Interview On 'Lawyer Talk'
Attorney Nelson Tyrone’s Interview on Lawyer Talk
In an interview on Lawyer Talk, Episode 14, Nelson Tyrone spoke with Los Angeles area lawyer, Scott Glovsky. While Tyrone currently practices birth injury law, his first “life” in the law was criminal defense work. He discussed a criminal defense case and how he proved the innocence of a young Vietnamese man, named Hoa, who was indicted on drug charges and kidnapping.
Hoa, who resided in Portland, Oregon with this family, got involved in a difficult situation with some gang members. The situation started over his admiration of a girl, who approached him for assistance in a drug deal. After the drug deal went wrong, the gang made several attempts to extract thousands of dollars out of Hoa and his family, even assaulting him and making threats.
In order to get the rest of their money, the gang forced Hoa to find the girl, who resided in Atlanta, Georgia. After traveling from Portland to Atlanta, the gang kidnapped the girl's father and held him hostage, a crime in which Hoa was forced to assist. While the girl's father was being held in a hotel, the gang left Hoa alone with him. When FBI arrived, Hoa was arrested and accused of the crime.
Using play by play reenactments and direct experience with Hoa and his family, Tyrone was better able to understand the situation and gather the facts. Had Tyrone not gone to great lengths to piece together each event leading up to Hoa's indictment, Hoa would have most likely been found guilty and could have faced up to 20 years in prison. One important detail in this case was the fact that Hoa's family didn't believe in going to the police. Which could have prevented the entire ordeal. Tyrone took the time to understand Vietnamese culture and find out why the family didn't contact the police.
Tyrone presented a strong defense to the jury, even using storytelling and imagery to convey Hoa's innocence. Hoa was found "not guilty" on all charges and released that day. Tyrone's success in the courtroom proved that the most challenging cases can be solved by merit of unseen details.