Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Nicholas Gounaris of Gounaris Abboud, LPA in Dayton, Ohio has been retained to serve as defense counsel in an ongoing case involving contractors and the Air Force. Gounaris’ client, Mr. Brett O’Halloran, is facing charges for allegedly lying to Air Force investigators regarding an F-22 program contract out of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Another individual, Mr. Joshua Deaville, has also been charged with the same crimes alongside O’Halloran but has not retained Gounaris for counsel. Both defendants were employed by Intelligent Decisions (ID) and have been accused of intentionally giving false information to investigators in regards to an awarded contract and the number of workers assigned to it. Gounaris has discussed securing a fair plea deal for O’Halloran in the light of evidence brought forth by the government and prosecution, headed by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Clemmens. If accepted, the client will plead guilty to a single count of false statements in order to face reduced sentencing. Plea deals are often used in complex federal cases such as this one to not only protect defendants from potentially extreme penalties but to also save the government time and money by more or less expediting the case. Attorney Gounaris further explained that he was working towards a plea deal that would not actually include a permanent conviction of a crime. If his client is able to meet all agreement requirements and proposed diversions, it might be possible to keep the mark off his criminal record, improving his reputation and employability in the future. Deaville is also believed to work towards a similar plea deal offer. For more information regarding this ongoing case, Dayton Daily News recently published a full article that can be read by clicking here. If you require a Dayton criminal defense attorney for a case of your own, including one involving serious federal charges, you can turn to Gounaris Abboud, LPA. Our team is backed by more than half a century’s worth of criminal defense experience and an impressive list of satisfied client testimonials. Discover the difference we can make for you today by contacting us now and adding a free consultation to your calendar.

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Car accidents are some of the most stressful, frightening, and traumatizing experiences for all involved. Their unexpected nature leaves us caught off guard anytime we are in one, and this alone can be an incredibly debilitating aspect of the entire experience. No one wakes up in the morning anticipating a car accident that day, which is why most people are generally too frazzled to follow the protocol they should once they’ve been in one. However, it is vital you follow certain steps after a car accident, in order to rectify the situation as much as possible, and protect yourself from being blamed. If you are in a car accident, make sure you do the following: Stay calm as much as you possibly can. Check for injuries, and call for an ambulance if necessary. Call 911 to notify the police of what has happened. Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and move your car to the side of the road, so you aren’t in the way of other cars. Immediately exchange information with everyone else involved in the car accident, and record as much of it as you can. Do not sign any documents unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent. Do not apologize, as this can be misconstrued as an admittance of guilt. Notify your insurance agent immediately. Contact Our Dayton Personal Injury Lawyers Today At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, we have over 50 years of experience in protecting your rights following an injury caused by the negligence of another. If you or loved one have been injured in a car accident due to no fault of your own, our Dayton personal injury lawyers will relentlessly advocate on your behalf. Whether you missed work, suffered emotional distress and pain and suffering, or simply feel the burden of expensive medical bills, we intend to fight for the compensation you deserve. With us on your side, you won’t ever have to worry about obtaining justice–we will do it for you. Schedule an initial consultation with us today by calling 937-222-1515.

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Assault charges can vary greatly, depending on the circumstance of the crime and the harm inflicted on the supposed victim. If you are accused of assault, it is important that you act fast and find out what you can about the charges laid against you, and seek competent legal counsel to begin building a solid defense. An assault conviction could lead to jail or prison time, probation, community service, costly fines, a criminal record, and other penalties that could severely impact your life. But, what exactly can you do to protect yourself from assault charges? When faced with criminal charges, even for violent crimes like assault, there are a number of ways your attorney might build your defense. 1. Prove Self-Defense Considered one of the most common types of defense against assault charges, claiming the defendant’s actions were in self-defense is one way in which he or she could seek the dismissal of all charges. To prove the accused acted in self-defense, he or she must have had the threat of unlawful harm against them, an honest fear of that harm being inflicted, and there must have been no chance of escaping the situation. Also, they accused must not have provoked or harmed the other person involved. Similarly to self-defense, to prove the defendant acted in defense of others he or she must have had a genuine fear of harm to another person, or group of people, to justify the resulting actions. 2. Defense of Property There are also laws in place to protect those accused of assault if they were defending their home or property. The force used must be considered reasonable in comparison to the threat, which is open to the interpretation of the court. This defense is usually used when a homeowner defends his or her property against invasion or theft but can be applied to other situations as well. 3. Prove Consent Another way to defend against assault charges is to prove the supposed victim consented to the acts in question. If the act was consented to, it is not legally considered assault. Some courts are more strict with this defense than others, sometimes considering any act seen as harmful to be a violation of public policy. 4. Prove Innocence If the accused is innocent, his or her case could be defended through the use of an alibi. If the defendant was elsewhere when the crime was committed, this would most likely prove innocence. A criminal defense attorney may also be able to prove innocence by showing any reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the accused. 5. Plea Bargain In certain circumstances, a plea bargain proves to be the best course of action, especially when other options could result in heftier penalties. When the stakes are particularly high and other defense options are unavailable to you, it is sometimes best for the defense attorney to discuss alternatives with the prosecution, where the two may be able to agree to lesser charges with a lighter sentence if the accused pleads guilty. While all of these defensive strategies can be strong in their own right, each case is different and should be evaluated by an experienced legal professional. At Gounaris Abboud, LPA our criminal defense attorneys will review the circumstances of your case and come up with the best course of action to effectively defend your case and protect your future. To get started,contact Gounaris Abboud, LPA for a free case evaluation.

