Best Results of All Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorneys

• Client was charged with sexual assault on a child 14 years or younger while he was on active-duty with our armed forces.  While the investigation was on-going, he was given a dishonorable discharge, and thereby having his pension and benefits destroyed. We litigated for a year and discovered damning evidence against his accuser. Their accusation was a shakedown for money to secure a girl’s financial future. After the preliminary hearing, the court certified the charges against him  however, at the next court date, the DA announced it was dropping the case and issued a formal apology to my client and his family. RESULT: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED (Contra Costa County, Martinez, California)

• Client was charged with pressing wire sheers against a person’s heart, yelling, “someone is gonna die today,” and cutting the person’s throat with a sheeting knife in front of an entire office of witnesses. RESULT: VERDICT OF NOT GUILTY (Solano County, Fairfield, California)

• Client was charged with being a felon in possession of a shotgun in Oakland, California. Puri took over the case with only three days to prepare for trial. This was a case where client pulled a shotgun on a group of individuals who confronted him in his front yard. He had prison priors for being armed with a firearm while possessing cocaine with intent to sell. The judge in the case said, “No one ever goes to trial on these. They are un-win-able.” Puri took the case to the jury with a self-defense theory that came to him during one of the many sleepless nights during the trial. RESULT: VERDICT OF NOT GUILTY (Alameda County, Oakland, California)

• Client, a Pakistani national, was charged with sixteen counts of rape and five counts of felony assault for a total of twenty-one felony counts and life prison exposure. He was held in custody without bail for six months pending trial. He was a person of interest to the Department of Homeland Security and was interviewed by federal agents. Paul Puri was brought in to replace a well-known attorney from a large law firm after the preliminary hearing, because the District Attorney doubled the number of rape and assault charges when the accuser enlarged her allegations. Paul Puri’s team took over the investigation; his team of forensics experts and investigators amassed tremendous amount of powerful proof of his client’s innocence of all rape and assault charges. RESULT: DISMISSAL OF ALL RAPE AND ASSAULT CHARGES; CLIENT IMMEDIATELY RELEASED. (Santa Clara County Sex Crime Case. San Jose, California.)

• Client had two previously lawyers in San Jose who told her she had no choice but to be remanded to one year in jail for a $100 shoplifting case because of her six prior petty theft convictions. Her previous San Jose lawyer tricked her into pleading guilty which caused her to have an anxiety attack and be remanded to the jail to evaluate her for sanity and competence via Penal Code section 1368. Puri took over the case on the day of sentencing and when the previous San Jose lawyer handed over the file he was told that she had “talked to hundreds of attorneys and there is nothing that can be done; your client is done; she will be remanded and Judge Nishigaya is going to sentence her to at least one year in jail.” Puri provided the Court with motion papers to withdraw the plea and to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor PC 488, to deny probation and release Client with credit for time served. The motion was granted. RESULT: JAIL AVOIDED, NO PROBATION (Santa Clara County felony larceny, San Jose, California)

• Client was charged as the ring leader in the “Beach Boys” witness execution murder at Blind Beach in Sonoma County. The charges against five conspirators stemmed from the kidnapping and murder of a witness to a torture incident perpetrated by the alleged Asian Boyz Crips street gang. Client was alleged to be the organizer of the kidnapping and the shot-caller who orchestrated the execution. Client was charged with first degree capital murder. After two months of cross-examination by Puri, the prosecution withdrew a key jailhouse snitch and dropped the death penalty from the charging sheet. Puri then upped the ante by demanding a speedy trial, a tactic which forced the court to sever Puri’s client from the other five defendants and murder charges were ultimately dismissed. RESULT: MURDER CHARGES DISMISSED (Sonoma County Case)

• Client was charged with assault with great bodily injury and batter with serious bodily injury in San Jose, CA. He was also charged with three prior child molestation strikes and was facing life in prison. Puri Law was able to convince the judge to strike the prosecutors and the probation departments sentencing memoranda. After an emotionally charged sentencing hearing, the judge granted Puri Law’s Romero Motion and struck three strikes, sentencing the client only to the charged offense. RESULT: ROMERO MOTION GRANTED, THREE PRIOR STRIKES STRICKEN. [Santa Clara County Case, San Jose, CA, September 2014].

