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Edward Jacob Sternisha
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Edward Sternisha’s Legal Cases

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  • People v. A.O.

    Practice Area:
    DUI and DWI
    Date:
    May 11, 2016
    Outcome:
    Drunk Driving DISMISSED
    Description:
    Client was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, and Concealed Pistol License Holder Possessing While Intoxicated after being pulled over for speeding 43 mph in a 25 mph zone. After several months and multiple court hearing, I was able to get the case dismissed after proving the speed limit was actually a 55 mph zone and therefore he was not speeding and never should have been stopped to begin with.
  • People v. C.B.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Apr 08, 2016
    Outcome:
    Fines/Costs
    Description:
    Client was pulled over for going 90mph. The officer discovered client had a suspended license, which client did not realize was suspended. He was cited for DWLS (Driving While License Suspended) (which is a misdemeanor charge), Speeding, and No Proof of Insurance. At the first court appearance I was able to negotiate a plea deal where client would plead to Driving in Violation of the Motor Vehicle Code and everything else would be dismissed. Client ended up just paying a fine and leaving. No points, no jail, no record with the Secretary of State, no Driver Responsibility Fees. Case closed!
  • People v. C.S.

    Practice Area:
    DUI and DWI
    Date:
    Jan 07, 2016
    Outcome:
    Drunk Driving DISMISSED
    Description:
    CASE DISMISSED - ANOTHER HUGE VICTORY! After a hard fight, the judge granted my Motion to Suppress Evidence and dismissed all charges against my client. A few years ago in North Carolina a police officer stopped a vehicle for having only one brake light and subsequently arrested the occupant for a drug crime. As it turned out, the law there only required one light, and not two. Instead of suppressing the evidence, in 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court said because the officer's mistake was reasonable, the traffic stop was lawful. I continue to have prosecutor's use that case in attempts to justify the traffic stops I seek to suppress even when my investigations reveal the stops were not legally justified. Fortunately today the judge agreed with me that while the officer may have made a mistake, it was unreasonable for the officer to stop, and then arrest my client. As such, all evidence obtained was suppressed and the case was dismissed. Remember, if you drink, call a cab. If Arrested, "Call Ed Instead!" (616) 233-CALL-ED.
  • People v. R.J.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 05, 2016
    Outcome:
    Diversion
    Description:
    Client was referred to me after being charged with Retail Fraud and Minor in Possession (MIP) for allegedly stealing a bottle of liquor from a grocery store. After investigating the case, I negotiated a plan where the prosecutor would dismiss the MIP charge and client would plead guilty to the retail fraud charge under a diversionary program which, if he successfully completes a 6-month probation, the charge would then be dismissed without a conviction. This plan allowed client to take back control of his future and keep a clean record.
  • People v. A.H.

    Practice Area:
    DUI and DWI
    Date:
    Dec 21, 2015
    Outcome:
    Reduced Charge
    Description:
    Client was stopped for allegedly driving too slow on the freeway and subsequently arrested for OWI-2nd (drunk driving) and DWLS (driving while license suspended). My investigation revealed that although the trooper wrote in his report that my client failed each of the sobriety tests, he actually failed to administer them properly and even violated the rules regarding the administration of a PBT (preliminary breath test). After the judge denied my motion to suppress evidence and dismiss the case claiming there was still sufficient evidence to proceed to trial, I was at least able to obtain a dismissal from the prosecutor of the DWLS and a reduced charge of OWI-1st. I then worked to get the client into Sobriety Court so she will have a better chance obtaining a driver’s license in the future. Remember, if you drink, call a cab. If Arrested, “Call Ed Instead!” (616) 233-CALL-ED.
  • State v. A.B.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Dec 10, 2015
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client was charged with being a Minor in Possession. Prosecutor agreed to dismiss the charges.
  • Sec. of State v. C.S.

