High attorney rankings, honors and awards are great indicators of a good attorney. However, successful case results are the best indicator of all. In criminal matters, success can result from getting charges downgraded, dismissed and significantly reducing a person’s jail exposure. Jury trial success is a very important factor to consider as well, because not all cases resolve pre-trial. In the event you elect to go to trial, it is important that you have an experienced criminal trial lawyer with a proven track record standing by your side ready, willing and able to go to bat for you. You do not need a plea bargain specialist, with very little trial or no trial experience, sitting next to you at the trial table trying to defend your most prized possession, your freedom. Courtroom experience, jury trial success and confidence are critical to a successful defense strategy. Shevelle McPherson is not only a top rated trial attorney, she is former prosecutor who has successfully tried thousands of cases and an experienced defense trial lawyer with a proven track record of jury trial success. She is often referred to as “Fierce” McPherson by her colleagues due to her aggressive litigation skills. She has a proven track record for not only winning cases, but winning cases that the evidence suggests are “unwinnable”.
Comm. vs. MC
Key Charge – Rape
Key Facts – Defendant (age 30) was charged with having forced sexual intercourse with his girlfriend’s younger sister (age 11) on several occasions
Purported Evidence – DNA recovered from victim that matched DNA of Defendant
Defense Trial Strategy – Challenge the credibility of the Scientific Evidence (DNA)
Result – Jury Trial Verdict: Not Guilty
Comm. v. KD
Key Charges – Illegal Carrying of a Firearm; Carrying a Firearm on a Public Street
Key Facts– Police received a radio call of a man with a gun. Police arrived and observed Defendant sitting on a porch. Defendant sees the police approach and allegedly drops a gun to the ground and pretends the gun on the ground is not his, although no one else was present.
Purported Evidence – Gun recovered next to Defendant’s feet
Defense Trial Strategy – Challenge the police credibility
Result– Jury Trial Verdict: Not Guilty
Comm. vs. GG
Key Charges – Rape; Sexual Assault
Key Facts – Defendant (30) is accused of having sexual intercourse with his neighbor KP (13) on several occasions. KP alleges to consent but is too young to consent (statutory rape)
Key Purported Evidence – Victim and Eye Witness testimony
Defense Trial Strategy – Challenge the credibility of the victim and eyewitness
Result – Jury Trial Verdict : Not Guilty
State v. C.I.
Key Charges – Kidnapping ; Robbery
Key Facts – Defendant is alleged to have, along with another, forced victim at gunpoint to a secluded area refusing to let victim leave then forcibly taking the victim’s money and personal property. Victim identifies Defendant in photo lineup as one of the perpetrators.
Key Purported Evidence – Identification of Defendant
Defense Strategy – Thorough Investigation, challenge the ID and the sufficiency of the facts and law respecting the kidnapping charge
Result– Motion to Dismiss Kidnapping Granted; All resulting charges dismissed
State v. GL
Key Charges – Attempted Murder; Firearms
Key Facts – Defendant accused of showing up to his ex-girlfriends house in Camden NJ then shooting her new boyfriend as the ex-girlfriend watched
Key Evidence – Eyewitness testimony
Defense Strategy – Challenge credibility of the witnesses and the Crime Scene Investigation
Results – Jury Trial Verdict: Not Guilty
Comm. v. PS
Key Charges – Aggravated Assault on Police, Reckless Endangerment, Terroristic Threats
Key Facts – Defendant was accused of disobeying police commands and then physically attacking police by striking the police officer numerous times
Key Purported Evidence – Several Police Eyewitnesses
Defense Strategy – Thorough Investigation and Challenge Police Credibility
Criminal Case Results – All charges dismissed after defense investigation uncovered a video, that the prosecutor’s knew about but failed to produce, from a nearby bus surveillance camera that captured the entire incident and showed the Defendant was the one viciously beaten by the police.
Civil Case Results – Federal Civil Rights law suit filed on behalf of the Defendant, alleging Police Brutality. The City ultimately settled paying Defendant (now the Plaintiff) significant monetary compensation.
State v. HC
Key Charges – Robbery, Firearms, Employing a Juvenile
Key Facts – Defendant was accused of robbing an individual at gunpoint, with the assistance of a juvenile co-defendant
Key Purported Evidence – Victim Identification of Defendant as perpetrator and statement of juvenile Co-Defendant
Defense Strategy – Challenge victim identification and credibility and the credibility of juvenile co-defendant’s statement
Results – Jury Trial Verdict: Not Guilty