Family Law

Case Study – Child Custody

Custody of a minor child is determined by the best interests of the child. While the wishes of the child are taken into consideration, they are not necessarily controlling.

Recently I represented the father of a 17 year old boy who wanted to live with his mother. The evidence showed that the mother had imposed no curfews, had let him drink and smoke marijuana and had not encouraged him to attend school. The court awarded custody to the father. Obviously this decision was extremely unpopular with the boy and his mother but was clearly in his best interests.

The Charges:

Custody of minor child undetermined

The Verdict:

Custody awarded to father

Criminal Law

Case Study – Self Defense

Several years ago I represented a young man who was charged with murder. He was in the passenger seat of a car being driven by a man who was selling drugs to him. The driver had suddenly reached into his coat pocket and the defendant drew his gun, shot and killed him thinking that the man was reaching for a gun. The driver turned out to have been a confidential police informant.

At trial the defense of self-defense was successfully raised as the jury was persuaded that the defendant was in reasonable fear of great bodily injury.

The Charges:

Murder in the first degree

The Verdict:

Found not guilty due to self-defense

Criminal Law

Case Study – Entrapment

The evidence showed that the woman had approached him in a bar and had offered to perform a sex act for certain amount of money. He accepted although he was only at the bar to have a drink.

The woman was an undercover police officer and he was charged criminally but found to be not guilty at trial due to entrapment.

The Charges:

Solicitation

The Verdict:

Found not guilty due to entrapment