Past Cases - Kerry L. Armstrong
Successful Case Results Obtained by Attorney Armstrong
Please note that every case is different, and the below lists are not meant
to guarantee a similar result if you are charged with the same offense.
A few of Mr. Armstrong's recent case highlights include:
In January 2017, Mr. Armstrong tried a gross vehicular manslaughter trial
in which his client killed a nine-year-old girl on New Year’s Eve
2009. Additionally, four other people in three different cars were hurt
in the crash. Mr. Armstrong’s client was accused of “huffing”
which is inhaling a chemical that comes from computer dust-off aerosol
cans, and he crashed into the back of the victim’s car and caused
a chain-reaction crash with several other vehicles. The client was originally
represented in the case by a different attorney. The client pled guilty
in 2010 and agreed to a plea-bargain of sixteen years in prison at 85%.
However, the case was overturned in 2016 based on a change in the law,
and the case was remanded back to the trial court. Mr. Armstrong then
took over as the client’s attorney. After numerous negotiations,
the client offered the District Attorney’s Office twelve years in
prison at 85%; however, that office adamantly refused. In fact, there
was no offer except the original sixteen years. Therefore, the client
was forced to go to trial. At trial, Mr. Armstrong mostly focused on whether
the four living victims had sustained “great bodily injury.”
(The evidence that the client caused the accident due to his “huffing”
was substantial.) Mr. Armstrong argued that while all four people had
been injured, their injuries were not “great.” All four testified
that not only did they go to the hospital or a doctor back in 2009, but
they all also testified that their injuries still linger today (over seven
years later). Following a day of deliberations, the jury convicted Mr.
Armstrong’s client of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.
However, the jury found that all four great bodily injury allegations
were not true. This verdict substantially reduced the client’s prison
time, and it also reduced the time he had to spend from 85% to 50%. As
such, the client was released from prison at his sentencing hearing.
In January-February 2017, Mr. Armstrong tried a juvenile delinquency case
where his client was charged with three counts of child molestation on
a five-year-old girl. Because juveniles are not granted a jury trial unless
they are tried as an adult (which this client was not), Mr. Armstrong
was forced to try the case in front of a judge. Mr. Armstrong reports
that because juveniles have no right to a juvenile trial, it is much harder
to win a trial in juvenile court in front of a judge. The trial ended
up taking four days, and the alleged victim (now age six) was extremely
bright and mature for her age. She pointed out Mr. Armstrong’s client
and stated that he was the one who molested her on several occasions.
However, Mr. Armstrong presented evidence that when the girl first made
her allegation, she stated that it was either Mr. Armstrong’s client
or his brother who had molested her. However, she then quickly verified
to a witness that it was Mr. Armstrong’s client who was the perpetrator.
Following lengthy arguments at the end of the trial, the judge voted not-guilty
on all three counts. Mr. Armstrong’s client was thereby saved from
a potential sentence of twelve years in juvenile prison.
In October 2016, both Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Molea jointly conducted a DUI
trial. The client was accused of drinking all day on his boat along with
his friend. While the client and his friend were trailering the boat on
a dark boat ramp, two San Diego Lifeguards pulled up on their own boat
and warned the two not to drive the boat and trailer up the ramp because
they felt that both were too intoxicated. When the boat and trailer were
driven up the ramp anyway, the lifeguards called 911 and San Diego Police
Department officers soon arrived. Both lifeguards picked out Mr. Armstrong’s
client out as the driver of the SUV, and he was arrested for DUI. The
defense was that the client’s friend was the actual driver. The
friend refused to testify, however. The client testified and stated that
he was not the driver. After one day of deliberations, the jury hung 11-1.
In November 2015, Mr. Armstrong conducted his first courts-martial in military
court (United States Navy). His client had been charged in state court
in 2013 of molesting his niece by touching her breast and by making her
commit a lewd act on him. That state court trial resulted in a hung jury
(9-3 for not-guilty). The District Attorney’s Office then dismissed
the case before the second trial began. However, the U.S. Navy then decided
to file charges against the client, including two charges of child molestation
and one count of fleeing apprehension. The Navy case was filed in late
2014. Mr. Armstrong was helped in the military trial by a Navy JAG as
well as another privately-retained attorney. Mr. Armstrong vigorously
cross-examined the client’s niece, and it greatly helped that he
had the trial transcripts from the state trial in which to impeach her.
He was also allowed to bring in a loveseat to the courtroom, which was
used to show the jurors that the niece’s story did not make sense.
