October 1, 2019

DefenseMap.com collects a wide range of information in the easiest way possible for clients, and it automatically guides clients to one of five case archetypes fitting their circumstances.

  1. New charges.
  2. Attempts to shorten incarceration (by sentence reduction, parole, pardon, clemency or otherwise).
  3. Appeals and postconviction efforts.
  4. Revocation of probation or parole.
  5. Expungement.

And within each of these types of cases are myriad possible issues of legal defenses, exculpatory and mitigating evidence, PTSD, adverse childhood experiences, adult stressors, addictive patterns, mood and functioning issues, and much more.

So obviously, no small sample of Defense Maps can reflect all possible issues.  We’ve chosen the following five because they are somewhat varied, they come from the amalgam of some actual cases (all names have been changed), and they show some of the power of DefenseMap.com in discovering, organizing, and highlighting information crucial to better case outcomes.

7 Sample Defense Maps in Adult Cases

1. Defense Map of Michael Peterson (new adult charge):

A 30-year-old man is in custody on (a) a charge of dealing prescription opiates and (b) a warrant for violating probation on a prior theft conviction.  The Defense Map reveals, among other things:

  1. A history of prolonged childhood sexual abuse that the client was pressured by family to “just move on from” with no treatment or counseling.
  2. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over that abuse and (later) deep guilt when the abuser went on to molest other children.
  3. A retreat starting in his early teens to alcohol and drug use to deal with this victimization, culminating in his opioid addition (and dealing to support that habit).
  4. Indications of multiple mood and functioning disorders and two suicide attempts.
  5. Extensive mitigation supported by a powerful Index of Supporters (with their names, credibility, contact information, and details of their anticipated assistance).

2. Defense Map of Bert Redding (new adult charge):

A 37-year-old man is charged with felony (second time) Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).  The Defense Map reveals, among other things:

  1. Details of a likely defense on the merits, with corroborating witnesses.
  2. A history of chronic alcohol abuse, likely fueled by the issues below.
  3. A seriously dysfunctional childhood including a history of family violence, several missing childhood assets, and PTSD from a childhood trauma.
  4. Mood and functioning issues including indications of depression and suicidal thoughts.
  5. Extensive mitigation supported by a powerful Index of Supporters (with their names, credibility, contact information, and details of their anticipated assistance).

3. Defense Map of Abigail Jenkins (adult felony case pursuing sentencing relief):

A 30-year-old single mother of 2 children is serving a 36-year sentence for aiding and abetting her abusive boyfriend’s methamphetamine dealing.  The Defense Map reveals, among other things, several previously uninvestigated matters, including:

  1. A history of two seriously abusive partners, including the live-in companion who got the client involved in assisting his drug dealing.
  2. A history of the alcohol abuse and relationship dependency.
  3. The details of an exceptional personal achievement and service while incarcerated.
  4. Extensive mitigation supported by a powerful Index of Supporters (with their names, credibility, contact information, and details of their anticipated assistance).

4. Defense Map of Charlie Calhoun (new adult charge with entrapment defense):

A 20-year-old man with strong family support, a solid work, and no criminal record is charged with 4 counts of delivery of crack cocaine to an undercover officer.  His Defense Map reveals, among other things:

  1. Powerful evidence of entrapment, including earlier resistance of the undercover officer’s attempts to involve the client in drug transactions.
  2. Extensive mitigation evidence including a responsible work history, community volunteering, and a highly supportive and responsible new family system.
  3. Indications of five mood and functioning issues.
  4. Extensive mitigation supported by a powerful Index of Supporters (with their names, credibility, contact information, and details of their anticipated assistance).

5. Defense Map of Garry Dillon (new death penalty charge):

A 29-year-old man is charged with two others in a death penalty case for the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old boy and his mother and grandmother.  While obviously only the beginning of a full death penalty defense, the client’s Defense Map reveals a wide range of essential evidence and leads:

  1. Evidence rebutting an intent to kill and the prosecution’s theory of the client as the triggerman.
  2. A history of sexual abuse, PTSD, parental abandonment, and other childhood deficits.
  3. A history of two suicide attempts and indications of six mood and functioning issues.
  4. A history of medically caused opioid addiction that led to the botched robbery and three homicides.
  5. Extensive mitigation supported by a powerful Index of Supporters (with their names, credibility, contact information, and details of their anticipated assistance).
  6. The client’s indication of nine specific topics he would like to discuss further with his counsel.

6. Defense Map of Pedro Martinez (new adult charge of PTSD-afflicted military veteran):

A 30-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran is charged with assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.  An extensive factual predicate is disclosed for the PTSD and alcohol abuse behind the event, along with a clean record before the defendant’s multiple tours of duty.

7. Defense Map of Dave Johnson (innocent inmate seeking postconviction/habeas review):

An arguably innocent man with a 70-year sentence is seeking legal assistance on a postconviction or habeas petition.  He wishes to appeal to an Innocence Project, law school clinic, or private firm willing to look at multiple issues that were being developed by a postconviction attorney who died after a brief illness.  The Defense Map discloses the following possible issues.

  1. Prosecution suppression of exculpatory AND evidence.
  2. Police and prosecution misconduct in suborning perjury from a jailhouse witness.
  3. Prosecution misconduct in multiple comments on the defendant’s failure to testify.
  4. Ineffective assistance of counsel in numerous respects.
  5. Actual innocence.

2 Sample Defense Maps in Juvenile Cases

1. Defense Map of James White (juvenile charge):

A 15-year-old boy is accused of delinquency for 4 months of truancy and possession of marijuana at the time of his arrest.  The Defense Map uncovers a prolonged family history of parental alcohol abuse, physical violence and divorce conflict that both marginalized and emotionally harmed the minor.

The Map also discloses significant options to assist the minor, including affording (and perhaps requiring) conflict resolution assistance of the parents.

2. Defense Map of Penny Willis (juvenile charge):

A 14-year-old girl is accused of delinquency for eight instances of running away and one act of arson.

Her Defense Map discloses a violent relationship between her parents, several features of PTSD related to witnessing that violence, and many accompanying life challenges.  It also discloses a history of highly responsible behavior on the part of the minor prior to the outbreak of the worst violence between her parents, along with several measures that could help both the client and her parents.

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