Case Results

UC Davis Student Arrested and Charged with Felony Drug Case
Alameda County Superior Court, Oakland Courthouse

A University of California, Davis undergraduate student was arrested by California Highway Patrol at a political demonstration and charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office with felony possession for sales of marijuana under Health & Safety Code section 11359. Hamasaki Law represented the college student from arrest until the felony charge was finally dismissed. The client started off facing a potential prison term and ended up resolving the case for a jaywalking ticket.

Neighborhood Brawl Results in Serious Felony Charges for Young Man
San Mateo Superior Court, Redwood City Courthouse

A brawl broke out between neighbors in an apartment complex in San Mateo, resulting in felony assault charges under Penal Code section 245(a)(1) for the young men involved. We substituted in for our client's prior attorney who was encouraging the client to plead to a felony to avoid state prison. After taking over the case and conducting the necessary investigation, we set the matter for jury trial. On the day that we were set to go to trial, the case resolved for a misdemeanor.

UC Berkeley Student Arrested and Charged with Battery on a Police Officer
Alameda County Superior Court, Oakland Courthouse

A University of California, Berkeley undergraduate was arrested by the Berkeley Police Department and charged with multiple counts arising out of a political demonstration, including battery on a police officer in violation of Penal Code section 243(b). The client was charged along with a fellow Cal student by the Alameda District Attorney's Office at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland. After extensive investigation into the events surrounding the protest, including locating video and securing witness statements, we pushed for a dismissal of all charges. The District Attorney's Office refused to dismiss the case and we went to trial. At trial, along with a fellow criminal defense attorney representing the codefendant, we secured complete acquittals of all charges.

Journalist Arrested at Political Protest
Alameda County Superior Court, Oakland Courthouse

An independent journalist covering a political protest in Oakland was arrested for remaining at the scene of a riot. We appeared with the journalist at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland and presented the District Attorney with press credentials and other documentation establishing that he was acting as a journalist during the protest. The case was dismissed by the District Attorney's Office.

Trespassing at Port of San Francisco
San Francisco Superior Court, Hall of Justice

A San Francisco man and his friend were charged with trespassing on a damaged portion of the Port of San Francisco. The codefendant was represented by a local criminal defense attorney. After filing a demurrer to the complaint, the case was dismissed by the prosecution.

Young Mother Arrested for Possession of Prescription Medication
Alameda County Superior Court, Oakland Courthouse

A young mother was arrested after a search of her vehicle turned up prescription medication that did not belong to her. We represented the woman at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, California. We were able to establish that the prescription medication had been left in the car by her sister. Her sister appeared in court on her behalf and we were able to successfully have the case dismissed.

San Francisco Man Arrested by San Francisco Police for Not Opening Gate
San Francisco Superior Court, Hall of Justice

A young man in San Francisco was wrongfully arrested after police tried to force him to open the gate to the apartment building he was in. The police were apparently seeking a suspect that they believed was in the multi-unit building. The young man ignored them and continued about his business. The police got upset that he wasn't helping them and placed him under arrested. He was charged with obstructing a police investigation in violation of Penal Code section 148(a)(1). After multiple court appearances, the case was finally dismissed by the prosecution.

UC Santa Cruz Student Arrested at Political Demonstration
San Francisco Superior Court, Hall of Justice

A University of California, Santa Cruz freshman was arrested after taking part in a demonstration at San Francisco State University. She was charged along with a UC Berkeley student in the San Francisco Superior Court with multiple counts including burglary and vandalism. Following an investigation and pretrial litigation, the case was dismissed after both of the two young women completed community service.

San Francisco Man Arrested and Charged with Stolen Property and Drugs
San Francisco Superior Court, Hall of Justice

A young San Francisco resident was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and methamphetamine after police responded to a trespassing call at a construction site. Police detained our client and his friend, searched them and found drugs on our client. The San Francisco District Attorney charged them with violations of Penal Code sections 459, 496(a), and our client was also charged with a violation of Health & Safety Code section 11377(a) for the methamphetamine. The codefendant plead out and was sentenced to probation. We set the matter for jury trial and were assigned to a courtroom. After some last-minute negotiations, the case was dismissed so that our client could join the military.

UC Davis Student Arrested for Felony Resisting Arrest at Student Protest
San Francisco Superior Court, Hall of Justice

A University of California, Davis undergraduate joined a number of classmates and other UC students to stage a protest against student fee hikes at a UC Regents meeting being held at the University of California, San Francisco. As a number of students tried to enter the building through a staircase, the students at the front of the stairs were pushed forward into a group of police officers. Our client was arrested along with others and charged with felony resisting arrest under Penal Code section 148(b), battery on a police officer in violation of Section 243(b) and misdemeanor resisting arrest under Section 148(a)(1). We worked together along with a team of criminal defense attorneys to represent the codefendants.

Hamasaki Law represented our client and arranged for his surrender and release with no bail, through pretrial investigation and motions, including a successful motion under Penal Code section 17(b) which reduced the felony count to a misdemeanor. Most of the other less-serious cases resolved and finally we set our case for trial along with one other codefendant. On the date of trial, our client's case was dismissed.

Young Woman Arrested for Felony Assault on White Supremacists
San Francisco Superior Court, Hall of Justice

Our client, a young anti-racism activist, attended a political demonstration at City Hall in San Francisco, along with other anti-racism activists. The demonstration turned violent when white supremacists arrived. Our client was arrested along with a young man after a fight broke out between the two groups as they left the demonstration. She was charged with multiple serious felony counts, including assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury in violation of Penal Code section 245(a)(1).

Hamasaki Law represented our client from the day of arrest through a successful resolution of the criminal case. Her codefendant was represented by another San Francisco criminal defense lawyer from arraignment. The case went through a preliminary hearing after which the felony counts were reduced to misdemeanors. After the matter was set for trial, our client resolved her case for a single misdemeanor and a term of probation.

Teenager Charged with Resisting Arrest and Battery on a Police Officer
San Francisco Superior Court, Hall of Justice

Police conducting a probation search at our client's home arrested and charged a father and son with various offenses including resisting arrest under Penal Code section 148(a)(1) and battery on a police officer under Section 243(b). The father was represented by another San Francisco criminal defense attorney throughout the process. The case went through various pretrial motions and an investigation before being set for jury trial. On the date of trial, our client's case was resolved for diversion and dismissal.

Independent Journalist Charged with Participating in Riot at Political Demonstration
Alameda County Superior Court, Oakland Courthouse

An independent journalist was arrested and charged with participating in a riot arising out of a political demonstration relating to the killing of Oscar Grant. Police believed that the journalist was actually participating in what they classified as a "riot" and had thrown an object into the crowd. After an exhaustive investigation that included public records requests, reviews of hours of both law enforcement and civilian video footage and discovery litigation, the prosecution refused to dismiss the case. After extensive preparation for trial, the case was dismissed on the day trial was set to commence.

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