Complete dismissals in criminal cases are more uncommon than you might expect.  Even in circumstances where it seems evident that a person has been wrongfully accused or that there is little to no evidence to support criminal charges, prosecutors are reluctant to dismiss a case outright. When cases are dismissed, prior to trial, it is generally…

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” –  The importance of representation BEFORE criminal charges are filed. Most people contact a criminal attorney AFTER they have formally been charged with a crime.  This makes perfect sense.  What many people do not know, however,  is that police and prosecutors will often wait weeks, if not months,…

  Another post-conviction proceeding, another finding of ineffective assistance of counsel.  Last week, Majid Safaie’s expert witness testimony led to another favorable post-conviction ruling for yet another defendant. Majid Safaie testified on behalf of an indigent Defendant with severe mental health issues.  The Defendant’s initial lawyer failed to investigate or gather records regarding the client’s mental illness.  Counsel…

In May, Majid Safaie’s expert witness testimony led to post-conviction relief for yet another defendant. Majid Safaie testified on behalf of Defendant Ingrid Encalada.  Ms. Encalada, a Peruvian immigrant, was improperly advised that her plea of guilty to a felony offense would not result in her deportation from the United States.  In fact, deportation proceedings were later…

  In this recent case, our client was charged with Second Degree Assault, a crime of violence, and faced a potential 5 to 16 year prison sentence. The charges arose from an alleged altercation between the Defendant, JM, and his fiancée. Criminal charges involving allegations of “domestic violence” can be particularly complex, as any conviction…

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