Case Reduced To Misdemeanor at Preliminary Hearing: San Fernando Court. Client was charged with one count of Felony PC Section 69 (Force and Threat against an officer). Officers claimed that client verbally assaulted them and that client threw a bottle at them. Officer originally wanted a filing of assaulting an officer (with a four year mandatory state prison sentence). Mr. Wallach successfully argued that – even if the allegations were proven true – it was misdemeanor, rather than felonious, conduct. The matter will now proceed toward a misdemeanor trial.