Gounaris Abboud, LPA is thrilled to announce the inclusion of our firm’s partners, Attorneys Nicholas G. Gounaris, Jeremiah Denslow, and Antony Abboud, in the 2015 Super Lawyers® list for Criminal Defense. In order to be recognized by Super Lawyers®, an attorney must illustrate exemplary skill in the courtroom and have their efforts lauded by their peers. With over 13 million people nationwide reached by the Super Lawyers® lists and various publications, our firm is proud of our partners who are recognized for their hard work. Super Lawyers® Qualifications Super Lawyers® is a rating service that highlights attorneys from 70 areas of legal practice that have reached both a high level of professional achievement and peer recognition. An attorney must pass each step of the qualification process before being included on a Super Lawyers® list. Lawyers are selected by being nominated by their peers or independently selected by a research team. Less than 5% of all attorneys in each state are selected for honors. In order to be included on a Super Lawyers® list, an attorney will be evaluated upon their: Trial settlements and outcomes Legal experience Honors and awards Education and employment background Lectures and writings Licenses and certifications Position in law firm Professional activities Representative clients Community service work Each of these factors are first weighed and evaluated by an independent review board. Attorneys who receive the highest point values will be asked to rate other lawyers in their field. Depending on the firm size, the highest ratings from both the independent review and peer rating will be used to create a Super Lawyers® list. All of the founding partners of the firm have consistently received high accolades in the legal community for their skill in the courtroom. Longtime residents of Ohio, Attorneys Gounaris, Denslow, and Abboud have experience as criminal prosecutors, bringing their knowledge of how the court punishes crimes to those they defend. In addition, all remain deeply involved with the Ohio legal community, staying up to date on important legal trends and information. Have you been charged with a crime? You deserve criminal defense attorneys who know how to prove your innocence and protect your freedom! Call Gounaris Denslow Abboud Co. LPA for a free case evaluation right away.

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At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, our team is constantly striving for excellence in everything we do. This is done primarily for the sake of our clients because we believe they deserve the best we have to offer. Recently, our pursuit of excellence in the field of law was recognized by one of the most prestigious associations in the legal realm. Firm partner Antony Abboud, who was already counted among The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 members, has been awarded with membership into the organizations Top 40 Under 40 list. This honor is awarded only to the most reputable young attorneys in their respective states or regions. In order to qualify for nomination, eligible attorneys must already be counted among NTLA’s Top 100. The organization’s Top 100 list includes legal professionals who demonstrate the following traits: A high reputation among peers in the legal field as well as the judiciary and the public community A broad range of achievements in both settlements and verdicts as a trial attorney Board certification as a trial lawyer Nominations from leading trial attorneys, current members of NTLA’s Top 100 and members of the Executive Committee Active participation in other national or state trial lawyers associations as a member or leader Notable rankings and ratings by leading national evaluation organizations Attorney Antony Abboud was counted among the Top 100 of The National Trial Lawyers because of his qualifications in his area law. As a young attorney in his field, he was nominated by other Top 100 members for inclusion in NTLA’s Top 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes young leaders in law and encourages them to preserve the integrity of the legal field by continuing to strive for excellence in their respective areas of practice. As a firm, we are proud to announce that Antony’s active leadership, reputation, influence, position and achievements made him a prime candidate for membership in this prestigious group of legal professionals. As an existing member of this section in NTLA’s Top 100, Tony’s membership will be reviewed each year to confirm his continued eligibility and we are confident in the fact that he will maintain his position and title as long as he qualifies for it. Gounaris Abboud, LPA takes pride in our partner’s achievements because it further illustrates our mission as a firm: to provide our clients with excellent service and favorable results in whatever legal conflict they find themselves facing. We will continue to strive towards providing our community with the best we have to offer in our respective fields of law because of our deep regard for the people we seek to serve.

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T.M. is a 25-year-old male with no prior criminal history. On or about January 9, 2014, he was stopped and arrested for possession of heroin. In Ohio, a possession of heroin charge is a felony of the fifth degree, which is punishable up to 12 months imprisonment and a $2,500 fine if convicted. On behalf of T.M, Attorney Antony Abboud filed a Motion for Intervention in Lieu (ILC), pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code Section 2951.041. T.M was given a mandated drug assessment by the courts, who ultimately decided that he was a good candidate for ILC. On April 1, T.M was granted ILC and all proceedings in his case were ordered stayed. Once T.M successfully completes the standard court drug program, all of his charges related to the possession of heroin, including his arrest record, will get expunged and sealed from his record. If you have been charged with a similar offense, get in touch with our firm.

