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Hard Work, Experience and Cleverness Wins Cases

I finished a case I have handled for about a year recently involving a massage therapist accused of felony sexual assaults on 3 different women.  All three of the women were actively interested in prosecution and felt very victimized by my client.

The prosecution, understandably, was not excited by the prospect of offering us deals that we wanted.  Since the cases were joined together by indictment, I felt that we would have considerable trouble trying these cases with multiple alleged victims, so I went about trying to sever them.

Severing joined counts in Maine is not as easy as it used to be.  In the 2012 case of State v. Bradley Lemay, the Maine Supreme Court made it a whole lot more difficult, in fact.  For the opinion on State. v. Lemay, you can click here.

In this case, I was able to find a way around this issue.  We spent some hard fought time researching and arguing a Motion to Sever.  The prosecutor did a very nice job, but in the end, we won this one.

By winning the Motion to Sever, I now felt a lot better about my trial prospects and the prosecutor felt worse about his.  After months of negotiation my client plead yesterday to fully suspended sentences to misdemeanor non-sex offender registration offenses.  No jail, no felony, no sex offender registration.

When I got back to the office I got a message from my Client's Mother.  She called to let me know that she thought I was a genius.

I would love to take credit for being a genius, but I can't.  Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation cases are won by hard work, experience and a clever strategy. 

For more on Zerillo Law, LLC, you can call our Portland office at 207.775.4255, visit our website at www.GetZerillo.com or email me at Tim@GetZerillo.com.

--Tim Zerillo
Zerillo Law, LLC
Timothy E. Zerillo has been included in every edition New England Super Lawyers since 2010, for his Super Lawyers page click here.

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