R. Addison Steele II, Attorney at Law - Criminal defense attorney in Santa Barbara
Possession of a Weapon
Addison Steele has:
A possession of a weapon trial where the client was acquitted of the possession of a weapon charge
(Penal Code § 12020(a)(1))
(Adreian Jamison).
     Possession of a weapon cases can be difficult to defend because typically the authorities have the weapon.  If you need to hire a lawyer for a possession of weapon case, you need a lawyer that has experience with possession of a weapon trials and that has won a possession of a weapon trial that has gone before a jury.  I have done two possession of a weapon trials, I have had a full acquittal on the possession of a weapon count in one of the two possession of a weapon trials that I've done, and the possession of a weapon charge that I lost was on a conceded count in an attempted murder trial where I won the attempted murder charge.
     Because the district attorney decides which cases go to trial, and most of the time only cases with strong prosecution evidence go trial, a defense attorney expects to win maybe one in ten trials.  My record of trial wins in all cases far surpasses that, as it does in possession of a weapon cases.
     My weapons possession trial successes include:
Adreian Jamison
  • Adreian Jamison
  • Charges: Possession of crack cocaine for sales (Health and Safety Code § 11351.5), transportation of rock cocaine (Health and Safety Code § 11352(a)), possession of a weapon (a billy club) (Penal Code § 12020(a)(1), resisting arrest with force (Penal Code § 69), battery on a police officer (Penal Code § 243(b)) and destroying evidence (Penal Code § 135), special allegations of two prison term priors (Penal Code § 667.5(b) and two dope sales priors (Health and Safety Code § 11370.2(a)).
  • Exposure: Adreian was facing fourteen years, four months in prison.
  • Outcome: Adreian was acquitted of possession for sales, he was convicted of the conceded lesser included offense of simple possession for personal use, convicted of transportation of crack cocaine, he was acquitted of possession of a billy club, he was acquitted of resisting arrest with force, acquitted of battery on a police officer, and only convicted of the misdemeanor lesser included offense of resisting arrest and misdemeanor destroying evidence. He was sentenced to ten years in prison at half time (can get out in five years with good behavior).
     Questions you should ask an attorney that you are considering hiring for a possession of a weapon case:
  • Have you done a possession of a weapon trial before?
  • This question is important because a possesion of weapon trial is typically challenging because the authorities have the weapon.
  • I have done two possession of a weapon trials.
  • What were the results of your possession of a weapon trials?
  • This question is important because in a possession of weapon trial there are so many ways to fight hard and beat the types of things that are typically part of a possession of a weapon charge, such as the weapon itself.  If an attorney has won a possession of a weapon trial, that attorney has the experience and skills to handle the level of complexity involved in a possession of a weapon trial.
  • I have had an acquittal in one of the two possession of a weapon trials that I have done, and the one that I lost was conceded as part of an attempted murder trial in which I won the attempted charge.  If you find another attorney that has done the number of possession of a weapon trials that I have done and has had more successful outcomes than I have,  hire that person.  If you want the best possible chance of not going to jail and potentially going home, you should contact me.
  • Do you train others lawyers in your techniques for winning possession of a weapon trials?
  • This question is important because typically only the leading lawyers in a field are invited to conduct trainings of other lawyers.
  • I was a speaker at the California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) homicide defense training in 2011 to train on my winning trials by humanizing the client method. I have also given that same training at the Riverside County Public Defenders Office, the Riverside County Barristers, the Santa Clara County Public Defenders Office, Santa Barbara County Public Defenders Office and the San Francisco County Public Defenders Office. I was a speaker at the CPDA homicide defense training in 2012 to train on utilizing a neuropsychologist in a homicide case. All these skills and techniques that I teach are easily utilized in possession of a weapon trials.
  • How long were the possession of a weapon trials you've done and how many days of defense did you present?
  • These questions are important because although some cases just call for a short trial, a short trial can also mean that the prosecution was not sufficiently challenged or that no defense was presented.  A possession of a weapon trial that lasts five or so court days is reason for concern because it's an indicator that the prosecution is not being thoroughly challenged and a complete defense is not being presented.
  • I have spent twenty-seven court days in residential burglary trials. I have success rate in residential burglary trials that is really unparalleled.
     If you need to talk to me about a possession of a weapon case, you can send me an e-mail at rasteele@steeledefender.com or call me at (805) 770-1188.
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