Success Stories

These case results comprise some of the greatest success stories for clients represented by The Maas Law Offices and are by no means the only success stories the firm has accomplished:

Heroin Possession Charge Dismissed
22 year old client arrested in possession of heroin was represented by Thomas Maas. Mr. Maas filed a motion arguing the client was illegally detained based on patently inaccurate information, was arrested without probable cause and searched unlawfully without benefit of a warrant. The District Attorney conceded the merit of the motion and dismissed the prosecution on the day set for hearing.


Heroin Possession Charge Dismissed
Client of Carol Long received dismissal of his pending prosecution for possession of heroin. Ms. Long successfully argued the police had violated her client's Fourth Amendment rights by entering his motel room without a warrant or any other justification that may have excused the initial warrantless entry.


Meth & Paraphernalia Charge Dismissed
Client of Thomas Maas received dismissal of her pending possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia case after Mr. Maas successfully argued that the discovery of the contraband inside her automobile was fruit of "consent" only gained after a constitutionally impermissible prolonged detention in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.


Cocaine Possession Charge Dismissed
55 year old Client charged with possession of cocaine base. Thomas Maas argued motion based on client being illegally detained, with an illegally prolonged detention and an involuntary consent to the search that led to the discovery of the evidence. Court granted motion to suppress evidence, Case Dismissed.


DUI Charge Dismissed
Client charged with misdemeanor DUI retained Thomas Maas to help him. Mr. Maas filed a motion to dismiss based on violation of his speedy trial rights, conceded by the prosecution. Case Dismissed.


Motion to Suppress Blood Results Granted
Thomas Maas successfully argued motion to suppress blood results in a Driving Under the Influence prosecution based on police negligence in not attempting to secure a warrant prior to compelling a blood sample from a suspected DUI driver. Court issued order excluding the blood result from the trial.


Child Abuse Charge Dismissed
Client charged with misdemeanor child abuse retained Thomas Maas. Mr. Maas filed a motion to dismiss based on a violation of his speedy trial rights, conceded by the prosecution. Case Dismissed.


DUI and Resisting Arrest Charges Dismissed
Client represented at trial by the Public Defender's Office was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting a peace officer. Solano County Superior Court appointed Thomas Maas to represent the appellant. Mr. Maas filed an appeal based on a denial of appellant's speedy trial rights, which was granted. Appellant's DUI and resisting convictions were vacated and the cases were dismissed.


DUI Charge Dismissed
US Air Force Airman arrested and charged with DUI. Thomas Maas filed motion to suppress evidence due to illegal detention, unlawfully compelled breath sample pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 23612(i) and illegal arrest. Case dismissed by District Attorney on date set for hearing.


Unlawful Firearm Possession Charge Dismissed
Client retained Maas Law Offices to defend him against allegations of unlawful firearm possession. Thomas Maas reviewed the case, filed a motion to suppress evidence based on illegal detention, unlawful pat-search - both by the unlawful action and violation of the proper scope of a pat-search, and illegal arrest. After vigorous hearing and additional briefing, the Superior Court granted the motion to suppress and dismissed the case.


Assault Weapon & Drug Possession Charges Dismissed
Client arrested in Solano County and charged with unlawful possession of assault weapons and possession of various contraband drugs for purpose of sale. The contraband was discovered after a warrantless search of the defendant's residence, followed by a second search pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court. Thomas Maas filed a motion to dismiss the case due to the illegal warrantless search tainting the application for warrant allowing a second search. Upon hearing on the motion, the Superior Court dismisses case, finding that the initial illegal search tainted the second search pursuant to warrant and that the exclusionary rule of Mapp v. Ohio applies to exclude all fruit of the initial warrantless search. All charges dismissed.


Prescription Drug DUI Evidence Suppressed
Mother of two retained Maas Law Offices to defend her against charges that she unlawfully drove while under the influence of prescription drugs. Thomas Maas filed a motion to suppress evidence, complaining that she was unlawfully detained and arrested. After hearing in the Superior Court, motion to suppress was granted, leaving no admissible evidence against the defendant.


Acquittal Won at Trial
Thomas Maas represented a client charged with felony assault after he and his brother were arrested and charged with beating a man who had been antagonizing them. His client hired another attorney at the inception of the case, but came to Maas Law Offices for help when his first attorney was unable to earn his confidence. Thomas Maas agreed to defend his client and secured an acquittal after two-week trial.


