Domestic Violence Attorney

Domestic Violence Charges In Massachusetts

Domestic violence and spousal abuse are common crimes in Massachusetts District Court. Boston domestic violence defense attorney David Yannetti and his associates have handled hundreds of these cases, both as prosecutor and as defense attorneys.

Allegations of Domestic Abuse Result In Mandatory Arrest

Most people are unaware that their local police departments have a mandatory arrest policy when the police are called to a home for allegations of domestic violence. That means that if a neighbor calls 911 because a husband and wife are screaming at each other and causing a commotion next door, the police will go to that residence intending to arrest the more "culpable" one — however they view that. Sometimes a husband will literally "volunteer" to be arrested so that his wife can remain home with the kids. Other times, the police simply get it wrong.

An Alleged Victim Cannot Drop Criminal Charges

Most people are unaware that the alleged victim in a domestic violence case does not have the power to "drop the charges." Once a person is arrested and brought before a court for arraignment, the district attorney's office takes control of the case. Most prosecutors will never agree to dismiss domestic violence charges at an arraignment. That means that if you are charged with domestic assault and battery, or violation of a restraining order, or any other type of domestic violence, you should hire a good attorney to work toward ultimately getting the case dismissed.

If you are an alleged victim of domestic violence who is seeking to have criminal charges dropped against your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or relative, then you should be prepared to withstand a lot of pressure from the district attorney's office. Early in the process, you will likely be contacted by a victim-witness advocate from the district attorney's office. The advocate's job is to provide information to an alleged victim, as well as to get input from the alleged victim regarding his or her views about how the case should be handled. Oftentimes, a victim-witness advocate will try to convince an alleged victim to "go forward" with the charge, i.e., to testify against his or her loved one. An alleged victim who is unfamiliar with the justice system oftentimes winds up in a state of confusion. You should be aware that unless you are married to the person who is charged with the crime, the district attorney's office can likely force you to testify. The D.A.'s Office needs only to make sure that you have been served in hand with a subpoena. You may then be forced to appear in court and testify — or risk being jailed yourself for contempt.

Of course, there are other cases where charges of domestic violence are simply false. In many of these cases, there are parallel divorce proceedings where emotions are running high, custody of children is at issue, and restraining orders are being sought. Unscrupulous divorce attorneys will sometimes advise their clients to file a criminal charge of domestic violence against their former partner in order to gain leverage for them in a divorce action. If you have been charged with family violence or spousal abuse during a divorce case, you need a lawyer who can quickly assimilate the facts of the situation and protect your interests.

The Stakes Are Even Higher For Non-Citizens

For non-citizen spouses who wish to divorce but are fearful of being deported to their home country as a result, there is a large potential for abuse of the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA"). Simply by claiming to be a victim of domestic violence — even where the allegations are patently false — a non-citizen spouse may put herself or himself on a fast track toward obtaining a green card. In this way, our government has provided an incentive for someone to falsely claim domestic violence — to the detriment of the innocent spouse.

A charge of domestic violence or spousal abuse puts you at risk of having your private life become public information. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be sensitive to all aspects of your case, both inside and outside the courtroom. Your reputation and your future are at stake. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a domestic violence conviction could affect your immigration status and ultimately lead to deportation.

Seek Skilled Legal Help

A skillful defense lawyer can raise issues that may resolve a case without the necessity of going to trial and without the necessity of admitting to the charge or pleading guilty. The sensitive nature of these cases makes it all the more important that you retain a battle-tested attorney who will fight for you till the end.

Call For A Free Consultation With A Massachusetts Spousal Abuse Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of domestic abuse, you need experienced legal help right away. Contact a Boston domestic violence defense lawyer online or call 617-338-6006 for a free phone consultation.


Recent Domestic Violence Cases:

October 19, 2012
Cambridge District Court
Docket No.1052-CR-2853
On November 9, 2010, Attorney David R. Yannetti succeeded in persuading a judge to dismiss this Domestic-Assault and Assault-and-Battery-by-means-of-a-Dangerous Weapon case against Client, a 41 year-old aspiring accountant. Client recently re-hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to petition the court to seal all records of this case. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to seal both charges pursuant to our motion. By Massachusetts statute, Client may now answer during a background check that she has never been arrested, charged, or convicted of any crime. Result: Case Permanently Sealed.

