Case Results

  • Felony Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor
    Stalking

    2018 FELONY STALKING CHARGES REDUCED

    Client charged with felony stalking charges. At the preliminary hearing, Martin Caraves successfully argued to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor, to which the judge agreed.

  • Charges Dismissed
    Child Abuse

    2015 EXPLOSIVE DEVICE AND CHILD ABUSE CHARGES DISMISSED

    Life Sentence Avoided due to Wrongfully Accused

    Client was wrongfully arrested and charged with exploding a destructive device causing great bodily injury, possessing a destructive device near populated locations, and child abuse, all felonies. Client was suspected of giving a 13-year-old boy an aerial mortar round on August 2, 2015 that exploded and caused him to lose his left hand and hearing in one ear. Martin Caraves and Roseann Torres conducted further investigation, and with the help of a private investigator, determined that the client was in another county several hundred miles away as evidenced by gas station surveillance footage. Case was dismissed and client set free.

    Link to News Story: https://www.mercurynews.com/2015/08/26/oakland-man-charged-in-fireworks-explosion-that-cost-boy-a-hand/

  • Dismissed
    Rape by Force

    2017 RAPE BY FORCE CHARGES

    Client was accused of using force to rape a woman with whom he had a dating relationship. DA brought 5 felony and 3 misdemeanor charges. With the help of an investigator, Martin Caraves conducted an extensive investigation and obtained impeachment evidence against the complaining witness. He use that evidence to convince the DA to dismiss the case without the need for trial. Client avoided jail time and deportation. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

  • Dismissed
    Grand Theft/Burglary/Forgery

    2017 GRAND THEFT/BURGLARY/FORGERY CHARGES DISMISSED

    Client was charged in 2010 with 4 counts of felony Burglary, Grand Theft, Identity Theft, and Forgery, for allegedly breaking into a home, stealing checks and cashing them at a grocery store, making off with tens of thousands of dollars. Martin Caraves filed a motion to dismiss the case because law enforcement failed to get the client to court within a reasonable time, in violation of his constitutional rights. After two hearings on the matter, the case was dismissed and the client set free. Dismissed at a Constitutional Motion Hearing.

  • Charges Reduced
    Domestic Violence

    2017 – FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND RESISTING ARREST CHARGES

    Client was charged with felony domestic violence and resisting arrest. At the preliminary hearing, Martin Caraves convinced the judge to reduce the two DV charges to misdemeanors and showed that the client was the victim of assault by the two arresting officers. At trial, the resisting arrest charges were dismissed.

  • Dismissed
    Assault with a Deadly Weapon

    2018 ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

    Client was charged with attacking another person with a pipe and causing injury. Martin Caraves was able to show that the complaining witness was the first aggressor and our client was merely defending himself as best he could. Law enforcement failed to ask the proper questions and understand the entire context of what had happened the night of the incident. The case was dismissed on the eve of trial.

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