Monday the 25th of June was a good day for my clients. One client was accused of assaulting a store loss prevention employee while shoplifting. The case was set for jury trial and the state dismissed the case. Another client was charged with possession of marijuana. I advised the client to take a class and perform community service hours. As a result the case was dismissed and the client avoided a conviction and a driver’s license suspension. In the third case the client was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. The case was set for trial and dismissed on day of trial. Often only the threat of trial is enough to get a prosecutor to really evaluate a case. Without that evaluation, it is much harder to obtain a reduction in charges or a dismissal. In the first six months of this year, I’ve tried four felony cases. When the prosecutor knows you have tried cases, the threat of trial is more real.