Los Angeles and Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney

CASE RESULTS

ASSUALT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON California Penal Code 245 pc

CHARGES DROPPED – Long Beach
Client was wanted by the police for assault with a deadly weapon. Attorney Jennifer Monroe was retained before the police found the client and immediately initiated a defense investigation. During the investigation Jennifer Monroe obtained the statement of a key eye witness and presented the defenses to the detective. When the police did try and arrest the client, Jennifer Monroe contacted the detective and had the client released immediately, before he was ever taken to the station for booking. Thereafter, the District Attorney and City Attorney dropped charges based on the defense investigation.

CHARGES REDUCED AND DIVERSION GRANTED – Burbank
Client was charged with assault with a deadly weapon by trying to run someone over. If convicted the client would likely be sent to jail and lose his driver’s license forever. Attorney Jennifer Monroe conducted a complete defense investigation and negotiated the charge down to disturbing the peace (one of the lowest misdemeanors available). The client was placed on diversion for disturbing the peace and after he completed anger management classes the case was dismissed.

ANNOYING PHONE CALLS California Penal Code 653(m) pc

BETTER DEAL THAN ORIGINALLY OFFERED – Ventura
Client was charged with annoying phone calls. The prosecution initially wanted jail time. Jennifer Monroe worked out the case for probation and a restraining order. The client stayed out of jail and was not required to pay any fines.

VIOLATION OF RESTRAINING ORDERS California Penal Code 166 pc

OFFICE HEARING IN LIEU OF FILING – Airport Court, Los Angeles
Jennifer Monroe successfully conducted the office hearing for her client charged with violating a court issued restraining order. After the hearing the City Attorney declined to file charges.

Same client was accused about 1 year later and Jennifer Monroe was able to negotiate another office hearing and charges were never filed.

BATTERY California Penal Code 242 pc

CHARGES REDUCED – Airport Courthouse, Los Angeles County
Client was involved in a fight on school grounds and facing a battery charge. Attorney Jennifer Monroe convinced the prosecutor to reduce the charge from battery to fighting in public, a less serious offense, and he received a light sentence.

CHARGES REDUCED AND DISMISSED! – Malibu Courthouse, Los Angeles County
Client was accused of committing a battery on an off duty police officer. After a defense investigation by Malibu Criminal Defense attorney Jennifer Monroe, the holes in the alleged victim’s story were apparent. Jennifer Monroe convinced the prosecutor to reduce the charges to Disturbing the Peace and after a year the charges were dismissed. Client avoided jail and a battery conviction.

BENCH WARRANTS and FAILURE TO APPEARS California Penal Code 853.7 pc, 853.8 pc, 1320 pc and California Vehicle Code 40508

CLIENTS STAYED OUT OF JAIL!
Van Nuys: Felony No Bail Warrant recalled. Client hired Jennifer Monroe after he missed his court date. Jennifer Monroe fought to keep her client out of jail and he client was allowed to remain out of custody with a bond reinstatement.

Lancaster: $35,000 Bench Warrant recalled and Jennifer Monroe convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case. Client did not spend any time in custody.

Ventura: Bench Warrant for failure to appear for a violation of probation in Prop 36 court. Client also had a dirty test. Jennifer Monroe kept the client out of jail and got the client reinstated into Prop 36.

Burbank: 5 year old bench warrant out of Burbank for a DUI. Client stayed out of jail.

Glendale: Client moved back to the US and had 5 year old bench warrant for a DUI. The district attorney in court wanted to penalize the client for the failure to appear and not reduce the charges. Jennifer Monroe had the case reviewed with the supervising district attorney and was able to get the failure to appear dropped and the DUI reduced to a wet reckless.

Santa Clarita: Client lived out of state and received a DUI while vacationing here. Over six years later he contacted Jennifer Monroe to handle the case that was out to warrant. The judge was upset by the failure to appear when he called the case. But Jennifer Monroe had already negotiated no further penalty with the prosecutor and was able to keep the client out of jail.

