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Successful Motion Hearing To Unseal Police Records In Drug Case

Oct 26, 2016 by Mike McKneely in Drug Charges

In California, a criminal case is always a frightening ordeal, but when you are in fact innocent, a criminal charge can be especially terrifying. If you find yourself in handcuffs after being falsely identified or incorrectly accused of a crime, it is absolutely critical to consult with a capable criminal defense attorney. A skilled lawyer will not only work to clear your name, but their experience will be invaluable when you need to navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system to obtain the best possible outcome. Recently, Fresno criminal defense attorney Michael McKneely assisted a man, charged with the sale of drugs, access confidential police records. Because of the dire nature of this man’s circumstances and the possibility of a very lengthy prison sentence, he retained top-tier legal assistance from Michael McKneely, Criminal Defense Lawyer.

Mike, McKneely prepared and filed a Pitchess motion with the court. This motion is a formal request to access an officer’s confidential personnel files, which will include prior documented incidents of misconduct, excessive force, and other disciplinary actions. During the motion hearing–utilizing his extensive experience in criminal court procedure–attorney McKneely effectively argued to unseal these records. The judge agreed with McKneely’s motion and accessed these typically unavailable police records. Due in large part to this client’s sensible decision to seek proficient legal intervention, he will now be able to present all the available evidence at trial allowing him a much better chance of exonerating himself.

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