    Practice Area:
    DUI and DWI
    Date:
    Dec 07, 2015
    Outcome:
    No License Sanction
    Description:
    MAJOR CLIENT VICTORY!! My client told me that he hired me for two reasons. He called many other lawyers and got the same response from each- that he would likely lose. Then his friend told him to Call Ed Instead because I had represented him (the friend) earlier in the year. Yes, I did tell him that he may likely lose – because that is how these particular hearings go. But I also told him I would dig deep and investigate – and push hard to win. His case today was at the Secretary of State. The purpose was that he was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and it was alleged that he refused to submit to a blood test upon request of a State Trooper. If we lose, my client's driver's license WILL be suspended for at least one year. I let the trooper testify. He stated that he stopped my client for failing to use a turn signal at an intersection and that he subsequently arrested him for OWI. Then I opened my laptop and presented the trooper’s own dashcam video. I said, “Trooper, can you see my client’s turn signal blinking?” He said yes. In the end I asked the Hearing Officer to grant my client’s appeal because the traffic stop was unreasonable and therefore the arrest was unreasonable and as such, my client’s refusal WAS reasonable. Then my client heard what he had been hoping to hear. The Hearing Officer for the Secretary of State said, “Counsel, I agree!” We won! All the client wanted was someone who would fight for him. Yes, the odds were stacked against him, but my investigation showed he never should have been stopped to begin with. Remember, If you drink, call a cab. If Arrested, “Call Ed Instead!”® (616) 233-CALL-ED.
  • People v. A.B.

    Practice Area:
    DUI and DWI
    Date:
    Nov 23, 2015
    Outcome:
    Fines/Costs
    Description:
    HAPPY CLIENT! Had court this morning for a client who was to be sentenced for impaired driving. His incident occurred 12 years ago but he left the state and didn’t deal with the issue until now. I explained to the judge the circumstances and expressed how much the client had grown. The judge really understood the client as a person and sentenced him to fines and costs, along with 5 days community service. He received no jail and no probation – this allows him to return to his job out of state and continue with his life. He was very happy with the outcome. Remember, if you drink, call a cab. If Arrested, “Call Ed Instead!”® (616) 233-CALL-ED
  • State v. S.W.

    Practice Area:
    Administrative law
    Date:
    Nov 20, 2015
    Outcome:
    No License Sanction
    Description:
    ANOTHER WIN! Instead of losing his license for one year for allegedly refusing to take a blood test, my client now has the same license he previously had. As the holidays approach, remember to celebrate responsibly. If you refuse to take a preliminary breath test (PBT) BEFORE an arrest, you face a civil infraction ticket. There are no points added to your license, you simply pay a fine. If you refuse to take the breath blood, or urine test AFTER arrest, you face a minimum one-year suspension of your driver's license. This is not a criminal offense but you will have 6 points added to your driving record. The officer said my client refused to take a blood test so he would automatically have had his driver's license suspended. He hired me and I filed a request for a hearing which we went to today. My client is now very happy that his license will not be suspended. So remember... If you drink, call a cab. If Arrested, "Call Ed Instead." (616) 233-2255.
  • People v. A.R.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Sep 03, 2015
    Outcome:
    CASE DISMISSED
    Description:
    CASE DISMISSED! Picked a jury recently for a trial this week but the jurors were able to stay home on the day of trial - and the client, who was originally charged with Retail Fraud, is happy. Surprisingly, he was actually convicted prior to my getting involved because he didn't understand the system and had no attorney. He was going to be sentenced to 20 days in jail. Attorney Jeanne Reed and I got his conviction withdrawn and proceeded to trial. After a thorough investigation it was discovered there was something missing from the prosecutor’s case. You see, no one SAW him steal anything. They did, however, see him pay for the items with his card. The clerks later claimed he stole from the store and they had video proof - so he was arrested. It was determined through this investigation that there was no video. As such, the so-called witnesses could not testify to what they saw on the video – because it doesn’t exist. This is why you always plead not guilty and "Call Ed Instead!" (616) 233-CALL-ED.

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