A client hired Bryan after already proceeding to Criminal Court. The charge was a class-E felony Statutory Rape; a teenage victim told police that she had consensual sex with the client. The police detective interviewed some (supposed) witnesses and obtained what he assumed was corroboration to the alleged victim’s story.
Bryan reviewed all the evidence. He noticed that one of the witness’ stories had changed, which meant there appeared to be no evidence corroborating the alleged victim’s story. Bryan presented the case law on accomplice corroboration in statutory rape cases to the prosecutor. The State decided to “nolle prosequi,” meaning, they dropped the case without prosecuting. The case was immediately eligible to be expunged from public records.