October 11, 2012

Boston Municipal Court
West Roxbury Division
Docket No. 1206-CR-1510
Client, a laborer from out of state, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery and Malicious Destruction of Property -- a felony -- in Massachusetts. His longtime girlfriend had called the police to report that Client had pushed her and caused significant damage to her car. Client retained the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Attorney Greg Johnson investigated the case, amassed discovery material and scheduled the case for trial. Today, on the trial date, Attorney Johnson persuades the judge to dismiss all charges. Result: Case Dismissed.

October 5, 2012

Boston Municipal Court
Roxbury Division
Docket No. 1102-CR-1497
Client, a 37 year-old highly respected medical doctor, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. His wife had called 911 and reported to the police that Client had choked her and pushed her to the ground while she was pregnant. She produced photos showing bruising to her arms. Client immediately retained the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Attorney David Yannetti appeared at Client's arraignment and immediately secured his release from custody. Attorney Yannetti then spent several months investigating and preparing this case for trial. Client's wife was very anxious to see Client convicted, so that she could gain the upper hand in divorce proceedings, and so she could obtain benefits in immigration court pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). If Client were to lose the trial, moreover, his career as a physician would be in grave danger. Attorney Yannetti retained an expert in immigration fraud to testify on Client's behalf. The trial lasted three days, during which Attorney Yannetti conducted a devastating cross-examination of Client's wife -- and exposed multiple lies on her part. Today, Attorney Yannetti achieved a "Not Guilty" verdict for Client. Result: Not Guilty Verdict After Trial.

June 19, 2012

Newton District Court
Docket No. 1212-CR-0330
Client, a 63 year-old business manager, was arrested and charged with Domestic Assault and Battery. The police alleged that during an argument with his wife one night, Client blocked her from leaving and grabbed her wrist in an aggressive manner. The police allegedly saw the red mark on Client's wife's wrist. Shortly after his arrest, Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, on the first pre-trial hearing date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge that this case should be dismissed. Client maintains the presumption of innocence and will be eligible to have this case sealed. Result: Case Dismissed.

June 14, 2012

Quincy District Court
Docket No. 1156-CR-5464
Client, a 35 year-old sports professional, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. The police alleged that Client, while under the influence of alcohol, grabbed his girlfriend by the wrist and squeezed it in an aggressive manner during an argument over finances one night. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Yesterday, Attorney David Yannetti persuaded the assistant district attorney that this case should be dismissed -- and today, the judge agrees to dismiss the case. Client, an immigrant in the U.S. on a visa, will not face any adverse immigration consequences as a result. Result: Case Dismissed.

June 8, 2012
Quincy District Court
Docket No. 1156-CR-3453
Client, a 32 year-old IT professional, was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault and Battery, a felony offense. The police alleged that Client struck his pregnant wife during a domestic argument. Shortly after his arraignment, Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, Attorney Greg L. Johnson persuades the assistant district attorney to concede that there is not enough evidence to sustain a prosecution. Attorney Johnson then persuades the judge to dismiss the case, so Client will forever retain the presumption of innocence. Result: Case Dismissed.

June 6, 2012
Somerville District Court
Docket No. 1110-CR-0415
Client, a 28 year-old musician, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery as a result of an altercation in their apartment building. The police alleged that Client lost control one night, destroyed several household items, and then struck both his wife and a female roommate, then punched the downstairs neighbor in the face while fleeing down a stairwell inside their apartment building. Following his arraignment, Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him and Attorney Greg L. Johnson took charge of the case. Attorney Johnson investigated and prepared this case over the course of a year. At the outset of the case, the prosecutor sought a conviction as punishment for Client's alleged egregious behavior. Today, however, Attorney Johnson persuades the prosecutor to reduce her recommendation to a continuance-without-a-finding for eighteen months. During the court hearing, Attorney Johnson persuades the judge to reduce the period of the continuance to one year. As long as Client avoids further arrests during the next year and completes an anger-management program, this case with be dismissed from Client's record. Result: Client Avoids Conviction and Has the Chance to Have Case Dismissed.

June 5, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 1001-CR-7624
On July 21, 2011, Attorney Yannetti succeeded in obtaining a dismissal of this Domestic Assault and Battery case for this Client, a 35 year-old business executive. Client recently rehired Attorney Yannetti to petition the court to permanently seal all records of this case. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to order the sealing. Under MA statutory law, Client may now answer on any job application that he has never been arrested for any crime. Result: Case Permanently Sealed.

May 30, 2012
Cambridge District Court
Docket No. 1052-CR-1054
On July 21, 2010, Attorney Yannetti succeeded in obtaining pre-trial probation for this Client, a 39 year-old university professor who had been charged with Domestic Assault and Battery. Four months later, the case against Client was dismissed, so Client forever maintains the presumption of innocence. After the dismissal, Client rehired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to petition the judge to seal all records of this case. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to do so. Under MA law, Client may now answer on any job application that he has never been arrested for any crime. Result: Case Permanently Sealed.