However, the niece and her mother both cried during their testimony, which
is always hard to combat. The client did not testify. After a week of
trial in front of a jury of nine officers and enlisted men, the jury voted
not-guilty on the two child molest counts. They convicted the client only
of fleeing apprehension, and he received a very lenient sentence the following
day from the jury.
From September to November 2015, both Mr. Armstrong and his associate Dan
Greene conducted a six-week jury trial in Vista. Their client was charged
with twenty counts of forcible sodomy, forcible oral copulation, child
molestation, and sodomy of an unconscious person. There were three alleged
victims. Additionally, another four men were allowed to testify that the
client had also abused them years prior. This testimony was allowed pursuant
to propensity laws under the California Evidence Code. The client was
facing a potential sentence of 300-years-to-life. The client was a teacher
at three different schools spread across the United States, and the abuse
allegedly occurred from 1985 to 2001. Most of the seven men did not know
each other, therefore making a defense extremely difficult. The discovery
in the case was massive, making up over 18,000 pages and over 100 CD-roms
and DVDs. Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Greene flew in witnesses from across the
United States, as did the District Attorney’s Office. The client
did not testify, but the defense called a variety of witnesses. After
deliberating for four days, the jury announced not-guilty verdicts on
four counts. They were deadlocked on the remaining sixteen counts. The
District Attorney’s Office has announced that they will re-try the
client, but because of the four not-guilty verdicts on two of the men,
a life sentence is no longer an option for the prosecution.
From August to September 2015, Mr. Armstrong conducted a four-week jury
trial in El Cajon. His client was charged with twelve counts of child
molestation on eight different girls. A “life allegation”
was attached to the complaint was well, making the possible exposure 180-years-to-life.
The client had been an elementary school teacher at a small public school,
and all eight girls alleged that they had been touched by the client over
a period of nearly three years. Most of them alleged vaginal touching.
A ninth girl alleged the same type of conduct, and while the charge regarding
her was dismissed at the client’s preliminary hearing, the jury
was still allowed to hear from her based on propensity rules pursuant
to California law. Several of the girls did not know each other even though
they had all attended the same school. Mr. Armstrong had represented the
client on these charges since 2003 when they first surfaced; however,
the client was not arrested until 2014. Mr. Armstrong ended up calling
thirty-one defense witnesses in the trial, a record for him. After deliberating
for eight days (another record for him), the jury announced that they
had voted not-guilty on one girl and they were deadlocked on the charges
regarding the remaining seven girls. (The vote was leaning heavily toward
not-guilty.) After considering the state of the evidence, as well as the
jurors’ comments following the trial, the District Attorney’s
Office dismissed all eleven remaining counts several weeks later. The
client was therefore spared a life sentence. He was in custody for over
thirteen months before the trial and had lost a significant amount of
weight due to severe stress.
In April and May 2014, Mr. Armstrong conducted a three-week trial where
his client was accused of molesting five different alleged victims. Four
of the children were first cousins to each other, and the fifth was a
second cousin to them. At the time of the alleged touchings, they ranged
in age from six to thirteen. Mr. Armstrong's client was facing 270-years-to-life
if convicted of all eighteen charges filed against him. The five alleged
victims testified that they were touched, fondled, and masturbated by
the defendant. One of the female complaining witnesses testified that
she was raped both vaginally and anally by him over a long period of time.
The District Attorney's Office had two experts testify against Mr.
Armstrong's client, one of which was a medical doctor and one of which
was a social worker expert on "delayed disclosure" and related
issues. Mr. Armstrong called several family members to the stand, and
his client also took the stand and testified for several hours. After
three days of deliberations, the jury returned a not-guilty verdict regarding
one alleged victim. The jury hung on the counts regarding the other four
alleged victims (with the hung counts ranging from 8-4 for not-guilty
to an even 6-6 split to 7-5 for guilty).
In January 2014, Mr. Armstrong represented a man at trial who was accused
of molesting two of his young relatives. The jury trial took place in
El Cajon and lasted over two weeks. The jury selection alone took nearly
five days, but Mr. Armstrong felt very good about the jury when it was
finally picked. Both young relatives took the witness stand during the
trial and were very emotional. They testified that Mr. Armstrong's
client had molested them several times over a period of approximately
three years each. The prosecution called an expert who opined that young
victims of child molest often delay reporting, especially when the perpetrator
is a relative. Mr. Armstrong's client took the stand and testified
for several hours. He stated that he never molested his relatives. Other
defense witnesses testified that Mr. Armstrong's client always behaved
properly around children, and that the relatives in question always seemed
like they enjoyed being around their relative. The jury deliberated for
seven hours before they acquitted Mr. Armstrong's client of all eight
charges, saving him a potential prison sentence of 120-years-to-life.
