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September 2007 Archives

Domestic Violence Assaults Dismissed

Domestic Violence Assault cases are taken very seriously in Maine. When legitimate abuse has occurred, they should be. In some cases, however, they are overblown.
Here, we represented the Defendant in the case of State v. John L. The Defendant was charged with assaulting both of his sisters after everyone involved had a little too much to drink one night. Unfortunately, this was a mistake that probably everyone was to blame for, yet our client ended up shouldering all the responsibility in the view of law enforcement. This meant that our client had bail conditions of no contact with his sisters, which ostracized him from family gatherings, etc...
At ZERILLO LAW, LLC we do something that sometimes people find it strange for defense attorneys to do - we talk to the victim. If the alleged victim is willing to talk to us, we will talk to them and really get their perspective. Usually, in the sober light of day that perspective changes.
Here, the sisters decided they wanted to drop the charges against their brother. Luckily, the prosecutor agreed with us, was fair with what the family wanted, and dismissed all charges against our client.

Felony Criminal Threatening and Felony Terrorizing Dismissed!

Yesterday, Amy Robidas, Esq. of ZERILLO LAW, LLC brokered a deal with the York County District Attorney's Office that involved a dismissal of 2 felony charges of Criminal Threatening and Terrorizing in exchange for a plea to a misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. This is an amazing result on a number of levels.
The Indictment claimed that our client, a Jamaican immigrant, threatened a woman in an Old Orchard Beach nightclub with the knife, as shown above. The mandatory minimum sentence for the felony Criminal Threatening alone is a 1 year mandatory minimum of prison time. Additionally, while felonies are serious for anyone, they are doubly serious for an immigrant, and our client would have been deported if he was convicted of these felonies.
Attorney Robidas and I met with the Assistant District Attorney last week who we told that our client would plead guilty to a Disorderly Conduct if the felonies would all be dismissed. He rejected that idea and we set the case for jury selection. By yesterday morning, Attorney Robidas got the deal done for a misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct and a dismissal of all felonies.

Protection From Abuse Case Dismissed

Attorney Amy Robidas of ZERILLO LAW, LLC successfully got a case of Protection From Abuse against our client dismissed today. Protection From Abuse cases are often difficult, and can significantly impact a person's rights to their children and property. Thankfully, in this case, Amy was able to keep that from happening.