Category: Strike Crimes

No Prison Time for Identity Theft Defendant

People v. PB (Burbank, 2013):

The defendant had just been released on parole for a robbery case when he was charged in an identity theft case. He was allegedly found in possession of others’ profiles, including credit card numbers and social security information. He faced a minimum of 32 months in state prison, but Attorney Allison Margolin convinced the court to strike the strike, release him to a residential program, and suspend prison time.

Fingerprints? Still No Strike for a Burglary

People v. YY (2013, Beverly Hills Court):

A client was accused of stealing $2,000  from his friend’s room, and his fingerprints were allegedly found on the the window screen of the apartment. Allison Margolin persuaded the district attorney to dismiss the residential burglary strike charge and instead  allow the defendant to plead to a commercial burglary wobbler.

Discovery Prevents a Strike in Burglary Case

People v. Sorority Burglar (LAX, 2013):

Attorney David Poblete subpoenaed a tape of the interrogation of the defendant. Based on the discovery, he convinced the district attorney to drop the charge of a residential burglary that would have been strike. Instead the defendant received a wobbler commercial burglary non-strike. The terms of probation did not include custody.

Defense Saves Client from 11.5 Years in State Prison

People v. MA (2013, Ventura):

Attorney Raza Lawrence assisted by Allison Margolin persuaded a Ventura judge to strike an assault with a deadly weapon charge that occurred less than 5 years after the defendant was convicted on  two charges of heroin possession and one of heroin transportation. The client faced 12 years in state prison; the DA offered  7 years. After a strong defense by Raza and Allison, he received only 270 days total at half time (135 days). The attorneys mounted a Romero hearing that included testimony from the probation officer from San Diego County who supervised the client’s assault with a deadly weapon probation.

Community Service For Sushi Knife Stabbing

People v. C.C (LAX)

Client was charged with assault with a deadly with a great bodily injury strike enhancement.  She had stabbed her boyfriend fourteen times with a sushi knife in an altercation. The client was facing over seven years of jail time.Attorney Allison Margolin negotiated a plea where client would serve community service rather than jail time.