APRIL HIGUERA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ADH INVESTIGATIONS, Owner / Principal Agent - since 2001 - Currently licensed in California (#25440) & Nevada (#1744A); Pre-trial and post-conviction criminal defense and civil investigation

Paralegal, 1991 thru 2000 - litigation, contracts, estate planning, land condemnation, criminal defense

 

EDUCATION

Graduated #1 in class, 1998 B.B.A. - Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee - multiple honor societies and academic scholarships, NCAA Div I Women's Golf scholarship (Team Captain), Acklen Records President

Graduated with honors, 1991 Paralegal Diploma - Adelphi University, New York, New York - generalist

Shooting Incident Reconstruction, 2016 Certificate - 40-hr master class, Forensic Pieces (Jan Johnson)

 

CASEWORK

The actual cases April Higuera has investigated are too numerous to mention here. Below are the most recent year of felony cases and the prior cases she considers to be the most comprehensive and/or consequential.

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NV v [Caucasian male]
(lewdness w/minor); 2017; pre-trial factual investigation; ACTIVE

 

NV v [Caucasian male]
(1st degree felony murder); 2016, 2017; mitigation investigation; ACTIVE

 

NV v [Caucasian male]
(3cts lewdness w/minor); 2016, 2017; pre-trial factual investigation; ACTIVE

 

NV v [Caucasian male]
(sexual assault, battery); 2016, 2017; pre-trial factual investigation; ACTIVE

 

[Native American male petitioner (LT)] v NV
(kidnapping, rape); 2016, 2017; partial post-conviction IAC investigation

 

U.S. v [Caucasian male defendant]
(conspiracy to structure financial transactions); 2016, 2017; pre-trial factual investigation; ACTIVE

 

[Asian Indian male petitioner (RG)] v MD
(1 ct 1st deg murder); 2016; post-conviction review and consultation

 

[Hispanic male petitioner (JL)] v NV
(1 ct 1st deg murder); 2016; post-conviction case review and consultation

 

[Hispanic male petitioner (IV)] v NV
(2 ct sexual assault w/child, lewdness w/child); 2016; post-conviction review and consultation

 

Nevada v [Caucasian male defendant (BB)]
(1 ct sexual assault w/child, lewdness w/child); 2016; pre-trial factual investigation; Pled lesser (non-sex informal probation) - atty Theresa Ristenpart

 

Nevada v [Persian male defendant (HH)]
(3 cts sexual assault of a child, 4 cts lewdness of a child under 14); 2015, 2016; pre-trial review and consultation; Pled (probation) - atty Martin Weiner

 

[Caucasian female petitioner (SD)] v NV
(1 ct first degree murder); 2015; post-conviction review and consultation

 

Nevada v [Caucasian male defendant]
(coercion, receiving bribe by public officer, voluntary sexual conduct with a prisoner, dissuading victim from reporting a crime, misconduct by a public officer); 2015, 2016, 2017; pre-trial factual investigation; ACTIVE

 

Nevada v [Caucasian male defendant (GS)]
(harassment; 2015 pre-trial factual investigation; DISMISSED - atty Theresa Ristenpart

 

Nevada v [Hispanic male defendant [SA]]
(1 ct sexual assault); 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; 2015, 2016, 2017; Pled (non-sex) - atty Wm Routsis

 

Nevada v [Hispanic male defendant (DE)]
(1 ct sexual assault); 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; 2015; Pled (non-sex) - atty David Houston

 

Nevada v [Caucasian male defendant (LA)]
(level III drug trafficking); 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; 2015, 2016; DISMISSED - atty Theresa Ristenpart

 

Nevada v [Hispanic male defendant (HE)]
(1 ct battery w/deadly weapon); 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; 2015, 2016; DISMISSED - atty Theresa Ristenpart

 

Nevada v [Caucasian male defendant (TS)]
(1 ct sexual assault); 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; DISMISSED - atty Theresa Ristenpart

 

Nevada v [Native American male defendant (JT)]
(1 ct 1st deg kidnapping, robbery w/ deadly weapon); 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; DISMISSED - atty Theresa Ristenpart

 

Nevada v [Caucasian male defendant (WB)]
(1 ct 1st degree murder, 1 ct attempted murder); 2014, 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; JURY ACQUITTAL - atty Theresa Ristenpart

 

Nevada v [African American male defendant (AA)]
(1 ct 1st degree murder/open murder); 2013, 2014, 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; JURY ACQUITTAL - atty Theresa Ristenpart

 

Nevada v [Hispanic male defendant (JR)]
(1 ct kidnapping w/deadly weapon); 2014; pre-trial factual investigation; Pled lesser (PROBATION) - atty Wm Routsis, II

