Saturday, September 11, 2010

I'm Baaaaack!

The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy!  The thing that has kept me away from my fine readers (at least those of you who are left) is that I tried my first jury trial this week!!

For those of you who are unaware, in NC (and in most other states too), all misdemeanor cases are tried by a judge only, and I've done dozens of those-- they're quick and easy, usually no more than an hour or two for a trial.  But all felony cases have to be tried by a jury, and this was my first felony case that went to trial.

My client was a young guy charged with Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana (Class I Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class 1 Misdemeanor), Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (Class G Felony) and Giving a Handgun to a Minor (Class H Felony).

I have lots of clients who admit to me they're guilty and some who claim innocence.  But only rarely do I believe that my client was actually innocent of the charges.  This was one of the few times that I believed my client was innocent (at least of some of the charges). 

I won't bore you with all the details, but I was able to get the two gun charges (the most serious offenses) dismissed at the end of the state's evidence, which was a MAJOR victory in itself.

Then at the end of the three day event, the jury found him guilty of simple Possession of Marijuana (Class 3 Misdemeanor) and Drug Paraphernalia (Class 1 Misd).  HUGE victory for a guy who was facing 10-12 months in prison to only get 45 days. 

I was so excited for him, his sweet grandma, and for myself.  Jury trials are seriously scary events, and I conquered a fear and accomplished a goal of mine all in the same week! 

It was an exhausting and exhilirating week.  And one I'd like to do again-- just not anytime really soon.  :)

3 comments:

  1. Yay!!! Congratulations! That is a VERY big deal!!

    I can just picture your cute little self in a courtroom arguing a case. ;-) I think it would be so awesome - and very intimidating - to be a lawyer in a jury trial.

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