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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A University of Dayton student had just returned back from summer break when she went to a semester kick-off party and became seriously intoxicated. After having too much to drink, this student passed out near a building on campus. The police apprehended the girl when they noticed her near the building. Unfortunately, she got into a minor altercation with the police officers upon arrest and spent the remainder of her night in the Montgomery County Jail. The prosecutor and police filed a variety of different charges against her. While there was a whole host of charges against the woman, the largest charge was an assault on a police officer charge. This is considered a fourth degree felony. If convicted, these students would have been sent to prison for up to 18 months and given a $5,000 fine. The case was prosecuted in a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in Dayton, Ohio. After her charges, this student came to Gounaris Abboud, LPA looking for help. Thankfully, the team was able to get her case dismissed through diversion/ILC. The prosecutor on the case agreed to reduce our client’s charge and instead issue a diversion program. After she completes the diversion program in about six months, our client will have her case dismissed. She will be able to leave court with a clean criminal record. This will help her to be able to secure a job in the future without worrying that a prior conviction could eliminate her ability to qualify. Gounaris Abboud, LPA takes joy in representing students of local universities as well as locals in the Dayton area with their alleged crimes. Contact the firm right away if you have been accused of a crime and need assistance in seeking a satisfactory verdict in your case!

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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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