The defendant, Mr. Hart, faced charges of residential burglary, a felony strike offense, and attempted residential burglary, a felony. If Mr. Hart had been convicted of both crimes, he could have been sentenced to serve several years in prison and pay thousands in fines.
Attorney Collins was able to convince the court that Mr. Hart’s immediate release, along with a probationary period, would be a more effective penalty.
The defendant was accused of burglarizing a home in Santa Ana and thereafter attempting to burglarize another home approximately one mile from the first residence only a few hours later. While at the second residence, neighbors noticed the defendant’s suspicious behavior and contacted the police. A police helicopter was dispatched to the scene along with police vehicles and the defendant was arrested along with one other individual.
The police searched the vehicle Mr. Hart was occupying and found a blue bag containing stolen jewelry from the first residence. Upon being questioned by police, the defendant admitted that the contents of the blue bag belonged to him and that he was responsible for whatever was inside, but the defendant later explained to Attorney Collins that he said this in an attempt to help his friend stay out of trouble.
At trial, the defense argued that the defendant lied during this videotaped confession and that he was covering for the other person that he was arrested with. The jury found the defendant not guilty of residential burglary, not guilty of attempted residential burglary, and guilty of receiving stolen property. The defendant was subsequently released from custody and granted probation.
If the defendant successfully completes probation, he will be eligible to have his case expunged from his record and move on with his life as if this incident had never happened.
Randy Collins, Mr. Hart’s defense attorney, was very happy with the result. “Some people will have a hard time understanding why this situation would warrant no prison time, but that is because they do not know my client or the facts pertaining to this particular case. Mr. Hart was doing what he believed to be the right thing to do when he told officers that the stolen items where his possessions. Although you and I may not agree, we do not live the same life as Mr. Hart, nor do we understand the struggles that he has to go through on a daily basis to get by.”
“Mr. Hart was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is not a bad person. Had he been ordered to serve years in prison for his actions, the real crimes would have been those committed by the attorneys prosecuting this case. Mr. Hart deserved a fair trial and that is what he got.”
Mr. Hart was quite satisfied as well. “I’m not sure how he did it, but he did. Thank you Mr. Collins. I don’t know how I would have gotten through this without you”.
Mr. Hart has since been released and is currently taking necessary steps to fulfill his probationary duties.
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