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Shapiro wins another DV trial

Micah Shapiro won a trial Jan. 12 in Clark County District Court for a client in a domestic violence case.

Jurors deliberated fewer than 15 minutes before returning a not-guilty verdict for the client, who was charged with malicious mischief in the third degree and harassment, both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail.

His client was arrested in July 2023 after his wife called 911. She told the dispatcher, and responding officers from the Vancouver Police Department, that our client did not live with her and was refusing to leave her home. She also said he had damaged her property and had threatened her by saying, “I’m going to off you.”

A few weeks after his arrest, his wife filed a motion to have the no-contact order lifted. She told a judge that she wanted her husband to come home and that she should never have called 911.

The order was lifted.

At trial, she acknowledged that she had lied when she said her husband hadn’t been living with her at their duplex. She said that she hadn’t slept well in the nights leading up to this incident due to pain from kidney stones, and then she had surgery. She said she was still in a haze from the surgery when she called 911 and she exaggerated everything to officers. She said she was on post-operation medications that were very strong and that she wasn’t thinking clearly. She stated that she had thought there was damage to the home, but when she had time to inspect further, she realized that her husband had made improvements to the home.

During closing argument, Shapiro told jurors that the alleged victim’s testimony was credible, and that the prosecution had not met its burden of proof because their witnesses did not establish that his client had caused any damage or made any threats.

Tags: criminal law, not guilty, domestic violence, Clark County, Micah Shapiro

Jeffrey D. Barrar, P.S.: Vancouver Defenders Jeffrey D. Barrar, P.S.
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