BRANDISHING A WEAPON, California Penal Code 417 pc

CHARGES REDUCED AND NO JAIL TIME – Santa Clarita Courthouse, Los Angeles
An 18 year old with no prior was charged with misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 417 pc, for Exhibiting a Replica Firearm for pointing an air soft gun at another vehicle on the 5 freeway. Other lawyers thought the case would be dropped. The family retained me and I immediately went to work researching alternative charges to avoid the 30 days in jail and built a case in mitigation. At the arraignment he was offered two misdemeanors, 30 days in jail and 30 days of community labor. I was prepared with an alternative Los Angeles County Code section that did not require the 30 days of jail and met with the Supervising District Attorney. I presented the alternative charge and the case in mitigation I worked up. I successfully negotiated the reduced charge and no jail time. The alternative code section also looks better on his record than a Penal Code violation and is eligible to be further reduced to an infraction and dismissed.

CORPORAL INJURY TO A CHILD California Penal Code section 273d(a) pc

Client was accused of hitting her child with a stick and causing a traumatic injury in violation of California Penal Code section 273d(a) pc which states:

“Any person who willfully inflicts upon a child any cruel or inhuman corporal punishment or an injury resulting in a traumatic condition is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for two, four, or six years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, by a fine of up to six thousand dollars ($6,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.”
The District Attorney was seeking a plea to the corporal injury charge, 3 years of probation, Cal Trans work, and 52 weeks of Parenting classes. The conviction would forever be a black mark on the clients record with the Department of Child and Family Services. Alhambra Criminal Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe successfully obtained a reduced charge, no Cal Trans or jail, and after one year the court would consider terminating the probation and dismissing the case.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BATTERY California Penal Code 243(e)(1) pc

CASE DISMISSED – Simi Valley, Ventura County Superior Court
Client was charged with battery on her spouse. Client believed she acted in self-defense to fend off further attack from her spouse. Attorney Jennifer Monroe gathered significant evidence to show the alleged victim’s propensity for violence and vast good character evidence about her wrongfully accused client. Jennifer Monroe answered ready for trial, and the prosecution dismissed the case to avoid going to trial.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CORPORAL INJURY California Penal Code 273.5 pc

CASE DISMISSED – Ventura
Client was charged with Corporal Injury to his spouse. Client’s spouse reported to the police that her husband hit her in the mouth causing a laceration and profuse bleeding. As a former prosecutor Jennifer Monroe understands why charges were filed. However, Jennifer Monroe interviewed the victim and discovered that the client accidentally hit the victim in her mouth. Jennifer Monroe convinced the prosecution that it was in fact an accident and the prosecution dismissed the case.

CHARGES DROPPED – Simi Valley, Ventura County Superior Court
Client’s soon to be ex-wife claimed he choked her and took her cell phone. Client was facing felony domestic violence corporal injury charges and misdemeanor theft charges. Client retained Attorney Jennifer Monroe as soon as he bonded out from jail. Jennifer Monroe immediately started a pre-filing investigation and built up a case against the ex-wife that questioned her credibility. After review of the defense investigation, the prosecutor agreed with Jennifer Monroe’s investigation and dropped the domestic violence charges.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / VANDALISM California Penal Code 594 pc

VANDALISM CONVICTION AVOIDED AND CLIENT KEEPS HER JOB! San Fernando, Los Angeles County
Client was in the middle of a contested divorce when she was accused of allegedly damaging vehicles and the home. She admitted to some of the damage but not all of it and believed she was being set-up by her soon to be ex-husband. If convicted of California Penal Code 594 pc the client would lose her job she had for 20 years, lose her driver’s license for one year, and would have to do 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling. Client tried for several months to resolve the case with the public defender then she called Jennifer Monroe. After working up her defenses to the damages she denied and the mitigating factors for the damage she admitted, attorney Jennifer Monroe successfully negotiated that the vandalism would be dismissed for a city noise ordinance violation if she paid for the damage and did 26 domestic violence counseling.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE/DUI/DWI California Vehicle Code 23152 vc

Van Nuys and San Fernando: CASE DISMISSED!
Client was facing two open DUI cases. Both were charged as third time DUI’s. If he was found guilty of one, the other would have been elevated to a felony and he would have been facing years in jail. Attorney Jennifer Monroe reviewed the evidence against her client and found significant proof problems in one of the cases. She informed the prosecutor of the significant proof problems, refused to plead her client on the case, and was prepared to go to trial. The prosecutor agreed there were problems with their case and tried to conduct further investigation into the case problems. The officers could not explain all the problems, and the case was dismissed. The client avoided the felony and serious jail time.

