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Antonio Cota’s Legal Cases

12 total


  • People v. X.M.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Reversed and remanded.
    Description:
    Won appeal from adverse ruling denying defendant the right for an appropriate amount of time to file a motion to set aside plea agreement after unethical prosecutor reneged on the deal.
  • People v. M. D.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Acquittal after jury trial
    Description:
    Co-chaired defense team with T. Rash as lead counsel. Won acquittal after jury trial. Client, a law enforcement officer and former Marine, was wrongfully accused of beating two students when, in fact, he was defending himself during the course of his lawful arrest of one of his accusers. Jurors unanimously rejected the prosecutor's case.
  • People v. K.X.

    Practice Area:
    Violent Crime
    Date:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Outcome:
    Convicted of lesser offense
    Description:
    Client charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a strike felony. The criminal complaint alleged that the victim suffered great bodily injury increasing his total exposure of six years, state prison. Prosecutor offered client one year in jail. Client rejected the offer and went to trial, arguing self defense. Even though client caused injury requiring 19 staples in complaining witness' head, the jury convicted client of misdemeanor assault. Client, who was also on probation at the time of the incident, was sentenced to 90 days--much better than the government's one year offer!
  • People v. B.U.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Felony conviction vacated.
    Description:
    Client plead guilty to making criminal threats, a felony. Unfortunately, the plea resulted from desperation after the client's former attorneys worked to have his bail revoked, landing him back in jail. When the client objected, his former attorneys declared a doubt as to his competence, preventing him from complaining about his attorneys to the court. Although the client was later found to be competent by a court-appointed expert, the client sat in jail for months, waiting for his lawyers, who wanted to plead him guilty rather than demand a speedy trial. Afterward, the client hired new counsel and moved to vacate the judgment of conviction based on ineffective assistance of counsel. The private esentation to the prosecution was so compelling that even the government lawyer was convinced that the client had been cheated by his former attorneys. Prosecutor dropped his opposition to defendant's motion, which the court granted. Client eventually settled the case without any felony conviction.
  • People v. D.N.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Judgment of felony conviction vacated
    Description:
    Client suffered a 1992 felony theft conviction, a crime of moral turpitude which prevented client from renewing his green card or applying for citizenship and placing him at risk for deportation. The judgment of conviction was vacated and the case reopened because the court failed to follow the law by advising client of the immigration consequences of his plea. After presenting the facts of the alleged "theft" of old newspapers from his job for recycling, which the client's employer approved of, the prosecutor agreed to drop the case entirely.
  • People v. N.H.

    Practice Area:
    Violent Crime
    Date:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Outcome:
    Dismissal by prosecution
    Description:
    N.H. was accused of hitting his wife, and arrested after three witnesses and his wife accused him of the assault. We aggressively challenged pre-trial restraining orders to send a strong message that N.H. was not going to roll over. Evidence developed by the defense investigation before trial was so compelling that, at the last pre-trial conference before trial, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the case.
  • People v. T.D.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Nov 25, 2009
    Outcome:
    Hit & Run + High BAC enhancement dropped
    Description:
    Client charged with DUI w/ accident, hit & run, and a high blood alcohol content (.21) enhancement. Initial prosecution offer was 90 days jail, no work release or electronic detention, and client was to plead to all charges. We convinced the prosecutor to drop both the hit & run charges and the high BAC enhancement based on a detailed understanding of the science which established that defendant's BAC at the time of driving was far lower than the prosecutor or cops thought. Client's offer reduced from 90 days to 20 days and the prosecutor dropped opposition to electronic detention.
  • People v. E. M.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 01, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissal
    Description:
    Defendant charged with assault with a deadly weapon and personal use of firearm. Defense was self-defense. After presenting evidence to the prosecutor of the alleged victim's bad faith and threats to defendant, the prosecutor dropped all felony counts. The one count related to possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle was later dismissed.
  • People v. K. H.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Jan 23, 2012
    Outcome:
    Acquittal
    Description:
    DUI case. Acquittal of all DUI counts after jury trial.
  • People v. Z. Z.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Mar 01, 2007
    Outcome:
    Not filed.
    Description:
    Client arrested for vehicular manslaughter after multiple fatality auto accident. Retained immediately. Secured immediate release of client. Early assertion of client's rights against unreasonable search or seizure of vehicle "black box" prevented release of black box data to government agents. No case filed.