Facts: It was alleged that the defendant committed an armed robbery with a firearm while wearing a mask. As charged, the crime was a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison with a ten year minimum mandatory pursuant to the 10/20/Life law.
Outcome: After numerous deposition and relentless investigative work, Mr. Sobel convinced the state attorney to drop the firearm aspect of the crime as the evidence showed it was unwinnable. With that agreement, Mr. Sobel filed a motion for a downward departure sentence. After a long sentencing hearing where an expert testified, the court sentenced the defendant to 4 years of probation.