Giovanni Ramirez, a man who was trying to build his life back together after serving a prison sentence, spoke out after being released from incarceration following a parole violation. Mr. Ramirez was wrongfully accused of assaulting Giants fan Brian Stow outside Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011.
Mr. Ramirez was ordered to serve a 10 month parole violation sentence after law enforcement searched his residence and located a firearm. In relation to the beating of Brian Stow, Mr. Ramirez has been exonerated along with two other men arrested in July 2011.
Even though Mr. Ramirez was never charged in the bearing of Mr. Stow, the mere accusation has affected his life in an immeasurable way. "There was a point where I thought this kind of stuff only happens in movies - it felt like a giant conspiracy," Mr. Ramirez stated. His defense lawyer has insisted throughout the entire investigation that Mr. Ramirez has never even been to Dodger Stadium.
Unfortunately in the criminal justice system often law enforcement focuses in on a suspect to the exclusion of any other possible suspects. Instead of keeping an open mind and conducting a thorough investigation, law enforcement will often concentrate all efforts in identifying evidence against a person they determined was the likely culprit. Unfortunately this often means that evidence pointing to other suspects is overlooked.
If you have been contacted by police, don't wait to contact a defense attorney. Contacting a Bay Area criminal defense lawyer does not mean you have something to hide. Contacting a Bay Area defense attorney means you are ready to assert your rights as a citizen and fight against any possible accusations that law enforcement may seek to bring against you, in court or in the media. If you have been contacted by a local detective or a federal special agent, call us to discuss your rights.
Unfortunately, like in Mr. Ramirez's case, wrongful accusations happen more often than thought. Don't let your good name be smeared in the public media or in the criminal justice process. We will fight to restore your good reputation. Call our San Francisco office today for a consultation at (415)946-4020.