Top Southern California Defense Attorney David R. Cohn of Wallin & Klarich, Helps Former Marine Avoid Life in Prison and Sex Offender Registration (CA Penal Code 290)

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Experienced criminal defense attorney, David R. Cohn of Wallin & Klarich, argued to the jury that his client had consensual sexual relations with the victim before an alcohol-fueled argument and struggle ensued thereafter.

David R. Cohn Partner at Wallin and Klarich 877-4NO-JAIL

David R. Cohn Partner at Wallin and Klarich

Out of all my trial victories over the years, this one is one of my most satisfying...This was a fair and just verdict.

Highly experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney David R. Cohn, recently represented his client, a former marine, against charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder (Penal Code 664-187), Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (Penal Code 664-187), Sexual Penetration by Foreign Object w Force/Violence (Penal Code 289(a)(1)), Attempted Sexual Penetration by Foreign Object w Force/Violence (Penal Code 664-289(a)(1)), Criminal Threats (Penal Code 422), False Imprisonment (Penal Code 236) and GBI (Penal Code 12022.7). The former marine with no prior criminal record was facing 16yrs to life in prison and lifetime sex offender registration.

"Out of all my trial victories over the years, this one is one of my most satisfying,” said Mr. Cohn after the verdict. “This was a fair and just verdict."

According to San Bernardino County Superior Court record, the prosecutor utilized the shock value and emotional impact of the photos, the sex toys, the victim’s emotional statements at the scene, and the neighbor’s emotional 911 call and testimony. Despite the extraordinarily bloody scene, inflammatory photos, numerous sex toys, leather restraints, 911 call, and overwhelming emotional testimony of prosecution witnesses, Mr. Cohn was able to convince the jury that his client was not guilty of attempted 1st or 2nd degree murder, any forced sex charges, and that he did not threaten to kill the victim as she testified.

Mr. Cohn questioned the incomplete investigation of the scene and case (no blood analysis, no forensics, no DNA, no follow up re location of the victim’s clothes) attacked the victim’s countless inconsistent and illogical statements, and asked the jury to set aside their emotion, bias and sympathy, as they promised to do as jurors, and consider the evidence submitted by both the prosecution and defense (which included his client, a psychologist, character testimony from other sexual partners, and evidence of the effects of alcohol intoxication on a person’s mental state) according to Wallin & Klarich.

Mr. Cohn argued that this was a case of mutual, intoxicated, consensual sex between his client and the victim, which led to a later argument over magazine sales, the physical assault suffered by his client during a struggle between his client and the victim. Mr. Cohn argued that this was a case of Attempted Voluntary Manslaughter due to a sudden quarrel and heat of passion, in which his client was provoked by the victim and thereafter acted rashly under intense violent emotion without reasoning or judgment. Mr. Cohn argued that the scene and evidence corroborated that theory if the jurors could look past the emotion impact of the initial scene and bloody photos.

The jury deliberated for 2 days and found the former marine guilty of Attempted Voluntary Manslaughter with GBI (great bodily injury) and False imprisonment. As a result, Mr. Cohn’s client is now facing 5-9yrs in prison and avoids sex offender registration.


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