Burbank: NO JAIL ON SECOND OFFENSE DUI’S!
Client was facing 90 days in jail for her second time DUI out of Burbank. She was on probation out of Burbank for the first still, had over .20 BAC in both DUI’s and caused an accident in the second DUI. Burbank DUI Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe negotiated alcohol treatment/rehab and community service in lieu of jail.

Another client was facing 60 days in jail for her second time DUI out of Burbank. She was on probation out of Burbank for the first still, had over a .15 BAC in both DUI’s and was driving erratically in the second DUI. Burbank DUI Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe negotiated NO JAIL, just an alcohol school and fine after impeaching the arresting officer at the DMV hearing for all the lies he put in his police report and his poor investigation.

Glendale: CASE REDUCED!
Client was facing a five year old DUI case where he was out to warrant the entire time. His breath was .09/.10 and the initially offer was a standard first time offense. The assigned prosecutor did not want to budge on the initial offer. Jennifer Monroe went to the prosecutor’s supervisor and convinced him to reduce the charge to a Wet Reckless and dismiss the failure to appear. The client paid a reduced fine and stayed out of jail.

Metro/Los Angeles: DUI DISMISSED FOR A SPEED CONTEST!
Client was stopped for using her cell phone, which she denied because she was using the maps feature and not talking or texting. The officer smelled alcohol on her breath and conducted a DUI investigation. The Client submitted to a breathalyzer which resulted in a .12/.12. Metropolitan Criminal Defense attorney Jennifer Monroe subpoenaed the client’s cell phone records which proved she was not using the cell phone in a prohibited manner.

Jennifer Monroe advised the Los Angeles City Attorney that she was going to run a 1538.5 motion to dismiss due to the unlawful stop. To avoid possibility losing the case the prosecutor reduced the charge to a speed contest, reduced the probation from 3 years to 2 years, and only required a fine. Client avoided the DUI conviction and Jennifer Monroe also won the DMV hearing so the client was never even required to attend alcohol classes.

Metro/Los Angeles:
Client was charged with a DUI after nearly hitting the center divider, speeding, weaving, poor performance on the FST’s, and blew a .13. Wet Reckless reductions are rare with a .13 BAC in Los Angeles County DUI courts. However, Jennifer Monroe prepared a defense that explained each negative fact for the defense. The defense included mechanical defects to her vehicle, physical impairment to explain the performance on the FST’s, and a recent medical surgery that caused her blood alcohol level to be off by at least .03. After Jennifer Monroe presented the defense case to the prosecution, the case was reduced to a Wet Reckless, the client paid a reduced fine, and stayed out of jail.

Metro/Los Angeles: DUI REFUSAL ALLEGATION DISMISSED JAIL AND ONE YEAR LICENSE SUSPENSION AVOIDED!
Client was facing a one year license suspension because he refused to take a breath or blood chemical test when he was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe successfully convinced the prosecutor at the Metropolitan Courthouse to strike the refusal allegation which allowed the client to avoid mandatory jail time as well as the refusal conviction. Jennifer Monroe also won the DMV hearing so the client completely avoided the one year license suspension.

Beverly Hills/Glendale: PRIOR CONVICTION STRICKEN AS UNCONSTITIONAL, SECOND OFFENSE PENALTIES AVOIDED, AND NO PROBATION VIOLATION

Client was charged with two DUI’s, one in Glendale and one in Beverly Hills. Client initially hired a law firm that wasn’t run by a real lawyer and used appearance attorneys to represent the clients in court. The client had no idea he didn’t hire a real lawyer and was talked into pleading on the Glendale case by an appearance attorney. He was later informed by the law firm that they went back in and got the Glendale and Beverly Hills cases dismissed.

A couple of years went by and the client was arrested on bench warrants for these cases when he got locked out of his car and police stopped to help him. He then found out that his DUI cases were never dismissed, he was in violation of probation in Glendale, and the Beverly Hills court was now pursuing a second offense DUI against him with enhanced penalties. The Client then hired Beverly Hills Criminal Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe who successfully ran a motion to strike the Glendale DUI prior conviction as unconstitutional in the Beverly Hills case. Jennifer Monroe convinced the Beverly Hills court that even though an appearance attorney was present when he plead to the Glendale DUI, the client was still denied his right to be represented by counsel because he was fooled by the non-lawyer and his appearance attorneys. Winning the motion to strike allowed the client to avoid the enhanced second offense penalties in the Beverly Hills DUI case and Jennifer Monroe further negotiated no penalty for the probation violation in Glendale DUI case.

