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2020 Case Results
Below is a list of some of the favorable results we have achieved for our clients in 2020, most recent first:
February 26, 2020
Boston Municipal Court
CHARGE: Rape. Our client was arrested and charged with rape, on the allegation that he had sexual intercourse with a woman who was too intoxicated to consent. Our client, who had no prior record whatsoever, vehemently denied this accusation.
RESULT: After we were able to have the arraignment date extended, a further investigation revealed that this charge never should have been brought. We were very pleased that this very serious charge was dismissed prior to our client ever being arraigned in court; there is no record of this case in the system.
February 25, 2020
Peabody District Court
PROBATION VIOLATION: Our client was on probation for two separate larceny cases. While on probation, she picked up new cases in Dedham and Newton, relating to larceny and credit card fraud. The court in Peabody held her in jail for 30 days awaiting her final surrender hearing, where she faced up to 2.5 years in jail for violating her probation.
RESULT: After a hearing, the probation department recommended that our client serve 9 months in jail as a sentence for violating her probation. We put forth a lengthy argument, recommending that the 30 days she already spent in jail was sufficient punishment. The judge agreed with us, released our client, and her probation was finished.
February 19, 2020
Marlborough District Court
CHARGE: Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.
RESULT: Dismissed upon the completion of a one- day safe- driving class.
February 13, 2020
Quincy District Court
CHARGES: Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
RESULT: All charges dismissed.
February 5, 2020
Uxbridge District Court
CHARGE: Operating Under the Influence. Our client drove his car off the road and into the woods. When police arrived, he stated that he had been using an app on his phone that caused him to drift into oncoming traffic, and when he over-corrected he drove off the road. At trial , police testified that our client smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech, and glassy eyes. Police also testified that our client admitted to consuming two shots off vodka just prior to the crash.
RESULT: After cross- examination of the testifying officer by Attorney Urbelis, our client was found NOT GUILTY.
January 29, 2020
Salem District Court
CHARGES: Our client was charged with identity fraud and two counts of using a false RMV document. This case stemmed from a lengthy federal investigation into our client, a sixty year old Dominican national who had been living here illegally for over 30 years under a fake Puerto Rican identity. Our client was originally appointed an attorney by the court, who worked out a "deal" with the district attorney's office to have our client to plead guilty to a felony, serve 90 days in jail, which would lead to his deportation. Our client declined the "deal" and hired our firm.
RESULT: After approximately 10 months of battling in court, we were able to have all charges completely dismissed. Our client is now living in the with his family here in Massachusetts, the only home he's known for the last 30 years.
January 28, 2020
Waltham District Court
MOTION TO VACATE PRIOR CONVICTION AND FOR NEW TRIAL: Our client, an immigrant who has lived in this country for over ten years, was facing deportation as the result of a drug conviction, possession of class B (cocaine). He hired our firm, and we filed a motion to vacate that conviction on the grounds that his court- appointed lawyer at the time of his guilty plea had been ineffective as a matter of law.
RESULT: After filing our motion, we were able to come to a resolution with the district attorney's office that changed the guilty plea to a different disposition that took the risk of deportation off the table for our client.
January 24, 2020
Lynn District Court
MOTION TO VACATE PRIOR CONVICTION AND FOR NEW TRIAL: Our client, an immigrant who has lived in this country for over 20 years and is now 59 years old, is facing deportation as the result of SEVEN (7) separate criminal cases to which he plead guilty between 2001 and 2008. He pled guilty to numerous charges relating to domestic violence, threats, violations of restraining orders, paying for sexual services, operating under the influence, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. After hiring our firm, we filed seven separate motions to vacate all of his guilty pleas and to have new trials in each case, on various legal grounds. In each case, in very lengthy and contested hearings, the district attorney's office opposed our motions.
RESULT: We WON all seven motions to vacate our client's guilty pleas. Our client is no longer facing deportation at this time.
January 14, 2020
Framingham District Court
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: Police were called to our client's house on reports of an our of control party. When police arrived, several "under-age looking" people scattered from the yard, and several empty containers of alcohol were all over the yard as well. When police made contact with our client, 18 years old, he appeared to be intoxicated. Several of his under-21 friends did as well. The police applied for a criminal complaint against our client for keeping a disorderly house, and providing alcohol to minors. As our client was about to enter college, the appearance of a criminal charge on his record could be quite devastating to his future.
RESULT: After a magistrate's hearing, we were able to avoid a criminal compliant from issuing; case dismissed.
January 10, 2020
Westborough District Court
CHARGE: Operating Under the Influence, 2nd Offense. Our client was found sleeping in his truck, in the parking lot of a Cumberland Farms at 2:30 am. His ignition was turned on, and at trial the arresting officer testified that there was an overwhelming odor of alcohol coming from within the truck. The officer also testified that our client admitted to drinking that evening, was unsteady on his feet, couldn't follow simple directions, and failed two field sobriety tests.
RESULT: After a bench trial, our client was found NOT GUILTY.