Following the verdicts, several jurors actually cried and hugged the client
and Mr. Armstrong in the hallway and stated that they believed the client
was 100% innocent.
In April 2013, Mr. Armstrong won three out of four counts in a domestic
violence trial he conducted in San Diego. His client, a young businessman,
was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend twice in fifty
days. In the first incident in January 2013, the man was accused of slamming
his girlfriend's head against her car window, as well as kicking the
side mirror off of her car. In the second incident on Saint Patrick's
Day 2013, the client was accused of choking his girlfriend so severely
that she told police she saw stars and thought she was going to die. In
fact, the client was originally arrested on an attempted murder charge
relating to that incident. Both Mr. Armstrong's client and the client's
girlfriend were drinking a lot of alcohol in both incidents. Following
a three-day trial, Mr. Armstrong's client was acquitted of all three
domestic violence charges against him. The client was convicted only of
misdemeanor vandalism (for kicking the car mirror off). The client testified
at the trial and claimed self-defense in both incidents. Some of the jurors
were so incensed at the complaining witness that after they rendered their
verdicts, they asked Mr. Armstrong if the judge could order that the complaining
witness undergo counseling. Mr. Armstrong's client received no custody
for the vandalism conviction and was able to immediately get back to his
In January 2013, Mr. Armstrong tried a sexual battery case in San Diego.
The client, a young male, had originally been arrested for rape and digital
penetration, but the District Attorney's Office handed the case down
to the City Attorney's Office, which charged the client with sexual
battery. At trial, the complaining witness took the stand and testified
that Mr. Armstrong's client had snuck into her unlocked apartment
while she was drunk and sleeping. She alleged that she woke up to find
the client on top of her, and that he then digitally penetrated her with
his fingers and had both oral and vaginal sex with her, all against her
will. She testified that she screamed and he ran out of her apartment.
The client was located an hour later at his parents' house less than
two miles away. DNA tests revealed that the client indeed had sexual contact
with the woman. At trial, Mr. Armstrong cross-examined the complaining
witness for several hours, revealing her prior inconsistent statements
to law-enforcement and prosecutors. The client had a brain injury as a
child and decided not to take the stand as a result of his learning disabilities.
This put Mr. Armstrong in a very difficult situation, as it is nearly
impossible to win a sex case without the client taking the stand and telling
his side of the story. After a five-day trial and three days of jury deliberations,
the jury hung 6-6. Half of them stated that they believed the complaining
witness and half of them stated that they did not. Two days later, Mr.
Armstrong worked out a favorable plea-bargain for the client. He pled
guilty to simple battery and received no jail, no public work service,
no fine, no formal probation, and no sex offender registration. This was
essentially the same plea-bargain that Mr. Armstrong had offered the prosecution
before the trial; however, the offer was flatly rejected at that time.
In December 2012, Mr. Armstrong tried his fourth consecutive trial in twelve
weeks. Tired after being in trial for that period of time, Mr. Armstrong
faced one of his more daunting tasks--attempting to acquit a man accused
of molesting seven little boys. The client had been a substitute teacher
in San Diego County in 2010. Seven first-and-second-graders from two different
school districts claimed that the client had touched them inappropriately
in their classrooms. The alleged touchings consisted of hair sniffing,
back and thigh massages, kisses on their necks, and hand-holding. Mr.
Armstrong had the client testify. Mr. Armstrong also called a licensed
psychologist who had done a lot of professional testing on the client
and had concluded that the client did not have the characteristics of
a child molester. The jury deliberated for three days, and on Christmas
Eve came back with the best Christmas present that anyone could ever hope
for: acquittals on six of the seven counts. They were hung on the seventh
count, but the vote was 10-2 for not-guilty. The District Attorney's
Office then promptly dismissed that last count. The client, now a member
of the U.S. Army, was able to fly home to see his mother on Christmas
Eve and escape a possible twenty-year prison sentence.
In November/December 2012, Mr. Armstrong achieved probably the greatest
victory in his career. His client was facing 38 counts of forcible child
rape, forcible oral copulation on a child, and forcible child molest.
