Case Results

If you are facing criminal charges, Demetrius Costy Law can help you avoid the devastating consequences of a conviction. Our Oakland criminal defense attorney has spent decades defending the accused and can fight to have your charges reduced or even dropped altogether. Read through some of our successful case results below. Call (510) 254-3945 now or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

    Felony Domestic Violence & Assault with a Deadly Weapon

    An 18-year-old girl was arrested for multiple felonies, including, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and domestic violence after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend during an argument where she discovered he had cheated on her. Client's family posted her $90,000 bail and hired Attorney Demetrius Costy. Demetrius gathered positive information and evidence on his client's behalf and spoke to the District Attorney's Office. The DA decided not to file any charges against the client.

    Illegal Possession of Tear Gas

    Client was arrested at a political demonstration carrying tear gas. Client was very concerned about losing his job as a result of him being charged and/or convicted. Attorney Demetrius Costy spoke to the prosecutor's office and no charges were filed against client.

  • Warrant Recalled & Case Dismissed
    Domestic Violence
    The client went out of state and lost touch with his previous lawyer while his domestic violence case was pending. A warrant was issued for his arrest and his attorney withdrew from the case. The client hired Attorney Demetrius Costy to take over the case. Demetrius was able to get the warrant recalled within one week and the case was completely dismissed.
    Felony Child Abuse/Endangerment

    A 36-year-old man was arrested for multiple felony counts of child abuse and child endangerment. He was accused by his mother-in-law of abusing his 3-year-old daughter. Client maintained his innocence during a long police interrogation, then posted $200,000 bail, and began interviewing lawyers. He decided to hire Attorney Demetrius Costy. Attorney Costy conducted his own investigation and soon discovered that his client was truly innocent and that the mother-in-law had been planning to make an accµsation against client for quite some time. The District Attorney's Office declined to file any charges and client was reunited with his daughter.


    After a night of drinking turned into sex with an acquaintance, a 51-year-old man was accused of rape. He hired Attorney Demetrius Costy immediately after being contacted by the police.

    Attorney Costy quickly conducted his own review of the situation and began communicating with the special victims unit officer who was leading the investigation. Eventually, the case was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office and they declined to file any charges.

    Possession of Firearm and Billy Club

    Client was pulled over by CHP and they noticed that he had an illegal baton in his back seat. A further search revealed a firearm and ammunition in the vehicle too. He was arrested on felony charges and quickly hired Attorney Demetrius Costy. Client had been working for 8 years as an armed security guard and it was crucial that he not be convicted of anything that would cause him to lose his job. Attorney Costy gathered positive background information on client and submitted it to the DA's office along with an explanation of the situation leading to the arrest. The prosecutor decided to not file any charges against client.

    DUI with Accident and Possession of Machine Gun and Narcotics

    34 year old client was involved in an accident while drinking and driving. He struck three different vehicles, causing extensive damage. When the police arrived they discovered a fully automatic handgun with a 31 round clip, several ounces of methamphetamine and an open bottle of whiskey. Client was arrested, held in custody with a bail of $190,000, and charged with four felony counts. Attorney Demetrius Costy was soon able to have his client released from jail directly into a residential treatment facility and eventually got all the felonies dismissed while having his client admit one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed firearm.

    Domestic Violence

    A 26 year old man with no prior convictions was arrested for domestic violence after a fight with his girlfriend on the street. Client had a degree in Respiratory Care and wanted to get a job in a hospital as a respiratory therapist. It was crucial that client not suffer a conviction, which would have greatly impacted his ability to obtain work in any hospital. Attorney Demetrius Costy conducted his own investigation and spoke to alleged victim (client's girlfriend) numerous times. Demetrius presented the full facts to the District Attorney's Office and they decided not to file any charges against client.

    Possession of Firearm by Felon

    Client was still on parole after doing 7 years in state prison, when he was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The connection between client and the firearm was tenuous and Attorney Demetrius Costy was able to resolve the case for a simple parole violation with no time in custody and no new conviction.

  • Case Dismissed
    Domestic Violence

    Client was charged with domestic violence on his wife and two of his stepdaughters also told police that he had touched them inappropriately. Client was in jail at Santa Rita but was released as soon as Attorney Costy went to court on his behalf. After 3 months of investigation and discussions with the DA’s office, the case was dismissed.

