Not Guilty Verdict, Hung Jury, Client is Released
Charges: Client was charged with multiple violations, including making terrorist threats (PC 422), assault with a deadly weapon (PC245(a)(1), burglary (PC 459), Vandalism (PC594(a), etc. This matter went to jury trial.
Result: At jury trial, the jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on the 2 strike allegations of Assault with a Deadly Weapon or making terrorist threats. Accordingly, those two charges were a mistrial. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on burglary and vandalism and returned a verdict of guilty as to battery – which was a misdemeanor. The District Attorney did not retry the case. The matter settled for a simple assault – PC 240 – which was a misdemeanor. On behalf of the client, we were able to avoid a felony conviction, avoid the two strikes and avoid state prison.