May 25, 2012
Lawrence District Court
Docket No. 1118-CR-1558
On June 17, 2011, Attorney Greg L Johnson succeeded in obtaining a dismissal of this case, a Domestic Assault and Battery case for this Client, a 35 year-old biomedical engineer. Client recently rehired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to petition the court to permanently seal all records of this case. Today, Attorney Johnson persuades the judge to order the sealing. Under MA statutory law, Client may now answer on any job application that he has never been arrested for any crime. Result: Case Permanently Sealed.

May 21, 2012

Framingham Juvenile Court
Docket No. DL-10F-0721
Client, a 16 year-old drug-addicted girl, was charged with Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon and Assault and Battery. The police alleged that during an argument with her stepfather over her cell phone, Client began punching and striking him. Client's stepfather allegedly suffered a laceration on his hand as a result. Client's mother hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Firm to represent her. Attorney David R. Yannetti first investigated, then delayed the case for 18 months, in order to give Client a chance to straighten out her life. After attending a "wilderness" program, Client entered a therapeutic school in another state, where she thrived. Today, Client stood before the court clean and sober, with a transcript reflecting the straight-A's she had achieved over the past year. Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss both charges. Result: Case Dismissed.

April 4, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 26 year-old clothing designer and business owner, faced a potential complaint for Domestic Assault & Battery. His ex-girlfriend reported to the police that Client had pushed her, grabbed her arms and manhandled her at a nightclub one night. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Attorney Yannetti schedules the case for a clerk magistrate's hearing. At the hearing today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and the assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As a result, this charge will never appear on Client's record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

March 29, 2012
Peabody District Court
Docket Nos. 1186-CR-0773 and 1186-CR-0940
Client, a single mother and successful business owner, was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery and two counts of Violation of a Restraining Order. Client's ex-boyfriend reported to the police that Client had twice violated a restraining order he had secured against her -- and assaulted him in a parking lot during an argument the second time. After the first alleged restraining-order violation, Client allegedly gave a full confession to the police. After the second alleged violation and alleged assault, the police obtained a warrant for Client's arrest. Client hired Yannetti associate, Attorney Greg. L. Johnson, to represent her. Attorney Johnson first persuaded the prosecutor and judge not to revoke her bail and hold Client in custody as a result of the second violation. Attorney Johnson then fought the prosecution's evidence by filing and arguing discovery motions and a motion to suppress evidence. Today, on the trial date, Attorney Johnson persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the first restraining order violation despite Client's full confession. On the second violation and the alleged assault, Attorney Johnson persuades the prosecutor and judge to grant a six-month "general continuance" -- the equivalent of "pre-trial probation." Client admits to no wrongdoing and retains the presumption of innocence. As long as she refrains from getting arrested again, this case will be dismissed in six months and eligible for sealing. Result: Case Dismissed.

February 29, 2012
Brockton District Court
Docket No. 0815-CR-1542
Client, 34 year-old accountant, was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery. The police alleged that Client had argued with his girlfriend over money. The police further alleged that during that argument, Client pushed her, struck her in the face and then kicked her after she had fallen down. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him. Attorney Yannetti investigated this case and advised Client to apply for a cross-complaint against his ex-girlfriend. At the clerk's hearing regarding that cross-complaint, Attorney Yannetti persuaded the clerk magistrate the ex-girlfriend should be charged with a crime too -- over the strident objections of her attorney at the hearing. Today, when the ex-girlfriend was scheduled to be arraigned on assault-and-battery charges of her own, cooler heads finally prevail. Both Client and his ex-girlfriend agree to assert their Fifth-Amendment privilege not to testify. Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and judge to dismiss the case against Client. Result: Case Dismissed.

February 29, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
West Roxbury Division
Docket No. 1106-CR-2351
Client, a respected I.T. professional, was arrested for Domestic Assault & Battery and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon. The prosecution alleged that Client had tried to suffocate his live-in girlfriend by smothering her face with a pillow, causing blood vessels in her eyes to burst as a result of the lack of oxygen. Client hired Greg L. Johnson, a Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm Associate, to represent him in court. After investigating this matter and obtaining an unhelpful (to the defense) 911 recording from the prosecution, Attorney Johnson scheduled the case for trial. Today, on the trial date, Attorney Johnson persuades the judge to dismiss all charges. Result: Case Dismissed.

