Jennifer Horwitz Law
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Case Victories

Real results.

Domestic Violence Assault Case Where Client Admitted Pushing His Wife

RESULT  |  Dismissed

Client was accused of assaulting his wife after he admitted to pushing her up against a wall.  She then grabbed a knife and came after client and he used his hands to disarm his wife.  She followed him to another location of the house and client had a video of wife threatening to stab him.  After litigating the admissibility of the client's admission that he pushed his wife, admission to pushing the wife was deemed inadmissible.  After this ruling the prosecutor dismissed the case.

Second Domestic Violence Assault Charge Involving Same Alleged Victim

RESULT  |  Dismissed

Repeat client whose domestic violence case was previously dismissed, hired Jennifer Horwitz a second time when his same girlfriend accused him of assault for a second time.  After reviewing all of the evidence, it was clear that the client had locked his girlfriend out of the house because she was intoxicated and out of control and that no assault took place.  Someone who saw the girlfriend walking around in their yard crying and intoxicated called the police.  The girlfriend was angry about having been locked out and said the client assaulted her.  After presenting all of the evidence to the prosecutor, the prosecutor agreed it could not prove an assault had occurred and dismissed the case, even though this was the second time this woman had alleged an assault by the client (the first case was also dismissed).

Domestic  Violence Protection Order (for Petitioner)

RESULT  |  10-Year Protection Order with anti-defamation and other provisions granted and criminal charges filed against Respondent

A woman broke up with her boyfriend and asked him to move out after he recorded her without her permission.  The ex-boyfriend then began stalking the woman through various means and attempting to harm her business relationships.  The ex-boyfriend manufactured evidence and threatened to report to the police that the woman had lied under oath about his having recorded her without permission.  This threat was used to bully the woman into not pursuing the protection order she needed.  After petitioning for a protection order and presenting evidence of the stalking and showing that the ex-boyfriend had manufactured false evidence to try to bully the woman out of pursuing the order she needed, the court granted a 10-year protection order with several non-standard conditions to protect the woman.  The prosecutor's office was then convinced to file criminal charges against the ex-boyfriend.

Clemency

RESULT  |  Unanimous vote for release by Clemency Board

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A man was convicted of his third strike in 1994 under the "Three Strikes You're Out" law passed in Washington in 1993.  He was drug addicted and had committed a string of robberies by pretending to have a gun in his pocket.  In reality, he had no weapon and none of his victims were injured, though he pushed one onto the ground in a robbery where he grabbed her money bag as she was on her way to make a deposit at the nearby bank.  The man was convicted of his third "strike" offense and was sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.  After filing a clemency petition on the man's behalf and presenting his case to the Clemency Board, the Board unanimously voted to grant the man early release.

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Federal Fraud Investigation — Woman’s Husband Committed Fraud

RESULT  |  No Charge Filed

A woman who was under investigation for fraud was ultimately not charged after the defense did its own investigation, which revealed that the woman’s husband had forged her signature and defrauded the woman out of money. The husband was indicted and convicted for fraud but the case against the woman was not charged.

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Unlawful Possession of a Firearm — Man Did Not Know Gun Was in his Car

RESULT  |  Not Guilty at Trial

A man was convicted of manslaughter and was ordered by the Court not to be in possession of a firearm. Years later, he was stopped by the police while driving in his car and a gun was found hidden under a seat. As a result, he was charged with being in unlawful possession of a firearm. His defense was that shortly before the stop he and his girlfriend had switched cars and that she had left her gun in his car without his knowledge. The man was found not guilty after trial.

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Rape — Family Friend Charged with Raping Teenage Girl

RESULT  |  Not Guilty at Trial

A devoted family man with a loving wife and children was charged with raping a teenage girl. The children in both families had been friends for years and the allegation was a shock to everyone. Investigation revealed that the girl had lied to the police, lied about being pregnant and had previously lied to others about being pregnant to get attention. After a two-week long jury trial, the man was found not guilty.

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Delivery of Cocaine to Informant

RESULT  |  Dismissed

A young man was charged with selling drugs to an informant working with the police. After several motions to get the police department to provide information about the informant and unsuccessful attempts to interview the uncooperative lead detective in the case, the Court granted the defense motion to dismiss.

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Domestic Violence Assault (2nd Degree) — 911 Tape of Call by Client Lost

RESULT  |  Dismissed

A man was charged with hitting his girlfriend and causing serious injuries. Defense investigation revealed that the man had been injured first and very seriously by his girlfriend and that it was he who had called 911. The defense documented his injuries and retained an expert to testify that his injuries were life-threatening at trial. At trial, it was revealed that the prosecution had lost the 911 tape which showed that it was the man who contacted the police for help. After convincing the court that this was a legitimate self-defense case and that a critical piece of evidence had been lost, the case was dismissed.

