Violent Crimes - Part 1

Stalking – Not Guilty

Our client, who is married, had an affair that lasted several years. After the affair ended, the relationship between our client and his former mistress became extremely hostile. The mistress reported to the police that our client called her repeatedly and threatened to harm her. She also reported that our client had planted cocaine in her car and had her arrested, that he attempted to get her fired from her job, and that he broke into her apartment when she wasn’t home. At trial, several police officers testified that their investigation supported the mistress’ story. Our client’s phone records established that our client called the mistress over and over again even after she obtained a restraining order against him. The phone records also proved that our client called the police and reported that the mistress had cocaine in her car. The police later concluded that our client had planted the cocaine. Finally, the Commonwealth played audio recordings of our client making threats against the mistress in phone conversations. Our client was indicted and charged with felony counts of stalking and stalking in violation of a restraining order. Following a trial, a Middlesex Superior Court jury found our client not guilty of the two stalking charges.

Assault and Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury – Not Guilty

After an evening of drinking in Boston, our client was involved in a verbal altercation with an acquaintance. During the argument, our client allegedly smashed the acquaintance’s face with a beer bottle. A struggle ensued, and our client bit the acquaintance in the stomach several times, causing serious injuries and permanent scarring. The acquaintance went to the emergency room for treatment of his injuries. His medical records and photographs of his injuries were admitted at our client’s trial. We argued that our client was simply defending himself and any force he used during the altercation was reasonable and necessary. The Boston Municipal Court jury found our client not guilty of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (beer bottle).

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

Our middle-aged male client was involved in an argument with a female acquaintance of his daughter. During the argument, our client admitted to punching the woman numerous times in the face. The woman also alleged that our client and his daughter struck her approximately 20 times with a barstool. At trial, the government introduced photographs of the woman’s face, which was badly bruised and bloody. The woman’s medical records established that she suffered a broken nose. The woman’s clothes were soaked with her own blood and her blood was splattered all over her apartment. The woman’s neighbor offered testimony that corroborated the woman’s story. Our client was not injured. At trial, we argued that our client used reasonable force to defend himself and his daughter. The Lowell District Court jury found our client not guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (bar stool) and not guilty of assault and battery.

Criminal Harassment – Not Guilty

Our client and the alleged victim worked together. According to our client, they had a romantic relationship that resulted in her pregnancy. According to the alleged victim, they never had a romantic relationship of any kind and our client stalked him for years. The police obtained phone records that suggested a phone number associated with our client had been calling the alleged victim hundreds of times over a short period. The alleged victim also asserted that our client followed him home from work and sent anonymous letters to his family members. Following a jury trial in Newburyport District Court, our client was found not guilty of criminal harassment.

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

Our client was an independent truck driver who was responsible for making a delivery to a Market Basket warehouse during a labor strike.  When he tried to leave the warehouse, the picketers blocked his exit and screamed obscenities at him.  Our client parked his truck, got out of the cabin, and walked toward the picketers while holding a hammer.  The police intervened and tackled our client before he reached the protesters.  The entire incident was captured on videotape.  He was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.  Following a jury trial in Lowell District Court, he was found not guilty of both charges.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

The police responded to our client's house to investigate an ongoing dispute between our client's family and his neighbors.  Our client told the police to get off of his property.  When the police left his home to talk to his neighbors, our client got into his truck, which was parked in the driveway, and attempted to speed away.  There was a police officer at the end of his driveway waving his arms and yelling at him to stop, and our client struck the officer with his car.  The collision between our client's car and the police officer was captured on a surveillance video that was shown to the jury.  The officer testified that our client made eye contact with him and intentionally drove his truck into him.  Our client testified that he did not see the officer until after the collision.  The Lowell District Court jury found our client not guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and not guilty of failing to stop for a police officer.

