In Riverside County’s San Jacinto corruption case, Firetag wrote a dismissal motion that eventually resulted in a number of charges being thrown out. Subsequently, seven out of nine defendants entered into plea deals with the prosecution.
Of the nine men, one man in particular was moved by the outcome. James Duncan Hawkins Jr., a 37-year-old Fontana man was facing a third-strike conviction that would have sent him to prison for the rest of his life.
Pending the final case decisions, Hawkins had already made one attempt on his life but fortunately he failed. He claimed that if he was convicted of a third strike, he would have made another suicide attempt in order to avoid prison.
Hawkins was facing charges for a late-night home burglary and assault in Murrieta after an arrest for evading law enforcement in his vehicle. According to Hawkins, Firetag challenged every part of his case, including whether or not he was in fact fleeing an officer inside his car.
Hawkins was uncertain of the outcome, he even thought there might be a hung jury; however, the jury kept coming back with not guilty verdicts, one after another until they finally said, “guilty.” Hawkins looked at Firetag when he grabbed his hand and smiled saying, “Don’t worry, it’s a misdemeanor.”
Hawkins is more than happy with the case results, he now has his job back, he is attending church and he is discussing the possibility of marriage with his girlfriend. In an interview that occurred prior to Hawkins’s trial Firetag said: “If the prosecution is zealous and has high standards, then I think it’s just as right for the defense to have that as well.”
The Riverside based firm Grech & Firetag has more than 39 years combined experience in criminal law. Mr. Firetag, as well as his partners has earned a reputation for being some of the most competent and successful criminal defense attorneys in Southern California as is illustrated in the above case. Grech & Firetag are proud to represent the clients of Riverside County and the surrounding areas. Their firm has effectively represented clients facing all types of criminal charges including DUI, three strikes offenses, capital murder and many more.
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Grech & Firetag has been serving residents throughout Riverside and San Bernardino for years. They are result driven in every case they take on and will stop at nothing to defend their client’s rights. Criminal penalties are serious matters, for this reason they will leave no stone unturned when defending their clients. They have successfully helped numerous clients receive reduced charges, lighter sentences and acquittals over the years. They care deeply for their clients and would like to put their years of experience to work for you. Their firm offers a no-obligation consultation where you can discuss your criminal defense options in a confidential and safe environment. To get into contact with an attorney at the firm, call (951) 291-0105 or visit their website at http://www.riversidecriminaldefense.com.