February 7, 2012
Salem District Court
Docket No. 1036-CR-3659
Client, a single mother and successful business owner, was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery. Client's ex-boyfriend reported to the police that Client had slammed a bedroom door on his head and gouged deep scratches into his neck with her fingernails. The police photographed the gouge marks. After being represented by another attorney for several months, Client hired Yannetti associate, Attorney Greg. L. Johnson, to represent her. Attorney Johnson thoroughly investigated the case and uncovered evidence that Client's ex-boyfriend was potentially involved in a large-scale fraudulent scheme involving stolen driver's licenses. Attorney Johnson met with the investigating detective and the prosecutor to present the exculpatory evidence he had unearthed. When the prosecutor decided to press on with the charges against Client, Attorney Johnson scheduled the case for trial. Today, on the trial date, Attorney Johnson persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the case against Client. Result: Case Dismissed.

January 11, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 0901-CR-3288
Client, a 42 year-old professional consultant, originally hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm in the aftermath of his arrest for this Domestic Assault and Battery case. On September 4, 2009, Attorney Yannetti succeeded in obtaining pre-trial probation for Client. The case was therefore dismissed against him on September 1, 2010. Several months after the dismissal, Client rehired Attorney Yannetti to petition the court to seal this case. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to seal the case over the objection of the prosecutor. By statute, Client can now legitimately claim on any job application that he has never been charged with any crime. Result: Case Permanently Sealed.

January 6, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Roxbury Division
Docket No. 1102-CR-3932
Client, a 19 year-old college freshman, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery after she allegedly punched and kicked her boyfriend when she discovered that he had cheated on her. When speaking to the police, Client admitted to having punched her boyfriend in the face and having kicked him in the groin. Client's parents, who lived across the country thousands of miles away, hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to completely dismiss the case against her upon the performance of thirty hours of community service. Client admits to no wrongdoing, is still presumed to be innocent and ultimately will be eligible to have this case sealed on her record. Result: Case Dismissed.

December 19, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 1101-CR-2879
On October 7, 2011, Attorney Yannetti successfully resolved several matters for Client, a 27 year-old man, in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. This complaint, for Violation of a Restraining Order -- with the same alleged victim -- was his only remaining case. His ex-girlfriend alleged that Client showed up at her doorsteps within hours of learning that she had obtained a restraining order against him. Today, on the trial date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss the case, over the objection of the prosecutor. Result: Case Dismissed.
December 8, 2011
Wrentham District Court
Docket No. 1157-CR-0322
Client, a 44 year-old business owner, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. Client's wife had placed a call to 911 one night. While hysterical and crying, she told the dispatcher that a verbal argument with her husband had turned physical that night. She said she was afraid of her husband and he was refusing to leave the home. When the police arrived, Client's wife further told them that Client had gone to her room, kicked the door open and pushed her to the ground. The police observed damage to the door and door frame. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Over the course of eight months, Attorney Yannetti investigated this matter and prepared it for trial. Today, on the trial date, Attorney Yannetti goes forward with a hearing on his motion in limine, seeking to prevent the admission into evidence of the 911 recording. The judge allows Attorney Yannetti's motion, the 911 tape is excluded and the prosecutor agrees to dismiss the case. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 29, 2011
Cambridge District Court
Docket No. 1152-CR-1850
Client, a 24 year-old immigrant, was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery and Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon, a felony. The police alleged that Client had attacked her husband at home by grabbing his arm, twisting his wrist, then threatening to kill him while waving two kitchen knives at him. The police observed bruising to Client's husband arm. If convicted, Client faced certain deportation. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Attorney Yannetti filed discovery motions, which were allowed by the judge, then scheduled the case for "compliance and election." Today, Attorney Greg Johnson represented Client in court and convinced the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation. As long as Client receives counseling for anger management, this case will be dismissed in one year. Client retains the presumption of innocence, admits nothing and therefore will avoid deportation. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 29, 2011
Cambridge District Court
Docket No. 1152-CR-2155
Client, a 33 year-old research scientist, was an immigrant in the U.S. on a work visa when he was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. The police alleged that during an argument with his wife at a bar, Client suddenly grabbed her by the throat and slapped her across the face. There were eyewitnesses to the alleged assault. Worse, Client's wife told the police that he had abused her numerous times during their two-year marriage. Realizing that a conviction would lead to his deportation, Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Attorney Yannetti began the negotiations with the prosecutor, then Attorney Greg Johnson appeared with Client on his "compliance and election" date today. Given the strength of the prosecutor's case against Client, Attorney Johnson had his work cut out for him. Nonetheless, he today persuades the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation. As long as Client enters and completes a batterer's program, this case will be dismissed in one year. Client retains the presumption of innocence, admits nothing and maintains his eligibility to stay in the U.S. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 17, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Dorchester Division
Docket No. 1107-CR-2308
Client, a 28 year-old immigrant in the U.S. on a student visa, was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault and Battery, a felony. The police alleged that Client was in the process of breaking-up with his girlfriend when he dragged her to the roof of a building and threatened to force her to jump off with him. When they responded to a 911 call, the police observed scratches to the alleged victim's neck and chest area. Client initially hired another attorney to represent him because that attorney had promised that the case would be dismissed on a pre-trial date. It was not, so Client retained the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, when the case was scheduled for trial, Attorney Yannetti moved to dismiss the complaint. The judge granted that motion to dismiss. Result: Case Dismissed.