EVADING A PEACE OFFICER California Vehicle Code 2800.2 vc

Client Stayed out of Jail – Van Nuys
Client was initially offered a year in jail after leading the officers on a high speed chase on a Los Angeles freeway. Jennifer Monroe developed the defense case and after vigorous cross examination of the Prosecution’s witnesses during the preliminary hearing, the client received probation and cal trans. Client stayed out of jail.

HIT AND RUN California Vehicle Code 20002 vc

Van Nuys: CHARGES DISMISSED AND NO DMV POINTS – COMMERICAL TRUCK DRIVER!
Client was charged with hit and run of a fire hydrant that drenched an undercover police car. After a thorough defense investigation Attorney Jennifer Monroe convinced the prosecutor that they could not prove intent to flee and the hit and run was dismissed. Defendant was also charged with driving on a restricted license that would have resulted in points on his DMV record. Attorney Jennifer Monroe obtained an alternative charge for the client that did not involve additional points on his DMV record.

Ventura/Van Nuys: CASES DISMISSED!
Clients were charged with causing over $1,000 worth of damage to other vehicles and leaving the scene of the accident in violation of Vehicle Code 20002. Jennifer Monroe worked directly with the victim’s to resolve the restitution issues and reach a civil compromise. Then Jennifer Monroe motioned to the court to dismiss the cases which was granted. Each client saved two point on their license and avoided a criminal conviction.

THEFT
Petty Theft California Penal Code 484 pc

Malibu: CHARGES REDUCED AND CASE WILL BE DISMISSED! Malibu, Los Angeles County
Client stole about $400 in merchandise. He was observed by loss prevention officers stealing and admitted the theft to the police. Attorney Jennifer Monroe built a case in mitigation for the client and convinced the prosecutor to reduce the charges to Disturbing the Peace (one of the lowest misdemeanors available) and after he completes his community service the case will be dismissed.

Santa Clarita: REDUCED TO AN INFRACTION AND EXPUNGED
Client was barely 18 years old when he and his friend were charged with petty theft for stealing from a gas station. A theft conviction would seriously hurt his ability to obtain a job and would follow him for the rest of his life. Criminal defense attorney Jennifer Monroe built a case in mitigation and was able to get the case reduced to a trespass infraction and then expunged.

PETTY THEFT WITH A PRIOR California Penal Code 484 pc

CHARGES REDUCED! Simi Valley, Ventura County
Client was charged with a felony for stealing from a department store in Simi Valley. It was a felony because it was her third theft offense. She was initially offered to plead to a felony and jail time. Simi Valley Criminal Defense attorney Jennifer Monroe didn’t believe that she deserved a felony even though it was her third offense. Jennifer Monroe obtained the police reports from the prior cases and convinced the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and cut down the jail time because all three of her theft cases involved low dollar amounts and involved food and other necessities.

Grand Theft California Penal Code 487 pc

Ventura: CASE DISMISSED!
Client was a bookkeeper accused of overpaying herself. The paperwork was very complex and after a thorough review by attorney Jennifer Monroe, it was clear the client was not guilty of what she was accused of. The prosecutor did not agree with Jennifer Monroe’s interpretation of the evidence before the preliminary hearing but after vigorous cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses at the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor dismissed the case.

Ventura: CHARGES REDUCED!
Client was charged with felony embezzlement of thousands of dollars from his employer. Jennifer Monroe convinced the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and the client received probation and work release instead of a high fine and jail.

Pasadena: CHARGES REDUCED!
Client and his co-defendant were accused of stealing building materials from his employer and charged with felony embezzlement. After a defense investigation conducted by criminal defense attorney Jennifer Monroe, the prosecution agreed that there were problems with their case and agreed to reduce the charge to a Disturbing the Peace misdemeanor. Client avoided the felony conviction and jail time. After two years of probation, Jennifer Monroe got the case expunged from his record.

Santa Clarita: CHARGES REDUCED AND NO JAIL
Client was charged with Grand Theft for price tag switching that amounted to over $1,000. Client was initially represented by the public defender and she was offered to plead to grand theft and serve 30 days in jail. Santa Clarita Criminal Defense attorney Jennifer Monroe reviewed all the evidence and it was clear based on the video that the client had engaged in price tag switching. However, Jennifer Monroe built a case in mitigation and negotiated a plea to a lesser charge and a fine instead of jail.

