Lisa Mulligan has been defending people against criminal charges for over fifteen years. She began her legal career by working for the Legal Aid Society (Prisoners Rights Project), the Innocence Project, and the New York Capital Defenders Office.
After graduating from New York University School of Law (currently ranked #6 in the country by US News and World Report), Lisa was awarded a fellowship position with a law office in South Carolina that provides legal representation to prisoners on death row. Upon completing that fellowship, Lisa began representing clients in Washington facing everything from simple misdemeanors to the most serious offenses, including capital murder. She has now handled hundreds of cases, including drug charges, property crimes, sex offenses, arsons, robberies, and domestic violence charges.
CHARGES DISMISSED: ATTEMPTED MURDER
The State accused the client of shooting a convenience store clerk in the course of a robbery. Lisa persuaded the prosecutor to dismiss all charges before trial by proving that it was a case of mistaken identity.
NOT GUILTY VERDICT: ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
The alleged victim in this case suffered serious injuries to the head after the client struck him with a metal pipe. The State argued that the client hit the alleged victim out of anger. Lisa showed the jury evidence that the client was simply protecting his girlfriend and her friend from a man who he knew was violent. In the middle of trial, Lisa convinced the judge to dismiss the Assault in the First Degree charge because there was not enough evidence to show that the client intended to permanently injure the alleged victim; the State then offered the jury a less serious charge, which they rejected in less than two hours.
NOT GUILTY VERDICT: ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE WITH A DEADLY WEAPON & UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
The State accused the client of shooting at his ex-wife’s new boyfriend. The client had previously threatened the new boyfriend with a gun. The client confessed to police that he fired a warning shot into the air. At trial, Lisa argued that the confession was coerced and that the allegations were made up by the client’s ex-wife because she was jealous of the client’s new wife.
NOT GUILTY VERDICTS & CONVICTION ON MISDEMEANOR: BURGLARY IN THE FIRST DEGREE, ASSAULT IN THE FOURTH DEGREE WITH SEXUAL MOTIVATION, ASSAULT IN THE FOURTH DEGREE
The alleged victim in this case was the client’s estranged wife. She claimed that the client had come into her house without permission and dragged her outside. She also described a separate incident where the client had sexually assaulted her. Lisa argued that there was not enough evidence to convict the client of doing anything other than entering the house without permission, and the jury agreed.
CHARGES SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED: POTENTIAL THIRD STRIKE OFFENSE OF ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE AMENDED TO MISDEMEANOR
The State initially charged the client with Assault in the Second Degree for hitting a woman with a rock. The client was facing a potential sentence of life without the possibility of parole for this charge because of his criminal history. After Lisa investigated the matter and presented the State with several witnesses who were prepared to testify that the client was hit by the woman first, the State agreed to resolve the matter with a plea to a misdemeanor of Assault in the Fourth Degree.
NOT GUILTY VERDICT: POSSESSION OF COCAINE WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE
State alleged that the client was involved in a sale of cocaine to an undercover police officer. Lisa persuaded the jury that the State had not offered enough evidence to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
NOT GUILTY VERDICT: TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE
State claimed that the client had tried to hit two people with his car, and that he maliciously drove the car into the car of one of the alleged victims. Lisa presented evidence that the incident occurred after the two alleged victims threatened and assaulted the client, and that the client backed into the other car in confusion as he was attempting to get away from them.
NOT GUILTY VERDICT: POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY IN THE FIRST DEGREE
The client was accused of working with a co-defendant to steal and resell merchandise from their employer. Lisa successfully argued that there was not enough evidence to prove that the client knew that the items he was selling were stolen property.
EACH CASE IS DIFFERENT – PRIOR RESULTS SHOULD NOT CREATE EXPECTATIONS ABOUT RESULTS IN ANY INDIVIDUAL CASE.