juvenile suspect rescued from adult charges

When a child is convicted of a crime, the prosecution can choose whether or not to try that boy or girl in an adult court or a juvenile court. Those who are tried in a juvenile court typically receive lighter sentences including juvenile hall instead of prison. There are often more options for rehabilitation and classes in juvenile courts, whereas children that are tried in adult court may be sent to jail or prison for their offenses. Recently, a young woman came to us after she was charged with a number of felony offenses for stabbing a police officer and assaulting a paramedic. These serious crimes would have cost her about 15 years in prison if she had been tried in adult court, because of the serious sentences for felony assaults. When the District Attorney’s office attempted to transfer our client to adult court and force her to face these potential sentences, we stepped in. At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, we were able to show the prosecution that this young lady needed to stay in the juvenile system. When they agreed, the trial was conducted and the teenager was sent to juvenile hall instead. She will need to remain in custody where she will receive treatment in a therapeutic setting for one year. After this year, she will be released. When your child is in need of a lawyer, you don’t want to hire just anyone. You want your loved one to have the best local representation possible. You want an attorney who will fight for your child as if it was their own child who was facing serious charges. At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, we care about our clients. We will go the distance and do whatever we can to prove that they are innocent or reduce their sentences. Speak with a lawyer at our firm today if you want more information on what we can do for you!

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weapons crime conviction

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.

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In some DUI cases, a conviction can mean job loss. For example, a client recently came to our firm after she was arrested for driving under the influence. She was pulled over at about 2:00 am one night when she was weaving along the center line near Indian Lake. When she was pulled over, the police discovered that she was weaving back and forth on the street because she was intoxicated. The woman was charged with a DUI and arrested. This particular client is a children’s services caseworker. Individuals who have a career in social work need to have a spotless criminal record in order to maintain their position. Being arrested and charged with a DUI put our client’s career in jeopardy. If she had been proven guilty of her offense, she would have been fired and forced to go out searching for another occupation. She would have also lost her ability to work as a licensed social worker anywhere in the United States. This could have forced her to make major career changes or go back to school to get a degree in another field. Thankfully, when this attorney came to Gounaris Abboud, LPA, we were able to advocate on her behalf and have the charge reduced to a reckless operation. This is a minor misdemeanor, and did not jeopardize her career. We were able to determine this sentence reduction through protracted negotiations, and our client was able to continue working in child services. If your career is in jeopardy because of a DUI arrest then you want a lawyer there to help you. Talk to an attorney at our firm today to get the representation you need to possible prove your innocence or see your sentence reduced.

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dayton criminal defense attorney

When a driver is charged with a DUI, the punishments can be serious. Recently, a client came to our firm after he was charged with a DUI and Refusal. This means that the prosecution had reason to believe that he was guilty of a DUI, and could charge him for refusing to take blood and breath tests that are required by the law. The suspect had not been arrested for a DUI within 6 years, but in his lifetime he had been charged with two previous offenses. This may have affected his sentence and caused the judge to add a harsher penalty. When this client came to our firm, we set about right away to obtain a Motion to Suppress. To our delight, the court chose to dismiss our client’s OVI charge which means that this would not end up on the client’s driving record. This would keep his insurance rates low and help him to avoid getting his license revoked or being cited for criminal conduct in the event of a background check. In addition to this, our client’s refusal to take a blood or breath test charged was minimized and reduced to a reckless operation charge. Reckless operation is considered a fourth degree misdemeanor and only comes with a fine and court costs. Our client was able to avoid jail time and license revocation among other crimes. As a result, he was able to walk free after trial with only a monetary expense as punishment. If you have been arrested for an OVI charge and are worried about your future, you need to hire a firm that has proven success based on their case results. You need to hire Gounaris Abboud, LPA today! Contact them at 937-222-1515 for more information!

