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Case Results: Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor in Juvenile Burglary Case

Updated: November 24, 2023
Antony Abboud
By Antony Abboud

Antony “Tony” Abboud is a partner and one of the proud founders of Gounaris Abboud, LPA. Mr. Abboud is a long-time resident of the Miami Valley. In 2011, Mr. Abboud was included in the list of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠. Mr. Abboud has since been voted to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list consecutively in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2012, Mr. Abboud was given a 10.0 “Superb” rating by Avvo, which is an attorney rating website recognized around the nation. Upon receiving a scholarship to the University Of Dayton School Of Law, he completed his Juris Doctor and commenced a successful law career as one of the Miami Valley’s premier and criminal defense attorneys.

A juvenile client petitioned help from Gounaris Abboud, LPA About after he was arrested and charged with a burglary charge. The individual faced a felony in the second degree. The penalties associated with this burglary charge are similar to the charges that he could face if he had assault someone with a deadly weapon. The juvenile faced the potential of being sent to a DYS until his 21 st birthday if he was convicted of the crime.

The client had a good reputation, and as an honor roll student at his high school. He was also involved in multiple sports teams at the school, and was generally known as a “good kid.” The story behind his crime seemed innocent. He used a garage door code to open up a friend’s house and took some of the property that was inside. The homeowner was furious about the incident, and chose to press charges. This was the client’s first offense. Using his record of good behavior, and his innocence concerning the situation which he was charged for, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the felony charge.

Instead, our client was charged with a misdemeanor theft charge and pleaded guilty as a part of a plea bargain deal. The youth will now serve a non-reported probation sentence and will be required to perform set hours of community service. Six months from now, his record will be expunged. This means that it will be like the offense never happened, permitting the individual to have a bright future without having to worry about how a criminal record could affect his career. If you want more information about burglary charges or if you have been arrested for a juvenile crime and need representation, hire a successfully Dayton criminal defense lawyer to work alongside you for favorable results.

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