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Sobriety checkpoints are a tool commonly used by law enforcement in an attempt to spot individuals who are driving under the influence (DUI). As with any police encounter, it is critical to understand your rights in order to stay safe. If you make the wrong move at a checkpoint, you could end up in trouble with the law, even if you have done nothing wrong. Below, we outline what to do and what not to do in the event that you find yourself stopped at a DUI checkpoint. What Not to Do During a DUI Stop Do not consent to a vehicle search: Unless the police possess probable cause or a warrant, they require your consent to perform a search of you or your vehicle. In the case of a routine traffic stop, drivers are typically not singled out and thus it is extremely unlikely that police will have the legal foundation to conduct a search. Telling a police officer “no” may be uncomfortable or may even feel unlawful but you are well within your rights to do so. Do not take a field sobriety test: If the officer has reason to believe that you have been drinking, you may be asked to perform a field sobriety test. The three tests commonly administered are the one leg stand test, the walk and turn test, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. What law enforcement may not want you to know is that all three tests are optional and you cannot be punished for the refusal to participate. Sobriety tests are not meant for a driver to prove their innocence. Do not take the breathalyzer: A breathalyzer given before an arrest is another example of a police action that requires your consent. While it is possible that denying this test may raise an officer’s suspicion, if he or she is planning to arrest you, there may be little you can do to stop it. Participation only serves to give the police evidence to build a case against you. It is important to note that the chemical tests given after an arrest are a separate animal. Refusal of a chemical test at the police station can result in the suspension of your driver’s license. What to Do During a DUI Stop Limit what you say: If an officer pulls you over at a DUI stop, it is likely that he or she will ask questions about what you have been doing. Remember, law enforcement may be looking for signs of driver intoxication and any information you give them may be used against you. It can be best to limit what you say or to remain silent. If the police continue their line of questioning, you can state that you are exercising your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Be polite: While you do not have to answer every question a police officer asks, it can be helpful to remain courteous. At the very least, by remaining calm and collected, you can show the officer that you have nothing to hide. Furthermore, it can reduce any chance that your behavior will be interpreted as resistant or aggressive. At a DUI stop, cars are typically chosen randomly and police may want to check in with you and move on to the next person in line. Remaining calm can help the process to move along quickly. Comply with basic requests: While you do not have to perform field sobriety tests or answer detailed questions about your business, you should cooperate with basic requests. For example, if an officer asks you to provide identifying information, you should do so. However, when law enforcement asks to take actions such as a search of your vehicle, you can withhold your consent. Contact an attorney: In the event that you are accused of DUI or another crime as the result of a sobriety checkpoint, do not waste any time in securing legal representation. A knowledgeable attorney will know your rights and can advise you on your legal options for overcoming any charges you face. You have the right to an attorney and you do not have to deal with the police without your lawyer present. Get the DUI Defense You Deserve! While following the tips above can help you to stay on the right side of the law, if you are charged with driving under the influence, it is vital to take legal action immediately. You may have only several days in which to contest a license suspension and our Dayton DUI attorney can help you to protect your driving privileges. At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, we have substantial experience helping clients to defend their rights and have been named to the list of Top 100 DUI Attorneys in Ohio for our legal ability. Get the aggressive defense you need and contact our firm today. Call 937-222-1515 and request a FREE case evaluation to learn about your legal options

