Representative Cases-These are actual cases handled by our firm
1. First-Degree Assault (Felony). Our client was charged with a combination of offenses related to an assault with a loaded handgun. They could have resulted in a total prison sentence of over 25 years. The plea offer would have given him about 8 years in prison. We filed motions to suppress statements he made as well as to suppress the fruit of an illegal search that resulted in the police discovering his guns. Our motion to suppress regarding the search was granted, and the State was now prohibited from introducing any evidence gathered during certain parts of the search but not others, including areas in which illegal narcotics were found. However, the State dismissed the entire case.
2. Post-Conviction on Felony Theft. Our client's previous lawyer convinced him to plead to felony theft, where the charges resulted from what amounted to a civil dispute over the purchase of a vehicle. Our client had never been involved in the legal system and didn't know he was being deficiently represented. Our lawyers were able to succesfully argue Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, and the case was forcibly placed on the Stet docket (the original offer made by the State before his previous attorney took the easy way out with a guilty plea on the trial date). We then were granted a trial date after a Motion to remove from the Stet docket. Before trial, the State's Attorney dismissed the charge, because they knew it was not a provable case. Our client, who was not a citizen and facing deportation, is now a United States Citizen.
3. Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana and other CDS. Our client was charged with possession of a combination of illegal drugs. Mr. Cleckner argued a Motion to Suppress based upon an illegal Terry-type stop and frisk of our client. The DC Superior Court ruled in our favor, and the evidence was suppressed and the client was acquitted. Faced with no evidence to prove a case, the United States Attorney decided not to appeal.
4. Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. Our client was wrongly charged with DUI when she was completely sober, but lost and driving in an unfamiliar area. She had a collision with another vehicle, and the police were called. The case was set for trial, and based upon complete lack of evidence that our client was under the influence, the Attorney General "voluntarily" dismissed all charges after we forced them to have no other choice.
5. Driving Under the Influence, Driving Without License (Bond/Habeas Corpus). Our client's bond was set at an outrageous $125,000 for a second offense DUI by an unreasonable Anne Arundel County judge. We filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Circuit Court in Annapolis, and the client was released on an unsecured bond with pretrial release. He was then given time-served at trial.
6. Driving Under the Influence (Illegal Traffic Stop). Our client was charged in Baltimore County with a DUI, he had a high breath score and did terribly on the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). But the officer pulled him over after he swerved once over the fog line. Mr. Cleckner successfully used Rowe v. State to argue that the stop was illegal and the judge found him Not Guilty of all counts.
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