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An egregious wrong: a false allegation in a criminal case

It happens.

Every day in California and across the United States, and for a multitude of reasons, an accusation of criminal conduct is made against an individual who is actually innocent of any wrongdoing.

Sometimes an allegation proceeds from error, with a complainant making a mistake in identification, for example, or materially misreading the key facts of a matter.

But at other times it owes to malice or some other bad-faith motive spurring an accuser to falsely target another party in a criminal matter.

Understandably, the consequences of that injustice can be dire, spelling the worst-case scenario in a criminal law outcome: an innocent person suffering from a frightful miscarriage of justice.

John W. Noonan, the principal attorney at The Law Office of John W. Noonan in Dublin, knows from decades of criminal law defense experience that innocent individuals in the Bay Area and from across California and the rest of the country are falsely flagged as criminal wrongdoers with disturbing frequency.

And for wide-ranging reasons. Defense counsel often see wrongful accusations made in the context of family law, for example, when one party seeks to gain advantage in a child custody case via a false allegation of domestic abuse. Informants sometimes attempt to curry favor with criminal authorities by knowingly identifying innocent parties as wrongdoers in drug or sex-crime cases. And false accusations are made in legions of other cases as well, ranging from assault and robbery to various types of fraud, including identity theft.

The presumption of innocence is a bedrock and critically important legal principle in the United States.

A proven defense attorney can help ensure that it is respected and adhered to in a given case.

Recent Case Results

  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    John was able to get client a reduction of charge of a DUI because of being a nurse it could mean her license.

    He secured a Drunk in Public , and she would attend a 3 month program. Additionally, the dmv hearing was also set aside.

    Both being a win for the client.

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  • Domestic Violence

    A client was arrested for a Felony Domestic Violence, could have devastated her potential for future employment. John was able to get the case dismissed. Client was thrilled.

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  • Juvenile Charges

    A juvenile was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery. After 6 months the case was dismissed.

    A juvenile was arrested for Sexual Battery. After 6 months and 80 hours of Community service, the case was dismissed.

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  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    A client with a 1st DUI arrest. Fearing she would go to jail; lose her license for a year and lose her job. Got a wet reckless and minimal fines.

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  • Drug Charges

    A client with 4 Felony charges on a Transportation Charge, a Attempt to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, (50 pounds), Conspiracy Charge all where reduced to 1 Misdemeanor. No Jail.

    Client was charged with 6 Felony drug possessions. Facing jail time. The results: Client got a deferred entry of judgment and then dismissed.

    Client charged with several felony counts of possession of Marijuana with intent to sell. Client was involved in a medical marijuana grow. Case was reduced and later dismissed.

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  • Sex Crimes

    A client with alleged 2 Felony Sex charges and he faced jail and sex registration. The case was entirely dismissed.

    Client charged with prostitution; facing jail time and sex offender registration. Result: NO JAIL TIME AND NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION Deferred Entry of Judgment.

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  • Domestic Violence

    Client charged with domestic violence, with great bodily injury. Case reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

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Dublin, CA 94568

Phone: 925-463-3340
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Manteca, CA 95336

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