Verdicts and Case Dispositions

Featured Cases and Matters:

Year: 2018
Description:
Criminal case: Client charged with theft of an alleged lottery ticket, (larceny over $250.00- Felony) to which she denied. The investigation of the claim was lengthy and very complicated. The client contacted the office only after the police brought them in to be interrogated, along with a family member. Constant pressure and tactics were used to elicit a confession because it was the last piece of information needed from the police to charge the client. Although claims were made that if they were to “confess” and say that they made a mistake, the charges were to go away, such was not the case. The case was set up for a show-cause or a probable cause hearing. Countless hours were spent preparing for the hearing, including interviews, review of reports, internal protocols and systems, and methods of investigation utilized against the client in order to determine the strength of the state’s case. A memorandum was also prepared for the hearing and submitted to the Court. Based on the work and preparation, the matter was resolved prior to any issuance of any criminal charges and the client’s record remained clear.

Year: 2018:
Description:
Criminal case: Clients charged with providing alcohol to minors, (furnishing/allowing/ serving alcohol to minors) and the matter was set for a show-cause, or probable cause hearing, against the clients who were parents. The clients proclaimed their innocence in not knowing the issue of the presence of alcohol. This office utilized all its resources, including employing colleagues and associate in order to research civil and criminal requirements of the “social host” law, in order to prepare for the hearing. A memorandum was prepared and submitted to the Court which outlined the facts of the case, a description of who the clients and their backgrounds, the applicable law, and reasons for denial for issuance based on lack of probable cause. Hours were spent interviewing witnesses, reviewing reports, conducting on-scene investigation and photographs, analyzation of scene evidence and witnesses’ statements. After the initial hearing in front of the Clerk Magistrate, the application of the criminal charges was denied, citing that the police did not meet the probable cause on a specific issue that was pointed out by the defense. The police appealed the decision (a complainant upon denial of a criminal application, may appeal the decision of the Magistrate to a Judge) and requested a Judge’s appeal. Although the rules require a specific showing in writing as to why the decision needs to appealed, one was done by operation of law. Countless hours were spent preparing for the hearing, and after a lengthy hearing, the Court again found for the clients, and now the application was denied, without further ability to appeal. Clients’ records were preserved.

Year: 2016
Description:
Criminal case: Client charged with operating under the influence of liquor, second offense. Based on preliminary assessment of the case by me revealed a possible issue concerning the credibility of the evidence in the police report. A motion to suppress was filed in order to ferret out issues that were of suspicion and evidence was adduced which revealed serious inconsistencies. A trial date was set and the case was dismissed at trial when the prosecution indicated that the main law enforcement witness was placed on leave and was not going to appear. A motion to restore the client's was allowed and the client was also able to get his license returned.

Year: 2015
Description:
Criminal case: Client charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, along with several other motor vehicle related charges, when his car was searched while it was parked. Argued that the motor vehicle related charges were not applicable and the search of the vehicle which yielded the evidence was pre-textual and not an inventory search, nor was the search justified by probable cause. Court dismissed the motor vehicle related charges and allowed motion to suppress that was filed on behalf of the defendant, and case was dismissed after the Court found the search was unconstitutional.

Year: 2014
Description:
Criminal case: Client charged with assault with the intent to commit a felony and threats. Case dismissed at trial.

Year: 2014
Description:
Criminal case: Client charged with intimidation of witness. Filed motion to dismiss and case was dismissed.

Year: 2014
Description:
Criminal case: Client charged with misdemeanor offenses. Client’s record had past conviction and imposition of jail time for similar charges. Presented evidence pertaining to mental health to the State and Court. Case resolved very favorably for client, without conviction or admission.

Year: 2014
Description:
Criminal case: Client charged with probation violation over new offense, with a suspended sentence of six months if violation found. Probation violation dismissed, probation terminated.

Year: 2014
Description:
Motor Vehicle Citation: Client for Judge’s appeal on a speeding citation, with lengthy driving history. Court lowered fine to fraction of original citation, after hearing.

Year: 2013
Description:
Civil Litigation: Client had pre-judgment lien obtained against them in contract dispute. Case resolved for an amount much lower than pre-attachment, and lien removed.

Year: 2013
Description:
Motor Vehicle Violation: Client charged with motor vehicle citation. Case dismissed.

Year: 2013
Description:
Motor Vehicle Violation: Client charged with motor vehicle citation. Case dismissed.

Year: 2013
Description:
Family Probate case: Client in custody battle with ex-husband concerning contact with children. Case resolved to satisfaction of client.

Year: 2013
Description:
Harassment prevention order case: Client defendant in an application against him for a Harassment Prevention Order. Order against client denied by the Court after hearing.

Year: 2013
Description:
Criminal case: Client charged with domestic assault and battery. Case dismissed at trial.

Year: 2013
Description:
Criminal case. Client charged with an operating a vehicle on a suspended license for an OUI offense. Charge carried minimum mandatory jail time. Got charge dismissed, case resolved without conviction and unsupervised probation.

Year: 2013
Description:
Criminal case: client charged with assault and battery, assault and battery dangerous weapon. Felony charge dismissed, client’s case resolved very favorably without conviction or supervised probation.

Year: 2013
Description:
Criminal case: client charged with domestic assault and battery. Case dismissed.

Year: 2012
Description:
Criminal case- client charged with domestic assault and battery. Case dismissed.

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