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Case Conclusion Date: 07.14.2011
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Jury Acquittal on Witness Tampering and Intimidating a Witness.
Description: Client charged with Possession of Cocaine, Bail Jumping, Witness Tampering and Intimidating a Witness. Client gave a drug-abusing friend a ride to the grocery store. Police pull client over on warrants. On the pullover, police notice "furtive movement" exchanged between client and her friend. Police arrest both. They fail to find contraband on client. Police question and search client's friend. They recover two pipes and two bindles of cocaine. At trial, prosecutor argued client had constructive possession of the cocaine even though she did not possess it on her body. While the case is pending, client fails to arrive at one of her court hearings. Her explanation was that she ran out of methadone, a legal drug that many use to overcome their addiction to heroin. As a result of missing court, the State charged client with Bail Jumping. Months later, and while the case is pending, client unintentionally meets her "friend" on the bus. Words are exchanged. The friend later contacts the Prosecutor and says client threatened her to not testify. The State charges Tampering With a Witness and Witness Intimidation even though there was no independent evidence. The jury agreed, and ruled "not guilty."