Attorney Rick Steinmetz Secures Stet Resolution
of Second Degree Assault Case
Client Avoids Plea and
Last week, attorney Rick Steinmetz
secured a stet agreement for our client in St. Mary’s County District Court in
a second degree assault case. The names
of the individuals involved in the case are omitted here to protect their
privacy. In the case, the victim claimed
that she had been involved in an argument with the defendant. The state alleged that the defendant then
attempted to strangle the victim. The
state alleged that the defendant pinned the victim against a wall. According to the charging documents, the
victim caused a cut to the victim’s bottom lip.
The officer observed bit marks and cuts on the defendant’s hand and forearm
as well. The defendant was charged with
second degree assault, a misdemeanor which carries a potential sentence of ten
years in jail and a fine of $2,500.
This was a difficult case for several
reasons. First, the defendant had
already given incriminating evidence against himself, including testimony at an
interim protective order hearing in which he admitted things that would likely
lead to a conviction on the assault charge.
Second, the victim and the defendant
had recently been in a romantic relationship and there were very strong emotions
tied to the case. Third, the defendant
had a security clearance which could be jeopardized if a conviction was
Given that the defendant in the case had
already provided incriminating testimony himself in the preliminary protective
order hearing, it was unlikely that we would be able to take the case to
trial. Recognizing this, the attorney
advised the client to immediately get evaluated for an alcohol assessment and to
enroll in an anger management class.
Because the client followed the advice, he
was able to resolve both the protective order and the criminal case. At the protective order hearing, the judge
signed a consent order, but made no finding that the defendant had committed
any abuse. This allows the defendant to
get the protective order shielded once it has expired.
In the criminal case, we were able to
negotiate a resolution where the state put the case on the “Stet” or inactive
docket. As conditions of the stet, the
client agreed to continue and complete the counseling he was enrolled in and to
take other actions Because the case has been put on the stet docket, the client
will not have to enter a plea and there was no finding of guilt. Eventually he will be able to get the
criminal case expunged.
If you have been charged with a criminal
offense of any kind, the attorneys at Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C.
can help. There is no fee for a
consultation for criminal cases. Most
criminal cases are handled on a flat-fee basis, so you will know up front
exactly what it will cost. If you are seeking
experienced, aggressive representation for your criminal case, contact us today
to schedule your free consultation.
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