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Court NameYearCaseResults
Cleveland Municipal Court2024Client charged with Child EndangeringCase dismissed by the prosecutor the day before we were prepared to go to trial
Norwalk Municipal Court2024Client charged with OVICase reduced to reckless operation, no probation, no license suspension
Ashland Municipal Court2023Client accused of probation violation for positive marijuana test despite no use for several months.Scientific research presented to the court regarding the effects of extreme rapid weight loss on marijuana testing resulted in dismissal of the violation.
Cleveland Municipal Court2023Client accused of domestic violence against a childCase dismissed
Geauga County Juvenile Court2023Client charged with OVI, Underage Consumption, and Failure to Control for car crash with juvenile passengers while intoxicatedCase resolved with $50 fine, no probation, no jail, license suspension with privileges.
Lake County Court of Common Pleas2023Client charged with Felony Domestic ViolenceCase dismissed
Willoughby Municipal Court2023Client charged with Theft of cash from employerCase dismissed
Willoughby Municipal Court2023Client charged with Aggravated Menacing with a firearmCase dismissed
Lake County Juvenile Court2022Client charged with AssaultCase dismissed
Painesville Municipal Court 2021Client charged with OVI Case dismissed
Parma Municipal Court2021 Client charged with domestic violence Case dismissed by judge in the middle of trial, client Not Guilty
Painesville Municipal Court2021Client charged with aggravated menacing, falsely accused of threatening another driver with a gun. After the investigation into the credibility of the complaining witness, case dismissed at the government's expense.
Mentor Municipal Court2021Client accused of domestic violence against 13 year old son.After legal research and briefing presented to the court and the prosecutor proving that proper and reasonable parental discipline is legal and lawful, case dismissed at the government's expense.
Painesville Municipal Court2020Client accused of third-degree felony domestic violence with prior record of domestic violence.Case reduced to fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas2020Client accused of firing a gun at another car. Case dismissed the morning of jury trial.
Lake County Juvenile Court2020Client wrongly cited for traffic accident.Case dismissed.
Medina County Court of Common Pleas2020Client charged with 2 counts felony drug possession.Case reduced to a single misdemanor with no probation and no fine.
Painesville Municipal Court2020Client charged with theft at Walmart self check-out.Case dismissed.
Willoughby Municipal Court2019Client charged with 2nd OVI in less than a year, 3rd in 10 years.First 2019 case reduced to Physical Control, second case dismissed.
Lake County Court of Common Pleas2019Client falsely accused twice in one year of stalking by vindictive ex.First case dismissed after trial, second case dismissed before trial.
Stow Municipal Court2019Client charged with OVI after wrong-way driving despite breath test under legal limit.OVI reduced to reckless operation.
Mentor Municipal Court2019Client charged with theft.Case dismissed and record sealed.
Lyndhurst Municipal Court2018Client ticketed for traveling 98mph in a 60mph zone.Citation reduced to zero-point non-moving violation.
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas2018Client charged with Aggravated Murders from 2015, 2016 and two from 2017.Client found Not Guilty after jury trial on 2015 and 2016 murders, hung jury on the 2017 cases.
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas2018Client charged with Rape of two young children.After extensive investigation, all charges dismissed the morning of trial.
Ashtabula Eastern County Court (Geneva)2018Client charged with OVI and ALS for refusal to blow.Case reduced to tail light violation, Administrative License Suspension dismissed.
Rocky River Municipal Court2017Client charged with marijuana OVI, confirmed with urine test, court “unofficial” policy of non-reduction.Charge reduced to Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
Lake County Court of Common Pleas2017“Shaken baby” case: Client charged with third-degree felony child endangering. Charge reduced to misdemeanor, Client sentenced to Community Control. As of 2018, client has won back full custody of his children.
Willoughby Municipal Court2017Client charged with assault of a child.Case dismissed, Client’s record sealed.
Lake County Court of Common Pleas2017Client charged with, among other things, rape of a small child. Statutory penalty: life in prison without any possibility of parole.Trial by Jury; Client acquitted on the charge of Rape.
8th District Court of Appeals, Cuyahoga County2017Appeal of three-year sentence for probation violations.Sentence overturned on appeal.
