Natasha chalked up another victory last week in a DUI case in the Pima County Justice Court. Natasha’s client was the designated driver following a Christmas Charity event for Beads of Courage. He was driving a friend’s car with the friend and two other very drunk people in the car. A deputy from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department stopped him for allegedly driving 51 in a 40 mph zone on Sabino Canyon Road at 2:00 a.m.. The deputy had many errors and omissions in his reports, including one time where he called Natasha’s client by a completely different name! The State tried to say that the blood result was a 116. However, the State’s own criminalist agreed with Natasha that if her client only drank one drink an hour and given his weight of 225 pounds, he would have zero alcohol in his system. The jury was out deliberating for less than 40 minutes and returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on both counts of DUI. The Judge later found that Natasha’s client was not responsible for speeding since his testimony established that he was being reasonable and prudent given the area, time of day and lack of other vehicles on the road.
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NOT GUILTY! Congratulations!
Congratulations to David Mota. David was acquitted on all charges in the First Degree Felony Murder case brought against him by the Pima County Attorney’s Office. On February 28, 2013, David stood his ground when he acted in self-defense and caused the death of another motorist in a road rage situation turned deadly. But, it wasn’t David’s rage. David had signaled a lane change and believed he had enough room to maneuver between two cars. The car behind him sped up as if it was going to rear-end him. Then the car pulled to David’s passenger side. The driver of the other car and his girlfriend screamed obscenities, racial slurs, called David a faggot and flipped him off. David being from the small mining town of San Manuel and only 20 years old at the time, panicked. He was scared and felt threatened by this attack. He felt the other driver was going to do something irrational and shoot at him and his passenger. In the face of this tirade, David grabbed the .45 from under his seat and shot two warning shots out his passenger window striking his own passenger side mirror. He had no intention of harming the occupants of the other vehicle but, wanted to scare them so they would leave him alone. Both shots struck the driver’s door of the other vehicle. One shot went through and hit the driver in the back below his left shoulder. The shot was fatal. David had no idea that he had shot anyone and turned left on Pusch View Lane. In fact, David believed the other car had turned to follow them. A short time later David was pulled over by the Oro Valley Police Department. He gave a full statement, honestly and truthfully relating the events of the incident. He was charged with Drive by Shooting and First Degree Felony Murder for the death of the driver and Aggravated Assault for the driver’s girlfriend. Trial started on March 18th, 2014, and the case was given to the 12 person jury composed of 7 men and 5 women on March 25th at the end of the day. The jury began deliberations on March 26th and after approximately 4 hours the jury returned a Not Guilty verdict on all counts including the lesser included offense of Disorderly Conduct. It was truly a good day for the defense and further proof that our criminal justice system does work.
Criminal charges should always be taken seriously. From assaults and DUIs to drug crimes, such as trafficking or possession, it is always advisable to retain an experienced and successful criminal defense attorney in Tucson focused on protecting your rights and best interests. I represent clients in the city, county, state, federal and juvenile courts throughout Arizona, for felony and misdemeanor charges as well as violations of civil rights. I am recognized as a proactive attorney who will zealously fight on your behalf before you are even indicted. I have a proven track record of getting charges reduced or preventing charges from ever being filed by getting involved early. Protecting your civil rights and preserving the constitution is the foundation upon which my criminal defense practice in Tucson is based.
David is not the first young man from San Manuel that Natasha has successfully asserted self-defense and obtained positive results. Two years ago, Daniel Renteria killed two men in self-defense, one of whom molested his three year old son. Four jury trials later, Daniel was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to 4 years of prison. Originally, Daniel was facing two charges of first degree murder but, Natasha’s early involvement in the case prevented those charges from becoming a reality. Daniel’s fourth jury resulted in the jury acquitting Daniel for killing the man that molested his son and finding Daniel guilty of Negligent Homicide for killing the man that threatened to kill Daniel and his son if Daniel reported the molestation to the police. Curiously, there was nothing “negligent” about the killing of that man. However, often time’s jurors will negotiate with each other and settle on a verdict they all can live with. No doubt, that is what happened here. The issues are currently on appeal in the Arizona higher courts.
Approaching every case with your best interests in mind
An arrest can be a terrifying experience. You need a Tucson criminal defense lawyer who leaves nothing to chance. I have been practicing in Pima County and throughout southern Arizona since 1999, committed and focused on providing exemplary criminal defense to all my clients. I have represented people in traffic court all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. I am there for you every step of the way, helping you understand your options and explaining what steps need to be taken to secure your freedom and protect your rights. I focus on providing aggressive, knowledgeable and effective legal services for anyone accused of a crime or whose civil rights have been violated.
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acing criminal charges is traumatic, but retaining a lawyer should not be. There are hundreds of criminal defense attorneys to choose from. Many will scare you into hiring them immediately or offer you unethical promises of beating your charges. An attorney who uses either of these tactics does not have your best interests in mind. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, it is critical that you feel comfortable and confident with the attorney you choose.
For 15 years, I have been a criminal defense attorney in Tucson that people rely on for honest legal support. I understand that when you hire me, you are putting your future in my hands. With a stellar reputation in the legal community and an intricate knowledge of the ins and outs of criminal law, I offer you the peace of mind of knowing your case is being properly and professionally handled.