Ventura: CHARGES NOT FILED!
Client was accused of using the company credit card for her own personal use. The police were seeking to interview the client. The client hired me and I reviewed the evidence against her. I did not allow them to interview her and without admissions by her they could not make a case and the felony embezzlement charges were never filed.

Ventura: CHARGES NOT FILED!
Client was accused of stealing cash from her employer’s business. The employer wanted her to come in for a meeting to discuss the theft. I was hired before the meeting and was able to negotiate a settlement with the employer. Police were never involved and charges were never filed.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION California Penal Code 1203.2
BETTER DEAL THAN ORIGINALLY OFFERED! Los Angeles
Client fell through the cracks on formal felony probation and moved out of state without proper permission from probation. After almost two years the courts finally caught up to him and determined he also had not enrolled in or completed his 240 days of Cal Trans work. For the violations, the prosecutor wanted to send him away for a year in county jail for the violation and delete the Cal Trans work. Attorney Jennifer Monroe negotiated 180 days in county jail and got the 240 days of Cal Trans work deleted.

NO ADDITIONAL PENALTY Ventura
Client was out to warrant for 5 years for violation of probation for failing to do his jail time and alcohol school on a DUI case. Bench Warrant Attorney Jennifer Monroe presented medical evidence to explain the reason for the failure to comply and no additional penalty was added to the case.

WEAPONS

GUN CHARGES California Penal Code 12020 pc and 12025 pc
Ventura: CHARGES REDUCED AND CLIENT STAYED OUT OF JAIL!
Client was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction. The prior conviction made the charge a felony. Attorney Jennifer Monroe was able to get the charges reduced to a misdemeanor and negotiated a fine instead of jail time.

Los Angeles: CHARGES DROPPED!
Client was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm. Attorney Jennifer Monroe was retained before the case was sent to the District Attorney for filing of charges. Jennifer Monroe presented defenses to the detective and the District Attorney dropped the charges.

POSSESSION OF A DEADLY WEAPON / PROHIBITED ITEM AT THE AIRPORT California Penal Code 12020 pc and 171.5 pc
OFFICE HEARING IN LIEU OF FILING – Airport Courthouse, Los Angeles County
Client was facing felony and misdemeanor criminal liability for possessing knives in his backpack when he went through the security check point at the airport. Jennifer Monroe represented the client at an Office Hearing. Jennifer Monroe convinced the City Attorney that the client had forgot that the knives were in the backpack and did not intend to bring them into the sterile area of the airport. The City Attorney then rejected the case and no charges were filed.

CASE DISMISSED – Long Beach
Client was an airplane pilot for a charter airline company. Client forgot his loaded gun magazine was in his flight bag. Client was charged with violation of California Penal Code 171.5 pc for trying to board the plane with the gun magazine in his bag. If convicted he could lose his pilots license. Los Angeles Airport Crime Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe developed a case in mitigation and was able to get the 171.5 pc charge dismissed for a fine and saved his license to fly.

ROBBERY California Penal Code 211 pc

CLIENT AVOIDED STATE PRISON AND JAIL! San Fernando, Los Angeles County
Client was charged with Bank Robbery of a Bank of America and was apprehended fleeing the scene. Client was a first time offender and committed the robbery as an act of desperation because his girlfriend was pregnant and he needed money. He was facing mandatory state prison for the robbery and when Jennifer Monroe asked the initial prosecutor for probation instead of state prison the prosecutor refused because bank robbery is a mandatory state prison sentence. San Fernando Criminal Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe did not give up because she was told “no” and instead built a case in mitigation. She then negotiated with the supervising prosecutor and obtained probation and a residential psychological and drug treatment in lieu of state prison and jail.

LESSER CHARGE AND NO STATE PRISON! Ventura
Client was charged with a home invasion robbery for kicking in the door of a residence with two others while allegedly armed with a firearm. The victim was allegedly threatened and some property was reported stolen. The client was implicated by a co-defendant and was facing several years in state prison and a strike offense. Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney brought the mitigation circumstances to the attention of the prosecutor and negotiated a lesser offense where the client was granted probation and local jail in lieu of state prison and client avoided the strike and theft offense.

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