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Attorney Rick Steinmetz Secures Stet Resolution

 of Second Degree Assault Case

 

Client Avoids Plea and Trial

 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 entered. 

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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Samuel C.P. Baldwin, Jr., Esq.

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