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James E Dunn
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James Dunn’s Legal Cases

17 total


  • Brenner vs. DMV, 189 Cal.App.4th 365 (DUI)

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Feb 02, 2011
    Outcome:
    Cal. Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of DMV Suspension
    Description:
    The California Supreme Court upheld this victory for for people charged with DUI. I argued that a driver should be able to challenge test results by digging deeper than the number printed out by the machine. The Court of Appeals and the Cal. Supreme Court agreed. The DMV suspension was dismissed and cleared from the record.
  • People v. S.J. (Residential Burglary, Felony/Strike)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Outcome:
    Case Dismissed on Motion
    Description:
    Client was picked up in another state on an outstanding felony warrant for Residential Burglary (a Strike), and other felony charges including auto theft and receiving stolen property. We helped the family get him out before extradition proceedings began, and then fought the case on speedy trial grounds. He missed only a few days of work, he kept his job, and all the charges were dismissed.
  • People v. R. M. (DUI with Accident)

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Acquitted on All Counts at Jury Trial
    Description:
    DUI with an accident, and driving on a suspended license. Client had a breath test of .21. ("Almost three times the limit," the prosecutor kept repeating.) The client felt a conviction would have been too devastating, so he turned down all plea bargains and decided to go to trial. After almost a full week of testimony from both the prosecution and my team of experts, the jury saw the reasonable doubt and acquitted on both DUI counts. I was able to get the suspended license charge dismissed mid-trial on a technicality. So the client was happy. (And boy, so was I.)
  • People v. L. T. (Felony, Strike)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Acquitted on All Counts at Jury Trial
    Description:
    Residential burglary (a felony and a strike under the three strikes law) with client’s fingerprints at point of entry. One of the victims who lived in the house was a police officer. After and energetic attack on the forensic evidence at trial, the jury voted unanimously for "Not Guilty" on all counts.
  • People v. H. W. (DUI)

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Acquitted on All Counts at Jury Trial
    Description:
    .18 DUI with a drunken sailor passed out at the wheel, partially blocking fast lane of the freeway. I explained to the jury that the key to reasonable doubt was a pool of unidentified liquid just behind the car. After five days of nail-biting deliberations, all twelve jurors agreed, and voted "Not Guilty" on all counts.
  • People v. Q. T. (Felony Transportation of Marijuana)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Acquitted on All Counts at Jury Trial
    Description:
    When the multi-agency taskforce burst through the door, my client was taking a nap in a bedroom on a cot just above a large, pungent, brick of marijuana. The powerful odor was unmistakeable. But as the full set of facts emerged at trial, the jury came to understand that the dope was not my client's, and he didn't even know it was there. "Not Guilty."
  • People v. J. T. (Assault and Battery with Great Bodily Injury)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Acquitted on All Counts at Jury Trial
    Description:
    To cabbies get physical over who's next at the taxi stand. My client busted the other guy’s jaw. After a thorough investigation and presentation at trial, the jury agreed he deserved it. "Not Guilty."
  • People v. W. M. (.16 DUI)

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Acquitted on All Counts at Jury Trial
    Description:
    The arresting officer follows my client from the parking lot of the restaurant/bar. Officer claims that my client performed badly on the field sobriety tests, and then blew a .16. By the end of the trial, the jury all agreed that it was the officer who didn't conduct the field sobriety tests properly, and that the breath test couldn't prove he was above a .08 at the time of driving. "Not Guilty."
  • .20 DUI with Accident - Evidence Suppressed

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Evidence suppressed
    Description:
    Client had an accident with another driver. His blood test came back as a .20. Based on constitutional grounds, the Judge granted the motion to suppress evidence
  • People v. J.P. (.09 DUI)

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Sep 30, 2013
    Outcome:
    Dimissed
    Description:
    Officer stoped him for drifting out of his lane and onto the shoulder. Test results claimed he was over the limit, but we were able to point to flaws in the testing method.