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  • Felonies

    People v. Lucas
    Mr. Lucas was charged with first-degree murder and robbery stemming from an argument at an area IHOP that escalated into a shooting, resulting in one fatality. Mr. Staten analyzed the surveillance cameras frame by frame, and pieced together what happened during the 10 minutes from the time the victim and friends entered the IHOP until the time shots were fired. The video clearly showed that Mr. Lucas acted as a peacemaker inside the restaurant, and was leaving in his car as the fight escalated into a shooting. The jury later returned verdicts of not guilty on all counts.

    People v. Alexander
    Mr. Alexander was charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder stemming from a shooting that occurred outside of an 18 and under club. Mr. Staten was able to resolve the case, and Mr. Alexander pled to being accessory after the fact, gang, and gun enhancement charges. Instead of facing a life behind bars, Mr. Alexander will only spend 8 years in prison.

    People v. Medina Mr. Medina was charged with multiple counts of child molest and was facing life without parole. After extensive cross-examination of the victim and parent, as well as testimony from numerous character witnesses, the jury acquitted Mr. Medina of all charges.

    People v. Allen
    Mr. Allen was accused of assault and battery on his girlfriend. He was facing 140 years in prison. KJS & Associates took the case to trial and the jury acquitted Mr. Allen of all counts. He walked out of jail a free man.

    People v. Thomas
    In November of 2008, one of our clients hit and killed a motorcyclist while driving with a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit. KJS & Associates was able to successfully negotiate a plea deal whereby our client avoided going to prison and agreed to serve a total of only eight months in county jail.

    People v. Hart
    Ms. Hart came to Keith J. Staten & Associates after she and two other people were arrested for robbing and assaulting a man. KJS & Associates got the case dismissed after the victim admitted he had lied to police because he was mad.

    People v. Jones
    Mr. Jones was charged with a felony witness intimidation charge. At the preliminary hearing, the victim stated that she did not know Mr. Jones and he was not the person who made threats toward her. The case was dismissed.

    Misdemeanors

    People v. Anglin
    Mr. Anglin was charged with a misdemeanor for carrying a concealed weapon; after a jury trial with Keith Staten defending him, the jury acquitted him of all charges.

    People v. Montgomery
    By timely filing a suppression motion, KJS & Associates recently got charges of misdemeanor narcotics possession dismissed outright. Although initially cited and prosecuted for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, our client walked away without any punishments or blemishes left on her record.

    People v. Jett
    Mr. Jett came to KJS & Associates after getting arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle. The District Attorney wanted Mr. Jett to serve 60 days in jail and give up his weapon. KJS & Associates argued the case at trial, and the jury acquitted Mr. Jett of all charges.

    People v. Neal
    Mr. Neal came to KJS & Associates when he was facing a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. Keith Staten took the case to trial, resulting in Mr. Neal being acquitted of all charges.

    DUI Cases

    People v. Clarke
    Mr. Clarke was charged with a 3rd offense DUI and KJS & Associates successfully argued that Mr. Clarke was actually the passenger in the car. The District Attorney dismissed the case against Mr. Clarke.

    People v. Sanchez
    KJS & Associates attorney Alan Donato took on this trial, in which Mr. Sanchez was charged with DUI with a refusal to submit to a chemical test. A sample of Mr. Sanchez’s blood tested at a BAC of .09; a retest of the sample came back with a BAC of .07. Mr. Donato was successful in trial with an acquittal of all charges. If convicted, Mr. Sanchez would have suffered a year-long license suspension.

    People v. Verrett
    Ms. Verrett came to KJS & Associates when she was charged with a DUI and a refusal to submit to a chemical test. Armed with a no-drive defense, the case was brought to trial, resulting in a hung jury, 10-2 not guilty.

    DMV Hearings

    DMV v. Zaki
    Ms. Zaki was convicted of methamphetamine charges a year prior to when the Department of Motor Vehicles filed an action against her vehicle salesperson license.  Mr. Staten was successful in proving at the hearing that she has successfully rehabilitated her life and was thriving as a vehicle salesperson. The DMV placed Ms. Zaki’s license on probation, and she is still able to sell cars.

    DMV v. Movsesian
    The DMV revoked Mr. Movsesian’s license for allegedly using a fictitious driver’s license. He challenged the revocation at a DMV hearing, where an investigation report was entered into evidence without calling the necessary witnesses to authenticate it.  After realizing their mistake, DMV reinstated the license. Later, DMV tried to reopen the case and revoke his license again without any new evidence. Keith Staten brought to the DMV’s attention that it did not have the authority to do so, and was able to save Mr. Movsesian’s license.

    DMV v. Mendez
    Keith J Staten & Associates won a DMV hearing on a DUI case by presenting a defense that our client, although over the legal limit when tested by the police, was not over the limit at the time of driving (a “rising BAC defense”). The hearing officer was persuaded by the argument and reinstated Mr. Mendez’s license without penalty.

    DMV v. Gregory
    KJS & Associates recently won a DMV hearing in a misdemeanor DUI case. Mr. Staten skillfully cross examined the officer under oath and forced her to admit that she falsely reported her observations in her police report. The DMV reinstated our client’s license without penalty.

    DMV v. Smith
    Mr. Smith was able to retain his driving privileges after being arrested for DUI after an excellent win at the DMV hearing. Armed with a no-drive defense, the witnesses’ testimonies convinced the hearing officer to set the action aside.

    DMV v. Lorenz
    After being arrested for DUI, Mr. Lorenz came to our office for help. Mr. Staten was successful at the DMV hearing in showing that the client suffered from GERD, which affected the chemical test. The action against his license was set aside.

    DMV v. Andridge
    Mr. Andridge was charged with DUI of a controlled substance with a refusal to submit to a chemical test and resisting arrest. KJS & Associates represented him in the DMV hearing and was successful in getting his license set aside.

    DMV v. Lange
    Mr. Lange came to KJS & Associates after he was involved in a fatal car accident. Keith Staten represented him in the negligent operator hearing, where the hearing officer agreed with Mr. Staten’s argument that his reaction of looking away when hearing someone scream on the street before the crash was reasonable. Mr. Lange’s license was set aside, and was able to save his job as a commercial driver as well.

    Writs of Mandate

    Perez v. DMV
    Mr. Perez’s license was suspended for a 2nd DUI and refusing a chemical test. KJS & Associates  filed a Writ of Mandate arguing that Mr. Perez did not refuse the chemical test. The court agreed with her position and Mr. Perez’s license was reinstated. He no longer faced a two-year suspension, and saved his job with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department.

    Xoquic v. DMV
    Mr. Xoquic came to KJS & Associates after the DMV suspended his driver’s license for a DMV he suffered 10 years prior. KJS & Associates successfully argued that DMV waited too long to suspend Mr. Xoquic’s license. DMV had to give Mr. Xoquic his license back with no more penalties.

    Knight v. DMV
    The DMV suspended Mr. Knight’s commercial driver’s license for a DUI he received in another state 11 years prior. Mr. Staten successfully argued that DMV waited too long before taking action. Mr. Knight’s license was reinstated in full.