• Client was being held out as a “shot caller” in the so-called Salinas, California branch of “Nuestra Familia” as part of a dragnet type sweep that law enforcement dubbed “Operation Snake Eyes,” where dozens of alleged so-called Norteño foot soldiers were arrested along with a handful of alleged crime bosses from “Nuestra Familia” for supposed drug, weapons, prostitution, gang hits and whatever else the joint task force could record on their wiretap. Client was arrested on his third strike. So he was a perfect candidate to “roll on,” that is “snitch” on his friends. Client’s cousin with whom Puri met often during the pendency of the case was murdered at the auto body shop where they often met and discussed various strategies. No one knows who is responsible for that. No one was arrested. The joint task force had Client extensively recorded via text messages and phone call recordings. “Operation Snake Eyes” contained thousands of hours of wiretaps. So the joint task force thought they had Client dead to rights. They thought he would have to roll since he was facing life. However, Puri dug in deep and discovered that the supposed drug transaction that led to Client’s arrest was missing key elements of legality. That is, there was no transaction and no drugs to bring to court. In other words, the police blew the bust. RESULT: THREE STRIKES STRICKEN; CLIENT RELEASED FROM JAIL. [Monterey County Case, June 2014]

• Client, a working prostitute at the storied “Mustang Ranch,” exotic dancer and pornography actress in Nevada, was charged with numerous counts of child abuse for leaving her two year old daughter in a motel room in ninety degree heat while she went out to “buy marijuana.” Occupants of the motel heard the child crying and called the police. When the police entered the room they found in Client’s possession, a cache of files stolen from the patients of a cancer clinic, and Client was also charged with numerous counts of identity theft. Mr. Puri  took over the case from the public defender who was ashamed of her client and refused to argue that she be allowed to continue working as a prostitute. Mr. Puri examined the Client’s life conditions over many months to determine that she was taking good care of her daughter, and that she herself was acting under her own volitions. In the words of the judge, “Mr. Puri fought very hard for you. He came into my chambers and showed us a glimpse of your life. You are very lucky. You should know that.” RESULT: CHILD ABUSE DISMISSED  [Contra Costa County Case, January 2014]

• Client was arrested for rape when a woman accused him of having sex with her while she was unconscious. Police were called immediately to the scene and questioned client who admitted to police that he had sex with the woman while she was unconscious. Client was questioned a second time at the police station where he admitted again that he had sex with the woman while she was unconscious. Client was released on bail and hired Paul Puri who got the DA to agree to withhold filing charges until further investigation could be made. After six months of forensics and investigation, the DA agreed not to file charges. RESULT: RAPE CHARGE AVOIDED. (San Mateo County Case, Redwood City, CA)

• Client was under federal investigation for several counts of wire fraud and tax evasion in Oakland federal court from events that were alleged to have occurred over several years. After meetings with and aggressive presentation of defenses to the F.B.I., the I.R.S., the Assistant United States Attorney, and civil counsel in related lawsuits, the federal authorities declined to prosecute. Negotiations with plaintiff’s and co-defendant’s counsel in the related civil suit resulted in a very favorable settlement. RESULT: FEDERAL WIRE FRAUD AND TAX EVASION CHARGES AVOIDED, CIVIL SETTLEMENT REACHED. (Federal investigation by FBI and IRS) (Federal Case, Northern District of California)

• Client was charged along with five other co-defendants with first degree murder in San Jose, CA for his part in the stabbing death of a young man. Decedent was unarmed and stabbed thirteen times in his torso and hit once over the head with a crow bar in front of more than twenty-five witnesses at a party. Cause of death was knife wounds to the heart. Client was identified by three people as engaging in action resembling stabbing at the grand jury proceedings. Before Paul Puri was retained, client admitted in police interviews to possessing a knife and stomping the victim while he lay face down on the ground after being stabbed, making the defense preparation extremely difficult as he admitted liability to homicide. Defense spent more than two years of investigation, forensic analysis of the evidence, and aggressive negotiation with the prosecution. The offer was 25-Life. RESULT: CHARGES DRASTICALLY REDUCED, MURDER REDUCED TO ASSAULT WITH INJURY (Santa Clara County First Degree Murder Defense Case, 187 Homicide Charges. San Jose, CA.)

• Client was charged in San Jose felony domestic violence, three counts of assault with great bodily injury and one count of criminal threats. After devastating cross-examination of the alleged victim, the judge reduced the case to misdemeanors. After litigating the matter for two years, the case was ultimately dismissed by the judge. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED. (Santa Clara County Case)

• Client was charged in San Jose domestic violence incident involving beating and scratching her husband, then brandishing a kitchen knife and threatening to kill him. Defense pressed the matter to trial. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED AT TRIAL. (Santa Clara County Case, San Jose, CA).

