People of the State of California v. HG Just as my life was coming together and totally out of nowhere, I was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Los Angeles Superior Court. Unfortunately for me at the time, a surveillance camera recorded the murderer casing the location of the murder, rape and torture. The video was not perfect but, quite clearly, the soon-to-be murderer appeared to be me. I had never been in trouble with the law before and under intense interrogation I confess to everything foolishly believing I was going to be released to go home.
My family hired Joe from the beginning. After Joe's defense expert in facial identification said he could not be of any assistance to the defense, and having already spent 6 1/2 months in county jail awaiting trial, I had basically given up and was ready to take any kind of a deal offered to avoid life imprisonment. Joe never gave up and was always extremely both positive and aggressive. Finally, on a warm July day while the prospective jurors were all gathered in the hall outside of my courtroom, the Judge ruled that my confession was inadmissible and cannot be used against me in trial, the same with all of the evidence gathered as a result of my confession. The district attorney prosecuting the case moved to dismiss the charges as without the confession, they had basically nothing. However, the prosecutor promised to recharge me at a later date.
I was released from custody that night and have never felt so blessed in my life. Subsequently, as a result of Joe's creative and brilliant representation in the criminal case, I received a seven digit settlement in my lawsuit against the County. The real murderer was subsequently arrested a year after my dismissal and was convicted of the murder. What more can I say about this attorney?
- Herb G.