June 23, 2020:Woman Gets Reduced Sentence in Fatal DUI Crash: In this case, the client had been charged with 25 separate charges for 2 DUIs occurring on separate days. The mandatory minimum sentence was 39 to 78 months but the actual sentence would have likely been closer to 60 to 120 months (i.e. 5-10 years) given the accident involved the death of one passenger and serious bodily injury to another. However, Attorney Carlson successfully fought to suppress the blood-intoxication evidence after it was obtained by police without a valid search warrant. Following suppression of the evidence, Attorney Carlson effectively negotiated a plea-bargain to 4 charges and a minimum sentence of 27.5 months (i.e. just over 2 years) in jail.
January 31, 2020:Woman Pleads Guilty in Amity Crash That Killed Passenger:After originally being charged with 25 crimes in 2 different DUI cases, Attorney Carlson negotiated a plea-bargain to 4 charges. The plea agreement will also eliminate the mandatory minimum 3 to 6 year sentence the defendant was facing if convicted. This conclusion resulted from Carlson successfully arguing that blood evidence was illegally obtained by police.
November 26, 2019: $1.25 Million Dollar Medical Malpractice Verdict: An Erie County jury awarded a major financial verdict to the estate of a woman who suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage after she sought medical care for persistent headaches. The lawsuit claimed that the doctor should have done more to investigate the cause of the patient’s headaches before her death.
September 13, 2019: NOT GUILTY Verdict – Felony Robbery Charge: Attorney Carlson successfully defended his client who was charged by City of Erie Police with felony Robbery, Theft by Unlawful Taking and Receiving Stolen Property. Following testimony taken during a 3-day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges.
November 7, 2018: NOT GUILTY Verdict – Drunk Driving Incident: Attorney Carlson successfully defended his client who was charged by PA State Police with DUI, Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle/Property, Notice of Change of Name or Address, Failure to Notify Change in Address, Operating Vehicle without Required Financial Responsibility, Disregarding Traffic Lane, Careless Driving, Failure to Stop and Give Information or Render Aid, and Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverages. Following testimony taken during a 1-day jury trial, the verdict was NOT GUILTY on all charges.
January 26, 2018: NOT GUILTY Verdict –1 Convicted, 1 Acquitted in Erie Drive-by Murder Trial: Attorney Carlson successfully defended his client who was charged by City of Erie Police with, among other things, Murder of the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Aggravated Assault, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, and Recklessly Endangering Other Persons. Following testimony taken during a 4-day jury trial and after nearly seven hours of deliberations, the jury of eight women and four men rendered a split decision finding one defendant guilty of first-degree murder and all other charges; he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no parole. Conversely, defendant Demond D. Mitchell, age 21, who was represented by Attorney John Carlson, was found NOT GUILTY of all charges. The verdict brought one of Erie County’s most recognizable and intricate homicide cases to a conclusion. Coverage of this case was televised on NBC/CBS.