Misdemeanor Verdicts


People V Joseph Morales

On May 17, 2021 a jury found defendant Joseph Morales guilty of misdemeanor vandalism for an incident that occurred Nov. 20, 2020 in San Leandro.

At around 3:47 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2020, two victims living in San Leandro woke up to the sound of something on their front screen door. The couple, a man and woman, got out of bed to investigate. As they did, two large river rocks from their front yard came crashing through their bedroom window – one landing on the floor and the other on their bed.

The male victim looked out the window and saw the defendant, his son Joseph Morales.

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People v Timothy Dalton May 18, 2018

On May 10 2018, a jury found Defendant Timothy Dalton guilty of Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence, vandalism and two counts of violating a stay away order, all misdemeanor offenses. On March 29 2018 at about 8:00p.m., Mr. Dalton went to his girlfriend’s father’s house convinced she was cheating on him. Mr. Dalton began punching his girlfriend in the mouth while in the front yard. When her 81 year old father came to her aid, Mr. Dalton punched him with enough force to knock him to the ground and began hitting him repeatedly in the face, leaving a permanent scar. The assault was witnessed by good Samaritan neighbors, one of whom had a Stay Away Order against Mr. Dalton because of his repeated past assaultive behavior against his girlfriend and threats to anyone who intervened on her behalf.

The case was handled by DDA Maggie Calonge, Inspector Jason Hawks and Victim-Witness Advocate Dina Aindow.

People v Carol Nash May 17, 2018

On May 8, 2018, a jury convicted Carol Nash of the misdemeanor offenses of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content in excess of .08. On December 3, 2017, California Highway Patrol officers responded to an accident that occurred on Alvarado-Niles Boulevard in Union City. When they arrived, they saw Defendant's car down an embankment near an on-ramp to northbound 880. Defendant told officers she was driving her car when it spun out of control. She admitted she was coming from her birthday party and had been drinking alcohol that night. Her brother was on scene and told officers he was not driving. A DUI investigation revealed that defendant was driving with a blood alcohol content above .18% when she got in the accident. The case was prosecuted by deputy district attorney Cathryn Dalton.

People v Alpesh Babubhai Patel Feb 20, 2015

On February 18, 2015, a jury convicted Alpesh Babubhai Patel of three counts of battery.

On March 2nd, 2014, defendant Patel came to the home of the Amin family, looking for his ex-wife and children. When Mrs Amin opened the door, Patel immediately stepped inside the home and made a derogatory comment to Mr Amin. Patel was asked to leave and pushed Mrs Amin to the ground. As Mr Amin tried to remove Patel from their home, Mr Amin’s father was pushed to the ground by Patel.

Once outside the house, defendant Patel punched Mr Amin over ten times in the face, causing bruising to his face and blood in his eye. Mrs Amin tried to stop defendant Patel from hitting her husband by hitting him with a tennis shoe, and he retaliated by punching her in the face. Defendant Patel was eventually pulled away by a third party and fled the scene.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Ashley Dodson.

People v Saul Algaba Oct 6, 2014

On October 6, 2014, a jury convicted Saul Algaba of brandishing a firearm. On May 4, 2014, the defendant pointed a Sig Saur 226 .40 caliber handgun at the victim and threatened to shoot her if she did not leave the house. The gun was recovered by the police inside the home. The case was prosecuted by DDA Maggie Calonge.

People v Sellam Ismail Aug 27, 2014

On August 27, 2014, a jury convicted Sellam Ismail of evading a peace officer and resisting, obstructing, or delaying a peace officer. On September 28, 2013, a Livermore police officer saw the defendant driving without a front or rear license plate. He attempted to make a traffic stop, but the defendant fled. During the pursuit, the defendant ran a solid red light almost causing a collision with an uninvolved vehicle. After the pursuit, the defendant refused to cooperate with police, accusing them of having “no authority” over him. The case was prosecuted by DDA Charly Weissenbach.

People v Carlos Contrerasanguian May 27, 2014

On May 27, 2014, a jury convicted Carlos Contrerasanguian of sexual battery. On April 9, 2014, the victim was on her morning jog when the defendant ran up behind her and grabbed her buttocks with both of his hands. Defendant ran away as victim tried to chase after him. A witness who was driving by spotted the defendant near MacArthur BART Station and called 911. At trial, the defense called an expert to testify about schizophrenia and introduced the defendant's mental health records. The prosecutor was DDA Amy Deng.