Mr. Truslow has obtained numerous Not Guilty verdicts in jury trials. The list of successful outcomes obtained by Mr. Truslow would be too lengthy to list. The following is a small sampling of results:
CRIMINAL JURY TRIALS, APPEALS AND RESOLUTIONS
Truslow represented a young man charged with the offense of Murder. Following a five-day jury trial and 15 state witnesses, Truslow obtained a verdict of Not Guilty.
FELONY DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (FDUI) WITH DEATH RESULTING
Truslow represented a woman charged with felony DUI with death resulting, and two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury. The allegations were that the client, who was driving on the wrong side of the road, was under the influence of alcohol, which was the cause of the accident. The client’s blood alcohol content was .118. Following a week long jury trial involving more than 20 witnesses, expert witnesses, video evidence, and other exhibits, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty after six hours of deliberation.
FELONY DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (FDUI) WITH DEATH RESULTING
The client was charged with felony driving under the influence (FDUI) with death resulting. Truslow investigated the case, and built the strongest defense possible with the evidence involved. Additionally, Truslow compiled strong mitigation evidence. Prior to trial, the client was given the opportunity to enter a guilty plea to reckless homicide. The client entered the guilty plea, and received a suspended sentence, avoiding any time in jail.
HOMICIDE BY CHILD ABUSE
Truslow represented a father wrongly accused in the death of his child in a highly publicized trial. The State prosecutors called numerous witnesses, including medical expert witnesses. Following the trial of the case, the jury returned verdicts of Not Guilty on all counts.
Truslow represented a young man indicted for Armed Robbery, Burglary 1st Degree, Kidnapping (2 counts), Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Offense, and Assault & Battery 1st Degree. Following a four-day jury trial, the defendant was not convicted of any of the charges.
Truslow represented a client charged with Trafficking Cocaine (more than 400 grams), and thereby facing at trial, Truslow pursued a novel defense of Sentencing Entrapment. Following a four-day trial the jury did not convict the client.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OF A HIGH AND AGGRAVATED NATURE
Truslow represented a client wrongly accused of Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature. The client was facing a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison. Following the trial of the case, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.
FEDERAL COURT TRIAL – ARMED ROBBERY
Truslow represented a client in a federal court trial involving a 10-count indictment pursuant to the Hobbs Act. The indictments alleged 5 Armed Robberies over a period of 2 months. The client faced a sentence well in excess of 100 years if convicted of all the alleged Armed Robberies. Following a lengthy trial, the jury returned verdicts of Not Guilty on 4 of the Armed Robberies, and guilty of only 1.
POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE NARCOTICS (PWID), THIRD OFFENSE
Truslow represented a young man accused with PWID Crack Cocaine, PWID Heroin, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Following a three-day jury trial, the defendant was not convicted of any of the charges, and went home to his wife and children.
Truslow represented a client indicted for Insurance Fraud by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. The client was facing a potential sentence of 8 years and restitution in excess of $20,000. Following a lengthy trial, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on the felony offense, convicting the client of only the misdemeanor offense, resulting in a sentence of 1 year of probation, and the client was not required to pay any restitution.
HARASSMENT, SECOND DEGREE
Truslow represented an individual charged with the offense of Harassment 2nd Degree. Following a jury trial, Truslow obtained a verdict of Not Guilty.
POSSESSION OF COCAINE
Truslow appealed the conviction of a client sentenced to 5 years in prison for felony drug possession. Truslow argued to the South Carolina Court of Appeals that the arresting officer lacked probable cause to initiate the traffic stop of the client that led to the discovery of the drugs. The traffic stop was based solely on the ground that the client’s vehicle displayed temporary tags. The Court of Appeals agreed, reversed the conviction, and the client was released from prison. The State of South Carolina subsequently revamped the system of temporary paper tag usage.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
Truslow represented an individual required to register as a sex offender for life as a result of a 1979 conviction for Indecent Exposure. The conviction was based upon the client being caught “skinny dipping” at the age of 19. In 1994, under South Carolina law, the client was required to register as a sex offender for life. Despite a change in the law in 1996 permitting a Judge to determine whether the sex offender registry was required for Indecent Exposure based upon the circumstances of the particular case, the trial court denied the client the use of the new change in the law, ruling that the new change was not retroactive. Truslow appealed this decision, and the South Carolina Court of Appeals reversed the trial court, finding that the new change in the law was retroactive. As a result, the client was removed from the sex offender registry.
POSSESSION OF FIREARM
Truslow represented a client convicted of a Municipal Court gun possession offense. Truslow appealed the conviction, arguing that the Municipal Ordinance was unconstitutional. The Appellate Court agreed, and reversed the conviction.
DUI ADMINISTRATIVE SUSPENSION
Truslow successfully appealed license revocation for refusing to provide a breath sample for a DUI arrest to the S.C. Court of Appeals. The lower court opinion was reversed, and the client’s driving privileges were restored.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI)
Truslow represented a client convicted of Driving Under the Influence. Truslow appealed the conviction, trying that the case should have been dismissed as a result of an incomplete videotape required to be produced in Driving Under the Influence cases. The Appellate Court agreed, and reversed the conviction.
Prior to jury trial on the charges of trafficking cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, narcotic pain medication and illegal mushrooms, Truslow argued a motion to suppress all evidence based upon an illegal search pursuant to the 4th Amendment. The trial judge granted the motion and all charges were dismissed.
Truslow represented an individual charged with murder. Following a hotly litigated preliminary hearing, the judge found no probable cause existed and the charge of murder was dismissed.
Truslow represented a client charged with felony drug possession. The client was detained by security officers at a local establishment, and subsequently searched by law enforcement. Following the litigation of the motion to suppress the drug evidence based upon a claim of an illegal search just prior to jury selection, the evidence was suppressed, and the case dismissed.
Truslow represented a client charged with Accessory Before the Fact of Assault with Intent to Kill. The charge was based upon a shooting in Myrtle Beach. Following the Preliminary Hearing held in the case, the case was dismissed.
Truslow represented an individual charged with Driving Under the Influence and registering a .19 breath alcohol content. Truslow filed and argued a motion to dismiss based upon the unreliability of an anonymous tip as probable cause to initiate a traffic stop of the client. The Presiding Judge granted the motion, and dismissed the case.
Truslow represented a client charged with Driving Under the Influence. Truslow filed and argued a motion to dismiss based upon an incomplete videotape required by law. The Presiding Judge granted the motion, and dismissed the case.
Truslow represented a Public Official in a criminal property tax case. Following the State’s presentation of evidence, the Presiding Judge granted Truslow’s motion for a directed verdict of Not Guilty.