at 1663 Mission St, Ste 200, San Francisco, 94103 United States
The Law Offices of Hanlon and Rief provides aggressive and compassionate criminal defense from arraignment to trial. With over 30 years experience and 100s of trials, we are here to help you. Call us with any questions or for a free consultation. 415 864 5600
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sorry on last post i left out name of our great office manager dolores who has worked with me for almost twenty years. without her we would not survive.
our law offices have moved. new address is 1663 mission street,suite 200 near corner of s van ness. we love the new space. the lawyers of hanlon and reif- stuart hanlon, sara reif, and nate peterson , and office manager continue to practice criminal defense in state and federal court. we continue to fight for our clients and protect the bill of rights and the best of our legal system same email addresses and phone numbers..
On friday, Feb 27th, a san francisco jury found SF Muni driver Wallace Loggins not guilty of all charges relating to an accident with a pedestrian where the pedestrian died. Attorney Stuart Hanlon argued to the jury that Mr. Loggins did not act with negligence; rather the accident was caused by a combination of a known defect in the bus design -a frontal blind spot created by the bus construction and the side view drivers mirror location and the fact that the pedestrian entered the intersection looking down at her cell phone , not paying attention to her own safety. Further the evidence showed Muni knew about the defect and blind spot but did nothing to fix it until after the accident and did not train the driver on how to avoid the blind spot. Conversations with jurors after the verdict made clear they had immense sympathy for the young woman who was killed but did not believe Wally Loggins was criminally responsible for the death; rather is was a tragic accident. Mr Loggins, who was fired by Muni after the accident , will now seek to get back pay from Muni. Attorney Hanlon said : " This was a perfect and wonderful san francisco jury that reflected not only the diversity of our city but all the common sense of many who live here. The accident was caused by a perfect storm of unrelated factors ; but there was nothing Wally could have done differently. He deserved to be acquitted."
ATTORNEY STUART HANLON WINS VICTORY OVER U.S. PROSECUTORS IN FEDERAL RICO TRIAL After a 3 month trial and 5 days of deliberations, a federal jury in San Francisco acquitted Benjamin Campos-Gonzalez (“BG”) of 17 out of 18 counts including two RICO conspiracies, 3 counts of murder, 4 counts of attempted murder and 2 counts of armed robbery. The jury convicted BG of a simple count of RICO conspiracy but found that the conspiracy did not involve murder or conspiracy to commit murder. It was a smashing defeat for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this broad RICO case brought against BG and 3 other defendants. There were originally 21 defendants charged but 17 pled guilty. BG was originally charged with the death penalty; when that was withdrawn, the government then offered him a plea deal for 20 years, which he rejected. He faced mandatory life without parole sentences if convicted of any of the murders. The government’s case against BG was based in large part on the testimony of 5 informants and almost all hearsay evidence. The jury clearly rejected the informants' testimony as not truthful because of who they were and the promises of leniency given to them by the government -- a total rejection of the use of this kind of testimony as inherently unbelievable. Further, the jury’s findings rejected the broad based conspiracy that the United States government has been bringing under RICO (racketeering) to attack various organizations including alleged gangs. Stuart Hanlon was aided in the trial by his partner Sara Rief, Attorney Sarah Potter, and paralegal Megan Books who was present during the entire trial. Sentencing will occur in January 2015. Mr. Campos-Gonzalez has been in custody for over 2 years and it is expected that he will not serve much more additional time; the sentence will be determined by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston, who presided over the case. Mr Hanlon stated after the trial: “The jury’s verdicts for BG were a complete rejection of the U.S. government’s use of snitches and unreliable hearsay. Bought and sold witnesses such as these informants can never be trusted to speak the truth -- the government uses the carrot of no jail or shorter sentences to get them to say whatever the government wants -- but the jury said loud and clear you can't buy truth and you cant buy justice. ”
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