 

Nevada v [Caucasian male defendant]
(1 ct felony battery; 2 cts misd); 2013; pre-trial factual investigation (JS); JURY ACQUITTAL - atty Wm Routsis, II

 

Nevada v [Caucasian male defendant (RL)]
(2 cts sexual assault with child under 14, 1 ct Lewdness with child under 14); 2013, 2014, 2015; pre-trial factual investigation; DISMISSED - atty John Routsis

 

Nevada v [Hispanic male defendant (ML)]                                                                                                                                

(4 cts lewdness with child under 14); 2013, 2014; pre-trial factual investigation; Pled lesser (non-sex; PROBATION) - atty John Routsis

 

California v [Caucasian male defendant (LH)]
(DUI homicide); 2012, 2013; pre-trial factual investigation; conv lesser - atty Lori London

 

California v [Caucasian male defendant (KS)]
(1 ct 1st degree murder); 2010; pre-trial factual investigation; conv lesser - atty Lori London

 

United States v [Asian male defendant (AD)]
(29 cts including RICO, 1st deg murder, robbery); capital trial; 2009, 2010; pre-trial factual and bio-social mitigation investigation; conv LWOP - attys Marcus/Anderson/Zimmerman

 

California v [Caucasian male defendant (JN)]
(3 cts 1st degree murder); 2009; pre-trial factual investigation; file review and consultation



[Caucasian female petitioner (HS)] v State of Vermont
(1 ct 2nd degree murder); 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009; 2014 post-conviction factual and ineffective assistance of counsel investigation; PAROLED 2014

 

[Caucasian male petitioner (SA)] v United States 
(1 ct 1st degree murder); 2003, 2004, 2006; capital post-conviction factual investigation; executed 2006 (innocence evidence was uncovered during the investigation, however, court denied testing of DNA) - TN Fed Defender

 

[Caucasian male petitioner] v United States
(1 ct 1st degree murder of a police officer); 2004; capital post-conviction factual investigation; executed 2007 - TN Fed Defender

 

State of Tennessee v [Caucasian male defendant (MR)] (2nd of 2 murder cases, 1st case below)
(1 ct 1st degree murder); 2003, 2004; pre-trial factual investigation; JUDICIAL ACQUITTAL - attys Terry/Gore

 

[Hispanic male petitioner (DQ)] v State of Tennessee 
(2 cts 1st degree murder); 2001, 2002, 2003; capital post-conviction factual investigation; state petition denied, disposition unknown - TN State defender

 

[African American male petitioner (TC)] v State of Tennessee 
(3 cts 1st degree murder); 2002; capital post-conviction facual and bio-social mitigation investigation (not completed due lack of state funding); disposition unknown

 

[Caucasian male petitioner (JH)] v State of Tennessee 
(1 ct 1st degree murder); 2001, 2002; capital post-conviction factual and bio-social mitigation investigation; state petition denied, disposition unknown - TN State Defender

 

State of Tennessee v [Caucasian male defendant (MR)] (1st of 2 murder cases, 2nd case above)
(1 ct 1st degree murder); 2001; pre-trial factual investigation; JURY ACQUITTAL - attys Terry/Gore

 

[Caucasian male petitioner (FM)] v State of Tennessee 
(2 cts 1st degree murder); 2001; capital post-conviction, jury composition analysis and juror interviews; state petition denied, disposition unknown - TN State defender

 

United States v [Caucasian male defendant]
(conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation for murder) 2001; pre-trial factual investigation; pled lesser - atty Love

 

United States v [Caucasian male defendant] 
(2 cts of esp. aggr. rape, kidnapping); 2001; pre-trial factual investigation; pled lesser - atty Love

 

Tennessee v [Caucasian male defendant (FT)] 
(2cts sexual assault of a minor); 2001; pre-trial factual investigation; pled lesser

 

State of California v [African American male defendant; same defendant as below (JS)] 
(esp. aggr. kidnapping for ransom); 2000; factual investigative paralegal services (incl assisting counsel in field interviews and court preparation, timelines, witness stmt comparisons); cone lesser - atty Natman Schaye

 

United States v [African American male defendant (JS); same defendant as above]
(44 counts, including RICO, 1st degree murder, money laundering, drug trafficking, kidnapping); 2000; capital trial factual investigative paralegal services, including organization of over 30,000 pages of discovery documents, composing timelines and document summaries, photograph crime scenes, document retrieval; cone LWOP - attys Schaye/Passino

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

California Association for Criminal Justice (CACJ)