• Client was arrested San Rafael domestic violence and assault with a firearm and after he was accused of pulling a gun on his wife, pointing a it to her stomach and her head, shooting the gun into the ceiling and then pistol whipping her. Police recovered several guns, and cut out the part of the bedroom ceiling where a bullet entered. Investigation revealed information which discredited his accuser. RESULT: CHARGES AVOIDED. (Marin County Case. San Rafael, CA)

• Puri was hired to manage the representation of three accomplices to a gang shooting incident in Redwood City, CA. Paul Puri’s client was charged with being the shooter in a ten count attempted first degree murder/ gang retaliation, assault with a gun, great bodily injury and gang allegations. The total exposure on the case was 200 years. Due to early intervention by Paul Puri (who managed the representation of all accomplices involved) at the pre-filing investigation stage, with aggressive investigation into police misconduct/witness tampering committed by the homicide detectives, and an aggressive pre-trial motion strategy to exclude witness statements, the prosecution dismissed the attempted murder charges and reduced the case to assault. RESULT: CHARGES DRASTICALLY REDUCED TO ASSAULT (Redwood City, CA, San Mateo County Attempted First Degree Murder Defense Case).

• Client was arrested for felony domestic violence in Hayward, CA stemming from a physical fight with his girlfriend where a door was slammed on her arm, resulting in severe injury and hospitalization. The alleged victim also charged that Client continued to attack her and head-butt her, resulting in a traumatic injury to her head. Puri ggressively investigated the alleged victim and the witnesses in the case. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED. Santa Clara County Case. San Jose, CA)

• Client was accused felony evasion in Palo Alto, CA after taking the sheriff’s deputy on a high speed chase for over seven miles on two separate freeways, causing a near collision and violating several traffic laws. Client was charged with criminal evasion and fleeing of law enforcement. The entire chase was caught of video, recorded from the patrol vehicle. RESULT: HUNG JURY, case later dismissed. (Santa Clara County Case. Palo Alto, CA)

• Client was charged with embezzlement in Martinez, CA due to stealing a large sum of money while working in his position as manager of a well-known corporation. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED. (Contra Costa County Case, Palo Alto, CA).

• Client was charged with domestic violence in Oakland, CA after brutally attacking and strangling his fiancee in front of their young child, and then taking her keys away so that she could not escape in her car. Client was charged with domestic violence. Investigation into the child witness revealed credibility problems for the prosecution. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED AT TRIAL. (Alameda County Case. Oakland, CA)

• Client was charged with battery on his spouse (domestic violence), is a Russian immigrant, and faced deportation. Client’s spouse pushed for aggressive prosecution, and was accompanied to trial with county domestic violence social workers. Defense investigation of the spouse resulted in the prosecution losing confidence in the case. RESULT: REDUCED TO DISTURBING THE PEACE AT TRIAL. (Contra Costa County Case. Walnut Creek, CA.)

• Client was charged with felony evasion in Walnut Creek after taking methamphetamine and taking the police on a high speed chase on his motorcycle. After pulling over and speeding off *twice*, client caused a major traffic accident and injuries. The judge offered 6 months imprisonment, and residential drug treatment. RESULT: DIVERSION GRANTED AT TRIAL (Contra Costa County Case. Walnut Creek, CA.)

• Client was charged with domestic violence in San Francisco, burglary, hosting a standoff against the police by waiving a shotgun at three police officers. Client was mentally impaired. Litigation lasted two years. RESULT: CLIENT RELEASED WITH CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED. (City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco Case.)

• Client was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon in San Jose, CA from beating a man in the head with a iron rod during a fight. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED. (Santa Clara County Case, San Jose, California)

• Client was charged with felony hit and run with serious bodily injury after a head-on collision sent a car spinning into a pedestrian who was then sent end over end into a ditch and suffering serious injuries. After working several months with investigaors and insurance agents, Paul Puri convinced the District Attorney in Palo Alto to reduce the case to a traffic infraction. RESULT: DRASTIC REDUCTION TO TRAFFIC INFRACTION (Santa Clara County Case, Palo Alto, CA).

• Client was an elderly man charged with brutally beating his elderly wife in front of an entire restaurant full of people on New Year’s Eve. He was charged with felony domestic assault. His wife was hospitalized and suffered severe head injuries. Puri aggressively fought for Client who suffered severe medical issues in jail that the jail refused to treat. RESULT: House arrest. (Alameda County Case, Hayward, CA).

• Client was accused by his wife of attempted murder in San Jose, CA when she claimed to police that client tried to suffocate her with his pillow while she slept, and then subsequently beat her. Investigation into wife uncovered videos of her attacks on him. RESULT: CHARGES AVOIDED. (Santa Clara County Case. San Jose, CA)

• Woman client was charged with attacking her husband in a San Rafael, CA domestic violence matter. Prosecution used her own children against her as witnesses. RESULT: Case dismissed at trial. (Marin County Case, San Rafael, CA)

• Client was charged with attacking and injuring his wife at his workplace in front of his co-workers in a Santa Clara domestic violence case. RESULT: Case reduced to disturbing the peace as an infraction. (Santa Clara County Case. Palo Alto, CA)

• Client was charged in San Francisco embezzlement case for taking $140,000 from her employer, a prominent professional in San Francisco with a high profile address. Client had prison prior for embezzlement. Investigation into the alleged victim uncovered useful information. RESULT: Case reduced to misdemeanor, no jail. (San Francisco, CA case)

• Client was arrested for felony assault and terrorist threats in San Jose, CA. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED. Santa Clara County Case, San Jose, California.

