Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio

Recent Case Outcomes

November 2017: my client was charged with 2 felonies: domestic violence and disruption of a public service. After pushing for a trial and refusing to take any deal, I was able to get these unfounded charges dismissed.

 

September 2017: my client was charged with felony drug possession. After a thorough review of the evidence, and discussions with the prosecutor, the case was dismissed.

 

May 2017: my client, originally charged with attempted rape, 2 counts of abduction with sexual motivation, 2 counts of menacning by stalking, and 2 misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure was found not guilty on all felony counts and convicted of the two misdemeanors by a jury.

 

December 2016: I was able to get a client's criminal record sealed in three separate court for charges of theft or a gun and drug possession. 

 

October 2016: I was able to obtain a plea to a misdemeanor disordly conduct for a client who faced felony gun charges. 

 

August 2016: I successfully negotiated dismissal of my client's felony drug case. 

 

May 2016: my client was found "Not Guilty" following a jury trial on two counts of felonious assault. 

 

March 2016: I successfully petitioned the court to reinstate my client's right to possess firearms. The client had been legally disabled from possessing a firearm for some thirty years due to a violent felony conviction in his past. 

 

February 2016: My client was charged with felony offenses for passing bad checks and recieving stolen property. I negotated a plea to a misdemeanor theft charge, which was particulary important to the client, who has a prior felony theft offense. My client will be able to get his record sealed one year after completing probation. Had the client been convicted of a second felony, the client's record would remain public for life. 

 

January 2016: my client was charged with felony drug possession. I successfully negotaited a plea to a misdemeanor offense. My client recieved probation. 

 

December 2015: My client was charged with Domestic Violence, a first degree misdemanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000, which cannot be sealed or expunged. I negotiated a plea to a fourth degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct. My client recieved a fine and six months inactive probation. Later, he will be able to have the record sealed.

 

December 2015: My client was charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and a fake ID. The client was accepted into a diversion program, which will result in dismissal of all charges and immediate expungement upon successful completition keeping my client's record clean, driver's license intact, and federal student loans in place. 

 

December 2015: My client was told by court staff that the client's record could not be expunged. They were incorrect. I successfully petitioned the court for an order sealing the record. Ask a lawyer, not the clerk.  

 

November 2015: My client was charged with assault. I successfully negotiated a plea to fourth degree misdmeanor disorderly conduct. My client paid a fine and will serve 6 months inactive probation. 

 

November 2015: My client was charged with felony drug possession. The case was dismissed.

 

October 2015: My client was charged with felony drug possession, and drug trafficking. I successfully negotiated a plea to a misdemeanor possession charge. My client was sentenced to one year of probation with drug and alchol monitoring.

 

September 2015: My client was charged with felonious assault, a second degree felony carrying up to 8 years in prison. After some intense work in pre-trial negotiations and at sentencing, my client was sentenced to 12 months probation on a reduced charge.

 

August 2015: My client was charged with two felonies--having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence. With his significant criminal history, his first attorney told him he would get six years. After taking over the case, I was able to get a first offer for 24 months, then an offer for 22 months. Finally, after pushing the matter to the brink of trial, I got an offer for 11 months, which the client accepted. 

 

July 2015: My client was charged with felony theft and faced a potential felony charge for credit card fraud, I successfully negotiated both a reduction to a misdemeanor count of theft, and the client's acceptance into a diversion program. Provided the client successfully completes the program, there will be no conviction and the record will be immediately sealed.

 

June 2015: My client was charged with endangering children, a first degree misdemeanor carrying up to 180 days in jail. After discussions with the prosecutor, I arranged a plea to attempted disordery conduct. The client was fined $100 plus court costs. 

 

June 2015: My client was charged with first degree misdemeanor vandalism of a vacant structure due to a contracting misunderstanding. The case was dismissed.

 

May 2015: I helped an immigrant seeking naturalization avoid a felony voting fraud charge over a misunderstanding wherein she was registered to vote during a voter regstration drive.

 

May 2015: I successfully motioned the court to vacate post-release control, which had been imporperly imposed upon my client. 

 

May 2015: My client was charged with cruelty to animals. I was able to secure a dismissal in exchange for 50lbs of dog food to be donated to a local animal shelter. 

 

May 2015: My client was charged with domestic violence and child endangerment. After a thorough review of the evidence, I was able to get the charges dismissed. 

 

April 2015: I successfully moved to withdraw a plea from 1998 and vacate the resulting convictions on the grounds the client had not been properly advised of the possible immigration consequences of his plea.  

 

April 2015: My client was charged with two counts of assault, two counts of aggrevated menacing, possession of a facsimile firearm, criminal trespassing, abuse of intoxicants, resisting arrest, criminal damage, attempted criminal damage, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and illegal operation of a motorized bike. I successfully negotiated a probationary sentence. Despite this lengthy list of charges, all jail and/or prison time was suspended.

 

March 2015: My client was charged with felony theft. I got the charge reduced to a misdemeanor, and the client into a diversion program requiring just three months of good behavior and the payment of court costs.

 

January 2015: My client was charged with Domestic Violence. After discussions with witnesses and the prosecutor, the charge was dismissed.

 

January 2015: My client was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and endangering children--both first degree misdemeanors carrying up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. I successfully negotiated a plea agreement to two minor misdemeanor charges. The client was required to complete a 3-day driver intervention program and pay a fine. 

 

December 2014: My client was charged with Domestic Violence. Despite the client's two prior convictions, I negotiated the client's acceptance in a diversion program. The client was required to complete an anger management assessment and three months non-reporting probation. 

 

December 2014: My client was charged with underage possession of alcohol and display of a fake ID. I successfully negotiated the client's acceptance into a diversion program. The client was required to complete three months non-reporting probation and pay court costs. In exchange, the charge were dismissed and the record sealed.  

 

November 2014: My client was accused of felony theft of an automobile. Following disucssions with witnesses and the prosecutor, I advised the client not to waive the right to a grand jury indictment. The grand jury no billed the case resulting in a dismissal. 

 

October 2014: My client was charged with felony interference with child custody. Following lengthy negotiations with the prosecutor, the client was placed in a one-year diversion program. Upon successful completion of the program, the charge will be dismissed and the record sealed. 

 

 

Each individual's case and history are unique. Past outcomes may not be indicative of future success. It is unethical for any attorney to promise a specific outcome to a case.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has recently decided the current statutory framework does not permit the courts to seal the records of certain pardoned offenders. Please join me in letting our legisature know that a pardon should not be a worthless piece of paper. 

Ohio has expanded eligibility for sealing of criminal records. New expungement / record sealing eligibility rules mean persons previously ineligible to have their record sealed may now be eligible. Offenders with multiple convictions may now be eligible. 

Sealing the Record

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges Embrace Drug Court as Viable Option for Helping Offenders. Read more about it at cleveland.com:

Persons disabled from certain types of employment and work licensing due to criminal convictions can now obtain relief from those disabilities through a Certificate of Qualification for Employment.  

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