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Two Felonies Reduced to Misdemeanors With No Jail Time

Updated: November 18, 2019
Nicholas G. Gounaris
By Nicholas G. Gounaris

Nicholas G. Gounaris is a skilled trial lawyer and founding partner of Gounaris Abboud law firm. He provides clients of the firm with competent legal representation and focuses his law practice in the areas of DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Family Law Issues, Federal Criminal Law and Personal Injury cases.

At Gounaris Abboud, the lawyers are dedicated to working through cases while keep their clients’ best interests in mind. Recently, a client came to the firm after being charged with two felonies. The client was facing a third degree felony for Having a Weapon While Under Disability, and a fourth degree felony for Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle.

The client was a twenty-year-old who was riding in the back seat of a car when the vehicle was stopped by police. As an officer approached the vehicle, he noticed that the defendant was trying to hide something underneath the seat. Sure enough, when the officer searched the vehicle and discovered a gun underneath the defendant’s seat. The officer promptly pulled the defendant out of the car and placed him in the cruiser under arrest.

Our client argued that the gun was not his, and that he should not be held responsible for having it in the car. The defendant was about to be a father, and with a little one on the way jail time was the worst possible penalty. When this client came to Gounaris Abboud we were able to hire a private investigator and obtain a witness statements from the driver of the car and a third party. Both of these individuals admitted that the gun belonged to a different passenger in the car.

The court then dismissed the felonies and the clients plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge instead. He was not forced to spend any time in jail, and was thrilled with the outcome of the case. If you have been charged with a weapons crime, you should hire a Dayton criminal defense attorney at the firm to assist you as well. Contact the firm to get started!

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