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

Our client was walking his pet pit bull down a busy city street. The dog was barking, growling, and lunging at pedestrians on the sidewalk. A police officer witnessed the dog’s behavior and instructed our client to stop walking. Our client ignored the police officer and continued to walk the dog. The police officer approached our client and our client allegedly allowed the pit bull to lunge at the officer. Animal control officers arrived and took custody of the dog. The police officer then attempted to place our client under arrest and our client physically fought him and several other officers who arrived on the scene. It took six police officers to finally handcuff our client. Following a jury trial in Lowell District Court, our client was found not guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon (the pit bull) and not guilty of resisting arrest.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

Our client was exiting a nightclub when a fight broke out in a parking lot across the street. The victim was attacked by several men. He sustained serious head injuries and all of the windows in his car were smashed with a baseball bat. The victim and a security officer positively identified our client as the prime attacker. In addition to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, our client was charged with malicious destruction of property over $250 and assault and battery. The jury found our client not guilty of all charges.

Assault and Battery – Not Guilty

Our client’s ex-girlfriend reported to the police that our client had beaten her. She told the police that during an argument, our client had punched her in the face and destroyed her apartment. A police officer observed swelling to the ex-girlfriend’s face. After trial, our client was found not guilty of assault and battery.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

A woman reported to the police that she had been involved in a fight with two women, including our client.  An argument had started when the victim was involved in a road rage dispute with our client's boyfriend while driving through a local city.  Following the road rage incident, our client allegedly went to the victim's house, knocked on her door, and hit her in the head with a baseball bat.  The victim had injuries confirming she had been hit in the head.  Our client denied she was involved in the attack.  At trial, we argued that the victim's story was unreliable in part because of her mental health diagnoses.  We confronted her with inconsistent stories she told about the incident to the police and the hospital staff.  A Lowell District Court jury found our client not guilty. 

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

The fire department was called to our client’s home to extinguish a fire our client had started in his back yard. When the fire truck arrived, our client allegedly told a firefighter that he was going to “sic” his dog on him. The police arrived shortly thereafter and reported that our client was screaming and creating a disturbance. When a police officer attempted to arrest our client, he allegedly struggled with the officer until the officer sprayed him with pepper spray. After trial in Ayer District Court, our client was found not guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon (a dog), not guilty of interfering with a firefighter, and not guilty of resisting arrest.

Assault and Battery on a Police Officer – Not Guilty

Our client was arrested for a motor vehicle infraction. After he was booked and placed in a cell, he allegedly became verbally abusive toward several police officers. The officers entered his cell and reported that our client punched two officers several times and threatened to hurt any officer he later saw on the street. He was charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count of threatening to commit a crime. A Lowell District Court jury found him not guilty of all charges after trial.

Assault and Battery – Not Guilty

Our client and his girlfriend were arguing outside of their home. Two EMT workers called the police and said they saw our client punch his girlfriend several times in the neck area. They reported that our client’s girlfriend was lying in the fetal position on the ground. When the police arrived, the girlfriend was disoriented and her clothes were ripped. The police arrested our client. After trial, the Cambridge District Court jury found our client not guilty.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

An acquaintance of our client reported to the police that our client and two other women had punched and kicked her outside of her house. The police found our client a few blocks away and arrested her. After trial, a jury found our client not guilty.

Assault and Battery – Not Guilty

Our client was involved in an argument with the landlord of an apartment building. The landlord told the police that during the argument, our client shoved him down a set of stairs. The police officers observed injuries to the landlord that were consistent with his story. The police interviewed our client at the scene, who was intoxicated and belligerent. The Lowell District Court jury found our client not guilty.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty

Two police officers on routine patrol witnessed our client’s girlfriend run from her apartment building. The officers then saw our client chase his girlfriend and begin hitting her in the head with a shoe. The police officers immediately confronted our client, who allegedly fought and struggled as he was being placed under arrest. We called our client’s girlfriend to testify that she didn’t believe our client had intentionally struck her. The girlfriend also testified that the police officers roughed up our client as they arrested him. In addition to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, our client was charged with resisting arrest. The Lowell District Court jury found our client not guilty of both charges.

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) – Not Guilty

Our client and his adult son were sitting on a bench in a local city when the complaining witness walked by. Our client’s family and the complaining witness had experienced previous problems and allegations of violence. According to the complaining witness, our client and his son stood up, took knives out of their pockets, and chased him for approximately 10 minutes. A police officer testified at trial that the complaining witness was out of breath and appeared scared immediately after the incident. The complaining witness gave detailed descriptions of the knives that our client and his son allegedly brandished. A subsequent search of our client and his son revealed that both were carrying knives that matched the description given by the complaining witness. Our client was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. At trial, a Lowell District Court jury found our client not guilty.