Assault (Fourth Degree) — Client’s Girlfriend Injured

RESULT  |  Dismissed

The police were called to an apartment by a neighbor who heard yelling coming from an apartment and became concerned. The police knocked on the door of an apartment and saw a man in the apartment and a woman in bed covered by a sheet. When the police spoke to the woman, they saw she was injured and had been drinking. She indicated the man did not cause the injuries but that he had pushed her. The police were concerned about the presence of a sword in the apartment, though there was no allegation the sword had been used in any way during the incident. The case was set for trial, witnesses were interviewed and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Negligent Driving — Speeding is Not Enough

RESULT  |  Not Guilty at Trial

A woman was charged with negligent driving after speeding and driving over the lane marker. The prosecution argued that alcohol had caused the driver to drive in a negligent manner. Cross-examination of the police officer revealed that the road the woman was stopped on was a “speed trap” that had a very low speed limit for a seven-lane road. The defense called witnesses who established that the driver was receiving a shocking piece of news from a passenger just as the “bad driving” occurred. The jury concluded that the driver was momentarily distracted but not driving negligently and found the woman not guilty.

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Domestic Violence Violation of Protection Order — Attempt to Alienate Kids

RESULT  |  Dismissed

A man who in the middle of a divorce had the right to have visitation with his children. The mother was attempting to alienate the father from his kids and no longer wanted the father in her life or the life of the children. When she could not achieve this goal through litigation in the family law case, the woman manufactured a reason to seek and obtain a protection order. She then falsely reported a violation of the protection order and the man was charged with that crime. The defense gathered a large amount of information that called into question the motives and credibility of the woman. The defense convinced the prosecutor that the woman was not credible and was likely making the criminal complaint so that the Court would agree that the man should not be able to visit with his children. The prosecutor dismissed the case.

Domestic Violence Violation of Protection Order — Accuser Credibility Issues

RESULT  |  Dismissed

During an acrimonious divorce, a woman accused her ex-husband of violating a protection order. In actuality, the woman had been harassing and stalking the husband and others associated with him. After compiling a packet of information regarding the ex-wife’s activities and submitting it to the prosecutor with a persuasive letter, the prosecutor decided to dismiss the charges against the man, indicating that she had been persuaded that the alleged victim had credibility issues.

Domestic Violence Assault (4th Degree) Accusation During Child Custody Fight

RESULT  |  Dismissed

A woman was accused of assaulting her child’s father by pushing him backwards toward or into his car during an argument. The argument occurred because the father did not make it clear to the woman where the child was. The accusation of assault by the father of the child arose simultaneously with the end of the relationship between the woman and the child’s father and a custody battle over the child as well as arguments over the division of assets between the couple. The defense brought some issues to the attention of the prosecutor about the allegation and prior allegations made by the father of the child that raised some questions about his credibility. In the meantime, the family case was resolved by a family law attorney with some requirements of the woman that addressed the prosecution’s concerns about the woman. The criminal case was dismissed.

Domestic Violence Assault (4th Degree) for Parental Discipline

RESULT  |  Not Guilty at Trial

A hard-working, law-abiding man was charged with assault for disciplining his teenage step-children at their mother’s request. The man used other progressive forms of discipline before resorting to hitting the children with his belt. Despite photos showing injuries to both teenagers, the man was found not guilty because the jury agreed that he was using reasonable parental discipline.

Assault and Resisting Arrest at a Sporting Event

RESULT  |  Dismissed

A woman, her partner and their adopted son traveled to Seattle for a sporting event. At the event, the woman found herself in a confrontation with a male spectator who summoned security. As the woman was being dragged away from the event by police and security, she questioned their handling of the incident. Subsequently, the woman was charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. The defense conducted investigation and presented a witness who indicated no crime had been committed. In addition, the defense presented information to the prosecutor about this woman, who was a pillar of her community and who was in the process of adopting a second child. The prosecution agreed to dismiss the case.

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Assault and Obstructing in a State Park

RESULT  |  Dismissed

A woman and her son were confronted by a state park ranger after they took their dog off his leash so the dog could swim. The ranger scared the woman in his confrontation with her by asking for unusual information and by telling her she had to follow him down a secluded path at the park. When the woman refused to follow the ranger out of fear, he accused her of assaulting him and obstructing. The defense located witnesses to the incident as well as a witness who had another scary experience with the park ranger and presented this evidence to the prosecution who agreed to dismiss the case.

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Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor

RESULT  |  Dismissed

A man came to the United States to join his family after years of waiting to be granted entry as a permanent legal resident. He did not speak or read English, but was working in his brother’s store cleaning and doing odd jobs. The man had not yet received training on how to avoid the sale of alcohol to minors because he was not yet proficient enough in the English language. The man was temporarily left in charge of the cash register at the store while his brother stepped out with the understanding that he was not to sell alcohol or tobacco. Unbeknownst to the man, his brother had reorganized the store just days before and had moved the alcoholic beverages to a cooler that previously only contained juice. An underage woman working with the Liquor Control Board took a can of beer out of the cooler that had previously only contained juice and approached the cash register. The man did not recognize the can as a beer can and sold it to the woman without checking her identification. He was charged with Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor. The state has a policy of not dismissing such cases because there is no requirement that the person intend to sell alcohol — if a person sells alcohol to a minor they are guilty. However, the defense was able to persuade the prosecutor that this situation was different and that, as a matter of fairness, the case should be dismissed.

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Federal Grand Jury Witness with Criminal Exposure

RESULT  |  No charges filed

A woman was subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury in a sex trafficking case. Because of her own possible exposure to being charged with a crime, she asserted her right to remain silent and refused to testify, even in the face of the prosecution’s threats to charge her if she did not cooperate. The defense assessed the situation and did not believe the prosecution’s threats that the woman would be charged. She did not testify and was not charged with a crime.

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