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Criminal & DUI Defense Results

Every day, Santa Rosa criminal defense/DUI attorney, Steven Taxman, appears in court, for his clients, and consistently obtains, the best results possible.  It is our satisfied clients that remain our best source of referrals. You can also view some of our most recent case victories below.    

People v. G.C.

Alameda Superior Court

  • Misdemeanor Battery, Resisting and Delaying Arrest Charges Dismissed

Our client was working as the maintenance man at a condominium complex in Union City, California he observed a man, going through the residents’ garbage cans.  Our client recognized the man as a repeated trespasser and shouted for the man to leave the property.  The man saw our client approaching him and took off running with a bag of recyclables.  An altercation broke out between the two men and the police were called.  Our client was arrested for assaulting the trespasser.  Since our client was injured he was having difficulty following the police officer’s instructions and according to the officer was resisting and delaying the arrest. 

Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Taxman was able to successfully negotiate a dismissal of all the criminal charges filed against our client

People v. K.R.

Contra Costa Superior Court

  • DUI with .14 blood test, reduced to reckless driving

Client was charged with DUI, with a .14 blood alcohol level, after she was stopped for an equipment violation.  Santa Rosa DUI Attorney, Steven Taxman, filed a motion to suppress the test results based on a Fourth Amendment violation, which was granted by the court.  Even though the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, has a strict policy against negotiating DUI cases, Santa Rosa DUI attorney Steven Taxman, was able to convince the prosecution that their case would be difficult to prove without evidence of the blood test.  The prosecutor agreed to resolve the case as a reckless driving.   

People v. G.G.

Napa Superior Court

  • Misdemeanor public intoxication charge, reduced to engaging in unreasonable noise, as an infraction

Client was contacted by a Calistoga police officer after he was leaving the bar and walking back to his hotel.  The officer stopped our client because people outside the bar told him that our client was drunk and harassing them.  When our client didn’t listen to the officer’s instructions, and started bad mouthing him the officer arrested our client for public intoxication. 

Our office subpoenaed the body cam footage which showed that our client could care for his own safety.  After successful negotiations with the prosecutor, Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Taxman convinced the Napa County Deputy DA to dismiss the public intoxication charge.  His client entered a plea, to disturbing the peace, as an infraction.  Notably, an infraction is not considered a criminal offense in California.   

People v. M.A.

Sonoma Superior Court

  • Three Misdemeanor Trespassing Charges Dismissed

A police officer was dispatched to a residence on the report of a process server attempting to serve child support papers.  The occupant of the residence reported that she was involved in a custody dispute and knew that someone had been trying to serve her with papers at work.

The occupant also reported that the process server was leaving the residence.  The officer stopped our client as he was leaving the area.  Based on some of our client’s admissions and other evidence, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office charged our client with three misdemeanor counts of trespassing. 

Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Taxman, was able to show the prosecutor, that a conviction would be unlikely, since licensed process servers in California are exempt from criminal trespass under certain circumstances.  The deputy district attorney agreed and dismissed all three misdemeanor trespassing charges against our client.    

People v. G.S.

Napa Superior Court

  • Second DUI offense, a collision, and .23 blood test, reduced to reckless driving, and court vacates client’s driver’s license suspension

Client was leaving the bar, hit a car in the parking lot, and two witnessed reported his license plate number to the police.  Client drove to his house in Napa, and fell asleep on his sofa.  The police arrived shortly thereafter to investigate the circumstances of the collision.  Our client was ultimately arrested for DUI and submitted to a blood test, with a .23 blood alcohol level, around three times the legal limit.     

Santa Rosa DUI attorney Steven Taxman and his office staff subpoenaed all of the blood and laboratory records, which indicated that the blood sample belonged to someone else.  Santa Rosa DUI attorney Steven Taxman convinced the DMV to set aside our client’s driver’s license suspension and persuaded the Napa County Deputy D.A. to reduce the charge, place his client on unsupervised probation, and pay a nominal fine.  

People v. C.B.

Sonoma Superior 

  • Misdemeanor Battery Charge Dismissed

Our client and her husband, were out with friends, at a Pub in downtown Petaluma.   They were approached by our client’s husband’s ex-girlfriend, and her new boyfriend.  The two women got into a shoving match, escalating into a fight. 

The alleged victim went to the police department to report that she was attacked by our client.  She reported that she was pushed to the ground and that our client grabbed her hair and punched her in the face.    

The officer then went to our client’s house to speak with her about the incident.  Our client told the officer she didn’t remember many of the details, but believed the alleged victim approached her from behind and started the fight.  Our client reported several injuries as a result of the fight although she didn’t know exactly how she was injured.  The officer took several photographs of our client’s injuries, which he later misplaced.    

The district attorney’s office, filed a misdemeanor complaint, charging our client with misdemeanor battery.  Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Taxman filed a motion to dismiss the battery charge because of the officer’s failure to preserve favorable evidence.  The court agreed and dismissed the misdemeanor battery charge against our client. 

People v. J.M.

Sonoma Superior Court

  • DUI with .14 breath test, reduced to reckless driving

Client was charged with DUI, with a .14 breath test result.  Santa Rosa DUI Attorney, Steven Taxman, filed a motion to suppress the breath test results based on a Fourth Amendment violation, which was granted by the court.  After successful negotiations with the prosecutor, the DUI charge was dismissed and our client entered a plea to a reduced charge of reckless driving, with unsupervised probation to the court, no jail time, no fine, and no wet reckless school.  

People v. M.O.

Sonoma Superior Court

  • Client's .12 Breath Test Suppressed

Client was charged with DUI, with a .12 BAC, after he was stopped for failing to stop at a stop sign.  Santa Rosa DUI Attorney Steven Taxman filed a motion to suppress the breath test results on Fourth Amendment grounds, which was granted by the court.  The government has now withdrawn their appeal and the case will proceed to trial, without any evidence of our client’s blood alcohol level. In a related matter in San Francisco, the court set aside our client’s driver’s license suspension, and ordered the DMV to pay our client’s attorney’s fees. 

People v. T.C.

Sonoma Superior Court

  • Negotiated Dismissal of Domestic Violence and False Imprisonment Charges

Our client was out drinking with his friends. When he returned home after midnight, his girlfriend locked him out.  Our client tossed his baseball cap at his girlfriend in order to wake her up. She became visibly upset and attacked our client.  In order to defend himself, our client restrained his girlfriend on the ground.    

Our client’s girlfriend’s brother entered the room and reported to the police that our client was choking his sister.  The police were called to the scene and our client was arrested and charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment.     

Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Taxman, spoke with the alleged victim who verified our client’s version of the events.  Our client’s charges were then dismissed.  Our winning case results reflect our tireless efforts to help everyone in Northern California accused of criminal offenses and DUI charges.    

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