October 7, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Roxbury Division
Docket Nos. 1102-CR-1906, 1907 & 1951
Client, a 27 year-old college graduate, faced three separate complaints for Violation of a Restraining Order and one charge of Threatening to Commit a Crime. The police alleged that after Client's ex-girlfriend had been granted a restraining order against him, Client was so upset that he contacted her by e-mail three times. In one of the e-mails, Client allegedly threatened to post an embarrassing video of her on the internet if she did not withdraw the restraining order. At his arraignment, Client was held in custody without bail as a danger to the community. Shortly thereafter, Client's family hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Yannetti Associate Attorney Greg L. Johnson succeeded in securing Client's release from custody after a dangerousness hearing. Attorney Yannetti then joined Attorney Johnson to investigate this matter. Today, Attorney Yannetti made a motion to dismiss the "threats" charge and the judge granted that motion. Client then decided to admit to sufficient facts on all three restraining-order violations. The prosecutor recommended that Client be found guilty, be monitored by a GPS device for a year, be placed on probation for another three years, and be required to remain alcohol-free with random testing during the entire length of his probation. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to reject the prosecutor's recommendation. Instead, the judge agrees with Attorney Yannetti that this case should be continued without a finding of guilty. The only conditions of his probation will be that he stay away from his ex-girlfriend and continue with his mental-health treatment. Result: One Charge Dismissed, the Remaining Charges Continued without a Finding Over the Prosecutor's Objection.

September 16, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Dorchester Division
Docket No. 1107-CR-2308
Client, a 31 year-old medical professional, was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery. The police alleged that Client had repeatedly struck and beat his partner, causing noticeable injuries to the neck, face and abdomen. The police reported that Client confessed to the violence. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Yannetti associate, Attorney Greg L. Johnson, investigated this case over the course of several months while negotiating with the prosecutor. Today, Attorney Johnson finally persuaded the prosecutor to recommend pre-trial probation. As a result, Client maintains the presumption of innocence, admits to no wrongdoing and this case will be dismissed in one year as long as Client attends anger-management counseling sessions. Result: Case Dismissed.

September 6, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
East Boston Division
Docket No. 1005-CR-0660
Client, a 61 year-old business owner, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. The police alleged that Client had struck and spit upon her husband. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Client's husband moved forward with a divorce and advocated for Client to be prosecuted. Yannetti associate Greg L. Johnson, however, investigated this case and unearthed exculpatory evidence suggesting that Client's husband was attempting to use the criminal justice system to gain leverage in the divorce. Today, the prosecutor agrees to file a "Nolle Prosequi" over the objections of Client's husband. This means that the case is dismissed and Client will not have to face trial. Result: Case Dismissed.

July 21, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 1008-CR-0808
Client, a 34 year-old successful executive, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery after his girlfriend reported to the police that he had choked her in their apartment. Client's girlfriend produced graphic photos purporting to show hand marks around her neck. Recognizing that his professional career was on the line, Client hired Attorney Yannetti, who investigated this case for several months before scheduling a trial date. In preparation for trial, Attorney Yannetti unearthed exculpatory evidence to contradict Client's girlfriend's version of events. After Client's girlfriend appeared on the first trial date (when there was no judge available to hear the case), she failed to show up for the second trial date today. Rather than allow a further trial date, Attorney Yannetti persuaded the judge to dismiss the case. Result: Case Dismissed.

