Successful Defense of High Profile Criminal Case – Dinwiddie County

February 7, 2018 – Civil rights attorneys Tom Roberts and Amari Harris successfully defended  former Dinwiddie County Deputy Hector Jimenez in a high profile criminal case.   Mr. Jimenez had been charged with two felonies: taking indecent liberties with a minor in violation of VA Code § 18.2-370(A)(4), with potential imprisonment of between 1 and 10 years, and aggravated sexual battery in violation of Va. Code § 18.2-67.3(A)(4)(a), with potential imprisonment of between 1 and 20 years. On February 7, 2018, the state dropped the charges against Mr. Jimenez.

 

The prosecutor explained to the court on Wednesday that Mr. Jimenez had hired two very competent and aggressive attorneys that she expected would thoroughly cross-examine the complaining juvenile witness and her father. The prosecutor stated that the juvenile’s father was involved in a contentious custody battle and had a criminal and mental health history.  

 

The juvenile’s mother was less than 5 feet from Mr. Jimenez and her daughter at the time of the alleged incident.  Three other people were also in the room at the time of the alleged incident.  All were prepared to testify that the allegations were false.   The juvenile’s mother had consistently denied that the incidents took place or that her daughter had ever reported the incidents to her until after the juvenile moved out of the mother’s home.  

 

The juvenile was never alone with Mr. Jimenez. The allegations were made over 1 ½ years after the alleged incident at a time when a contentious custody battle between the juvenile’s parents was on the horizon.  The girl’s mother had dated Mr. Jimenez for only about 5 weeks.

 

Mr. Jimenez had numerous reputation witnesses, ready to tell the jury of his strong reputation, and his squeaky clean service both in the military and in law enforcement.

Mr. Roberts was prepared to cross-examine the state’s witnesses.

 

Attorney Harris stated, “Our client maintained his innocence throughout and was prepared to defend his reputation and to present credible witnesses at trial who would have testified that they were present and the incidents as alleged did not occur.”  Attorney Roberts stated, “It is important to remember that the law holds all defendants innocent until proven otherwise. We are committed to holding the government to this high standard that separates us from uncivilized and totalitarian societies.  This is the reason that we have earned a reputation for being competent and aggressive.”

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Tom Roberts, Esq.
Amari Harris, Esq.
Amari Harris, Esq.

 

 

 

 

Attorney Tom Roberts, Esq.

Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC

105 S 1st Street

Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 783-2000 x 105

www.robertslaw.org

 

Attorney Amari Harris, Esq.

Hull Street Law, a division of

Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC

1010 Hull Street

Richmond, VA 23224

(804) 230-4200 x 111

www.hullstreetlaw.com