Acquitted of Domestic Violence
Thomas Maas represented a client charged with domestic violence against his wife of 27 years. His client was adamant he never intentionally harmed his wife, and the bruises covering her torso were from him restraining her from attacking him. A Solano County jury acquitted the defendant quickly after 3-day trial. You can view this client's testimonial here.


Thomas Maas represented a grandfather accused of sexually assaulting his grandson. If convicted, the grandfather faced 40 years to life in prison. The grandfather was jailed with bail set at an amount he could not afford. Mr. Maas moved the Court for bail reduction and once the motion was granted, Mr. Maas' client posted bail and returned home to his family. He denied ever harming his grandson and requested a trial. After a two-week trial, the jury could not reach a verdict and a "hung jury" was declared. The prosecution decided against re-trying the allegation and dismissed the case.


Thomas Maas represented a stepfather accused of sexually assaulting his step-daughter, having taken over the case from the Public Defender's Office after the defendant had been in jail almost two years. The defendant asserted his innocence and demanded a trial. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and a "hung jury" was declared. The defendant was offered a plea bargain with imminent release and decided against another trial, having been worn down by a lengthy pre-trial incarceration.


Client arrested in Napa County and charged with robbery, grand theft, accessory to a crime and two prior "strikes," which caused him to be facing 25 years to life in prison. His family hired Maas Law Offices to defend him. Thomas Maas presented his case at preliminary hearing and established the defendant's innocence through cross-examination of the complaining witnesses. The preliminary hearing magistrate dismissed the robbery and grand theft charge, which resulted in the "Three Strikes" allegation being dismissed and defendant's bail being lowered to an amount his family could post. The case later resolved for a misdemeanor plea to accessory after the fact with no additional jail.


Client retained Maas Law Offices to help defend against a DUI allegation in Solano County. Thomas Maas filed a motion to suppress evidence seeking to suppress the fruit of an illegal arrest. After hearing, the Court found the police violated the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights and excluded the blood test result from the evidence, leading the prosecution to reduce the charge to reckless driving with agreement to override the DMV suspension. The defendant was thus allowed to retain his driving privilege and avoid jail.


Defendant accused of child abuse retained Maas Law Offices to defend him in Napa Superior Court. Maas Law Offices fought for the defendant, arguing the defendant used reasonable discipline to rein in a wayward teenager. After the jury voted 10-2 for not guilty, the District Attorney dismissed all charges and the defendant returned to his employment.


College student retained Maas Law Offices to defend him against an allegation that he raped another student, who claimed to have been too intoxicated to consent. Maas Law Offices hired an investigator to quickly locate several witnesses who were able to prove the complaining witness was sober and had motives to fabricate the allegation against the defendant. Thomas Maas presented his client's case at preliminary hearing and the District Attorney dismissed the case after the hearing was concluded.


A young man who had been accused of sexually assaulting an acquaintance in a Fairfield motel room was acquitted after a jury trial. The complaining witness had accused the defendant of assaulting her in her sleep, but a local jury quickly acquitted the college student. The prosecution had offered the defendant a three year prison term with lifetime registration as a sex offender, instead of the eight year maximum term for the assault, but the defendant stood on his not guilty plea and demanded the trial that eventually led to his acquittal.


Defendant opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Solano County. Within weeks police raided and shut the business down. Defendant was charged in Superior Court with possession of marijuana for sale and retained Thomas Maas. After heavy pretrial litigation, the defendant insisted on proving his innocence at trial. After a one-week trial, defendant was acquitted of all charges by a jury of his peers, who found the dispensary was in substantial compliance with the Attorney General's Guidelines for legal operation of medical marijuana dispensaries.


Client represented by the Public Defender's Office accused in one consolidated complaint with six misdemeanor counts. Public Defender's Office declared a conflict of interest and the Solano County Superior Court appointed Thomas Maas to represent the defendant. Mr. Maas filed a petition for writ of mandate based on a denial of the defendant's speedy trial rights. The Solano County Superior Court issued the writ of mandate dismissing all the defendant's cases, leaving the defendant with a clean criminal record.


Defendant accused of DUI with .13% Blood Alcohol. Thomas Maas proved through cross-examination of police officer that he had illegally arrested the defendant in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Chemical tests suppressed by the Solano County Superior Court. After unsuccessful District Attorney appeal of the ruling, all charges dismissed.


Stepfather accused of sexually assaulting his daughter and was incarcerated. After thorough investigation of the claims made by investigators retained by Maas Law Offices, the minor recanted. Thomas Maas presented her as a witness, where she explained she hoped by falsely accusing her stepfather, her biological father would return to live with her. The Superior Court judge found her credible and dismissed the case.