June 20, 2011
Woburn District Court
Docket No. 1153-CR-0349
Client, a 34 year-old professional, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. When the police arrived at his home in response to a 911 call, they noted that Client's wife had cuts on her lip, chin and under her nose. Client's wife told the police that Client had pushed her. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him. Today, at a pre-trial hearing date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor to allow Client's wife to assert her marital privilege. The judge also agrees to conduct a colloquy of Client's wife. The prosecutor then files a nolle prosequi regarding the case, which is the equivalent of a dismissal. Client never has to appear for trial. Result: Case Dismissed.

June 6, 2011
Concord District Court
Docket No. 1047-CR-1204
Client, a 44 year-old business owner, was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery. In the midst of a divorce, Client's wife reported to the police that Client had shoved her three times within his apartment in front of their young children, eventually pushing her out the door onto the driveway. Client hired Attorney Yannetti, who investigates this matter and eventually schedules it for trial. Attorney Yannetti prepared a devastating cross-examination of Client's wife, which exposed her motives and demonstrated that she had clearly lied. Today, after a two-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty. Result: Not Guilty Verdict after Jury Trial.

May 9, 2011
Somerville District Court
Docket No. 1012-CR-0930
Client, a 30 year-old software engineer, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. Client's wife alleged that Client had slapped her in the face during an argument over money. When the police arrived, they allegedly observed redness to his wife's face. Client also allegedly admitting to having hit her. Client hired Attorney Yannetti, who investigates this matter, counsels Client and his wife, then advocates to the prosecutor that the case should not go forward. Today, on a pre-trial date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor to file a "nolle prosequi" regarding the case -- which means that the prosecutor declines to prosecute Client and the case is dismissed today. Result: Case Dismissed.

April 1, 2011
Newton District Court
Docket No. 1012-CR-0930
Client, a 51 year-old business owner, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. Client's sister alleged that Client had stormed into her home with a "bodyguard" and had pushed her twice during an argument over the care of their mother. Client's sister and mother both applied for a restraining order against Client, who hired Attorney Yannetti to try to bring this case to peaceful resolution. Over the course of several months, Attorney Yannetti investigates this matter and negotiates with both the prosecutor and Client's sister's attorney. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor to file a "nolle prosequi" regarding the case -- which means that the prosecutor declines to prosecute Client and the case is dismissed today. Result: Case Dismissed.

January 25, 2011
Newton District Court
Docket No. 1012-CR-0822
Client, a 34 year-old state employee, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. Client's wife told the police that Client had punched her in the face during an argument. If convicted, Client stood to lose his job and his future. Client hired Attorney Yannetti who today persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the case at the pre-trial hearing. Result: Case Dismissed.

January 7, 2011

Boston Municipal Court
Dorchester Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client was originally arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery and Malicious Destruction of Property. On September 30, 2010, Attorney Yannetti persuaded the judge to dismiss the complaint, over the objection of the prosecutor and the police department. Aggrieved, the police and prosecutor re-applied for a new complaint, hoping to re-start the prosecution. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing regarding their application for a new complaint, Attorney Yannetti persuades the assistant clerk magistrate to deny the application. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

November 9, 2010

Cambridge District Court
Docket No. 1052-CR-2853
Client, a 29 year-old Chinese immigrant, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. The police alleged that Client had punched her husband in the face, breaking his glasses and causing bruising to his eye. When the police arrived at the house, they also found Client's mother-in-law crying hysterically. Client allegedly threw a coffee cup at her mother-in-law when she tried to break up the fight, and Client's mother-in-law was injured as a result. Client hired Attorney Yannetti shortly after arraignment, desperately seeking a dismissal of these serious charges without having to schedule the case for trial. Attorney Yannetti interviews the entire family and recommends that Client's mother-in-law retain her own attorney. Today, at the first pre-trial conference, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss the entire case over the prosecutor's objection. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 4, 2010
Boston Municipal Court
South Boston Division
Docket No. 1003-CR-0438
Client, a 34 year-old professional, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery as a result of an argument with his girlfriend. Client's girlfriend told the police that Client had pushed her in the face and chest and knocked her to the floor. Client hired Attorney Yannetti shortly after arraignment. Attorney Yannetti conducted a thorough investigation over the course of five court dates before scheduling the case for trial. Today, on the trial date, the judge grants Attorney Yannetti's motion to dismiss. Result: Case Dismissed.

