2018 Final Case Results

Below is a list of cases we have resolved favorably for our clients since January 1, 2018.

Dudley District Court, April 23, 2018
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: The police applied for a criminal complaint against our client, an 18 year old high school student, for the charges of possession of alcohol under the age of 21, and providing alcohol to minors. After two fifteen year old female students were rushed to the hospital with alcohol poisoning, an investigation uncovered that our client had provided them with the liquor.
RESULT: After a hearing, the clerk magistrate declined to issue a criminal complaint against our client.

Lawrence District Court, April 10, 2018
CHARGE: Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, 3rd Offense. Our client was facing a minimum mandatory sentence of six months committed to the house of corrections if convicted of this offense. We took this charge to trial in front of a jury. At trial, a Sergeant with the Massachusetts State Police testified that our client was driving approximately 100 m.p.h. on the highway and it took a bit for the Sergeant to catch up to him. When he pulled our client over, our client stopped his car in the travel lane. The Sergeant testified that our client had bloodshot, glassy eyes, smelled like an alcoholic beverage, and instead of handing the Sergeant his license as the Sergeant requested, he handed him the female passenger's license. When he was asked to exit his car, our client was unsteady on his feet and had to balance himself on the car. The Sergeant testified that our client appeared "drunk." After a blistering cross- examination of the Sergeant by Attorney Urbelis, the government's case against our client appeared extremely weak, and the jury returned a verdict after less than 10 minutes of deliberations.
RESULT: Not Guilty.

Quincy District Court, April 3, 2018
CHARGE: Rape. Our client was arrested for felony rape which carries up to life in state prison. An acquaintance accused him of having sex with her while she was sleeping. After a thorough investigation, we were able to completely discredit the accuser with her motive to lie and proof that she had in fact lied in several instances to police during the course of the investigation. As the accuser then was potentially facing her own prosecution for misleading police, the case was dismissed before our client was ever indicted by a Grand Jury in Superior Court.
RESULT: Case dismissed.

East Boston District Court, March 22, 2018
CHARGES: 3 counts of malicious destruction of a motor vehicle (felony). Our client was charged with these felonies and released on bail. He then hired our firm. We filed several motions in this case, and ultimately filed a motion to dismiss.
RESULT: Motion to dismiss allowed.

Lawrence District Court, March 20, 2018
CHARGES: Possession of false identification, minor in possession of alcohol. Our client was an 18 year old college student who used a fake ID to purchase alcohol at the local liquor store. Undercover police approached him in the parking lot and arrested him. He then hired our firm.
RESULT: We were able to take the case out of the criminal system before he was arraigned in court. Contingent upon our client staying out of trouble for six months and performing some community service, the case will never be entered into the system at all and his record will remain clean.

Quincy District Court, March 6, 2018
CHARGES: Possession of Class A, subsequent offense; Misleading a Police Investigation. Our client and his girlfriend were stopped in a shopping plaza parking lot. Police observed our client place items into his mouth suspected to be drugs, and swallow them. Police also observed our client's girlfriend shove items into the center console later discovered to be drugs. We filed a motion to dismiss both of these charges based on a lack of probable cause relating to our client, and the Commonwealth opposed our motion.
RESULT: Motion to dismiss allowed, both charges dismissed.

West Roxbury District Court, February 27, 2018
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: Operating with a Revoked License. Our client was cited by the Massachusetts State Police for driving after his license had been revoked for computer fraud. He hired our firm to represent him at the clerk magistrate's hearing.
RESULT: After a full hearing, the magistrate did not issue a criminal complaint against our client.

Quincy District Court, February 23, 2018
CHARGES: Larceny over $250 (felony), malicious destruction of property over $250 (felony). Our client was arrested after stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Macy's. Additionally, some more items that she stole were recovered and damaged in the amount of $820.
RESULT: After several court appearances, our firm was able to resolve the matter with pretrial probation (no admission of wrongdoing), where the case will be fully dismissed after six months as long as she pays restitution to Macy's.

