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2021 Case results

While the criminal justice system in 2021 has been extremely backed up due to the Covid- 19 pandemic, and most of our cases have been either been put on pause or are otherwise delayed, we have still been able to successfully resolve cases for our clients that did not require jury trials and were resolvable during these difficult times:

July 29, 2021
Framingham District Court
BENCH TRIAL: Our client was charged with Operating Under the Influence. The evidence presented at trial included the testimony of the arresting officer, two civilians, and 14 photographs. The evidence suggested that our client veered his car into oncoming traffic, struck a vehicle occupied by two civilians, and then both cars rolled over. Police, EMT's, and fire personnel responded to the scene. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. The arresting officer testified that our client had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath, his speech was slurred, he was unsteady on his feet, and he admitted to coming from a party. Attorney Urbelis cross- examined the government's witnesses, illuminating a different picture than the government's version. 
RESULT: Our client was found NOT GUILTY. 

July 8, 2021
Wareham District Court
BENCH TRIAL: Our client was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage. The government presented evidence that police responded to the area of a hit and run, and the caller provided a license plate. Police arrived in a parking lot where our client and his girlfriend were both standing outside of the vehicle with the license plate in question, with the front bumper ripped off, and the tire shredded. Our client admitted to driving and to the hit and run, drinking earlier, and performed some field sobriety tests that did not meet the officer's satisfaction; he was then arrested. 
RESULT: At trial, Attorney Urbelis established reasonable doubt as to why our client might have admitted to driving the vehicle, when in fact the vehicle was registered to his girlfriend. The court found him NOT GUILTY on both charges. 

June 17, 2021
Natick District Court
MOTION TO REVISE AND REVOKE SENTENCE: Our client was convicted of a felony in 2008 (Urbelis Law did not represent her at that time). As a result of this conviction, and as a non- citizen she was recently placed in deportation proceedings. She has lived in this country for almost 40 years, raised several children who have gone on to have successful careers, and she now has several grandchildren. Her immigration attorney referred her to Urbelis Law to review the 2008 case. After our lengthy investigation, we prepared and filed a motion to revise and revoke her original sentence based upon several legal deficiencies in that original case. 
RESULT: Our motion was allowed. The new retroactive sentence no longer places our client at risk of deportation. She will remain in the United States with her family. 

June 4, 2021
Lawrence District Court
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: The North Andover Police Department applied for a criminal complaint against our client for assault and battery on a family/ household member
RESULT: After a clerk magistrate's hearing, the clerk declined to issue a criminal complaint against our client, and the matter was terminated. 

May 27, 2021
Woburn District Court 
BENCH TRIAL: Assault and Battery on a Family/ Household Member. The government presented evidence of a 911 call in which 9- year- old girl called to report that her daddy was hitting her mommy. Police arrived to the address she provided, and our client, the caller's father, told police that he had struck and grabbed his wife by the face but that she wasn't hurt. He was arrested. 
RESULT: After a jury- waived trial, our client was found NOT GUILTY. 

May 26, 2021
Boston Municipal Court- East Boston Division
RESULT: Dismissed prior to arraignment- the fact that our client was even charged will no longer appear on any law enforcement records. 

May 19, 2021
Salem District Court
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: The Danvers Police department applied for a criminal larceny complaint against our client for allegedly filling up a shopping cart at Home Depot, leaving the store without paying, putting the contents in his car and driving off, ignoring loss prevention officer orders for him to stop. 
RESULT: After a clerk magistrate's hearing we were able to avoid any criminal complaint from issuing against our client. 

May 18, 2021
Brockton District Court
BENCH TRIAL: Our client was charged with breaking and entering the home of his estranged wife with the intent to commit a felony. The government presented three witnesses, including our client's ex- wife, her son, and the arresting officer. 
RESULT: After Attorney Urbelis's aggressive cross- examination of all of the government's witnesses, as well as the presentation of our client's own evidence, the court found our client NOT GUILTY. 

May 17, 2021
Boston Municipal Court- South Boston
DEFENDING AGAINST HARASSMENT PREVENTION ORDER: Our client's estranged husband's new girlfriend (and mother of his new baby) filed a harassment prevention order application against our client. She hired an attorney and presented testimony from multiple witnesses, along with videos, emails, and photographic evidence to try and show that our client had stalked her and threatened her life, as well as the life of her unborn child while she was pregnant. 
RESULT: After a two hour hearing, we were able to demonstrate that the plaintiff had not met the required elements to obtain a harassment prevention order, and the plaintiff's application against our client was DENIED. 

May 6, 2021
Haverhill District Court 
DEFENDING AGAINST 209A: Our client's ex- girlfriend applied for a restraining order against our client. She alleged that he texted her offensive names, threats, and sent nude pictures of her to other people. We were then hired to defend him at the hearing. 
RESULT: The judge declined to issue a restraining order against our client. 

April 16, 2021
Quincy District Court
DEFENDING AGAINST 209A: The plaintiff, our client's roommate, applied for a 209A against our client. The plaintiff alleged that our client was physically abusive, even strangling her on one occasion. The plaintiff provided documents, videos, and pictures to the court. We aggressively cross- examined the plaintiff, who came in to the proceeding "pro se" (without an attorney), and we tore apart her accusations and story. 
RESULT: The court found that the plaintiff did not have grounds for a 209A order, and denied the plaintiff's application for one. 

April 7, 2021
Brockton District Court
APPLICATION FOR 209A: We applied for a restraining order for our client and minor children against the defendant, her ex- husband children's father. We presented testimonial evidence that was highly contested by the defendant and his attorney. 
RESULT: The court granted our application and issued the 209A restraining order on behalf of our client and her children. 

April 2, 2021
Barnstable Superior Court
CHARGES/ INDICTMENTS: Our client was indicted on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery on a family/ household member, 2 counts of witness intimidation, and tampering with evidence. The district attorney's office moved to have our client held without bail pending trial as a dangerous person under M.G.L. c. 276 s. 58A. 
RESULT: After a 3 hour hearing, the court declined to hold our client without bail. He was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, and remain alcohol- free. We will vigorously defend him up to and including trial. 

March 5, 2021
Natick District Court
CLERK MAGISTRATE'S HEARING: Our client was charged with larceny over $1200 (felony) after being stopped outside of the Macy's in Natick with a carriage full of items that were not paid for. 
RESULT: After a hearing, the clerk declined to issue a criminal complaint, and no record of this matter now exists. 

February 18, 2021
Quincy District Court
CLERK MAGISTRATE'S HEARING: The Quincy Police Department applied for a criminal complaint against our two clients for breaking and entering (felony) and trespassing. 
RESULT: After an evidentiary hearing, we convinced the clerk that there was no intent to commit a crime. The clerk then declined to issue any criminal complaint, and no record of this matter now exists. 

January 28, 2021 
Boston Municipal Court- East Boston
CHARGES: Possession of Class B (cocaine), Operating without a License. 
RESULT: Both charges dismissed. 
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