A. Jury trial wins:
B. Unique cases:
- Possession of drugs (Ecstacy) - motion to suppress evidence granted - case dismissed
- Residential burlary case - dismissed, March 2010
- DUI with blood alcohol level of .17 - not guilty, March 2010
- DUI - not guilty - February 2009
- Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon - not guilty, March 2008
- Rape - not guilty
- Driving under the influence - not guilty
- Felon in possession of a firearm - not guilty
- Federal perjury - not guilty
1. Stiff sentence has accused arsonist changing his tune
2. Flying under the influence. In this case, the pilot allegedly under the influence of alcohol crashed his plane, resulting in a passenger's leg being broken in six places. After extensive negotiations, the pilot entered a guilty plea, but was not sent to State Prison and instead received one year in the County Work Furlough Program.
3. The "Red-Handed Bandits" was a case that was featured on American Justice. Two suspects broke into businesses and residences stealing computers and other items. My client along with a Co-Defendant were charged with 22 counts of commercial and residential burglary and grand theft. After trial, the co-defendant was found guilty of all 22 counts. My client was only found guilty of 4 counts. The Co-defendant went to state prison whereas my client received only probation.
C. Testimonials/thank you letters:
Kudos... Kudos... Kudos...
"Richard L. Katzman
just tried a federal felony case on July 8, 2002. The charge was Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 922(a)(6): False Statement in Acquisition of a firearm. Richard's client was a convincted felon although he had applied for, but not received an expungement at the time of the application for the acquisition of the firearm. The jury was out for 1 1/2 hours and came back with a not guilty verdict. Well done!"
Criminal Defense Newsletter, Aug. 2002, p.3
Thank you for your legal counsel you have given me over the past couple of years. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.
Thanks. You're skills are highly appreciated. Thanks for helping me through one of the darkest nights (months) of my soul. Your client made a mistake and will make restitution with a grateful attitude, and will return a much wiser and stronger woman to contribute as much as possible as I can to my world. Thanks.
name withheld for personal reasons
Dear Mr. Katzman,
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all of your help. Thank you so much for everything you've done.
I owe you a debt of gratitude that runs very deep over seven months. I heard countless tales of the truly horrible public defenders many of my co-inhabitants were stuck with; those who didn't care or were too burdened to care. I am very thankful that you chose to pick up my case -- or that I was lucky enough to have it be your turn to draw - whichever applies best. I also appreciate your filing an appeal on my behalf and furnishing names of possible counselors to my father... With sincere gratitude.