Armed Burglary – Dismissed

The police were called to the scene of a home invasion. The owners of the home told the police that our client had forced his way through the front door without their permission. Once inside, our client allegedly demanded money and threatened to shoot the home owners. Following a scuffle, our client fled the scene. The police later found and arrested our client. In addition to armed burglary, our client was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Masked, Armed Robbery – Dismissed

Two Hispanic males wearing masks and distinctive clothes entered a liquor store and robbed it at gunpoint. The police responded immediately and located our client and his friend nearby. They matched the description of the robbers. When the police asked where they were coming from, they gave stories that were later confirmed to be untrue. Both of the clerks from the liquor store identified our client as one of the robbers. Our client was initially held without bail. We immediately began an investigation and determined that both of the clerks’ identifications were flawed, and the clerks admitted they weren’t sure our client was involved in the robbery. We filed an emergency motion and had our client released from jail while the police investigation continued. Ultimately the prosecutor agreed with us that she could not prove our client was involved in the robbery and she dismissed the case.

Assault and Battery on a Child Causing Bodily Injury – Dismissed

Our client was accused by relatives of repeatedly beating his 8-year-old stepdaughter. The police interviewed the stepdaughter, who confirmed the beatings. The police observed bruises on the stepdaughter that were consistent with her story. We conducted an investigation and determined that the stepdaughter has a medical condition that causes her to bruise from very slight physical contact. We also interviewed witnesses who contradicted the stepdaughter’s allegations. We convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case prior to trial.

Attempted Murder – Dismissed

Our client allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house by climbing through her bedroom window in the middle of the night. According to the ex-girlfriend, our client then strangled her until she passed out. When she regained consciousness, our client held a knife to her chest and said he was going to kill her. The ex-girlfriend was able to escape and go to the emergency room, where she was interviewed by the police. Our client was charged with attempted murder, and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Unarmed Robbery – Dismissed

Our client was at a party when he ran into an acquaintance. An argument ensued between our client and an acquaintance and the argument escalated into a physical altercation. The acquaintance reported to the police that our client and three other individuals punched and kicked him, and our client stole his wallet. The acquaintance had visible injuries that were consistent with our story. In addition to unarmed robbery, our client was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot) and assault and battery. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Attempted Murder – Dismissed

The police found our client’s girlfriend on the street. She was emotionally distraught and had significant bruising and injuries around her neck. She told the police that our client had strangled her until she blacked out. The physical evidence supported the girlfriend’s story. Our client was arrested and charged with attempted murder, and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Armed Robbery – Dismissed

Our client and his two friends got into a dispute with an acquaintance. The acquaintance reported to the police that during the argument, one of our client’s friends pulled out a knife and threatened her with it. Our client and her friends then stole the acquaintance’s shoes. The police searched the area and found our client and his two friends in possession of the shoes. They were arrested and charged with armed robbery, and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Unarmed Robbery – Dismissed

Witnesses reported to the police that a man in a wheelchair was being robbed. The police spoke to the man in the wheelchair and he said our client and a woman knocked him out of his wheelchair, rummaged through his property, and stole his wallet. An independent witness confirmed this account to the police. Our client was arrested and the alleged victim’s keys were found in our client’s pocket. We conducted an investigation that revealed that the alleged victim was in the process of soliciting sex immediately before he was allegedly robbed. We shared this information with the Court and the District Attorney and the case was thereafter dismissed. Our client had also been charged with committing an assault and battery on a disabled person and receiving stolen property, both of which were dismissed prior to trial.

