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Lauren Mariko Gotchy

Lauren Gotchy’s Legal Cases

8 total

  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 09, 2008
    Outcome:
    Not guilty
    Description:
    Represented a client accused of Hit and Run (Unattended). While prosecution suggested that the client had knowingly driven his car into another's property without leaving his contact information, Lauren argued at trial that the State could not prove the client had knowledge of the property or that he was driving at the time of the alleged incident. Successful result: Jury found client not guilty.
  • City of Marysville v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Jun 17, 2008
    Outcome:
    Negligent Driving in the First Degree
    Description:
    Represented a client accused of Driving Under the Influence. The client had a Commercial Driver's License and was extremely concerned with the effect a DUI would have on his employment. The client displayed bad driving and had a Breath Alcohol Content that was twice the legal limit. After negotiating with the prosecutor, Lauren was able to get the client's charge amended to the lesser charge of Negligent Driving in the First Degree. The client's driver's license and Commercial Driver's License were not suspended by the court due to the amendment to the lesser charge. Successful result: client was able to keep driving, and therefore, did not lose his job.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Violent Crime
    Outcome:
    SOSSA agreement
    Description:
    Represented a client accused of Rape of a Child in the First Degree. The client gave a full confession to police and faced more than five years in prison if convicted of the charge. Lauren negotiated a resolution where the client would enter a SOSSA (Sex Offender Special Sentencing Alternative) treatment program where the majority of the prison sentence would be deferred upon the program's completion. Successful result: lengthy prison sentence deferred.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Outcome:
    Amendment of a felony to a gross misdemeanor
    Description:
    Represented a client accused of a felony VUCSA (Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act) for the possession of methamphetamine. Lauren negotiated with the prosecutor and was able to get the charge amended to a gross misdemeanor. Client did not have to serve any time in jail, did not have to enroll in treatment classes, and there was no probation imposed. Successful result: amendment to a lesser charge which would not affect his ability to vote and ability to receive financial aid from the State.
  • Petitioner v. Respondent

    Practice Area:
    General Practice
    Outcome:
    Case dismissed
    Description:
    Represented a client accused of violating a No Contact Order. Client came into contact with a party protected by a No Contact Order. During her negotiations, Lauren argued that her client did not intend on violating the order. The prosecutor did not agree and Lauren proceeded to set the matter for trial. After reexamining the case, the prosecutor agreed with Lauren and dismissed the case. Successful result: case dismissed.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 01, 2008
    Outcome:
    Not guilty
    Description:
    Represented a client accused of Reckless Driving. Several pieces of evidence indicated that the client was speeding before crashing his motorcycle into a moving vehicle. Lauren convinced the jury that because the client had only recently purchased the motorcycle that the collision was an accident and was due to the client's inexperience. Successful result: Jury found client not guilty.
  • City v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Outcome:
    Charge dismissed
    Description:
    Represented a client charged with Driving While License Suspended in the First Degree. Despite the State's claim that the client had adequate notice of the license suspension, Lauren presented evidence that proved that the requisite notice was insufficient. Successful result: charge dismissed.
  • State v. Client

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Mar 31, 2009
    Outcome:
    Felony charge was amended to a gross misdemeanor
    Description:
    Represented a client charged with the felony of Bigamy. Understanding that a felony conviction would disallow her client to travel to a foreign country where her client worked, Lauren negotiated and got her client's charge amended to a gross misdemeanor. Successful result: client did not spend any time in jail and was allowed to travel and keep his job.