Incarcerated Defendant suffering from cancer was accused of multiple counts of forcible sexual assault against a teenage family friend he had helped care for during times of conflict with her mother. Defendant was represented by Public Defender's Office for nearly one year with no resolution. Thomas Maas agreed to take defendant's case and he was acquitted by a jury of all charges after trial.


Defendant accused of DUI with .15% Blood Alcohol, wrecked his automobile. Thomas Maas proved through cross-examination of police officer that the officer lacked the requisite knowledge of proper administration of field sobriety tests to arrest the defendant lawfully. Solano County Superior Court grants motion to suppress evidence and excludes chemical tests. All charges dismissed.


Man charged with robbery with prior strike allegation was facing 17 years in prison. Thomas Maas assumed representation of the defendant after preliminary hearing and developed investigation to show neck tattoo of the robber did not match defendant and the height of robber was significantly shorter than defendant based on surveillance video. Trial proceeded in January 2010 and defendant found not guilty on all charges.


Attempted murder charges - Defendant facing attempted murder charges, with two prior strikes, facing life in prison. Case dismissed at preliminary hearing after Judge ruled it was self defense


Client charged with forcible rape and sodomy during burglary with firearm allegations. Client facing mandatory life sentence. Jury returns not guilty verdicts; case dismissed.


Young father arrested for drug transportation retained Thomas Maas. After reviewing the case, Mr. Maas filed a motion to suppress evidence, arguing and demonstrating that the arrest was illegal due to being the fruit of an illegally prolonged detention and therefore fruit of the poisonous tree. Solano County District Attorney's Office concedes the illegality and dismisses the prosecution altogether, allowing the young client to retain his employment.


Client convicted of felony domestic violence at trial represented by Solano County Public Defender. Jury verdict thrown out after new trial motion argued by Thomas Maas was granted. Client found NOT GUILTY at second trial when represented by Thomas Maas.


Young defendant arrested due to police locating a firearm in his garage. His family contacted Thomas Maas for help. Mr. Maas retained an investigator who located a witness the police never contacted. The defense provided the witness statement to the prosecution, who refused to dismiss the case. The witness cleared the defendant at preliminary hearing and a Superior Court judge dismissed the case despite the prosecution arguing the witness was falsely "taking the rap."


Defendant arrested and charged with illegal possession for sale of methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms and several illegal assault rifles. Police had secured a 134-page search warrant and affidavit. Police seized a large amount of cash and the defendant's car. After securing bail for the defendant, Maas Law Offices investigated the case to prepare briefs attacking the warrant.

The Superior Court quashed the search warrant in May 2008, based on the legal authority presented and the argument of Thomas Maas. The District Attorney then re-filed charges in July 2008. The Superior Court again squashed the warrant in October 2008 based on authority argued by Thomas Maas.

The District Attorney filed a motion to reinstate the complaint in November 2008, and the Superior Court denied that motion, resulting in a third dismissal of charges against the defendant in March 2009.

The defendant's money and car were returned to him by the arresting agency.

Click here to see the article about this case in the Fairfield-Suisun Daily Republic.


Murder charges- Client facing life in prison - reduced to accessory after the fact; given credit for time served.


Client accused of exploding bomb with intent to cause great bodily harm; prior strike enhancement charged. Jury returns not guilty verdict on all counts.


Father of two charged with sexual intercourse with family babysitter. Jury returns not guilty verdict on all counts.


College freshman charged with obstructing police officers. Jury returns not guilty verdict in 10 minutes.


Client charged with possession of methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana and arming with assault rifle. Case dismissed by Court because of illegal search warrant argued by Thomas Maas.


Client charged with possession for sale of methamphetamine and out-on-bail enhancement. Case dismissed by Court because of illegal detention argued by Thomas Maas.


Client charged with possession for sale of methamphetamine, firearm possession and prior convictions for selling methamphetamine. Case dismissed by Court because of illegal arrest argued by Thomas Maas.


Client charged with possession of cocaine base for sale. Case dismissed by Court because of illegal detention and search argued by Thomas Maas. Case was later re-filed by prosecution. Case was dismissed a 2nd time by Court for illegal detention and search argued by Thomas Maas.


Client charged with 10 counts of assault with deadly weapon (BB gun) after warrantless home search by police. Case dismissed by Court for illegal home entry argued by Thomas Maas.


Client charged with child neglect after CPS workers stormed her house and took pictures of interior without client’s consentCase dismissed by Court for illegal home entry argued by Thomas Maas.