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 of Springboro.
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.