Male Client, UCLA Student, March 2017

By February 3, 2020 Case Results

Our client was accused by a female UCLA student of Domestic Violence at an off-campus party in Santa Monica.  Our client was arrested by UCLA Police Department, who recommended charges to the District Attorney of Felony Domestic Violence and Felony Kidnapping.  The alleged victim also filed a civil harassment restraining order against our client.  Our client was also kicked off UCLA campus pending an investigation by the University.

Our firm handled all three aspects of the client’s legal matter: criminal investigation, civil restraining order, and University investigation.  Our team immediately went to work and had our investigators interview all witnesses to the alleged domestic violence.  We were able to show that our client was actually the victim and simply defended himself when attacked.  Attorney Joe Weimortz contacted the Los Angeles County DA’s Office out of Airport Courthouse and provided them with our investigation and analysis, which showed our client had an absolute self-defense claim.  The DA’s Office declined to file any charges against our client.

 Attorney James Murphy handled the clients civil harassment restraining order in the Santa Monica Courthouse.  The hearing took place over a four day period with six witnesses testifying.  James was able to impeach the alleged victims credibility throughout the hearing and present testimony from witnesses that proved our client was innocent of the alleged victims false claims.  The Judge dismissed the restraining order action against our client.

Joe Weimortz also represented the client in his disciplinary hearings with UCLA.  Joe’s advocacy and interaction with UCLA led to our client being fully reinstated as a student at UCLA.  Our team effort helped save our client’s future against false claims, which had the potential to ruin his life.