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Samuel “Chuck” Ward named to the American Society of Legal Advocates “Top 40 Under 40”- 2013
Samuel “Chuck” Ward named to Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2012
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.
Super Lawyers magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.
No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.
Samuel “Chuck Ward named to “Top 40 Under 40,” by National Trial Lawyers-2012
The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 is a new professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys. Membership intoThe National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40.
The Top 40 under 40 is restricted to only 40 attorneys per state per year and each attorney must be under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2012. Attorneys must also specialize in the areas of civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. Each candidate must also be in good standing with the state licensing board and must never have been subject to disciplinary action.
Not Guilty Verdict in Less Than 17 Minutes
February 6, 2012 – In an aggravated battery trial, the defendant was aquitted by unanimous verdict in Clinton, Louisiana. Client was accused of striking alleged victim in the face with a brick causing over $11,000.00 in medical bills.
Not Guilty Verdict in Second Degree Murder
June 2011 – Following a 3 day jury trial, an East Feliciana jury returned a unanimous “Not Guilty” verdict in under an hour. Client was accused of beating, driving over, and burning the deceased. Evidence was produced at the time of trial that he was not present at the scene of the murder, and had actually told the police of his alibi and alibi witnesses within days of the crime.
Motion to Supress Granted
2011 – Ascension Parish- Client charged with conspiracy to possess over 15 pounds of marijuana. Only evidence against him was text messages from alleged co-consipirators cell phone. For the first time in Louisiana, the argument was raised that such a search is unconstitutional as it is a violation of the 4th Amendment. After extensive briefing and oral argument, Judge agreed. The evidence was thrown out.
Client Avoids Extensive Jail Sentence, and Sex Offender Registration
February 2011 – Assumption Parish- Client, a professional musician, was charged with Sexual Battery. He faced a potential 10 year jail term. After extensive discovery and investigation revealed inconsistencies in the State’s case, he was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor charge, and sentenced to a mere 6 months of unsupervised probation.
No “Probable Cause” Found, Client Released From Custody
January 2011 – West Feliciana Parish – Client was charged with Operating a Clandestine Meth Lab in violation of Louisiana Revised Statute 40:983. After a brief hearing, the District Court found No Probable Cause and ordered that the individual be released from custody.
Client avoids Jail & Sex Offender Registration
December 2010 – Pointe Coupee Parish- Client was charged with Simple Rape, and faced a potential 25 year prison term. After discovery, intensive investigation and the filing of pre trial motions, client was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor charge. He was given a probated sentence, and avoided being required to register as a sex offender.
Jury Returns Responsive Verdict- Client Avoids Life Sentence
October 2010 – West Feliciana Parish – Client was charged with Molestation of Juvenile. He faced potential life sentence. After hearing two days of testimony, the jury returned the lowest possible responsive verdict, which subjected him to a sentence of 0-7 years.
Jury Takes 24 Minutes to Reach Verdict of “Not Guilty”
August 2009 – Ascension Parish- Client was charged with Felon in Possession of a firearm in violation of Louisiana Revised Statute 14:95.1 He was facing a term of imprisonment for over thirty years. After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of “not guilty”.
Motion to Quash Granted – Case Dismissed
April 2009 – Avoyelles Parish- Client was charged with Theft of Livestock in violation of 14:67.1. He had allegedly taken a whitetail deer from a “pen”. This particular deer was valued at over $25,000.00. After discovery and extensive investigation, it was discovered that this particular “pen” did not have a license as required by Louisiana Revised Statute 24:1505. Counsel argued that absent such a permit, this deer was not susceptible of private ownership. The District Court agreed in its opinion granting the motion to Quash. The case was dismissed.