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An adult convicted of a DUI (driving under the influence) is certainly in for some troubled times ahead. An underage driver convicted of a DUI may be in even more trouble, as it places a damaging mark on their record at such an early stage of their lives. If you are a parent of an underage driver who was arrested for a DUI in Ohio, you need to be aware that it is up to you as their legal guardian to take the initiative and protect their rights and driving privilege. Penalties Underage Drivers May Face If your underage child is convicted of a DUI, the first penalty will most likely be a $250 fine. If your child does not have this money under their sole control, you will be expected to pay it instead. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will enact a license suspension of two years or until your child is 18, whichever suspension will last the longest. This can be a major burden for both you and your child as you both must cope with their sudden loss of their freedom of mobility. In cases where your child’s allegedly intoxicated driving causes an accident, resulting in significant injury, property damage, or death, they may be sentenced to 30 days in jail or a juvenile correctional facility. Such penalties are notorious for being more detrimental to a child’s wellbeing than constructive. You should do all you can to prevent this occurrence. It should also be noted that an underage DUI charge is triggered by a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of only 0.02%, not the more-commonplace 0.08%. Working Towards an Optimal Solution Most Ohio State judges presiding over underage DUI cases will admit that they do not want to penalize someone so young so harshly, but they must do their duties as representatives of the justice system. With this in mind, our Dayton DUI attorneys from Gounaris Abboud, LPA may be able to negotiate with the judge to secure your child an alternative sentencing that focuses not on punishment but instead on rehabilitation and education. We can also support you during BMV hearings and license reinstatement procedures to make certain that the administrative side of your underage child’s DUI case goes as smoothly as possible as well. Want to know more about our services? Call 937-222-1515 for a free case evaluation today.

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In recent months, and even in recent years, there has been much media attention on gun laws all across the country. Despite the news feeds and stories about firearms, their responsible handling, and their potential dangers, clarity on actual gun laws is difficult to find. In order to help our clients make sense of pertinent firearm laws and any weapons charges they might be facing, our Dayton criminal defense attorneys at Gounaris Abboud have compiled some of the basic information that should be known by everyone in Ohio here in this blog. Please give it a read if you want to know Ohio State’s gun possession, permit, and carry laws. If you need legal representation, you are encouraged to contact us without delay to set up your free case evaluation as soon as possible. Ohio Gun Laws 101 Ohio State legislation currently (circa March 2016) does not require a permit to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun, nor does it require mandatory registration for any such firearm. Owners also do not require licensing, and only handguns require a permit to carry openly in public. If you want to carry a concealed weapon of any kind, either on your person or in your automobile, you will need a specific concealed weapon permit. In order to qualify for a concealed weapon permit, you must be: 21 years of age or older. A legal United States resident. Live in Ohio State for at least 45 days. Live in your specific Ohio State county for at least 30 days. Able to complete a firearm safety and training course. Able to prove you read a firearms safety manual provided by local sheriff departments. In order to be eligible for your concealed weapon permit, you must also not be: A fugitive of the law. Convicted of or facing felony charges. Convicted of or facing misdemeanor charges involving violence or drugs. Convicted of resisting arrest within the last 10 years. Considered mentally dangerous. Subject to a current order of protection or restraint. Ohio State will also recognize an official concealed carry license or permit from any other state in the union. If you are convicted of carrying a concealed firearm with no valid permit, you could face: $1,000 fine Six months in jail Firearm safety retraining If you still have questions about firearm laws in Ohio, or if need help with a legal issue relevant to a weapon you own or control, call 937-222-1515 to connect with our Dayton weapons charges lawyers.

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Gounaris Abboud, LPA is proud to announce the inclusion of its founding partners, Attorneys Tony Abboud and Nick Gounaris, to the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers® list! This great distinction is reserved for only 5% of attorneys in each state and is awarded in recognition of a lawyer’s unparalleled advocacy and client satisfaction. This marks the second year in a row that Attorneys Abboud and Gounaris have been recognized with this distinction. Requirements for Super Lawyers® Recognition In order to be considered by Super Lawyers®, an attorney must demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and excellence in their field and pass through an extensive vetting procedure. Nominated lawyers must pass each step of the qualification process, with only the most highly esteemed and accomplished attorneys being approved. Attorneys are evaluated on the following characteristics: Track record of success Legal experience Published works Education and employment history Standing amongst peers Client testimonials Community involvement Each of these attributes is given a different point value by both an independent review board and by fellow attorneys in within the legal community. Those with the highest point values are included on the Super Lawyers® list, with different categories based on state and practice area. This honor further proves our firm’s unmatched commitment to providing our clients with premier legal representation – no matter the size nor complexity of the case at hand. We are proud to have Attorneys Abboud and Gounaris within our ranks and look forward to their future contributions to our firm’s success. If you are in need of award-winning legal assistance, our top-rated Dayton lawyers can help you get tackle your legal struggles head-on and fight for a positive outcome on your behalf. To find out how we can help, call 937-222-1515 or request a free consultation today!