Strangulation – Dismissed

Our client was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend and a neighbor called the police.  When the police arrived, the girlfriend had red marks on her neck and she was gasping for breath.  She told the police during the argument with our client, he put both hands around her neck and began to strangle her, cutting off her air supply.  Our client admitted there had been a verbal argument but said he never touched the girlfriend.  The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Attempted Murder – Dismissed

The police were dispatched to our client's home to investigate the report of a domestic disturbance.  When the police arrived, they heard a woman screaming "leave me alone" from inside the house.  An officer then saw our client's girlfriend, who was disheveled and bleeding.  Our client appeared intoxicated and challenged the police officer to fight him.  The girlfriend told the police that she and our client had been drinking and started to argue.  During the argument, out client punched the girlfriend several times in the face and then began to strangle her while threatening to snap her neck.  A neighbor heard the commotion and called the police.  The girlfriend had injuries that corroborated her story.  At the arraignment, the Commonwealth asked the judge to hold our client without bail as a danger to society.  There was an evidentiary hearing and we had the opportunity to cross-examine the girlfriend.  Following the hearing, our client was released on personal recognizance and, ultimately, the Commonwealth dismissed the attempted murder charge.

Stalking – Dismissed

Our client was accused of using her boyfriend’s Facebook account to threaten his boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend reported to the police that our client had been sending vulgar and threatening messages to her. The officer made copies of the messages and a complaint issued against our client charging her with stalking, threatening to commit a crime, and sending annoying electronic communications. We argued that there was insufficient evidence to establish that our client was the author of the offensive messages. The judge agreed and allowed our motion to dismiss the case.

Armed Robbery – Dismissed

Our client was the back seat passenger in a car that contained two other men. The men spotted a boy riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. The driver of the car pulled next to the boy and the front seat passenger flung open his door, knocking the boy off the bike. The front seat passenger then stole the bike, eventually putting it in the car next to our client. The police tried to stop the car shortly thereafter, and the driver of the car led the police on a chase. The car in which our client was riding eventually crashed and our client fled on foot. He was located by the police later in the day and arrested. In addition to armed robbery, our client was charged (under a joint venture theory) with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny over $250, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Kidnapping – Dismissed

Our client and his girlfriend were arguing at the girlfriend’s apartment. Our client allegedly became angry and pinned the girlfriend to the couch and put his hand over her mouth. According to the girlfriend, our client also grabbed her breasts several times. When the girlfriend attempted to leave the apartment, our client blocked the door and held her captive for more than four hours. The girlfriend escaped only by banging on the walls, causing a neighbor to investigate. In addition to kidnapping, our client was charged with burglary and indecent assault and battery. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Armed Assault with Intent to Murder – Probation Continued

While represented by another attorney, our client was convicted of armed assault with intent to murder. He served a lengthy prison sentence and was then placed on probation. He was rearrested for a violent crime and we represented him on his probation surrender hearing. We convinced the judge not to send him back to prison, but instead to continue his probation.

Armed Robbery – Dismissed

A convenience store clerk called the police to report that she was robbed in the middle of the night by a man with a weapon. The suspect entered the store and told the clerk not to look at him, while apparently brandishing a gun in his pocket. The suspect then said “don’t make me kill you.” The suspect gave the clerk a paper bag and demanded cigarettes and all of the money from the register. After the clerk complied, the suspect fled the store. The clerk subsequently positively identified our client as the assailant. Our client was also identified as being involved in another (unrelated) robbery in the area. The grand jury returned indictments charging our client with armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Burglary – Probation Terminated

While represented by another attorney, our client pled guilty in superior court to breaking into a neighbor’s home. He was placed on probation. We began representing the client after he violated his probation by being charged in New Hampshire with aggravated drunk driving and failing to report to his probation officer for more than four years. His probation officer asked the judge to send our client to sentence our client to a lengthy jail term. We convinced the judge to terminate our client’s probation with no additional punishment.

Assault and Battery on a Child Causing Bodily Injury – Dismissed

Our client was accused by relatives of repeatedly beating his 8-year-old stepdaughter. The police interviewed the stepdaughter, who confirmed the beatings. The police observed bruises on the stepdaughter that were consistent with her story. We conducted an investigation and determined that the stepdaughter has a medical condition that causes her to bruise from very slight physical contact. We also interviewed witnesses who contradicted the stepdaughter’s allegations. We convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case prior to trial.

