense argument, all charges were dismissed. The judge found the stop of my client was unconstitutional.