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Too clever by half: The switcheroo with a twist
By Barry Tarlow
RICO Report columns.
Bad judgment. Bad advice. Bad deal. The clients got hosed while the lawyers got away. At least, that’s the essence of what happened recently here in sunny Southern California.
In a new variation on an old trick, defense counsel succeeded in getting misdemeanor DUI charges against one client dismissed through the switcheroo technique. However, the victory was short-lived. The client and the client’s friend were subsequently charged with felony conspiracy to obstruct justice and false impersonation.
Cesar Castaneda was riding in the backseat of the car when the driver, his long-time friend, Christopher Jauregui was stopped and arrested for driving under the influence. Jauregui, exhibiting the judgment typical of an impaired driver, told police he was Castaneda and gave Castaneda’s birth date as his own. This was not Jauregui’s first experience in the criminal justice system. At the time of the drunk driving arrest, he was already being supervised on formal felony probation for a grand the
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