Painesville Municipal Court2017Client charged with marijuana OVI, second offense in less than 3 years.Charge reduced to Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
Willoughby Municipal Court2017Client charged with OVI, second offense in less than 3 years.Charge reduced to Physical Control.
Mentor Municipal Court2016Client on immigration visa charged with theft.Case dismissed
11th District Court of Appeals2016Client received consecutive sentences.Sentence vacated, case remanded for resentencing.
Euclid Municipal Court2016Client charged with Driving Under Suspension and Possession of Marijuana.Driving Under Suspension dismissed, Drug Possession reduced to Disorderly Conduct.
Painesville Municipal Court2016Client charged with violating restraining order.Case dismissed at State’s expense.
Lake County Court of Common Pleas2016Client charged with Murder, steadfastly maintained innocence for years.Client released on lesser charge with a sentence of time served and no admission of guilt due to plea by way of North Carolina v. Alford.
Lake County Juvenile Court2015Client charged with Theft for shoplifting.Charges found Not True at trial.
Ashtabula Eastern Municipal Court 2015Client charged with 2nd OVI in 3 years and Resisting Arrest. OVI reduced to non-moving violation; Resisting Arrest dismissed
Painesville Municipal Court2015Client charged with felony Breaking and Entering. Charge reduced to misdemeanor, dismissed on payment of costs, case immediately expunged.
Painesville Municipal Court2015Client charged with Domestic Violence.Case dismissed.
Stow Municipal Court2015Client charged with OVI in a court with a policy of not reducing OVIs.Charge reduced to non-moving violation.
Painesville Municipal Court2015Client charged with Cruelty to Animals.Case dismissed at State’s expense.
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court2015Client charged with Arson.Case dismissed day of trial due to defense’s pretrial investigation.
Lakewood Municipal Court2015Client charged with Domestic Violence.Case dismissed.
Willoughby Municipal Court2015Client charged with Drug Possession.Case dismissed.
8th District Court of Appeals2015Client sentenced to consecutive 3-year prison terms.Sentence vacated, case remanded for resentencing.
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas2015Client charged with Intimidating a Witness.Client found Not Guilty after jury trial.
Painesville Municipal Court2015Client charged with felony domestic violence.Charge reduced to disorderly conduct.
Painesville Municipal Court2014CDL licensed driver of semi-trailer cited for Failure to Control after single-vehicle accident.Case dismissed on plea of No Contest.
Chardon Municipal Court2014Client charged with 2 counts of Burglary, felonies of the 3rd degree.Charges dismissed.
Mentor Municipal Court2014Client charged with Domestic Violence.Charges dismissed.
Lake County Juvenile Court2014Juvenile client charged with Theft for allegedly shoplifting.Charges found Not True at trial.
Lake County Court of Common Pleas2013Appeal for a client who had been convicted of 2 counts of Aggravated Murder, 6 counts of Murder, and 6 other related counts and sentenced to Life without the possibility of parole.Conviction reversed on appeal.
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court2013Client charged with Robbery, a Second-Degree Felony.Case dismissed by judge.
Lake County Juvenile Court2012Charge of FalsificationCase dismissed on payment of court costs
Middleburg Heights Mayor’s Court2012Charges of Failure to Control, Seat Belt ViolationClient found Not Guilty after plea of No Contest
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas2012Charges of Trafficking in Drugs, Possession of Drugs, Criminal ToolsAll charges dismissed
Lake County Court of Common Pleas2012Appeal of sentence on multiple charges including 2 counts of Burglary and 2 counts of TheftCase remanded for resentencing
Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas2012Civil complaint for multiple sexual assaultsObtained $1,000,000.00 default judgment
Lorain County Court of Common Pleas2012Appeal of label as a “sexual predator”Client reclassified, no longer labeled a sexual predator
Lake County Juvenile Court2012Child Protective Services complaint alleging an Abused and Dependent ChildComplaint found Not True on both counts at trial.
Willoughby Municipal Court2011Charge of OVI, Second offense in less than 1 yearCharge reduced to Physical Control
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court2010Client charged with RobberyClient found Not Guilty after bench trial

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