The client was facing 348-years-to-life on these 38 counts. The case seemed
almost impossible to win, as the judge allowed into evidence the fact
that the client had solicited prostitutes in the past, had confessed to
the detective that he had a "sex addiction," that he cheated
on his wife for many years, and that he had filed a "fake" divorce
petition under penalty of perjury. The prosecution was also able to introduce
evidence that hundreds of horrible incest anime photos were found on two
computers used by the client. However, Mr. Armstrong put his client on
the stand and the client explained that he had been a horrible husband
and father, but that he had never raped his daughter as she claimed. Mr.
Armstrong cross-examined the daughter for nearly four hours over two days,
methodically picking apart her story. After deliberating for several days,
the jury returned not-guilty verdicts on 37 counts. (The 38th count had
been dismissed by the prosecutor during the trial.) The client was able
to escape a lifetime prison sentence and get back to running his business
in San Diego.
In November 2012, Mr. Armstrong conducted a two-week trial where his client
was charged with premeditated attempted murder and assault with a knife.
Because of the premeditation allegation, the client was facing life in
prison if convicted. The client, a SDSU graduate with no prior record,
was accused of walking up to a homeless lady in Mission Valley and stabbing
her six times in the head, back, and chest for absolutely no reason. The
lady identified the client both at the preliminary hearing and at trial
as being the man who stabbed her. She pointed at him at trial and said
emphatically, "I will never forget your face." Video surveillance
at a nearby convenience store showed that the client was definitely in
the area around the time of the stabbing. Other circumstantial evidence
was found at his apartment, including a huge knife collection, "dark"
poetry about knives, and numerous internet searches about "serial
killers," "how to hold a knife during a fight," and "Dexter."
Also, the same brand of cigarettes that the lady had identified as being
related to the stabber were found in the client's truck. However,
after deliberating over three days, the jury returned verdicts of not-guilty
on both counts. One juror even told Mr. Armstrong after the trial that
most jurors felt that the case should have never even been filed by the
District Attorney's Office.
In August 2012, Mr. Armstrong tried a case where his client was charged
with four counts of oral copulation by intoxication and unconsciousness.
There were two complaining witnesses. Mr. Armstrong's client was a
former U.S. Navy corpsman who was gay. The two complaining witnesses were
young Marines who claimed to be straight. Both of them came over to the
client's apartment and drank heavily with the client. Both Marines
claimed that they passed out from drinking too much and then were awakened
at different parts of the night by Mr. Armstrong's client orally copulating
them. Both Marines further claimed that they were either so drunk (or
drugged) that they could not resist. Mr. Armstrong put his client on the
stand at the trial, and he also called a psychologist to testify about
"alcohol blackouts." After three days of deliberations, the
jury acquitted the client on both charges involving one Marine. They hung
on both counts for the second Marine (but the votes leaned heavily toward
not-guilty). The client is going to be re-tried in 2013.
In April 2012, Mr. Armstrong went to trial on a case where his client was
accused of road rage resulting in injury. The client had been driving
a large work truck and was accused of intentionally ramming into a motorcyclist
after the motorcyclist pulled out in front of him at Traffic Court. The
motorcyclist claimed that his knee, back, and arm had been injured in
the wreck. Before trial, the prosecutor bragged to Mr. Armstrong that
he would win the trial, and that Mr. Armstrong's client better take
the plea-bargain. The client refused and went to trial, testifying on
his own behalf. After a week-long trial and four hours of deliberations,
the jury acquitted Mr. Armstrong's client of all charges (assault
with a vehicle, battery, and reckless driving). The verdict was especially
satisfying to the client because it allowed him to keep his job, and because
his second child had been born just before the trial began.
In March 2012, Mr. Armstrong and another San Diego defense attorney teamed
together to represent a man accused of raping and sexually battering a
woman at Mission Bay. Both video surveillance and DNA linked their client
to the alleged crimes. Their client was arrested and could not bail out
of jail because his bail was so high. Not long before the preliminary
hearing, the attorneys received outside information that the complaining
witness had lied about whether the encounter was consensual or not. Mr.
Armstrong and the other attorney decided to hold a press conference that
was soon picked up by the national news media. The story even spread to
other countries around the world. Once the press conference gained a lot
of media attention, other witnesses came forward who were helpful to the
defense. Less than two weeks later, the District Attorney's Office
decided to drop all charges against the client. This occurred even before
the preliminary hearing, which is extremely unusual. In another stunning
move, the judge allowed the client to walk out of the courthouse a free
man (without having to be returned to the jail to process out of custody).
Mr. Armstrong, the client, and the other defense attorney then walked
the client across the street to a waiting press conference. The client
was still wearing his jail flip-flops as he spoke to the media members.
