2015 Murder Conspiracy Charge Reduced
Client and several others were charged with a conspiracy to commit murder
in Oakland, California and faced a life sentence. The entire case against
the client was based solely on a wiretap investigation, involving the
local police department, California Department of Justice and federal
agencies. Thousands of hours of telephone calls were involved and the
allegations involved a murder plot focused on two different individuals.
Ernie Castillo worked diligently to challenge the wiretap investigation,
and discovered that law enforcement illegally used a device termed “Stingray”
to prosecute his client. The discovery lead to getting the charge of conspiracy
to commit murder dismissed and the client was out of custody within two years.
2015 Winner of gun charge
charges were dismissed
Client was on parole and charged with possession of a firearm in Oakland,
California and was facing a sentence under the “Three Strikes”
law. Ernie Castillo filed a motion to suppress the gun because of an illegal
search. At the hearing evidence showed that police did not know the client
was on parole and had stopped client without a lawful purpose. The motion
to suppress was granted, the charges were dismissed.
2014 Murder Case Dismissed
Freed from Murder Charges
A woman was wrongly charged with the murder of her own brother in Hayward,
California. It was alleged that during a botched robbery the client’s
brother was shot and killed. Ernie Castillo was able to show the legal
problems with the case and convinced the prosecution to dismiss the case
without trial. Client was freed from murder charges and released.
2014 Murder conviction dismissed and new trial granted
conviction was dismissed
A client, who was previously represented by a different lawyer, was wrongly
accused and convicted of murder in Oakland after trial. Before sentencing,
the client hired Ernie Castillo to look into his case and ask for a new
trial. Ernie Castillo investigated the murder case and discovered telephone
records, and other evidence which proved his client was innocent and not
at the crime scene during the murder.. A motion for a new trial was filed
based on the new evidence that was found and the court granted the motion.
The conviction was dismissed and the client received a new trial.
2014 Winner of child molestation charge which carried a life sentence
Client was charged with molesting a 9 year old niece and faced a life sentence
in Contra Costa County. The client had no prior criminal history, was
in his mid thirties, had multiple children, and was a successful business
owner. The defense involved an unusual sleeping disorder called “parasomnia”.
Ernie Castillo retained the leading neurologist in the world as an expert
on this unusual disorder and presented evidence that the client was suffering
from an episode of “parasomnia” during the contact with his
niece. In a trial focused on a battle of experts and the first of its
kind in Contra Costa County, the jury found the client “not guilty”
of the charge carrying a life sentence.
2013 Jury Deadlocked on murder case
Resolved without Life Sentence
A 15 year-old client was charged with felony-murder in adult court for
the death of a young teen in San Leandro, California. The client was accused
of being part of a robbery that resulted in the death of a teen. It was
alleged that the client was the get away driver. At trial Ernie Castillo
presented a defense that the shooting death of the victim was independent
of the actions of his client and not part of the planned robbery. The
jury deadlocked, which meant that they could not come to an agreement.
A mistrial was declared and the case was subsequently resolved without
a life sentence.
2013 Winner of murder case
Charges Thrown Out
A client was wrongly charged with the heinous murder of an 8 year old child
in Oakland, California. Through extensive investigation and the use of
cell phone GPS information, Ernie Castillo was able to prove in court
that his client was not at the crime scene at the time of the homicide
and was not involved. The murder charges were thrown out.
Attempted Murder Facing Life Sentence
Life sentence avoided
In Oakland, client arrested for attempted murder and faced a life sentence.
Mr. Castillo resolved the case for an evading charge. All other charges
were dismissed, including a charge for possession of a firearm. Client
was released from custody with credit for time served. Life sentence avoided.
Charged with Stabbing Murder
Life sentence was avoided
In San Francisco, client was charged with a stabbing murder that resulted
from a lover's quarrel and faced 15 to life. After presenting evidence
of a possible self-defense at the preliminary hearing, the case resolved
for the appropriate charge of voluntary manslaughter. Client will be released
in 3 years. Life sentence was avoided.
Child Molestation & Sexual Assault Charge
Case Dismissed on Day of Trial
In Hayward, client charged with child molestation and sexual assault of
juvenile girls at a psychiatric institution. Case dismissed on day of
trial. Client avoided deportation.