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2023 Case Results

Here are some of our recent, successful outcomes in 2023 for our clients, in chronological order (most recent first): 

May 16, 2023
Dorchester District Court
CHARGE: Violation of a 209A restraining order. The complaining witness had a lifetime restraining order against our client, the father of her child. The lifetime restraining order prevented our client from ever contacting either the complaining witness, or their child in common. In April, our client was arrested for allegedly violating that lifetime restraining order. He was held without bail pending his arrangement. His father hired Urbelis Law, and we were able to appear at his arraignment, and have him released on personal recognizance. After reviewing the case, prior to the next court date, we filed a motion to dismiss; the allegations did not amount to violation of the restraining order. 
RESULT: Motion to dismiss allowed, case dismissed. 

April 20, 2023
Malden District Court
CHARGE: Larceny of a Motor Vehicle (felony). Our client had moved to Maine years ago, without ever resolving this criminal case in Massachusetts. It caught up to him when he received notice that his driver's license was suspended, and would stay suspended, until he cleared up the outstanding warrant for his arrest in Massachusetts. He then called our office, and we explained that in addition to helping him surrender on the arrest warrant upon his return to Massachusetts, we'd also need to defend against the underlying charge, a serious felony. He hired us to handle the case. 
RESULT: After having the warrant recalled (so that he could reinstate his driver's license), we were eventually able to resolve this case with an outright dismissal. 

March 28, 2023
Plymouth District Court
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: Our client was stopped by Plymouth police when he was observed driving a car that did not match the attached plates. He admitted that he had just purchased the car, did not yet have it registered, and had attached the plates from another vehicle in order to drive to work. The police applied for a criminal complaint against our client for attaching false plates, operating without insurance, and operating an unregistered vehicle. 
RESULT: After a clerk magistrate's hearing, the complaint application was denied, and our client's clean record was preserved. 

March 24, 2023
Brookline District Court
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: Brookline Police were dispatched to our client's apartment due to complaints of banging and screaming. When they arrived, they observed broken bottles scattered around the apartment, and our client's boyfriend with scratches on his arm. He told the police that our client had attacked him, and she admitted to scratching him. The police applied for a criminal complaint of assault and battery on a family/ household member against our client. 
RESULT: After a full evidentiary clerk magistrate's hearing, the complaint application was denied, and our client's clean record was preserved. 

March 22, 2023
Gardner District Court
CHARGE: Operating Under the Influence, 2nd Offense. Our client was observed driving on the wrong side of the road, and when police attempted to pull him over, he continued driving, but eventually came to a stop. Police observed his eyes to be red, his speech slurred, and to smell like the odor of alcohol. He was taken out of his car, where he had to use his hand to hold himself up on the side of his vehicle. He was placed under arrest. 
TRIAL VERDICT: After a bench trial, our client was found NOT GUILTY by the judge. 

March 17, 2023
Milford District Court
CHARGES: Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operating without a License. Our client, an undocumented immigrant, was charged after causing an accident that led to bodily injuries. 
RESULT: Both charges dismissed. 

March 3, 2023
Framingham District Court 
CHARGES: Operating Under the Influence, 2nd offense, and OUI with a License Suspended for previous Operating Under the Influence (minimum mandatory of 1 year in jail). Our client was originally represented by a public defender, and pled guilty to the charge of operating under the influence, 2nd offense, and was serving 6 months for violating probation (getting arrested for OUI 2nd while still on probation for his first OUI offense). He then hired Urbelis Law, but because of the guilty plea to OUI- 2nd, we were precluded from arguing that he wasn't under the influence when he was operating the vehicle; we could only contest the issue of whether he was properly charged with doing so while his license was suspended for a previous OUI. 
TRIAL VERDICT: We took the case to trial, and Attorney Urbelis was able to tear apart the prosecution's case with respect to whether he was given proper notice of the prior OUI license suspension. He was found NOT GUILTY at trial, and was released after the previously- imposed 6 month sentence given prior to his hiring Urbelis Law. 

February 15, 2023
Brighton District Court
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: The Boston Police caught our 19 year- old client, a Boston University student, using a fake ID to get into a local bar. They issuance her a summons, and applied for a criminal complaint against her. 
RESULT: At the clerk magistrate's hearing, we advocated for our client, and the application for a complaint was denied, preserving her record and future. 

February 9, 2023
Quincy District Court
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: The Quincy Police Department applied for a criminal complaint against our client for violating a 209A lifetime restraining order in place by his ex- girlfriend, mother of his children, who testified at the clerk magistrate's hearing
RESULT: After a full hearing, we were able to demonstrate that there was not probable cause to charge our client with this crime, and the complaint application was denied.  

January 30, 2023
Lawrence District Court
CHARGES: Operating with a Suspended License, Operating with a Suspended Registration, Operating Without Insurance. At the time she was charged with these offenses, our client was out on bail for pending felony ABDW charges in Woburn District Court, and the district attorney originally sought to revoke our client's bail on those charges, due to the new charges. 
RESULT: We were able to avoid having our client's bail revoked, and we resolved the case with a general continuance. As long as our client remains out of further trouble for six months, and doesn't drive, the case will end in a dismissal. 

January 26, 2023
Brighton District Court 
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COURT: Our 19 year- old client, a Boston University student, was discovered by the Boston Police walking down a public sidewalk, underage, drinking a can of beer. He was issued a citation, summonsed to court, and the police applied for a criminal complaint against him. 
RESULT: At the clerk magistrate's hearing, we advocated for our client, and the application for a complaint was denied, preserving his record and future. 

January 17, 2023
Newburyport District Court
CHARGES: Operating Under the Influence, 3rd Offense (minimum mandatory 6 month jail term); Operating Under the Influence while License Suspended for previous OUI (1 year minimum mandatory jail term); providing false identification to police upon arrest. Our 29 year- old client was arrested for the above- listed charges, while his license was not only suspended for a previous OUI, but he'd also served jail time for causing serious bodily injury while operating under the influence. The district attorney filed a M.G.L. c. 276 s. 58A motion for pretrial detention on the grounds that our client was too dangerous to be at liberty during the pendency of the case, for which he was going to be indicted to Superior Court. 
RESULT: After a 2- day hearing on the motion for pretrial detention, we convinced the judge to deny the motion, and our client was released on the pretrial conditions that he remain alcohol free, be tested for drug and alcohol use 3x/ day, and not drive. He has since been indicted, and is still presumed innocent until trial. 

January 10, 2023
Belchertown District Court
CHARGES: Breaking and Entering at Nighttime With Intent to Commit a Felony. Our client was a senior at UMass- Amherst. While intoxicated, he was discovered in the wrong dormitory- a female dormitory. The female resident of one dorm room, who did not know out client, discovered him in her room, yelled at him to leave, which he did. He was later identified through campus surveillance video. Our client was scheduled to graduate in May, and had already been accepted to University of Delaware graduate school of Physical Therapy; any conviction, or even admission, would have put his entire future in jeopardy. 
RESULT: We were able to resolve this case with pretrial probation, no admission, and as long as he stays out of trouble, and attends a total of 10 AA meetings, the case will end in a dismissal. 

Client Reviews
"Ben Urbelis recently represented me in an OUI case in which I had crashed my car. I honestly did not believe I had any chance of beating it, but fortunately for me Ben was outstanding and all charges were dropped. In my first hearing he was calm, assertive and straight to the point. I was extremely impressed and satisfied. I left my hearing feeling confident that I had made the right choice of hiring him. I am positive I would have lost this case and walked away with an OUI if I hadn't. I am very happy with how he handled my case and how reassured I felt having him as my lawyer." MC
"Benjamin Urbelis, an attorney with Urbelis Law LLC, took our call late in the evening when we needed him. Benjamin explained the legal process in a manner that we could understand and provided the legal representation needed to clear up the issue immediately. His experience and credentials were evident in the way in which he handled all of the details of our case and achieved complete success. Thank you Benjamin for your professionalism and wise counsel." FB
"Huge thank you to not only my friend, but my lawyer,Ben Urbelis..I presented him with a case that at first was a bit tricky on paper... but we worked hard together and got all information we needed to prove i was innocent! He knew from the get go a year ago that he was gonna smash this case, and he did!! Cant thank you enough man! If anyone needs a lawyer, hes your guy... no question" PB