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same-sex marriage

Municipal Judge C. Allen McConnell of Toledo, Ohio has refused to acknowledge same-sex couples who come to his court to be married. The judge has cited his own personal religious beliefs for his reasoning behind the refusals, feeling that the United States Supreme Court’s ruling late last month has ignored the rights of religious individuals. He is certainly not alone in his beliefs but he is certainly one of the few municipal judges acting upon them in this way. When two women came to his court in the beginning of July, they did so to avoid any churches that may have been offended by their wishes to marry. They believed that a municipal judge would have to abide and provide them with the ceremony, as simple as it may be, as the court is not a religious institution and the judge would be performing his duty as described in his occupation. Much to their surprise, Judge McConnell was able to readily turn them down. But how? Even Judges Can Use Legal Loopholes Judge C. Allen McConnell has been able to avoid any immediate punishment for his actions due to a gray area in the law. By passing along his responsibility to another municipal judge who will perform the marriage ceremonies, he is not directly or definitively denying them their newfound right to be married. Instead, he is merely adding a delay in the process. Members of the community and nearly 30 other public officials have voiced their concern over his behavior, however. They fear that his unwillingness to put aside his religious beliefs in this matter could indicate his inability to be impartial in just about any other issue. Whether or not he faces any official punishment, including removal from his elected position, is yet to be determined. If you are dealing with a family law issue and believe it could be related to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage, you can come to Gounaris Abboud, LPA for assistance. Our Dayton divorce attorneys can use their years of experience and unparalleled knowledge of litigation to get you through even the most difficult of circumstances. Contact us today to get started.

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Gounaris Abboud, LPA is excited to announce that former Federal Special Agent Tom Buchenroth has joined our team as an in-house investigator. Our firm has always had an intense focus on gathering the most evidence to support or defend our clients. With Mr. Buchenroth’s assistance, we will be even better and more efficient at this task, pushing us further ahead of the competition and giving you even stronger representation than ever before. Special Agent Tom Buchenroth worked closely with federal prosecutors and other officials for the FBI and DEA for years. In fact, he personally has more than 25 years of experience investigating a variety of criminal cases, including, but not limited to: Drug crimes Drug conspiracy cases Money laundering charges Unlawful gun charges Tax Charges White Collar Crimes His experience provides our clients with an impressive insight to the legal process from the first step to the last. Our new specialist will be of great assistance to our clients by applying his unique talents to any number of tasks, such as: In-depth key witness interviews Comprehensive trial preparations Thorough evidence analysis and evaluation Material and document discovery Mr. Tom Buchenroth is truly a tremendous asset to our law firm and we are so appreciative of his talents. We cannot express enough how proud we are to have partnered with him. If you are facing charges or have been arrested, contact a Dayton criminal defense attorney at Gounaris Abboud, LPA today and ask how we, and Mr. Buchenroth, can help you. We do offer free, initial consultations to those inquiring.

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One of the most common reasons for law enforcement to suspend your license is because you’ve been convicted of drunk driving. License suspensions can also occur if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test or if you accumulate too many points on your driving record. There is no question about it – a suspended license can make life difficult and many aspects become nearly impossible. How are you supposed to get to work? Who will take your kids to school? Even grocery shopping can suddenly seem daunting. However, before you panic, gain some awareness about what you’re up against and how to handle the next few months or years. Inform Yourself of the Details of Your Suspension If this is your first DUI offense, your license can be suspended from six months to three years. A second offense can extend to up to five years, with a third offense lasting as many as 10 years. Your license can also be suspended for at least one year if you refuse a chemical test. When you become aware of the suspension, check in with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles regarding a restricted license or a driving permit. You may be given limited abilities to drive if you have work, school, or court-ordered responsibilities. Ohio law does allow certain individuals to obtain a restricted license for these specific purposes. Most importantly, do not drive without a permit allowing you to do so. If an officer catches you driving with a suspended license, it can only make an already challenging situation worse. Stay off the roads unless you have permission to drive. Getting Through Life Without a Car While it may seem impossible to survive without being able to drive, keep in mind that you do have other alternatives. Consider utilizing public transportation or carpooling with family members or friends. If your job or school is close enough, you may even be able to walk. In an emergency, it be worthwhile to use a ride-sharing app, such as Lyft or Uber. These can get expensive, so you should always pursue other options if at all possible. Without legal representation, it can be difficult to navigate the details of your license suspension. For personal assistance, schedule a free consultation with one of our Dayton DUI attorneys. We look forward to helping you in any way that we can.

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