Quincy District Court, February 21, 2018
CHARGE: Domestic Assault and Battery. Our client was charged with committing an assault and battery against his wife. As an immigrant, unfamiliar to the system, he and his wife attempted to speak with the prosecutors to "drop the charges" which he soon realized had only created bigger problems for himself. At that point, he hired our firm to represent him. We went through the prosecution and fought aggressively to have the charges dismissed.
RESULT: Case dismissed.

Framingham District Court, February 7, 2018
CHARGE: Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. Our client was pulled over in Framingham at 1 am on her way home from an event in Boston. She pulled over without any problem. The arresting officer testified at trial that our client smelled like alcohol and had bloodshot, glassy eyes. She also testified that our client admitted to having her wine glass refilled several times at the event, and that our client performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. On cross examination, Attorney Urbelis got the officer to admit that our client performed these field sobriety tests on a very cold January evening, in a skirt and heels, likely for the first time in her life, under the threat of arrest. The arresting officer also admitted that our client remained polite, cooperative, and responsive to questions.

Malden District Court
, February 1, 2018
CHARGE: Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. The arresting officer testified at trial that he first observed our client speeding, committing several marked lanes violations, and at one point driving with his entire car on the wrong side of the road. He also testified that our client smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech, and admitting to having four or five beers that evening. The officer also formed the opinion that our client failed two field sobriety tests. In front of the jury, Attorney Urbelis utilized several aggressive cross- examination techniques to cast doubt on the Commonwealth's case against our client.

Chelsea District Court, January 30, 2018
MOTION TO VACATE PRIOR CONVICTIONS: In 2002, our client pled guilty to 3 separate counts of malicious destruction of property worth over $250 (felonies). He was not a citizen, but rather had Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to be in this country. However, as a result of these felony convictions, he was now facing deportation, and hired our firm to review his legal options. Upon review, we found that his attorney in 2002 had provided ineffective assistance of counsel. We filed motions and had argument, and the court ultimately agreed, allowing our motion.
RESULT: Motion to vacate 2002 guilty pleas allowed, client's deportation no longer imminent. He now remains in the USA with his young daughter.

Quincy District Court, January 18, 2018
CHARGES: Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (felony), Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (felony). Our client was accused of being involved in a road rage incident. He was alleged to have driven after a pedestrian, stuck him with his vehicle, and then use a baton to strike the man. Our investigation led us to locate an non- involved citizen who told a completely different version that that of our client's accuser.
RESULT: Both charges dismissed.

Quincy District Court, January 11, 2018
CHARGES: Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (felony), Assault and Battery on a Household Member. Our client was arrested after his girlfriend called the police. She accused our client of slamming his fist through a plexiglass door, breaking the glass over her. Police investigated and observed lacerations on our client's face and arms. Our client denied his girlfriend's version of events, claiming that she pushed him into the plexiglass door.
RESULT: After numerous court appearances, we were eventually able to have both charges dismissed.

Dedham District Court, January 9, 2018
CHARGES: Attempted Carjacking (felony), Attempted Larceny of a Motor Vehicle (felony), Disorderly Conduct. A woman claimed that while she was stopped at a red light, our client ran up to her jack, grabbed the door handle, attempted to take her car, and then chased after her when she drove away. While our client was being held on a high cash bail that he could not afford, we were able to obtain surveillance footage from a nearby store that shows our client merely walked by her car, calmly, and never attempted to approach her car at all.
RESULT: All charges dismissed.

Roxbury District Court, January 8, 2018
CHARGE: Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle (felony). Our client was arrested for allegedly stealing a car. After nearly a year of litigation in this case, Attorney Belostock was able to win certain motions that put our client in a great position when it came time for trial.
RESULT: Case dismissed.

East Boston District Court, January 3, 2018
MOTION TO VACATE PRIOR CONVICTIONS: In 2001, our client pled guilty to three counts of malicious destruction of property (felonies), one count of resisting arrest, and one count of disorderly conduct. As a result, this came back to haunt him recently when he was taken into ICE custody and subjected to deportation proceedings. Our client has been living in the United States since 1998 with his teenage daughter. These convictions were causing him to lose his "temporary protected status" in this country. After a full review of this case, we filed a motion to vacate his guilty pleas as he was provided ineffective assistance of counsel at the time he pled guilty.
RESULT: Motion ALLOWED, client no longer subject to deportation for those convictions from 2001.

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