The Orange County Superior Court has been at the center of a widely publicized
scandal in recent weeks, and Attorney Virginia L. Landry recently provided
her insight on the story in an article published in today’s
Los Angeles Times.
The scandal - which involves the fixing of roughly 1,000 DUI and traffic
court cases - has drawn attention from local residents, the media, and
the FBI. Below are some details about what’s happening:
- OC Superior Court officials have stated that there are about 1,000 DUI
and traffic cases dating back to 2010 that were illegally resolved. All
cases have been linked to one clerk who recently left their job in recent
months. The clerk’s name has not yet been released.
- In many of the affected cases, charges and penalties were heavily reduced.
In some, defendants were never punished. Many attorneys were also linked
to clients and cases on court records, despite the fact that they never
- Officials are working to correct all affected cases and are continuing
to summon defendants and attorneys for re-examination of their situation.
- An OC public corruption task force and officials from the FBI are investigating
the illegal resolutions.
Having represented clients charged with traffic offenses, DUIs, and other
criminal offenses throughout Orange County for many years, Attorney Landry
was able to provide her take on the situation - telling the
Los Angeles Times that attorneys from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. and other
OC defense firms have been called to the court for clients they have never
heard of before. It is believed that attorney names were illegally used
to make the false resolutions look legitimate.
As OC officials and investigators continue to sort out the debacle, Attorney
Landry and our legal team remain intent on fighting for clients who stand
accused today. This scandal - while certainly rare - also helps highlight
the fact that the criminal justice system is far from perfect, and that
anyone who has been charged with a crime needs a seasoned attorney by
their side to protect their rights.
You can read the full
LA Times article