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D.H. was under the supervision of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority after serving three years in a state penitentiary for a conviction of Aggravated Robbery. On or about March 25, 2014, D.H. was charged with a parole violation on the basis that he possessed a firearm. If he was found to be in violation of his parole, D.H. could have served a sanction of up to 270 days of incarceration. On March 13, 2014, D.H. was in a vehicle that was pulled over by police officers who searched the vehicle and found a loaded firearm. D.H. was not allowed to be around firearms. As a result, D.H. was immediately arrested and was given a parole violation sanction and was transported to the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, where he awaited his hearing. D.H. hired Attorney Antony Abboud who attended his parole violation hearing at the Correction Reception Center on April 8, 2014. Attorney Abboud was able to convince the hearing officer that D.H. did not commit a violation because he did not have knowledge that there was a firearm in the vehicle. As a result, he was found not guilty of the violation and was released from prison.

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Antony Abboud has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list under the Criminal Defense practice area. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Ohio Super Lawyers® list, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list in the entire state. Mr. Abboud has since been voted to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list consecutively from 2011-2014. Mr. Abboud is also a 10.0 “Superb” rating by Avvo, which is an attorney rating website recognized around the nation and has he has also been honored by The National Association Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.

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Our client was served with a Petition for a Stalking Protection Order in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Our client was accused of making threats of harm with a sexual motivation against the Petitioner. Our client was planning to appear at the hearing without counsel, hoping that the Petitioner would not actually follow through with the hearing. Fortunately, our client thought better of appearing at the hearing alone and decided to hire our firm to defend against these allegations. The Petitioner showed up to the hearing with several witnesses. After a hearing lasting several hours, the Court dismissed the Petition for a Stalking Protection Order. It is very easy for a person to file for Protection Order. It can be very difficult to defend against one. If a Petition for a Protection Order has been filed against you, you have rights. Contact our firm for a free consultation.

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Our client (T.H.) was charged with an OVI under Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19. On or about January 26, 2014, an Ohio Highway Patrol Officer pulled him over for speeding, 48 in a 35 mph zone. The officer said that he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage, noticed his eyes being glassy and blood shot, and his movements were allegedly slow and lethargic. T.H. was ordered out of his vehicle and was asked to perform to a Field Sobriety Test (FST). T.H. complied and the officer found six clues on the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, three clues on the Walk and Turn Test and one clue of impairment on the One Leg Stand Test. T.H. was arrest for an OVI and also agreed to take a Breathalyzer test and tested a .127% BAC under the Intoxilyzer 8000 machine. Upon negotiating with the City’s prosecuting attorney, Attorney Tony Abboud, was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the OVI charge in exchange for T.H.’s plea of guilty to a reckless operation offense, which is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

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The at-fault party’s insurance company should provide you with a rental car for the time it takes to repair your vehicle. If your vehicle is deemed to be a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with a rental vehicle until an offer is made on your total loss vehicle. Keep in mind that rental car coverage is for the cost of the rental vehicle only, not the cost of any additional insurance coverage that you purchase for the rental vehicle. So, before you purchase the additional insurance for the rental vehicle, check with your insurance agent to see if your own policy provides coverage for you when you are driving a rental vehicle.

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The legal team at Gounaris Abboud, LPA is proud to announce that our very own Nicholas G. Gounaris was recently selected for inclusion on the 2014 list of “Top Rated Attorneys in Ohio”—which you will find in the January issue of Cincinnati Magazine. Only a very small percentage of Dayton’s attorneys are honored with this distinction each year, as all nominees must have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto the list. Rather, they are subjected to a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Honorees are selected annually for each state and practice area. When looking at Mr. Gounaris’ extensive list of achievements, it comes as no surprise that he was honored as one of Ohio’s top-rated attorneys. Not only is he an active member of numerous associations, including the Dayton Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association and the Federal Bar Association, but he even has experience as a former prosecutor and acting Judge—making him an invaluable asset to our team. If you are interested in finding out how Mr. Gounaris or any of the other Dayton criminal defense lawyers at Gounaris Abboud, LPA can assist you, contact the firm today. To speak with a member of our legal team about your case, call today at  937-222-1515  or fill out a free case evaluation form.

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The legal team at Gounaris Abboud, LPA is proud to announce that our firm was recently successful in securing a protection order on behalf of our client. Our client asked the court to issue a protective order for her juvenile daughter who lives in her home. It was a uniquely successful case because normally, the Greene County Juvenile Court only issues protection orders for 100 feet or less; furthermore, they typically won’t force someone to move out of their home as a result of the protection order. In the case that our firm represented, however, we were able to accomplish both. Not only did we obtain a 500-foot protection order, but the opposing part was forced to move out of the home. The ultimate goal of the litigation was to get the family out of the neighborhood because of the irresponsible parents and unruly children, but we were initially unsure of whether or not the court would grant our request. Fortunately, the court did just that after two days of trial. Our client was happy with the outcome of the case, as was most of the neighborhood. If you have been faced with a similar situation, we encourage you to seek legal counsel from a Dayton criminal defense lawyer at our firm. The team at Gounaris Abboud, LPA offers more than four decades of collective courtroom experience, so you can trust that your case will be in capable hands. Not to mention, our firm is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), setting us apart from our competitors. All you have to do is call today at 937-222-1515 or fill out a free case evaluation form online to get started.

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