Kidnapping – Dismissed

Our client’s ex-girlfriend had a restraining order against our client. According to the ex- girlfriend, our client went to her apartment and forced his way inside. Our client allegedly held the ex-girlfriend captive for 15 hours and refused to allow her to leave. At some point, our client left the apartment and then allegedly called the ex-girlfriend and told her he was going to return with a gun and “take care of business.” In addition to kidnapping, our client was charged with violating a restraining order and threatening to commit a crime. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Masked Armed Robbery – Probation Continued

While represented by another attorney, our client was convicted of masked armed robbery and placed on probation (after serving a lengthy state prison sentence for related charges). While on probation, he was implicated in a housebreak and found with stolen items that were taken from the house. His probation officer brought the case into court and the judge found him in violation of his probation. He was facing a mandatory minimum five-year state prison sentence, but we convinced the judge to place him back on probation.

Accessory to Armed Robbery – Motion to Suppress Allowed

Our client’s friend used a large military-style knife to rob a convenience store in the middle of the night. Our client drove him to the convenience store, waited for him outside, and drove him away after the robbery. When the police pulled her over shortly thereafter, the knife and stolen cash and cigarettes were clearly visible in the car. Our client made a statement to the police in which she said she became aware her friend was going to rob the store as they approached it, and she admitted that she waited for him and drove him away from the scene after the robbery. We filed a motion to suppress our client’s confession, which was allowed by a superior court judge. Following the suppression of our client’s statement, the Commonwealth dismissed the case.

Criminal Harassment – Dismissed

Our client’s ex-boyfriend called the police to report that our client was harassing him. The police learned that our client had called the ex-boyfriend more than 10 times and threatened him, his new girlfriend, and members of his family. A police officer spoke to our client, who admitted she was making the phone calls. Our client was charged with criminally harassing her ex-boyfriend. The judge allowed our motion to dismiss the case prior to trial.

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

Our client was dating a woman who had an adult son from a previous relationship.  The son traveled to our client's home and confronted our client for disrespecting his mother.  Our client ordered the son to get out of his house and the son refused.  Our client allegedly retrieved a gun from his bedroom and pointed it at the son's chest, threatening to shoot him.  The police were called.  When the cops arrived, they searched our client's bedroom and found a gun matching the description of the gun used in the alleged assault.  Our client was arrested, but the case was dismissed prior to trial. 

Assault and Battery on a Police Officer – Dismissed

Our client was attending a party that was being broken up by the police. When an officer told our client to leave, our client refused to move and began screaming at the officer. The officer again told our client to leave and our client shoved him and swore at him. Our client was placed under arrest after a brief struggle. In addition to assault and battery on a police officer, our client was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. All counts were dismissed prior to trial.

Aggravated Assault and Battery – Dismissed

Our client’s girlfriend reported to the police that she had been arguing with her boyfriend when he became angry and shoved her down a flight of stairs. The girlfriend told the police she was pregnant with our client’s baby. The police found our client, who admitted he knew the girlfriend was pregnant. Our client was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and battery. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery on a Public Employee – Dismissed

Our client went to a hospital for treatment of stomach pain. She became upset when told she was going to be admitted. According to a nurse, our client put her into a headlock and attempted to choke her. Our client released the nurse when the hospital security team arrived. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Unarmed Robbery – Dismissed

Our client was in a dispute with a woman he knew. During the argument, our client allegedly ripped the woman’s purse from her hand. The woman identified our client and he was charged with unarmed robbery. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Larceny from a Person – Dismissed

Our client was at a hotel room with his ex-girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend went to sleep and when she awoke, she discovered that her prescription medication was missing. She confronted our client, who admitted he had stolen the drugs but refused to return them. Our client was charged with larceny from a person, and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Armed Robbery – Probation Continued

While represented by another attorney, our client pled guilty to robbing a woman with a knife. After serving a jail sentence, our client was placed on probation. We began representing him after he violated his probation by testing positive for cocaine four times, failing to pay more than $10,000 in restitution, and failing to report to his probation officer for almost one year. The probation officer asked the judge to send our client to state prison for several years. We convinced the judge to continue our client’s probation and allow him another chance to get clean.

