This case involved a juvenile that had an extensive criminal history prior to this alleged offense. Four young men were out together and allegedly attacked another young man, stole his belongings, and several shots were fired in the process. No one was killed however a gun was used and shots were heard in the neighborhood. The State was adamant about substantial jail time due to seriousness of the offense and the extensive history of the youth. While this youth did have a criminal history, he was in no way guilty of the currently charged offense. After extensive pre-trial negotiations, no resolution could be reached, and the matter was set for trial.
Outcome: We remained steadfast that our client was only at fault for perhaps “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” however the youth was certainly not guilty of armed robbery. After standing strong and pushing the State to trial, the State’s case fell apart at the eve of trial and we pled no contest to a minor misdemeanor offense with probation only and the youth continued with his schooling and moved back in with his grandmother.