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Case 1: Impersonating an Officer PDF Print E-mail
My client was taxi driver who had picked up two regulars to go to a house and back. Once they got there he realized they didn’t have enough money to pay for the ride. After the women didn’t pay, he threatened to call police if they didn’t get out of the car. The two women got out of the car and started walking to a gas station where they ran into an officer. The two women told the officers that my client told them he was a police officer and showed a badge (My client had a toy sheriff badge in his center console). My client, who was Hispanic, was arrested for impersonating an officer.

Prior to trial, the state offered a straight probation sentence, but my client would have likely been deported with a felony conviction even though he was legally in the country. We rejected the offer and prepared for trial. After extensive negotiation, I convinced the prosecutor that these girls exaggerated their story to protect themselves from not paying for their cab ride. State dead docketed the case and agreed that they wouldn’t prosecute.
 
Case 1: Impersonating an Officer PDF Print E-mail
My client was taxi driver who had picked up two regulars to go to a house and back. Once they got there he realized they didn’t have enough money to pay for the ride. After the women didn’t pay, he threatened to call police if they didn’t get out of the car. The two women got out of the car and started walking to a gas station where they ran into an officer. The two women told the officers that my client told them he was a police officer and showed a badge (My client had a toy sheriff badge in his center console). My client, who was Hispanic, was arrested for impersonating an officer.

Prior to trial, the state offered a straight probation sentence, but my client would have likely been deported with a felony conviction even though he was legally in the country. We rejected the offer and prepared for trial. After extensive negotiation, I convinced the prosecutor that these girls exaggerated their story to protect themselves from not paying for their cab ride. State dead docketed the case and agreed that they wouldn’t prosecute.