At that press conference, the client thanked the media for covering his
case so closely, which led to so many important defense witnesses to come
forward and eventually exonerate him.
In September 2011, Mr. Armstrong conducted a preliminary hearing on a child
molest case that had been filed against his client. After cross-examining
the complaining witness (a thirteen-year-old girl), as well as cross-examining
a detective who admitted that she had left crucial, exonerating information
out of her police report, the judge dismissed all charges against Mr.
Armstrong's client. The client was then allowed to return to his family
and children. The District Attorney's Office did not re-file the charges
against the client after the dismissal at the preliminary hearing.
In March 2011, Mr. Armstrong started a sexual battery, domestic violence,
and false imprisonment trial in San Diego. His client was accused of forcibly
digitally penetrating a female during a domestic violence fight, resulting
in fairly severe injuries to her vagina. The female also told police that
he hit her so hard in the face that she had blacked out. Several witnesses
were lined up to testify against the client, including two medical doctors,
a nurse, and two independent witnesses who had heard the female screaming.
Halfway through jury selection, a plea-agreement was reached whereby the
District Attorney's Office agreed to offer Mr. Armstrong's client
no jail, no public work service, and no sex offender registration (Penal
Code section 290). This occurred even though the female was ready to testify
for the prosecution and against Mr. Armstrong's client. Additionally,
the client was on felony probation at the time, but the agreement included
no custody for the probation violation.
In February 2011, Mr. Armstrong tried a very serious case where his client
was a juvenile charged as an adult. The client was arrested when he was
sixteen years old and charged with armed robbery and assault with a firearm.
He had allegedly put a revolver in a stranger's face and demanded
his money. The client was facing sixteen years in state prison. After
a week-long trial where identification was the main issue, the jury voted
not-guilty on all counts. Several jury members hugged Mr. Armstrong and
his client's mother and aunt following the verdicts. The client was
then released from custody and able to return home to his mother and sister.
In August 2010, Mr. Armstrong was able to reach an extremely favorable
plea-bargain in a military case. In a very unusual case charged at Camp
Pendleton in Oceanside, CA, Mr. Armstrong's client was a U.S. Marine
charged with poisoning his girlfriend two different times and causing
the death of two fetuses that she was carrying. The client faced two life
sentences in a military prison. After conducting a very successful Article
32 hearing that took two days, the case was reduced to attempted purchase
of a drug, and the client received only thirty days in the brig (as well
as an "other than honorable" discharge).
In August 2010, Mr. Armstrong's client was facing fifty-years-to-life
for allegedly having intercourse with a child under the age of ten. After
conducting the preliminary hearing and after negotiations with the District
Attorney's Office, the District Attorney's Office dropped the
charges against the defendant that carried life in prison. The client
was then able to reach a favorable plea-agreement that resulted in a huge
reduction in time than he originally was facing.
In March 2009, Mr. Armstrong's client was accused of beating his girlfriend
so severely that deep bruises covered over 85% of her body. Her nose was
broken as well. (The police arrested the client on torture charges.) Following
a jury trial, the client, a local college professor, was acquitted of
all charges. He went back to teaching, where he is still employed today.
In January 2009, a client of Mr. Armstrong's went to trial on charges
that he molested three different neighbor children. The jury hung on most
of the counts, returning not-guilty verdicts on only two counts. The client
then reached a plea-bargain on the hung counts and was spared from receiving
a life sentence.
In November 2008, Mr. Armstrong's client pled guilty to possessing
numerous child pornography images and videos (a felony). At the sentencing
hearing, Mr. Armstrong was able to convince the judge to reduce the charge
to a misdemeanor and not impose any custody. This is believed to be the
first time a San Diego County judge has done this since the law changed
in 2006 making the crime a felony.
In the fall of 2008, Mr. Armstrong successfully defended two police officers
in separate domestic violence cases. In the first case, an Oceanside Police
Department lieutenant was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend by dragging
her and hitting her. In the other, a female San Diego Police Department
officer was accused of putting her semiautomatic handgun into the mouth
of her husband during a domestic argument. Although the officers were
arrested in both cases, no charges were formally filed by the District
Attorney's Office in either incident after Mr. Armstrong became involved
in the cases.
In November 2007, Mr. Armstrong's client was accused of shooting a
drunk man in the back three times. Although the San Diego County District
Attorney's Office filed first-degree murder charges against the client,
Mr. Armstrong was able to get all charges dropped before the preliminary
hearing. (This dismissal was one of only a handful of such pre-preliminary
hearing murder case dismissals in San Diego County history).
