When your reputation, freedom, and livelihood are on the line, it is imperative that you have a lawyer who is an experienced, proven advocate with real and substantial results. At the Law Office of Hernandez & Hamilton PC, we have successfully represented clients at trial and negotiated favorable plea agreements in numerous criminal matters throughout Arizona and in federal courts nationwide.
STATE OF ARIZONA V. MURRAY – WON AT THE ARIZONA SUPREME COURT
Our client was represented by a different attorney at trial and was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Pima County Superior Court, and sentenced to 5.0 years in the Arizona State Prison. Our client’s family felt he was not given a fair trial and hired us to represent him during his appeal process. We took his case to the Arizona Court of Appeals and, eventually, to the Arizona Supreme Court, where we secured a unanimous victory. All seven justices of the Supreme Court ruled that the prosecutor violated our client’s rights and committed prosecutorial error during the trial. The Supreme Court reversed the conviction and vacated the judgment of guilt.
SEXUAL ASSAULT – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was accused of sexually assaulting a woman with whom he had gone out on a date. If convicted, our client would have lost his job, his reputation in the community, and would have been required to spend at least 5.25 to 14 years in prison. He would also have had to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Our attorneys conducted a very extensive defense investigation and turned over a plethora of updated information to the police and prosecutor’s office and convinced them to drop the case against our client and DISMISS the charges completely.
SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR & CHILD MOLESTATION – PROBATION
Our client was charged with multiple counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor Under the Age of Fifteen and Child Molestation. He faced decades of mandatory time behind bars if convicted. He quite literally faced the prospect of death in prison if we lost. We were able to negotiate a resolution that spared our client mandatory prison and convinced the judge to place our client on PROBATION instead.
POST-CONVICTION RELIEF – NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Our client was convicted in a different jurisdiction of a misdemeanor offense and he was not ordered to register as a sex offender. However, when he relocated to Arizona, he was told that he would be required to register under Arizona law. Moreover, he was told that if he did not register as a sex offender (which, in Arizona, is for life) he would be arrested and charged with the felony offense of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Our attorneys researched the matter and quickly determined that the client was not subject to registration. Ultimately, when the law enforcement agency refused to back down, Hernandez & Hamilton, PC filed a civil lawsuit against the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and obtained an emergency restraining order preventing our client from having to register. Ultimately, the law enforcement agency relented and NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION was required.
MAJOR NARCOTICS AND MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY – PROBATION
Our clients were charged in a multi-count, multi-defendant case and accused of various counts of narcotics trafficking, money laundering, criminal enterprise, racketeering, and conspiracy relating to a multi-state drug trafficking venture. Our clients faced major prison time if convicted. We rejected numerous plea offers from the prosecution which would have sent our clients to prison for many years. After nearly three years of litigation, we were able to get the charges reduced and our clients received a sentence of PROBATION from the judge.
FIRST-DEGREE MURDER – PROBATION
Our client was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery charges. If convicted, he faced the rest of his life behind bars. We were able to work through the case quickly and got our client a sentence of PROBATION. He did not spend a single moment behind bars.
AGGRAVATED LURING OF A MINOR FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION – PROBATION & NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
Our clients were arrested as part of a large police sting. Under Arizona law, they faced decades and decades in prison if convicted. After discovering major legal errors in the police investigation and the sting operation itself, our clients avoided jail time and were placed on PROBATION with NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION. Our clients were did not serve any jail time whatsoever.
News Link: 21 Arrested in Tucson During Sexual Predator Sting
AGGRAVATED LURING OF A MINOR FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION & FURNISHING OBSCENE MATERIALS TO A MINOR – PROBATION
In a high-profile case in Cochise County, our attorneys worked diligently to dismantle the prosecution’s case and keep our client out of prison.
News Link: Judge Grants Request for Leniency
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON – REDUCED TO A MISDEMEANOR
Our client was accused of assaulting two people with a handgun. If convicted, he faced a mandatory minimum 5-30 years in the Arizona State Prison system. We got the charges reduced to a single misdemeanor. The client was ultimately placed on 6 months of PROBATION and he did not lose his gun rights.
FEDERAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was accused of conspiring to tamper with a witness and encourage false statements to federal investigators. We were able to demonstrate fundamental failures in the investigation and get the charges against our client dropped completely.
SEXUAL ASSAULT & KIDNAPPING – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was charged with sexually assaulting and kidnapping a woman he met online. Our lawyers were able to demonstrate serious concerns with the accuser’s credibility and convicted the prosecutor to drop the charges entirely.
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was illegally searched at the airport and cited with various crimes for allegedly possessing marijuana. We were able to get the case dropped quickly so the client could move on with their life and avoid suffering any adverse consequences to their career.
STATE FRAUD CHARGES – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was a well-respected business leader in our community. A very sloppy police investigation led to his arrest for fraudulent schemes and artifices. We were able to get the charges dismissed immediately.
POST-CONVICTION RELIEF – SENTENCE REDUCED TO TIME SERVED
We were hired by a family upset by the sentence their loved one received. The client was originally represented by a court-appointed attorney and took a plea which required him to serve at least 10 years in prison. Our attorneys were able to get the judge to reduce the sentence to time served.
FEDERAL POSSESSION OF MACHINE GUNS – REDUCED TO A MISDEMANOR
Our client was charged with unlawfully possessing two unregistered machine guns (fully-automatic weapons) in violation of the National Firearms Act. Attorney Josh Hamilton was able to get the charges reduced to a single misdemeanor. The client paid a $250 fine and was not even placed on probation. He never lost his right to possess firearms.
FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was accused of stalking and harassing his ex-wife. We were able to demonstrate the charges were completely fabricated. Upon confronting the prosecution with the overwhelming evidence which demonstrated our client’s innocence, the charges were quickly dismissed.
MARIJUANA GROW HOUSE – REDUCED TO A MISDEMANOR
Our clients were charged with running an illegal marijuana grow house. If convicted, they faced mandatory prison time under Arizona’s harsh drug statutes. After filing complex motions and challenging the search warrant in court, our clients were offered pleas to misdemeanors and were placed on six months ofPROBATION. They did not spend a single second behind bars.
STATE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY – PROBATION & NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
Josh Hamilton and Clay Hernandez represented a young man who was arrested by the Sierra Vista Police Department and charged with several counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The client was facing a mandatory minimum of 50 years in prison if convicted as charged in the indictment. The attorneys discovered some very serious flaws with the police investigation as well as the detective’s testimony before the grand jury. Comprehensive motions were filed with the court, and ultimately the client was given a plea to reduced charges and placed on three years of PROBATION with NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION, which is essentially unheard of in these types of cases.
STATE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES – PROBATION & NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
The client’s house was raided by state and federal police and he was charged with allegedly possessing child pornography. Due to the severity of the charges, he faced the potential of as much as 168 years in prison. Attorney Josh Hamilton was able to negotiate a very favorable plea to reduced charges and obtained an extremely lenient sentence of PROBATION with NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION. The client ultimately served no jail time whatsoever.
ASSAULT & WEAPONS MISCONDUCT – NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS
Attorney Clay Hernandez represented a disabled war veteran who was wrongfully arrested and charged for displaying a firearm after being accosted by a suspicious person in a public park. Clay was able to demonstrate that his client legally displayed his weapon in self-defense and successfully obtained a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges.
FEDERAL COCAINE & MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was arrested by special agents with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) in connection with an alleged inter-state drug trafficking organization. Agents seized more than 85 pounds of cocaine, 17 vehicles, and eight properties in Pima County worth an estimated $2.5 million. Mr. Hamilton was able to secure a DISMISSAL of the charges against his client prior to trial.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was accused of attacking his girlfriend and causing her to sustain serious injuries. Working with our investigator, we were able to establish that the charges were fabricated and convinced the prosecutor to DISMISS the charges.
SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR & CHILD MOLESTATION – PROBATION & NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
In this very serious child sex abuse case, our client was charged with multiple counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor Under the Age of Fourteen and Child Molestation, which can carry absolutely severe sentences under Arizona law. There were problems with the police investigation that were pointed out to the prosecutor. By demonstrating our client was remorseful and presenting him in the best light possible, we were able to negotiate a plea deal that resulted in our client receiving a REDUCED CHARGE of Furnishing Harmful Material to a Minor.
ILLEGAL PROSTITUTION & HUMAN RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY – PROBATION
In this major case prosecuted by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the clients were charged with allegedly maintaining and operating a brothel. Police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars of clients’ property, including cars, guns, cash, businesses and two luxury homes. In the end, our client pled “no contest” to reduced charges, received a short sentence of STANDARD PROBATION, and the police were required to return every single piece of property they took from our clients.
SEXUAL ASSAULT & KIDNAPPING– ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
In this high-profile case, our client was a well-respected member of the community who was wrongfully accused of sexual assault. Our team led an independent investigation spanning more than two years and in the end were able to get the charges against our client DISMISSED completely and cleared his name.
FELON-IN-POSSESSION OF A FIREARM – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was targeted by police because they believed he was a member of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. He was illegally pulled over by police and wrongfully arrested in the front yard of his home. Police claimed they recovered an illegal firearm during a search and he was charged with Misconduct Involving Weapons and other charges. The charges were DISMISSED after we demonstrated the firearm was perfectly legal to possess and the felony charges were DISMISSED and refilled in misdemeanor court. After a year of fighting the misdemeanor charges, they too were DISMISSED.
FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY – PROBATION
Homeland Security agents knocked on our client’s door and asked to come in to talk to him. The agents manipulated him to allow them to inspect his computer for child pornography. A year later, he was arrested and charged in federal court with Possession of Child Pornography and Knowing Access of Child Pornography. Federal prosecutors offered a plea which would have required our client to spend not less than 51 months in prison. We rejected the plea offer and pled the client without a plea agreement. At sentencing, federal prosecutors asked for 97 months in prison. Mr. Hamilton argued for a sentence of probation. Our client received a sentence of PROBATION and did not have to spend any time in custody.
STATE OF ARIZONA V. BUTLER – WON AT THE ARIZONA SUPREME COURT
Following an illegal search to look for drugs, our client was arrested for drug possession and driving under the influence (DUI) among other charges. We filed a motion arguing the evidence should be suppressed because the search was illegal; we won the motion. The prosecutor appealed the case, which went all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court. In a highly-praised victory, Mr. Hamilton dismantled the abusive police practice which forced suspects to consent to warrantless searches following arrest. As a result, hundreds of pending cases statewide had to be dismissed. The case is widely-considered one of the most important cases in the area of search and seizure law in the past decade.
News Link: DUI RULING Justices reject ‘implied consent’
DRUG RIP HOME INVASION KIDNAPPING AND ROBBERY – NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS
Our client was accused of participating in an armed “drug rip” robbery of a magic mushroom grow house. The client was charged with 19 felonies, all of which were “Dangerous Nature” offenses under Arizona law, carrying the potential for life imprisonment if found guilty. After a two-week jury trial, our client was found NOT GUILTY of all charges.
MEXICAN MAFIA PRISON GANG CONSPIRACY & DRUG TRAFFICKING – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Mr. Hernandez was retained to represent our client who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a complex, multi-co-defendant RICO case in Pinal County. Our client was accused of being a ring-leader (or “shot caller”) of the notorious Arizona Mexican Mafia prison gang. After years of expert litigation by the Law Office of Hernandez & Hamilton PC, including a successful appeal at the Arizona Court of Appeals, the charges were DISMISSED completely.
LARGE-SCALE MONEY LAUNDERING – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Our client was stopped for speeding by the Arizona Department of Public Safety as he drove from Florida to California for spring break. A drug-detection dog alerted to the scent of narcotics inside the car. No narcotics were located, however, police seized approx. $275,000 in cash and our client was arrested and charged with Money Laundering. Mr. Hamilton was able to convince the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to DISMISS the charges against his client and eventually was able to force the police to return all the entire $275,000 plus interest to his client.