  • Case Dismissed
    $10,000 Embezzlement

    A young man with no prior convictions was fired from his job after being caught on video embezzling $9,625.00 worth of merchandise from the company where he worked. He was charged with multiple counts of felony theft and embezzlement. After speaking with several lawyers, he hired Attorney Demetrius Costy just hoping to avoid jail time. 9 months later Demetrius was able to get the entire case dismissed.

  • Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor
    Weapons Charges

    Client was charged with shooting a semi-automatic pistol at his stepfather as well as being in possession of multiple firearms and a machine gun. There were 12 felony charges on the complaint. When the Judge refused to release his client from jail, Demetrius set aggressive, no time waiver hearing dates. Ultimately, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss all 12 felony counts in exchange for one misdemeanor and the client was released from jail that same day.

  • No Charges Filed
    Felony Domestic Violence

    30 year old man was arrested for felony domestic violence after an argument with his live-in girlfriend. After discussing the matter extensively with client, who was the actual victim in the case, Attorney Costy spoke with the District Attorney’s Office and the DA decided not to file any charges against the client.

  • DUI Reduced to Wet Reckless and License Returned

    Client was charged with DUI as well as enhancements for having a minor in the vehicle and also having an excessively high blood alcohol (.15%). Attorney Costy investigated all the facts and closely studied the body camera video from the incident. There was some history between the police officer and the client and Demetrius convinced the prosecution that the officer unfairly target his client. Client was able to plead to a reduced charge and both enhancements were dismissed. Demetrius also got the prosecutor to stipulate to a finding of not guilty on the DUI which forced the DMV to return client’s license immediately with no suspension or conditions.

  • No Charges Filed
    Possession of a Firearm

    Client was arrested for possession of firearm in a vehicle and, after making bail, was scheduled to appear in court the day after Christmas. Attorney Costy told client not to cancel his holiday plans. Demetrius spoke to the prosecutor’s office and no charges were filed against client. Attorney Costy was even able to arrange for the return of client’s iPhone that was taken when he was arrested.

  • Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor
    $8,000+ Insurance Fraud

    38 year old client was charged with filing a false insurance claim that lead to $8,216.43 worth of loss to the insurance company. The evidence included multiple statements, and hundreds of text messages. Attorney client spent months reviewing all the facts and was able to convince the DA to dismiss all the felonies in exchange for a plea to one misdemeanor and one year of probation.

    Receiving Stolen Property

    30-year-old client was arrested after being spotting shoplifting in Walgreens. The police pulled client's car over and discovered that the trunk of the vehicle was actually packed with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise that had been taken from various stores in the area. The items completely filled two shopping carts when the police returned everything to the stores. Client had several felony theft priors and was on 3 different grants of probation in 2 different counties when she was charged with felony receiving stolen property from Walgreens. Attorney Demetrius Costy was hired and was able to avoid any probation violations while eliminating the felony and resolving the case for a single misdemeanor petty theft charge.


    A 21-year-old woman was fired from her job at a veterinary office after she admitted to using customer credit cards to purchase clothing and other items for herself. She was charged with 8 felony counts of identity theft. Some of the victims in the case had brought their pets into the vet's office to be put down and were extremely angry that they had been taken advantage of during such a time. Over the objections of the victims and the District Attorney's Office, Attorney Demetrius Costy was able to get the case reduced to a single misdemeanor count with no jail time.

    Sexual Battery

    Client was a former gang member who had previously done 18 years in state prison but had since turned his life around. A warrant was issued for his arrest after a woman claimed that he sexually assaulted her. Attorney Demetrius Costy helped client quickly get released on bail.

    Demetrius then spoke to the District Attorney's Office and no charges were filed.

    Drug Possession

    Young woman was arrested for drug possession. She was referred to Attorney Demetrius Costy by a family friend. She was attempting to have her immigration status adjusted and it was essential that she not have any convictions. Attorney Costy spoke to the prosecutor's office and no charges were filed.

  • Case Dismissed
    Domestic Violence

    A 32 year old woman was accused of tackling and assaulting her girlfriend at their apartment. She was arrested and charged with domestic violence. After speaking with several lawyers. she hired Attorney Demetrius Costy. Client was a veteran of the United States Army, a college graduate and a single mother, so it was important that she not suffer a conviction which would prevent her from earning a living and supporting her child. After reviewing all the evidence and conducted his own investigation, Demetrius became convinced that his client was acting in lawful self defense during the incident. He presented his findings and analysis to the District Attorney’s Office, and the case was dismissed.

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