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2014 Obtained Acquittal in Attempted Murder Trial

Jury Finds Not Guilty of Attempted Murder

Miguel Torres was facing up to 10 years in prison for charges of attempted murder in the first degree for hitting a man with his vehicle and dragging him for about half a mile. John accepted the case and vigorously defended his client.

The jury found that although Mr. Torres had hit the man and drug him, causing substantial injury, that he did not intend to do so. Mr. Torres was acquitted of all attempted murder charges and was instead found to have been recklessly dangerous in the operation of his vehicle.


2014 Father Found Not Guilty of Child Abuse

Acquitted on All Counts of Child Abuse at Court-Martial

When his client found himself being unjustly accused of physically abusing his child, he turned to John Schum for help. John obtained the necessary medical experts and made trips for hearings on the mainland and in Japan - the location where the Court-Martial was convened.

After a long fight, his client was found Not Guilty on all charges of child abuse and was able to be reunited with his family and continue in his military career.

-Name omitted for privacy


2014 Judge Finds Not-Guilty in Meth Trial

Not Guilty on 3 Counts of Drug Related Charges

With his client facing 4 counts of drug related charges for Methamphetamine found in his vehicle, John's client trusted John to plead his case before a judge, rather than a jury. At the bench trial, the judge found John's client Not Guilty of meth trafficking in the first degree, promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree, and promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree. His client stayed out of jail and only received probation for being in posession of items related to drug use.

-Name omitted for privacy


2014 Successful Representation in Sex-Assault Trial

Not Guilty Verdict at Court-Martial

John Schum successfully saw his client through a Military Trial where the defendant was accused of rape. The jury acquitted his client of these charges, though alcohol was involved in the incident.

In the military and in the civilian world, a conviction of a sexual crime requires that the defendant then register as a sex-offender and often is career ending. If you've been accused of sexual misconduct, contact John Schum today.

- Name omitted for privacy


2013 Represented Client Through Murder Trial

Acquitted of Murder

John Schum successfully navigated a murder trial, where his client, Zorro Rye, was accused of the gang related shooting death of a man in the Chinatown district of Honolulu, Hawaii. John represented his client through two trials, the first of which was a hung jury resulting in a mistrial. In the second trial, his client was found Not Guilty of Murder and Firearms Posession.


2013 Successful Representation in Sex-Assault Trial

General Court-Martial, Not Guilty Verdict

John's client was facing a possible life sentence for 10 counts of sex assault. John's representation brought his client through trial with not-guilty verdicts on all counts. His client is able to move on with his career and his life with a clean record.

- Name omitted for privacy


2013 Best Verdict Expected in Shooting Trial

Found Not Guilty of First Degree Attempted Murder

Although his client, Toby Stangel, was convicted on two out of seven counts of attempted murder and numerous counts of reckless endangerment, John Schum successfully obtained a Not Guilty verdict of First Degree Attempted Murder of Police Officers, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

As the defendant never contested any of the events, but merely claimed that his actions were not intentional, this was one of the best outcomes he and his defense attorney could have hoped for.


2013 Not Guilty Judgment in Prostitution Case

Not Guilty in a Pay for Prostitution Bench Trial

After being accused of soliciting an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute, the Defendant contacted our office. John fought for him, and his client was found Not Guilty by the Judge. This preserved the client's clean record and prevented him from having to register as a sex-offender.

-Name omitted for privacy


2013 Desired Outcome in Excessive Speeding/ Racing

Negotiated to Reduce Charges to Normal Traffic

John Schum successfully negotiated with the Prosecutor to have excessive speeding charges reduced to regular speeding and to have the racing dropped from the charges against his client. His client only had to pay normal traffic ticket fees and was spared having a misdimeanor on her record.

- Name omitted for privacy


Obtained Pardon for Client

Sometimes we make mistakes that we really regret and learn from, but the consequences can haunt us for the rest of our lives. Decades after she made a mistake and paid everything the court ordered her to, John Schum's client found that her criminal record prevented her from continuing in her carreer though she had only this one blemish from an indescretion decades before.

She contacted John, and he helped her fill out the paperwork, go through the interviews, and successfully obtain a pardon, which cleared her record and allowed her to continue living her life. You can contact John, and he will evaluate your situation and honestly let you know your chances of obtaining a pardon.

-Name omitted for privacy


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