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Cold Murder Case in Orange County, California


In 2013, Mr. Ledezma was part of the legal team that represented the defendant in the matter of People v. Raymundo Pereda,  OC Superior Court Case No. 12ZF0146.  Mr. Pereda was accussed of the 1995 murder of a 53 year old female victim.  The matter was tried in Orange County Superior Court.  


Child Endangerment Case Dismissed

FACTS: Defendant was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a collision.  Defendant's minor child was in the vehicle at the time of the collision.  Defendant was arrested and charged with felony child endangerment, driving under the influence and driving with a BAC of .20%, three times the legal limit.  

RESULT:  The prosecutor's first offer was 90 days in jail, 4 years of information probation and 9 months of DUI classes.  After extensive negotiations with the prosecutor, the child endangerment charged  was dismissed.  Defendant served no jail time and paid the standard DUI fines and fees.  Defendant was placed on 3 years informal probation.  

DUI Case Dismissed

FACTS: Defendant was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a colliding head on with another vehicle.  Defendant was subsequently charged with driving under the influence and having caused the collision by having driven his vehicle across the yellow lines and into the path of oncoming traffic.  

RESULT: Case dismissed.  

Felony Possession of Meth Case Dismissed

FACTS: Defendant was charged with possession of meth, a felony.  Defendant was among a group of individuals who were in the room when police entered residence to execute a search warrant.  The police observed the illegal drugs (later determined to be meth) on a table located in the middle of the room where defendant and four friends were.  All five individuals were arrested and charged with possession of meth.  

RESULT:  Case dismissed.  It should be noted that the co-defendants in the case pleaded guilty or entered a drug diversion program.  

Jail Sentence Modified to Save United States Marine's Career

FACTS: Defendant, an active US Marine, was charged with making criminal threats to a group of individuals.  Prior to the incident, Defendant had served honorably and had done two tours in Afghanistan.  Defendant returned from Afghanistan with undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The incident occurred during an psychological meltdown brought about by PTSD.  Defendant was appointed a public defender who advised him to plea guilty.  Defendant received a 30 day jail sentenced.  Prior to his jail report date, Defendant was notified by the Marine Corp that he would be dishonorably discharged due to the fact that he would be serving custody time in civilian jail.  Defendant retained our firm to modify his sentence and convert his jail sentence into an alternative type of punishment that would not require him to serve time in custody.  

RESULT: After extensive negotiations with the prosecutor and the sentencing court, Defendant's sentence was modified and his 30 day jail sentence was converted into 30 days of Cal-trans.  Defendant was not discharged from the Marines and continues to serve his country.  

Public Intoxication Case Dismissed

FACTS: Defendant was charged with public intoxication and urinating in public in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Defendant was observed by witnesses who called to police to report the incident.  On the date of trial, case was dismissed.

RESULT: Case dismissed