• Client was a heroin addict transsexual who was accused of assault with a deadly weapon. Client had a prison prior for attempted murder. The case went to jury trial. RESULT: HUNG JURY. San Francisco County case.

• Client was an ex-felon who was accused of punching an elderly man, resulting in serious injury. RESULT: HUNG JURY. San Francisco County case.

• Client was charged with aggravated assault resulting in great bodily injury. due to a bar fight during the Superbowl. RESULT: Case dismissed. City & County of San Francisco Case.

• Client was accused of misdemeanor Palo Alto domestic violence against his wife, and because he was an H1 VISA holder, was in danger of being deported. The DA aggressively prosecuted the case until the jury was set to be selected. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED ON THE DAY OF JURY TRIAL. Santa Clara County case, Palo Alto.

• Client is an academic surgeon and was accused of stabbing his wife and was charged with felony Martinez domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, felony child abuse, terrorist threats, and negligent discharge of a firearm, and the DA wanted a charge for attempted murder. RESULT AFTER JURY TRIAL: CLIENT RECEIVED PROBATION. Contra Costa County case, Martinez, Walnut Creek.

• Client was an engineer from India here on VISA and was charged with misdemeano Santa Clara County domestic violence; the district attorney pushed the case to trial, and due to creative defense tactics, the case was ultimately reduced to an infraction and client paid a fine. RESULT: PLEA TO AN INFRACTION. Santa Clara County case, Palo Alto.

• Client was a mentally disturbed lesbian woman who was accused of trying to stab her roommate; client claimed she never tried to harm anyone and only tried to kill herself. Client was on probation and was facing a probation violation. DA wanted 3 years in state prison. RESULT: CLIENT RELEASED FROM CUSTODY, RECEIVED TREATMENT, AND IS BACK AT HER UNION STEEL WORKER’S JOB. San Mateo County & Nevada County Case.

• Client was accused in San Francisco trafficking cocaine. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED. San Francisco County case.

• Client was accused of possessing methamphetamine as a misdemeanor. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED AFTER DRUG DIVERSION. Alameda County Case, Alameda, CA.

• Clients were under investigation for attempted murder, and Attorney Paul Puri handled the interviews with the police. RESULT: NO CHARGES FILED. Contra Costa County Case, Pittsburg.

• Client was accused of sexual battery on his friend at U.C. Berkeley. RESULT: NO JAIL TIME; CLIENT RECEIVED PROBATION. Alameda County case, Oakland.

• Client was charged with strong-arm robbery of a woman at a bank ATM machine. RESULT: PROBATION AND HOUSE ARREST. (Contra Costa County case, Walnut Creek, CA.)

• Client was a law student at a very prestigious Bay Area law school, and was accused of misdemeanor hit & run. DA wanted 30 days in the county jail. RESULT: CHARGE WAS REDUCED TO A TRAFFIC TICKET INFRACTION, CLIENT PERFORMED COMMUNITY SERVICE. Santa Clara County case, Palo Alto.

• Client was arrested for unlawful sex with a minor, a felony, and child molestation charges, also felonies. RESULT: PROBATION AND HOUSE ARREST. Marin County Case, San Rafael.

• Client was charged with Assault with Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury as a misdemeanor. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED UPON PAYMENT OF RESTITUTION FOR MEDICAL BILLS. City County of San Francisco Case.

• Client was charged with three co-defendants in a gang fight for committing assault with a deadly weapon and force likely to produce great bodily injury as a felonies. The offer was 3 years in the state prison. RESULT: FELONY REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR, WORK RELEASE PROBATION. San Jose (Santa Clara County) Case.

• Client was charged with receiving stolen property by illegally possessing stolen vending machines with the serials scratches off and broken locks. The City of Fremont ordered him to remove the items from his property. A day later, he was arrested and charged with a felony. The Vice-Mayor of Fremont came personally to court to support him. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED. Alameda County Case, Fremont.

• Client was charged with possession one pound of marijuana with intent to distribute. Because there were serious Fourth Amendment violations identified by defense counsel, Puri, the prosecution was forced to dismiss. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED AFTER LENGTHY NEGOTIATION. City & County of San Francisco Case.

• Client was charged along with numerous other co-defendants in a notorious “Big Block” gang sweep where he was alleged to have possessed several pounds of cocaine, marijuana, heroine, guns and ammunition. Puri identified several Fourth Amendment violations and won a motion to suppress. This is one among thirty or more cases like this won by Puri. RESULT: MOTION TO SUPPRESS GRANTED AND CASED DISMISSED (San Francisco case)