Intimidation of a Witness – Dismissed

Our client and his girlfriend were involved in an argument. During the argument, our client allegedly lunged at the girlfriend in an attempt to strike her. The girlfriend was about to call the police when our client snatched her phone. He then used a wooden chair to smash the living room window. The police observed the damage to the chair and the window. In addition to intimidation of a witness, our client was charged with assault and vandalizing property. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

Our client and her boyfriend were involved in a verbal altercation. The boyfriend reported to the police that during the fight, our client threw a glass and a shoe at him. The police made observations that corroborated the boyfriend’s story. Our client was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Aggravated Assault and Battery – Dismissed

Our client’s girlfriend was four months pregnant. She told the police that during an argument, our client had punched her in the stomach and told her that he “hoped the baby died.” In addition to aggravated assault and battery, our client was charged with assault. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery – Dismissed

Our client was arguing with her daughter. During the argument, our client slapped her daughter in the face, causing an injury that was witnessed by the responding police officer. Our client admitted to the police that she hit her daughter. She was arrested and charged with assault and battery, and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Unarmed Assault with Intent to Rob – Dismissed

A police officer watched our client stand outside of an enclosed ATM machine while a bank customer withdrew money.  When the man exited the building, the police officer saw our client punch him and knock him to the ground.  The police officer broke up the fight and learned from the victim that our client had demanded his money.  Our client denied the charges and said he was simply trying to recover money that was owed to him.  The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

Our client was involved in a road rage incident. A woman driving a car exited to confront a group of people, including our client. According to witnesses, our client shoved the woman and spit at her. The woman’s husband then arrived and our client allegedly kicked him in the stomach. In addition to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod food), our client was charged with one count of assault and battery and one count of assault. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Intimidation of a Witness – Dismissed

Our client was arguing with his girlfriend at the girlfriend’s friend’s house. During the argument, our client allegedly shoved a marble table toward the girlfriend. As she began to call the police, our client took the cell phone out of her hand. The incident was witnessed by the girlfriend’s friend. In addition to witness intimidation, our client was charged with assault. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

Our client's ex-girlfriend was dating another man and our client was allegedly jealous of the relationship.  The ex-girlfriend reported to the police that our client had followed her and the new boyfriend to a local shopping center.  As the ex-girlfriend and the new boyfriend were walking toward their car in the parking lot, our client drove toward them and tried to hit them with his car.  Our client was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery – Dismissed

The police were called to our client’s apartment. Our client’s roommate told the police that while she was sleeping, our client attacked her. Police officers observed injuries to the roommate that corroborated her story. The police then interviewed our client, who said that she attacked the roommate because the roommate had been talking behind her back. Our client was charged with assault and battery and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Criminal Harassment – Dismissed

Our client was involved in an ongoing neighborhood dispute. The neighbors reported to the police that our client challenged them to physical fights, repeatedly swore at them, and pointed her loud radio at their house. Our client was charged with criminal harassment. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery – Dismissed

The police were called to our client's apartment to investigate a domestic disturbance.  When they arrived, the police found our client's girlfriend outside.  She was bleeding from an injury to her face.  She told the police that during an argument, our client had punched her several times causing the injury.  Our client was arrested and charged with assault and battery and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Armed Robbery – Probation Continued

While represented by another attorney, our client pled guilty to being the get-away driver in several convenience store robberies. After serving time in jail, our client was released and ordered to complete an inpatient drug program. She was thrown out of the program after failing a drug test. We convinced the judge to continue our client’s probation and give her a second chance to complete the drug program.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

Our client’s girlfriend called the police and reported that our client had assaulted her. When the police arrived at her house, the girlfriend was crying and had visible injuries to her eye. She told the police that our client had shoved her into a playpen, causing her to strike her face. Our client was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Aggravated Assault and Battery – Dismissed

The police responded to our client’s home to investigate a disturbance. Upon arrival, the police found our client’s pregnant wife lying in the street and crying. She told the police that our client had knelt on her stomach and punched her in the face at least three times. The police reported that her face was red and swollen. The wife was three months pregnant with our client’s baby. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery on a Police Officer – Dismissed

The police were called to assist a bar owner in clearing out a crowd at the end of the night. While ordering the crowd to disperse, a police officer reported that our client refused to leave. When the officer attempted to escort her from the bar, our client allegedly punched the officer in the face and chest. She was arrested and in addition to assault and battery on a police officer, she was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Strangulation – Dismissed

