I get it, hiring a defense lawyer is a difficult decision. Clients are about to make a choice that may affect the rest of their life, and they want some degree of certainty before picking one of us. Many clients ask what our firm can guarantee if hired. I explain our process and how our team defends cases. You know, the process and hard work that leads to a great result (sometimes). But what clients really mean is they want a guaranteed outcome, which we don’t offer, and would it be unethical if we did. The next question is usually what are the odds of a certain result, and until now, I’ve never had those numbers handy.
But for 2014 our firm went through our closed cases (cases that were pled, dismissed, no billed, diverted, rejected etc; basically any case that ended in 2014) and came up with the following stats. These totals don’t include traffic tickets because those are more about revenue generation for local governments than actual criminal law.
Closed cases for 2014 (non traffic)= 84.
Total cases closed – 24
Pled to Obstruction of a Highway- 5
Probated as Charged- 12
Reduced DWI Probation- 3
Aggravated Sexual Assault-
Total cases closed- 3
No Billed- 1
Deferred Probation as Charged- 1
Reduced to Indecency Deferred Probation- 1
Total cases closed- 2
Class A Deferred Assault 1
Assault Family Violence–
Total cases closed – 6
All 6 were dismissed, 5 were pre trial diversions. One was just dismissed.
1st Degree Drug Possession–
Total cases closed- 3
Deferred Probation- 2
Possession of Marijuana-
Total Cases Closed- 8
Pre Trial Diversion- 4
Deferred Probation- 1
Motion to Revoke (MTR)
Total Cases Closed- 10
Time Served Sentence- 4
Minimum Sentence (TDC/State Jail)- 3
Back on Probation (MTR Dismissed- 3
I’m proud of our firm’s results. We had no client go to prison who was not already on probation for a felony (that is, only MTR clients went to prison). We also had no one get convicted of marijuana possession, which is awesome (no victim = no crime).
I should issue a disclaimer that past results don’t mean anything for your case. Really, we won’t guarantee a result, and if a lawyer does, that’s a sign they are shady and you shouldn’t hire them.