TW was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and conspiracy. At the preliminary hearing Mr. Montoya represented TW and was able to get the conspiracy charge discharged. At an informative confidential informant motion, Mr. Shaffer was able to receive additional helpful facts. Finding out that the police never saw TW exchange any drugs during two separate days where the confidential informant sold drugs was vital. When the police executed the search warrant on the third day they found TW in the living room with the buy money from the sale to the confidential informant and over $400 in small bills. The co-defendant was represented by a public defender and demanded a jury. Mr. Shaffer pushed to go straight to trial, but the prosecutor said that they wanted to keep the cases together. Mr. Shaffer was able to successfully litigate a motion to sever the cases and a trial was conducted for TW. The end result was as expected, NOT GUILTY of all charges.
- On November 10, 2013