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Sara Watson’s Legal Cases

10 total

  • Assault 4 DV

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    In February 2012, Sara Watson, represented E.W. at a jury trial in Municipal Court on a charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree- Domestic Violence. The case involved a dispute between the defendant’s new girlfriend and the defendant’s former girlfriend. The city alleged that the two women began physically fighting when the defendant intervened and placed the alleged victim in a headlock and began punching her in the side. The prosecution’s evidence consisted of testimony from the alleged victim, the alleged victim’s 12 yr-old son, one of the investigating officers, and photographs showing injuries to the alleged victim. The defense argued that the alleged victim was the primary aggressor, that alleged victim’s version of the struggle was inconsistent with the allegations of assault and that the defendant only pulled the women apart to prevent injury to his current girlfriend. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.
  • Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    In January 2012, Sara Watson represented T.R. at a jury trial on one count of Possession of Marijuana and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Municipal Court. T.R. was accused of having a flake of marijuana found on the floorboard of his vehicle, as well as straws and foil used to inhale narcotics allegedly located in various places of his vehicle. The prosecution’s evidence consisted of the items found in the vehicle, testimony from the investigating officer (a drug recognition expert), and a blood test showing the defendant to have had marijuana in his system. The defense argued that the defendant did not knowingly possess the items found in his vehicle. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty to both charges.
  • Reckless Driving

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    In December 2011, Sara Watson represented N.K. at a jury trial on one count of Reckless Driving inMunicipal Court. N.K. was accused of driving in excess of the speed limits, fishtailing, and cutting off other drivers. The prosecutor’s evidence consisted entirely of the investigating officer’s testimony. After the prosecution rested its case, the defense argued for a dismissal arguing that the City had failed to establish a prima facie case. The judge agreed and the case was Dismissed.
  • Assault 4 DV

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    In December 2011, Sara Watson represented K.B. at a jury trial on one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree-Domestic Violence in Municipal Court. K.B. was accused of punching his wife in the face. The City’s evidence consisted of testimony from the alleged victim, the alleged victim’s daughter, the investigating officers, the 911-call, and photographs showing a hematoma around the alleged victim’s eye. The defense argued that the defendant had acted in self-defense and that the alleged victim was the primary aggressor. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.
  • Assault 4

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    In August 2011, Sara Watson represented M.W. at a jury trial on one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree in Municipal Court. The prosecution alleged that the defendant punched his employer in the face. The prosecution’s evidence consisted of the alleged victim, a fellow employee, the police officer who responded to the 911 call and photographs showing the injuries to the victim. The defense asserted that the defendant had acted in self-defense and that the alleged victim was the primary aggressor. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.
  • Racing

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    In July 2011, Sara Watson represented J.W. at a jury trial on one count of Reckless Driving/Racing in Municipal Court. The arresting officer testified that the defendant raced with another vehicle that had been stopped at the same traffic light. The arresting officer testified that the two cars accelerated at a high rate of speed, were side by side, and could be heard repeatedly shifting gears. The defense argued that the defendant’s behavior was consistent the normal operation of a manual transmission vehicle. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.
  • Assault 4 DV

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    In July 2011, Sara Watson, represented J.I. at a jury trial in Municipal Court on a charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree- Domestic Violence. The case involved a custody dispute between the defendant and his ex-girlfriend. The parties involved had met at a park for a play-date. The city alleged that J.I. physically restrained his ex-girlfriend so that his wife could maintain physical custody of his daughter. The prosecution’s evidence consisted of testimony from the alleged victim, testimony from two officers that responded to the 911 call, and photographs showing the injuries to the alleged victim. The defense argued that the alleged victim’s version of the event was inconsistent with the allegations of assault and that the defendant’s use of force was lawful for the purposes of preventing injury to his daughter. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.
  • DUI

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    In June 2011, Sara Watson represented C.H. at a jury trial on one count of Driving Under the Influence in Municipal Court. The arresting officer testified that C.H.’s vehicle was speeding and weaving in and out of its lane of travel. The arresting officer testified that C.H. had bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred speech. The officer also testified that C.H. was argumentative and confrontational. C.H. refused to perform field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. The defense challenged the officer’s conclusion that C.H. was under the influence and emphasized all of the actions taken by C.H. that were consistent with sobriety. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.
  • Harassment

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    In August 2010 Sara Watson, represented V.W. at a jury trial on one count of Harassment in Municipal Court. V.W. was accused of threatening to kill his landlord. The defense argued that in light of the threat made, the alleged victim's reaction was not consistent with a victim being in reasonable fear that the threat would be carried out. After the prosecution rested its case the defense moved for a dismissal arguing that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case. the judge agreed and the case was Dismissed.
  • Assault 4

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    In March 2010, Sara Watson, represented F.C. at a jury trial in Municipal Court on a charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree. The case involved a circumstance that occurred at a bar where the city alleged that F.C. grabbed a woman inappropriately, was confronted by another woman and that he responded by slapping her. The defense alleged that it was a matter of misidentification. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.