Our client believed the victim (a teenager) had stolen her daughter's cellphone.  Our client found the victim on a city street and attacked her in front of a group of witnesses.  During the beating, our client reportedly strangled the victim and kneed her several times in the head, causing her to lose consciousness.  The police arrived on the scene and found the victim bleeding, crying, and disoriented.  In addition to strangulation, our client was charged with assault & battery and threatening to commit a crime.  All charges were dismissed before trial.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

The police were called to our client's home to investigate the report of a domestic disturbance.  When then arrived, they found our client and her boyfriend standing next to a grill.  The boyfriend had lighter fluid all over his face and told the police he couldn't see anything.  Our client said her boyfriend had upset her, so she sprayed him in the face with lighter fluid.  While the case was pending, we compiled past police reports that documented a history of abuse by the boyfriend toward our client.  On the trial date, the Commonwealth agreed to dismiss the case.

Violation of a Restraining Order – Dismissed

Our client’s ex-wife obtained a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting her. After obtaining the order, the ex-wife reported to the police that our client went to her house. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery – Dismissed

Our client and his girlfriend were leaving a bar when another woman began an argument with our client. Witnesses reported that our client approached the woman and punched her several times in the face. The woman went to the hospital and her injures were documented. Our client was charged with assault and battery and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

Our client was driving on a city street when an acquaintance threw a rock at his car. Our client stopped the car and confronted him. A fight ensued and our client hit the alleged victim twice in the head with a stick, splitting his head open. Two independent witnesses observed our client strike the alleged victim and our client admitted to the assault. In addition to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, our client was charged with disorderly conduct. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Armed Robbery – Probation Continued

While represented by another attorney, our client was found guilty of robbing a cab driver. After serving a state prison sentence, our client was placed on probation. We began representing him after he violated his probation by failing to report to his probation officer, failing to submit to a drug screen, failing to complete a court-ordered educational program, and failing to pay court-ordered fees. Despite our client’s repeated probation violations, we convinced the judge to continue his probation with the same terms, conditions, and end date.

Violation of a Restraining Order – Dismissed

Our client’s ex-boyfriend obtained a restraining order against her. While the restraining order was in effect, our client allegedly called and texted him repeatedly. The ex-boyfriend filed a complaint with the police and our client was charged with violating the restraining order. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

The police responded to our client’s residence for the report of a domestic disturbance. Our client’s boyfriend had an inch-long cut on his wrist and was bleeding profusely. He told the police that during an argument, our client had swung a hammer at his head. In blocking the hammer, our client’s boyfriend injured his wrist. Our client was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery – Dismissed

The police responded to our client’s house to investigate the report of a domestic disturbance. Our client’s sister told the police that our client had punched her during the course of an argument. The police witnessed injuries to the sister that were consistent with her story. Our client was charged with assault and battery. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Dismissed

The police were called to a local high school to investigate the report of a fight. The officers found the alleged victim, who had significant injuries to his face. The alleged victim told the police that our client had kicked him and punched him in the face. The police located our client fleeing the scene and the alleged victim identified him. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Assault and Battery – Dismissed

The police responded to our client’s girlfriend’s apartment to investigate a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the police met our client who said, “Just get me out of here and away from her. I fucking hit her.” Our client was arrested and the police spoke with the girlfriend, who confirmed that an argument had led to a physical altercation. Our client was charged with assault and battery and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Criminal Harassment – Dismissed

Our client’s girlfriend reported that our client threatened to harm her if she cheated on him. He repeatedly went to her house against her will and would not stop bothering her. In addition to criminal harassment, our client was charged with assault. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Threat to Commit a Crime – Dismissed

The police were investigating an argument involving vehicles that were illegally parked on the street. Upon arriving at the scene, an officer witnessed our client confront his neighbor about our client’s parked car. The neighbor wanted our client’s car towed. In front of the police officer our client said, “you better watch your back.” The officer reported that the neighbor appeared shocked and in fear. Our client then began screaming at the neighbor and was arrested. In addition to the threats count, our client was charged with disorderly conduct. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Violent Crimes - Part 2

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