In September 2007, Mr. Armstrong's client went to trial on several
charges of child molestation. The client was accused of molesting his
niece when she was a young girl. After hearing all of the evidence, the
jury hung 8-4 in favor of acquittal. Just before the retrial, Mr. Armstrong
worked out a plea-bargain where his client pled guilty to a misdemeanor
with no time in custody. Additionally, the client was not required to
register as a sex offender.
In July 2007, Mr. Armstrong won 32 of 34 counts of a high-profile child
molest trial in which three young students accused his client of touching
them inappropriately, kissing them, and showing them pornographic movies.
The verdicts were all not-guilty regarding two of the alleged victims.
The client was therefore saved from a life sentence in prison.
In June 2006, Mr. Armstrong's client was accused of gang rape,
kidnapping, forcible oral copulation, sodomy,
burglary, robbery, and sexual battery (23 counts in all). Following a four-week
trial, the client was acquitted of all charges and released from custody
(where he had been held for over eight months awaiting trial). Following
the verdict, jury members cried and hugged the client in the hallway.
In May 2006, a client of Mr. Armstrong's was acquitted of all counts
involving allegations that the client raped a federal prison inmate in
a correctional facility. Those not-guilty verdicts followed what Mr. Armstrong
considers to be the best closing argument by a deputy district attorney
that he has ever witnessed.
In 2006, Mr. Armstrong's client was accused of torturing his wife in
an all-day beating. The deputy district attorney assigned to the case
described the case as the worst beating she had ever seen where the victim
lived. Following a jury trial, the client was convicted of domestic violence
but acquitted of torture, therefore saving him from life in prison.
In September 2005, Mr. Armstrong received all not-guilty verdicts for a
client who was accused of shooting a man to death in the back with a shotgun during a
robbery. The case began as a capital case, and the client was facing life in prison
without the possibility of parole had he been convicted. The client still
lives in San Diego and remains in contact with Mr. Armstrong from time to time.
A few of Mr. Armstrong's past case highlights include:
- In 2004, a client of Mr. Armstrong's was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend
while placing a knife against her throat. The client was acquitted of
many of the charges, including the knife allegations (thereby saving the
client from a life sentence).
- In 2003, Mr. Armstrong's client was accused of raping an intoxicated
female at her apartment. The client was acquitted of all charges even
though a neighbor testified that he saw the female vomiting and nearly
comatose as she was being carried up the stairs over the client's shoulder.
- In 2002, Mr. Armstrong went to trial on a case in El Cajon where his client
(who was labeled by the prosecution as a white supremacist) was accused
of attempting to kill a migrant farm worker by kicking him, punching him,
and curbing him (placing the victim's mouth on a curb and then stomping
on the back of his head). The client was acquitted of most of the charges,
including acquittals on premeditated attempted murder, torture, robbery,
and the hate-crime allegation.
- In 2002, Mr. Armstrong's client was accused of forcibly raping his
wife. (The couple had just separated.) Just before trial, Mr. Armstrong
was able to subpoena surveillance video from a movie store where the client
and his wife were seen walking hand-in-hand from the store on the night
in question. After handing the video over to the District Attorney's
Office, the case was dismissed three days later on what would have been
the first day of trial.
- In 2001, Mr. Armstrong's client was accused of beating a man with The
Club (a car steering wheel locking device) following an argument over
the victim's poor driving skills. The case was reduced to a misdemeanor,
and the client received no time in custody.
- In 2000, Mr. Armstrong's client was charged with possessing 2,000 pounds
of marijuana in a van (in what is believed to be the largest marijuana
seizure that year that did not take place at the international border).
Mr. Armstrong was able to convince the judge to sentence the client to
local custody instead of prison.
- In 2000, Mr. Armstrong's client was facing 25-years-to-life on a Three
Strike's case. Mr. Armstrong was able to convince the judge to reduce
the new felony case to a misdemeanor, thereby saving the client from a
- In another domestic violence trial in 2000, Mr. Armstrong's client
was accused of slapping and pushing his wife, as well as secretly recording
her phone conversations. The jury voted not-guilty on both charges after
the wife was caught by Mr. Armstrong lying on the stand about her secret
- In his first domestic violence trial (in 1999), Mr. Armstrong received
not-guilty verdicts for a female client who was accused of punching her
ex-husband and slapping his new girlfriend so hard that one earring was
torn out of the new girlfriend's ear. Even though the client's
own children testified that their mother had committed the assaults, the
jury voted not-guilty on all charges.