In some cases, a criminal case can cost a hardworking employee his or her
job. That was what almost happened to a defendant who came to Gounaris
Abboud, LPA after being charged with
Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Having a Firearm While Intoxicated. Both of these crimes carry serious
punishments, but for this specific individual there was more at stake
than a few years in jail. At the time of the crime, this employee faced
certain unemployment if convicted. He is a veteran of the Air Force and
has a top-secret security clearance. When he merited his charges, he was
working as a civilian contractor at the Patterson Air Force Base. His
income was helping him to pay the mortgage on his home in the Dayton suburb
When an individual has a top security clearance like this client, it is
imperative that that person stays out of trouble. Any criminal convictions
lead to almost certain termination from the defendant's place of employment.
This is why this client had to get the best of the best to represent him
in his case. He came to Gounaris Abboud, LPA and was partnered with an
attorney at our firm. We were able to help him work through the details
of his case and eventually create a defense strategy that was convincing.
With aggressive representation from our firm, this client was able to
keep his job, his home, and his security clearance. Had he been proven
guilty of his crime, he would have lost all of these priviledges.
We were able to get this man's charges dismissed. They were replaced
with a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. The defendant's only
punishment was that he had to forfeit the firearm that had caused so much
trouble and he plead guilty to the disorderly conduct charge. Because
this charge is minimal, our client should have no problem obtaining his
security clearance again when it comes time to renew it next year. If
you have been charged with a weapons crime and are currently trying to
work through your situation, hire a Dayton criminal defense lawyer that
you can trust to be there for you.