October 25, 2010
Gloucester District Court
Docket No. 1039-CR-0470
Client, a 49 year-old medical doctor, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. Client's wife had called 911, alleging that Client had pushed her during an argument over whether or not he had been secretly communicating with an alleged girlfriend. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to preserve his criminal record. Today, at the second pre-trial hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge dismiss the case. Result: Case Dismissed.
September 30, 2010
Boston Municipal Court
Dorchester Division
Docket No. 1007-CR-0969
Client, a 33 year-old immigrant with a green card, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery and Malicious Destruction of Property. Represented by another attorney, Client appeared on his first trial date to discover that the prosecutor intended to take the case to trial, even though the alleged victim -- client's girlfriend -- refused to appear in court to testify. Client's former attorney had neglected to realize that Client had confessed to ripping his girlfriend's clothing and boots in anger -- and the police saw the damaged items. Client's former attorney told client that he either had to go to trial unprepared or accept a continuance-without-a-finding disposition, with an order that Client attend a certified batterer's program. Client could not admit to any offense without damaging his prospects for citizenship. Client therefore requested another trial date and hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him. Attorney Yannetti filed a motion to suppress Client's statement to the police. Attorney Yannetti also moved to dismiss the Domestic Assault and Battery charge outright. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss the entire case, over the objection of the prosecutor and the police department. Result: Case Dismissed.
September 20, 2010
Waltham District Court
Docket No. 1051-CR-1330
Client, a 17 year-old high school student, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. Client's parents called 911 because Client had allegedly punched his father in the face during an argument. When the police arrived, Client confessed. Client's parents hired Attorney Yannetti. Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to postpone Client's arraignment on the complaint -- thereby preventing this case from appearing on Client's criminal record. Instead, Attorney Yannetti works in conjunction with Client's parents and an education counselor to develop a treatment plan for Client. Client entered and completed a therapeutic wilderness program out-of-state. Plans were then made for Client to attend a special boarding school to finish his senior year of high school. Today, when Client is once again scheduled to be arraigned on the complaint, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor not to prosecute the case at all. As a result, a "nolle prosequi" is filed before arraignment -- effectively dismissing the case. Result: Case Dismissed Before Arraignment.

September 8, 2010
Malden District Court
Docket No. 0950-CR-3217
Client, a 55 year-old surgeon, was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. Client's wife had called 911 one night after sustaining an injury to the back of her head. When the police arrived at the home, Client allegedly admitted that he had pushed his wife during an argument and that she had struck her head against the corner of a wooden cabinet in the kitchen. Client's wife's head wound was bleeding profusely and the police took photographs. Client initially hired another attorney, who assured Client that the case would be dismissed. On the trial date, however, the prosecutor refused to dismiss the case and insisted on taking the case to trial based upon Client's wife's injuries and Client's confession. Client's original attorney told Client that they needed to go to trial that day, but they were completely unprepared, as the attorney had not interviewed Client or his wife and had not properly prepared either of them to testify. Client elects to ask for a continuance and hire Attorney Yannetti instead. Attorney Yannetti prepares the case for trial. Client and his wife meet with Attorney Yannetti at his office several times. Attorney Yannetti prepares extensive motions in limine. Today, on the next trial date, the prosecutor changes his mind about going forward after Attorney Yannetti answers "ready for trial." The prosecutor -- this time -- files a nolle prosequi, which effectively dismisses the case. Result: Case Dismissed.

August 9, 2010

Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 0901-CR-8604
Client, a 47 year-old local business owner, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery after his ex-girlfriend reported to the police that Client had shoved her to the ground and injured her knee. The police officers noticed that she indeed had a bruise to her knee. Client hired Attorney Yannetti, who investigated, scheduled the case for trial, and drafted an extensive and well-researched motion in limine. Today, on the trial date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss this case. Result: Case Dismissed.

July 21, 2010
Cambridge District Court
Docket No. 1052-CR-1054
Client, a 37 year-old university professor, was arrested at his home one night for Domestic Assault and Battery and also Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (to wit: a knife), a felony. His wife called 911 after Client had allegedly punched her then picked up his infant son in one hand and a knife in the other. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to investigate this matter. Today, on a pre-trial conference date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the felony charge. On the domestic A & B charge, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation. Client only needs to have a mental health evaluation done and the case will be dismissed in four months with no repercussions for client's record, employment, career or future. Result: Case Dismissed.

May 18, 2010
Concord District Court
Docket No. 1047-CR-0267
Client, a 42 year-old executive, was arrested at his home one night for Domestic Assault and Battery. His wife told the police that after Client had demanded to check her cell phone to determine whom she had been "texting," he lunged toward her and hit her arm while she was feeding their infant child. His wife also alleged that Client had grabbed her by the throat in the recent past and that he was "out of control." As a result of Client's arrest, a restraining order issued and divorce proceedings began. Attorney Yannetti investigated this matter and negotiated with both the prosecutor and Client's wife's divorce attorney. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss this case on a pre-trial date -- something the district attorney's office does not often do. Result: Case Dismissed.

