A Baltimore County client was charged with First and Second Degree Assault for allegedly threatening his wife with a knife. The client was not a citizen and did not speak English. The police interrogated him without explaining his Miranda Rights. Due to the serious nature of the charges, he was held without bond pretrial. At trial, Mr. Shepherd vigorously objected to the Unconstitutional nature of the interrogation and as a result, the client's statement made during the interrogation was deemed inadmissible. Without that critical evidence, the case was placed on the STET docket (indefinitely postponed, most times it is equivalent to a dismissal). Facing 25 years, the client went home that same day.
An Anne Arundel County client was charged with Possession of Marijuana & Heroin as well as Second Degree Assault against the arresting Police Officer. The client was searched at the scene of the arrest and in conducting that search, the officer forced his fingers into the client’s mouth to search for drugs. Mr. Shepherd challenged the legality of this search and was successful in obtaining not guilty verdicts on all charges due to the Police Officer’s violation of the client’s Fourth Amendment Rights. Facing close to 20 years, the client went home that same day.
A Baltimore County woman filed a frivolous Protective Order against a client who was initially ordered by the Court to vacate his home and to have no contact with his four young children for more than two weeks while the trial was pending. Adamant that he had done nothing wrong and that his spouse had fabricated the whole story, Mr. Shepherd was forced to litigate this matter. After aggressive cross-examination, the case was dismissed for lacking merit. The client was reunited with his children that same day. When an appeal was filed, Mr. Shepherd immediately got it dismissed without the need for a hearing. Roughly a year later, when a similar case was filed by the spouse again against the client, Mr. Shepherd was again successful at trial and the case was dismissed.
A Prince George’s County client was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. Mr. Shepherd immediately requested that discovery be provided so that he could properly prepare for his client’s defense. This request included a demand that a chemical analysis is conducted on the alleged narcotics and that the chemist who performed the analysis be present at trial. The State neglected to provide that information until mere moments before the trial. Mr. Shepherd vehemently objected to this wildly unfair and late disclosure of critical evidence. Despite the State’s Attorney arguing that there was nothing wrong with the late disclosure, the Judge agreed with Mr. Shepherd and in addition to sanctioning the State by dismissing the case, the Judge verbally admonished the State’s Attorney for failing to abide by the discovery rules of the Court. Facing 5 years, the client went home that same day.
Two Charles County clients were a husband and wife who owned a large family business which had unfortunately co-mingled finances with the clients’ personal accounts. When the clients’ house went into foreclosure, the bank attempted to seize over $500,000 in company assets. Mr. Shepherd was not only able to completely protect the company assets but negotiated a mortgage modification, which lowered the clients’ monthly mortgage payments significantly and reduced the amount of principal owed by more than $100,000. The clients were able to save their home and their business.
A Howard County client was charged with Driving Without a License, Driving Without Registration, and Driving Without Insurance. The client was a teenager who drove her mother’s car before she had earned her driver’s license. Unbeknownst to the client, the car was not properly insured or registered, which is why it had remained parked on her family’s lot for some time. Once Mr. Shepherd read the police report though, it became clear that the client was pulled over by the police officer without just cause. When Mr. Shepherd challenged the legality of the traffic stop, the judge agreed with him and found the client not guilty on all charges. Facing over a year, the client went home that same day.
A Montgomery County client was charged in connection with gang-related activity including Felon in Possession of a Handgun. This charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years. The client was not involved in gang activity and was instead simply looking to purchase drugs to fuel his addiction. Initially, the State’s Attorney wanted to ensure that he spent the next 15-30 years in jail. Mr. Shepherd encouraged the client to enroll in substance abuse treatment. After considerable negotiation with the State’s Attorney, Mr. Shepherd was able to get the State to admit that the client was not engaged in gang activity. Mr. Shepherd negotiated a plea deal for 18 months to be served in the Montgomery County Work Release Program. Facing close to 30 years in jail, the client was thrilled to avoid prison time.