Client was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly striking her minor step son during an argument at home. The child had bruises on his buttocks and claimed to have been struck many times by Client. Client explained to police that the child had a history of greatly exaggerating things, but to no avail. Defense counsel's clinical background working with children diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and ADHD aided negotiations. Counsel presented evidence to the State that the child was diagnosed with ADHD and had a history of behavioral problems.
The State agreed to dismiss the battery charge after 12 months through a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA).