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Attorney John Burke Gets Deportable Domestic Assault Dropped to a Disorderly Conduct

John Burke, Zerillo Law, LLC Associate, was able to get our client out of a very sticky situation yesterday.  Our client got into an argument with his wife that escalated into him striking her.  He admitted his conduct to the police.  The client was an immigrant from Russia who had lived in the U.S. for the prior 15 years with no other criminal record.

Since the strike perforated her eardrum, this was a possible felony.  Despite that, Attorney Burke was able to reduce the plea down to a Disorderly Conduct for making loud noises.

The reason this is important and what people do not understand, is that if you are an immigrant, you can be deported for a domestic assault misdemenaor conviction.  Even a deferred disposition can serve as a basis to deport you, because the immigration law counts as a conviction conduct that is admitted to be criminal.  In Maine law, you are only convicted after you are sentenced.

Great job, John.

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