The Litwak Law Group
Arizona Criminal Defense & Civil Litigation Attorney
Jack Litwak Speaks With News 12 About The Impact of Covid-19 on People Accused of Committing Crimes – What Attorneys Should Be Doing to Protect Them
Weeks ago, COVID-19 cases in Arizona were in the double digits. Today we have 1,157 cases with 20 deaths. Jails are an absolute breeding ground for this virus due to increased crowding, delays in medical evaluation and treatment, rationed access to soap, water, and clean laundry, insufficient infection-control expertise, and prohibitions against the use of proven harm-reduction tools. When this hits Arizona Jails it is going to explode see Legal Aid NYC Infection Stats. The result will be devastating to a population of high risk individuals who are presumed innocent, many of which suffer from underlying conditions.
Mr. Litwak, and his colleague Richard Gaxiola, spoke with 12 news to highlight the importance of motions to modify release conditions to protect their clients, jail staff, attorneys, and the community. https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/valley/defense-attorneys-across-the-valley-are-trying-to-get-their-clients-out-of-jails-and-prisons-due-to-covid-19/75-7f3635a1-529c-4488-830c-ff045f32e872
For those accused of violent offenses, a case by case approach should be taken to explore alternative options to protect the community. For all other cases, we ask the court to follow states like New Jersey and release people sitting in jails. See NJ Consent Order.
The moment Mr. Litwak met Mr. Molina, within 24 hours of his arrest, he knew he was absolutely innocent and wrongfully accused of the First Degree Murder charge. Yet officers somehow refused to see it—to look to evidence such as possible alibi witnesses and to look at text messages that supported those witness statements before they arrested Mr. Molina. Instead they relied on a drag net that uses data to show the physical location of the device accessing the google account, not the location of the actual account holder. They believed that Mr. Molina was at the scene of the murder at the time the of the murder because his google data appeared to show that his google account may have been there. Mr. Litwak, within 48 hours of Mr. Molina’s arrest, set out to obtain independent evidence that completely contradicted law enforcement’s claim. Mr. Litwak interviewed numerous witnesses who provided a very clear alibi: that Mr. Molina was not at the location the murder took place at the time it occurred. Mr. Litwak collected text messages and screen shots from the witness’s uber accounts and transactions that corroborated their interviews. Mr. Litwak submitted everything to the prosecutors office demanding Mr. Molina be released and that they not pursue charges against Mr. Molina as he was very clearly innocent.
The arrest and charge have permanently changed the course of Mr. Molina’s life. He was arrested at work, subsequently lost his job, had to drop out of school, had his car repossessed because the police held it for months, and had his mugshot plastered all over the internet forever associated with the accusation of Murderer. What happened to him was entirely unjust. The Litwak Law Group sets out to protect people from injustices such as this one.
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The National Trial Lawyers Announces Jack Litwak as One of Its Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Arizona
For Immediate Release
The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Jack Litwak of Litwak Law Group in Phoenix has been selected for inclusion into its Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Arizona, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 40 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law.
The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization comprised of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in criminal defense or civil plaintiff law. The National Trial Lawyers provides accreditation to these distinguished attorneys, and also provides essential legal news, information, and continuing education to trial lawyers across the United States.
With the selection of Jack Litwak by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, Mr. Litwak has shown that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a trial lawyer. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research. As The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 is an essential source of networking and information for trial attorneys throughout the nation, the final result of the selection process is a credible and comprehensive list of the most outstanding trial lawyers chosen to represent their state or region.
To learn more about The National Trial Lawyers, please visit: http://thenationaltriallawyers.org/.
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