Lynn Kleinrock

You need a lawyer with a proven track record of success. Ms. Kleinrock has a long record of post-conviction success for her clients:

  • Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute

    Client was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and sentenced to five years in prison. The Court of Appeals affirmed based on the law at the time. But Ms. Kleinrock kept fighting. She took the case to the Georgia Supreme Court, and convinced the Supreme Court to overrule more than a dozen prior cases.

    This case not only reversed client's conviction, but also protected all future defendants in Georgia, prohibiting the routine use of police reports as evidence. Ms. Kleinrock's accomplishment was so important that the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers gave her a coveted award for this case.

    Result: Conviction reversed.

  • Possession of Cocaine

    Client lost his motion to suppress the drugs found in his car. Ms. Kleinrock appealed to the Court of Appeals, and then to the Georgia Supreme Court. She convinced the Supreme Court that the search of client's car was illegal, and that the drugs should have been suppressed.

    Result: Conviction reversed.

  • Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime

    Client was convicted for burglary, aggravated assault for shooting at a police officer, obstruction, and possession of a firearm during a crime. Ms. Kleinrock convinced the Court of Appeals that the evidence was insufficient to show that client actually intended to injure the officer, and the Court of Appeals reversed the convictions for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm.

    Result: Two of client's convictions, including the most serious charge, reversed.

  • Aggravated Stalking

    Client was already in prison for a previous aggravated stalking. He filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife, and during the proceedings wrote a letter to her, in violation of a restraining order. He sent this letter to a prosecutor, instructing the prosecutor to forward it to her. The jury convicted client for this second aggravated stalking, and he was sentenced to ten years in prison. Ms. Kleinrock appealed, and convinced the Court of Appeals that the evidence was insufficient to show the required "contact" in violation of the restraining order.

    Result: Conviction reversed.

  • Aggravated Assault

    Client was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges. Ms. Kleinrock appealed, and convinced the Court of Appeals that the trial court had erred by instructing the jury that the firearm client had used was a deadly weapon as a matter of law, and that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to object to this erroneous jury instruction.

    Result: Aggravated Assault conviction reversed.

  • Aggravated Assault

    Client was convicted of four counts of aggravated assault and other charges. Ms. Kleinrock appealed, and convinced the Court of Appeals that the sentences for all of the aggravated assault charges were illegal.

    Result: All aggravated assault convictions reversed.

  • Theft by Taking

    Client was convicted of theft by taking, and sentenced to five years in prison. Ms. Kleinrock appealed, and convinced the Superior Court that the State had failed to present sufficient evidence of venue (that the crime had been committed in Gwinnett County). The trial judge granted a motion for new trial.

    Result: Conviction reversed.

  • Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a First Offender Probationer

    Client was convicted of all these charges resulting from an armed robbery, and was sentenced to life plus ten years in prison. During trial, the trial court allowed the government to present evidence of a previous attempted robbery that client had been convicted of. Ms. Kleinrock appealed, and convinced the Court of Appeals that the previous robbery was not admissible to show either identity, motive, or opportunity. The Court of Appeals reversed client's conviction.

    Result: All convictions reversed.

  • Statutory Rape, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, Child Molestation, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

    Client was convicted of all these charges, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He did not testify in his trial. The trial court gave the standard jury instruction about a defendant's right not to testify, but omitted one critical sentence. Although the trial lawyer did not notice the error, Ms. Kleinrock did. She convinced the Court of Appeals to reverse all of client's convictions even though the trial lawyer had not objected.

    Result: All convictions reversed.

  • Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

    Juvenile client entered a guilty plea in this robbery case, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Client had confessed, but his plea lawyer had never challenged the confession. Ms. Kleinrock convinced the habeas corpus court that the lawyer should have suppressed the confession, and that client would not have pled guilty if his lawyer had not been ineffective. The State appealed, but Ms. Kleinrock also convinced the Supreme Court that the lawyer had been ineffective. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the habeas corpus court for further consideration, and Ms. Kleinrock again convinced the court that her client's rights had been violated. This time the state chose not to appeal.

    Result: All convictions reversed.

  • Serious Injury by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Failure to Stop at or Return to the Scene of an Accident, Following Too Closely, and Driving Without a License

    Client was convicted for driving over a woman following an accident, and sentenced to seven years in prison. He had requested a defense of habitation jury instruction, based on evidence that the woman was trying to grab him before he drove over her. The trial court refused to give the instruction. Ms. Kleinrock appealed, and convinced the Court of Appeals that the jury instruction was required.

    Result: All convictions reversed.

  • Aggravated Child Molestation and Child Molestation

    Client was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Ms. Kleinrock appealed, and convinced the Court of Appeals that one of the jurors had not been qualified to serve on client's jury.

    Result: All convictions reversed.

  • Sale of Cocaine and Sale of Heroin

    Client was convicted of selling drugs. Ms. Kleinrock convinced the Superior Court that it had sent the wrong jury charges to the jury. The trial judge granted the motion for new trial.

    Result: All convictions reversed.

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