Attorney Patrick Cotter believed in our Client’s innocence in a criminal defense Order For Protection (OFP) case that went to trial. The County Attorney charged our Client with one count of violating an OFP two or more times in ten years. The Complainant alleged that our Client appeared in the parking lot of her apartment complex in violation of an active OFP. She stated that she observed our Client stand outside her vehicle and then leave the parking lot in a Toyota Camry.
The central issue was whether our Client did violate the OFP. Attorney Cotter pointed out the pitfalls in the State’s case such as failure to gather evidence, failure to interview witnesses, and failure to find surveillance video. Attorney Cotter conducted an investigation into our Client’s cell phone records. As a result, Attorney Cotter showed the jury that our Client’s cell phone records showed he was not at the Complainant’s parking lot that day. The trial lasted three days and the jury deliberated for approximately 40 minutes.
This case highlights the importance of holding the State to its burden and demanding a full and thorough investigation. Thanks to Attorney Cotter’s efforts, our Client will be home for the holidays.
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