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ovi charge reduced

When you are arrested for an OVI charge, you may have to spend time in jail and pay heavy fines for your crime. In Ohio, a 1st DUI conviction comes with at least three days in jail or probation with a driver intervention program. People can serve as many as 6 months for an OVI charge in this state. As well, a person can have his or her license suspended for up 3 years, and may be required to place DUI plates on his or her car. These plates will announce that the driver has been charged with a DUI and warn others to steer clear. As well, the driver may be forced to install an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle, and fined up to $1,075. When a client came to us with an OVI charge, we knew that we needed to step up and help quickly. The client was stopped by a police officer on his way home from the Bengals and Steelers fame in Cincinnati. Police officers often patrol the streets after a sports game in hopes that they can catch drivers who may have had a few too many beers while watching football that afternoon. The police officer stopped our client and forced him to take a breath test. Our client merited a 0.15, which is almost twice the legal limit. We asked for a motion to suppress hearing due to the nature of the case, and the state agreed to dismiss the OVI. Instead, our client was charged with a physical control violation. This is a non-moving offense and will not affect our client’s driving record. He will not lose his driving license as a result. If you want a Dayton DUI lawyer with proven results to work on your case, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney at Gounaris Abboud, LPA today!

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felony burglary

When you are charged with a serious felony you want to rest assured that you have a chance to avoid your charges. Whether you have been charged with a murder a burglary or a DUI you want a lawyer to come alongside you and advocate for you in court. You may need this attorney to negotiate with the prosecution or prove why you don’t deserve the accusations that you have received. In the past, a client came to our firm having been charged with two counts of burglary. Both of these charges were 3 rd degree felonies which carry a 1-5 year prison sentence. As well, our client may have had to pay exorbitant fines, deal with marks on his criminal record, and serve in community service. With so many punishments awaiting this client, there was a lot of serious logistics to work through. At our firm, we were able to arrange a meeting with the prosecution and discuss the lack of evidence in the case. We showed why we did not believe that our client was guilty of the charges and why this client should not need to spend time in prison for a crime that could not be proven. Eventually, the prosecution capitulated, and admitted that they would dismiss all charges against our client. This means that our client was able to walk away from the case without any sentence because the court chose to abandon prosecution. If you have been charged with a felony like burglary, getting the right lawyer can make or break your case. If you are located in Ohio, then you need to consider hiring Gounaris Abboud, LPA to help you. These criminal defense lawyers seek the best for their clients in every situation, and want to help you to avoid the serious punishments that can come from being charged with a felony. Talk to these Dayton Criminal Defense attorneys today for more information!

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felony charges dismissed

Recently, a client came to our firm having been charged with two counts of felony burglary. Each offense carried a 3 rd degree felony, meaning that the client could have spent 1-5 years in prison per charge. Yet there was not enough evidence to put together a viable case. Our client was on the brink of being charged with crimes that may have never even been committed. In order to help our client, we were able to negotiate with the prosecution before the trial began. We explained that the evidence did not prove that our client was guilty of the charges, and the burglaries may have been committed by another person or our client may have been framed. After a powerful argument, the State of Ohio dismissed all charges against our client, leaving the defendant with no sentences to serve. This success story shows that with the right attorney, even serious felonies can disappear. The lawyers at Gounaris Abboud, LPA are dedicated to helping those in need with whatever charges they are facing. Whether you have been framed in a burglary or were caught while driving under the influence, we are here to help. The lawyers at this firm are fully qualified to take on your case. Attorneys at the firm have been granted a 10.0 superb Avvo rating, which is an accomplishment that is only granted to the best attorneys in the United States. As well, Mr. Nicholas Gounaris is listed as a Super Lawyer®. This is a high honor that is only given to honored and accomplished lawyers. With a lawyer who cares about you on your side, you have a better chance of receiving the representation that you need to leave court without a jail or prison sentence. While we can’t guarantee an outcome for your trial, we will do all we can to give you the “not guilty” verdict you long to hear, or get your case dismissed like our client above.

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