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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drug crime

Gounaris Abboud, LPA may not be able to facilitate a dismissal in all of their cases, but in many circumstances they can reduce charges so that clients have drastically reduced penalties. One client recently came to the firm with drug crime charges. She is the single mother of one child and has no prior criminal history. She was having a party at her house when a neighbor called the police with a noise complaint. When the police responded to the complaint, they noticed drug paraphernalia in plain sight in the house. They arrested the mother with drug charges. In the state of Ohio, a drug crime carries a mandatory minimum six-month license suspension. This means that for at least half a year, this mother may have been forced to abstain from driving. When she came to Gounaris Abboud, LPA, were able to convince the prosecutor in the case to amend the charges to a mere disorderly conduct charge. This is only a minor misdemeanor. This means that our client did not have to deal with a license suspension, and was not required to spend any time in jail. The client pled guilty to disorderly conduct and the court imposed a court cost with no fines. If you have been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, then you may want to hire a dedicated defense attorney to assist you in your case as well. At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, the attorneys understand how to best discuss cases with the prosecution and work towards a satisfactory settlement in the case pre-trial. This way, it will save clients time and money, and they can be sure to get satisfactory results. While Gounaris Abboud, LPA cannot guarantee victory in every case they take on, clients can trust that the firm will do all that they can to assist their clients. Don’t hesitate to call the firm today!

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A client came to Gounaris Abboud, LPA after being arrested for domestic violence. The client is a Saudi Arabian national with two small children. Her husband called authorities, claiming that she had abused him and was guilty of domestic violence. She was arrested at her apartment and charged with a misdemeanor. She was taken to jail. The Dayton defense lawyers at Gounaris Abboud, LPA were able to convince the prosecutor that the case had been misread, and that the client was not guilty of domestic violence at all. In response, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case and instead charge the woman with a disorderly conduct crime. This means that the client only received a $200 fine and was not compelled to stay in jail. She was placed on unsupervised probation for good behavior for one year. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, and need a defense attorney who can advocate for you, then contact the Dayton criminal defense lawyers at Gounaris Abboud, LPA. These lawyers are committed to pursuing success in their cases, and will fight for you.

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A client was convicted of several aggravated theft charges in a lower court, and asked Gounaris Abboud, LPA to help him appeal the case. The client had been ordered to pay nearly $166,000 in restitution. The client was not arguing that he was innocent of his crime, but thought that the restitution that he was required to pay was too high. The attorneys at Gounaris Abboud, LPA represented him in his appeal, arguing that the court abused its discretion when ordering such a high amount to be paid. The Second District Court of Appeal agreed with Gounaris Denslow Abboud about the unjust amounts, and removed $106,400.78 of the trial court restitution amount. This made the restitution much more affordable for our client, helping him to avoid serious financial difficulty in the future. If you have been convicted of a crime and would like to appeal, the Dayton criminal defense attorneys at Gounaris Abboud, LPA can help you. These lawyers are focused on helping you with your case and ensuring that you are taken care of when it comes to appeals. Call the firm today to get more information!

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In the state of Ohio, Spice/K2 is illegal. Unfortunately, a client that came to our firm was unaware of that before he was arrested for possession and distribution of the drug. The individual works as a distributor of tobacco and other products that are sold at convenience stores and gas stations. He operates a recognized business that is incorporated and even files annual tax returns. Despite his honorable business, he was arrested when he continued selling Spice/K2 after the product was deemed illegal. Our client was unaware that the Ohio state laws had changed regarding the drug, and faced a mandatory prison sentence if convicted. The client was charged with multiple counts of drug possession and drug trafficking. He was even at risk to being labeled a major drug offender. The attorneys at Gounaris Abboud, LPA worked hard with this client and negotiated with the prosecution to work out the case to the client’s benefit. The individual had to admit to a low level felony, but he was able to get most of his charges dismissed in a plea bargain. Also, the individual was able to avoid prison altogether, skirting the mandatory sentence that could have jeopardized his career and complicated his life. The client was thrilled with the results that he received after working with the hardworking and aggressive team at Gounaris Abboud, LPA. If you have been arrested for a drug crime, such as trafficking or possession, then the attorneys at this Dayton criminal defense firm may be able to help you as well. The lawyers at Gounaris Abboud, LPA are dedicated to assisting you in your case and getting you the results that you want. They will do whatever they can tow work with the prosecution towards a satisfactory verdict or possible even a dismissal in your situation.

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A client charged with a violation of protection order in Warren County Court came to Gounaris Abboud after arrest seeking defense. If he had been convicted of his crime, the individual would have faced up to six months in jail and up to $1,000. When we met with the prosecutor in the case, she refused to make any offers for plea bargains. Therefore, we chose to set a jury trial. During preparation for the case, we located a private investigator who found witnesses to help our case and obtained helpful statements. We met with the witnesses frequently to gather information about the case, and prepared them to witness on the stand at the trial. After extensive conversations with the prosecutor, she agreed to dismiss the case only a few days before the trial was set to begin. The client, who is a graduate student, was able to go back to school and is extremely happy about the results. Had the case not ended this way, it may have jeopardized his studies and his ability to continue earning his degree. At Gounaris Abboud, the firm is focused on providing effective, client-centered defense to every individual that contacts us. We have a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo and have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau. We have over 20 years of combined experience to put to your case and help you with your situation. We offer free case evaluations for customers, so that you can have a rough idea of how your case will go when you work with us. The firm offers assistance in weapons charges, violent crimes, sex crime cases, juvenile crime cases and more. Don’t hesitate to call today if you want more information about your specific situation!

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A client came to Gounaris Abboud after his wife pressed charges claiming that he had beat her and should be punished for domestic violence. Domestic violence cases are often difficult to prove because they are often a matter of testimony. Our client is a business owner and a registered nurse who has approximately five employees working for him to provide in-home health care to patients. If he had been sent to jail, it could have not only jeopardized his business but his employee’s business. The client had prior offenses already on his record, so any additional conviction would have resulted in the loss of his license with the state nursing board. He may have also lost his business, causing his employees to lose their jobs. Our client’s wife claimed that he had harmed her, and the case was prosecuted in Kettering Municpal Court. If convicted, our client faced up to six months in jail in addition to a $1,000 fine. Our team located witnesses who could testify to our client’s wife’s reputation and explain that she was telling a falsehood about her husband. The prosecutor on the case offered our client reduced charges of disorderly conduct, but we decided to keep the case set for a trial. The day that the trial was supposed to begin, our client was dismissed on all charges. The client was thrilled that he will now be able to keep his job and will not have any marks on his record for this alleged offense. If you have been arrested for a domestic violence charge, a lawyer at Gounaris Abboud, LPA may be able to assist you. These Dayton criminal defense lawyers are focused on achieving optimal results in every case. Contact the firm today at 937-222-1515 for more information!

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