Boston Criminal Defense Blog

March 2017 Case Results

At Simons Law Office, we routinely achieve successful outcomes for clients facing criminal charges. Below are a few highlights from March 2017.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Attorney Sara Attarchi represented two clients in the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal Court. First, Attorney Attarchi convinced a clerk magistrate to find our client Not Responsible for an allegation of texting while driving. Next, she persuaded a judge to seal our other client’s criminal record, so that she can move on with her life and begin a career after her impending college graduation.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Attorney Joseph Simons represented a client in the Boston Municipal Court on a petition to seal her record. After presenting a compelling argument, the judge agreed with Attorney Simons and sealed the client’s record, allowing her to leave that part of her life behind. Next, Attorney Simons convinced a judge in the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court to order school records in an alleged abuse case.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

After two years of litigation, Attorney Simons successfully convinced a judge to give our client probation, over the strong objections from the prosecution in the Barnstable District Court. Client was initially charged with possessing two firearms without a license, which were finally dismissed completely.

In the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court, Attorney Attarchi got a judge to dismiss a charge of possessing a meth pipe, prior to arraignment – meaning that it will never appear on our client’s record. Further, Attorney Attarchi was able to achieve the impressive outcome over the prosecution’s objections, and without the need for our client to travel to Massachusetts from his out-of-state home.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Our client was summonsed to court for a charge of OUI (operating under the influence of alcohol). Over the prosecution’s objection, Attorney Attarchi won over the judge, who agreed to continue the arraignment due to the Valor Act. Attorney Attarchi argued that our client, a military veteran, should receive the benefit of the Valor Act, which recognizes our veterans by giving them second chances in some cases.

Monday, March 20, 2017

In the Lowell District Court, Attorneys Simons and Attarchi represented a client at trial for Operating Under the Influence of Liquor (OUI), Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Marked Lanes Violation, and Speeding. After a year of delays with his public defender, our client hired our office to take over and defend him at trial.
According to the State Trooper, our client smelled of overwhelming alcohol when he was pulled over at 2:00 a.m. for driving erratically and speeding. He failed his field sobriety tests and eventually dropped to the ground, crying and saying sorry. Despite this, at trial, Attorney Simons was able to convince the jury that Client was not guilty on both criminal charges, and not responsible on the civil motor vehicle violations.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In Framingham District Court, Attorney Simons represented a firefighter who was denied his license to carry a firearm. Our client was accused of running down a car full of people, hitting one of them with his truck, and then fleeing the scene. After a contested hearing, Attorney Simons demonstrated that the information presented by the chief of police was not credible. As a result, the judge agreed and ordered the chief to give our client his license to carry.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In the Lynn District Court, Attorney Iliana Diaz successfully argued two crucial discovery motions for our client charged with gun and drug crimes. Client had been represented by a public defender, who did little work over the past year. With the case on for trial in two weeks, Attorney Diaz urged the judge to give us additional time to pursue a thorough investigation. Over vocal opposition from the prosecution, the judge agreed with Attorney Diaz and gave us more time to aggressively defend our client.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Our client, the mother of a significantly disabled adult daughter, was charged with Social Security Fraud in the U.S. District Court (federal court) in Boston. Our client lied about her husband’s income when she applied and recertified for Social Security benefits. She hired our office to try to avoid jail time. After several negotiations with the government, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss one court of False Statements, and to reduce the loss amount from $176,375.58 to $95,515.78. Even with the concessions, the guidelines sentence was 10-16 months in federal prison. After drafting a comprehensive and persuasive sentencing memorandum, Attorney Simons convinced the government to join in a recommendation of 1-year probation, a downward departure, with restitution. Today at the sentencing hearing, the judge agreed and sentenced our client to one year of probation.

Monday, March 27, 2017

In Suffolk Superior Court, Attorney Simons represented our client in a contested probation violation hearing. He was initially sentenced to an unlicensed ammunition charge, and was due to complete probation very soon. According to the probation officer, our client violated probation with a number of technical violations, and a new criminal charge of selling crack cocaine. After cross-examining the detective and probation officer, the judge found that there was insufficient evidence of our client committing the new crime, even though he was actually charged in another court. As a result, client was only found responsible for violating the lesser, technical terms of probation, saving client significant jail time.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

In the Westborough District Court, our client was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Liquor (OUI), Marked Lanes Violation, and Lights Violation. Client hired us to take the case to trial. The case was transferred to the Worcester District Court for a jury trial. According to the state trooper, our client was pulled over for having a broken light. After following her, the trooper observed her driving erratically and crossing into the breakdown lane. She then failed her field sobriety tests, and was arrested. Today at trial, Attorney Simons achieved a not guilty verdict for our client, and convinced the judge to order our client’s driver’s license restored immediately.

In the Brookline District Court, Attorney Attarchi represented our client at a probation violation hearing. According to the probation officer, our client violated his probation by committing new crimes in three different courts and leading police on a high-speed chase. Despite a request from probation that our client be held without bail, Attorney Attarchi secured our client’s release without posting bail, pending the final probation surrender hearing.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Attorney Simons represented a pair of clients in the Boston Municipal Court. The first was charged with operating on a suspended license, subsequent offense. Despite a record of similar offenses, the judge agreed to dismiss the case upon the completion of a few hours of community service. Our second client was charged with driving without a license. Attorney Simons got the judge to dismiss the charge with only a $50 fine.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

We had been representing a client with charges out of the Clinton District Court and the Leominster District Court, which were consolidated for jury trial and transferred to the Fitchburg District Court. Our client, a 25-year-old Harvard graduate, was charged with a slew of charges after a psychotic episode: Breaking & Entering, Using Motor Vehicle Without Authority, Wanton Destruction of Property (x2), Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operating Under the Influence of Drugs (OUI Drugs), Speeding, Marked Lanes Violation, Assault and Battery on Ambulance Personnel (x2), and Carjacking.
Our client had allegedly ordered a pizza and then stolen the delivery driver’s car, and then went on a joyride across county lines for several hours before eventually crashing, and then breaking into another car, among a host of other allegations. When emergency responders were evaluating him, our client allegedly punched two ambulance operators in the face, and stole their ambulance.
While our client was in the hospital, his family hired our firm to defend him against the serious charges. Over the course of more than a year, we worked diligently to acquire records and coordinated with a psychiatrist to have our client evaluated. Another evaluation by a psychologist followed, and both concluded that he was under the influence of a previously undiagnosed mental illness.
After taking the cases to trial, the judge agreed with Attorney Simons to find our client Not Guilty by reason of lack of criminal responsibility.  

Attorney Attarchi represented our client at arraignment in the Brockton District Court. Despite a serious gun charge, Attorney Attarchi secured the release of our client without bail. As a result, our client remains free while the case is pending.

The above examples are actual results achieved by our firm, Simons Law Office, during the month of March. Although we cannot guarantee specific results in any case, we can promise that we professionally and diligently represent all of our clients to the absolute best of our abilities. Because of our record of incredible results, clients turn to us when they can’t afford to lose. If you are facing criminal charges, call us today at (617) 657-4464 for a free criminal defense phone consultation.

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