April 21, 2010
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Docket No. 1008-CR-0402
Client, a 35 year-old highly educated consultant, was arrested at his home one night for Domestic Assault and Battery. His wife called 911 to tell the police that after Client had discovered some incriminating e-mails on her computer, Client allegedly choked her and threatened to kill her. Client hired Attorney Yannetti for the purpose of successfully resolving this case as soon as possible. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss this case on the first pre-trial date -- a very rare occurrence. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 17, 2010
Dedham District Court
Docket No. 1054-CR-0040
Client, a 30 year-old successful business executive, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery. After discovering evidence that his wife had been cheating on him with a man she had just secretly visited in another state, Client loudly argued with his wife. The police were called to Client's home. Client's wife then told the police that Client had grabbed her by the neck, pushed her against the shower door and told her that she was not going to be allowed to leave. Client allegedly admitted to having yelled at his wife and broken a wine glass. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to help him resolve this matter. Today, on the trial date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss the case. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 12, 2010
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket Nos. 0901-CR-1342 and -6488
Client, a 26 year-old graduate student, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery after his live-in girlfriend told the police that he had grabbed her by both wrists and shoved her into a wall. The police observed scratch marks and redness on his girlfriend's left wrist. They also saw damage to the wall and pieces of broken glass on the floor. As a result of finding a shotgun in Client's closet, the police also charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Client hired Attorney Yannetti. After investigating this case, Attorney Yannetti filed a motion to suppress the shotgun from evidence, as well as a motion to suppress the statements that Client had made to the police. On January 21, 2010, after a full hearing, the judge allowed both motions to suppress. As a result, the prosecution was forced to dismiss the firearms charge. Today, when the domestic assault-and-battery charge was scheduled for trial, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss the entire case over the prosecutor's objection. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 11, 2010
Lawrence District Court
Docket No. 0818-CR-4338
Client, a 26 year-old resident alien working for a software company, was arrested one night for Domestic Assault and Battery. His wife called 911 and reported to the police that Client had struck her during an argument. Client's wife also contended that Client had been abusive to her for seven years -- in fact, one time seriously injuring her eye. She provided the prosecutor with photos of her damaged eye. Client initially retained another lawyer who was unable to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss the case. Client eventually hired Attorney Yannetti, who proceeded to conduct a thorough investigation. Along the way, Attorney Yannetti persuaded the judge to order that records be produced by the Department of Children and Family Services -- over the objection of D.C.F.S. lawyers. Those records provided evidence of inconsistent statements made by Client's wife. Today, on the trial date, the prosecutor finally agrees to recommend pre-trial probation. Client therefore admits to no wrongdoing and the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 2, 2010
Lynn District Court
Docket No. 0913-CR-5381
Client, a member of the armed services, was arrested one night for Domestic Assault and Battery. When the police arrived at his apartment in response to a 911 call, they saw Client's girlfriend lying on the ground with blood coming from a wound on the back of her head. Client admitted to having pushed his girlfriend while she held their 3-month old child in her arms. Client hired Attorney Yannetti, who scheduled the case for trial. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor to recommend pre-trial probation. Client therefore admits to no wrongdoing and the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 2, 2010
Lynn District Court
Docket No. 0913-CR-5381
Client, a 45 year-old family man and business professional, was arrested one afternoon at his home. The police had received a 911 call from Client's wife, but when she started to speak, the dispatcher heard Client say "You will not . . . " and the line went dead. The police therefore arrived at Client's home and spoke to his wife, who informed the police that Client had pushed her against a row of cabinets in the home, causing her to bump her head and ear. The police took photos of her ear, which was red and swollen. Client's wife also told the police that Client had grabbed their son by the throat and pushed him up against some coat hooks in the garage. Client admitted to having grabbed his son by the shirt and also to having pushed him up against the wall. Client also admitted to hanging up the phone on his wife when she had tried to call 911 because he didn't think she should have been calling the police. At the station, Client told the police that he was going to call his lawyer, but instead called his wife and -- in front of the booking officer -- said to her, "Come on, can't you roll this back? Do something to get me out of this." As a result, Client was charged with two counts of Domestic Assault and Battery and two counts of Intimidation of a Witness, which is a felony. Client hired Attorney Yannetti, who scheduled the case for trial. Today, the prosecutor agrees to dismiss the domestic assault and battery charges and to recommend pre-trial probation for the intimidation of a witness charges. Client therefore admits to no wrongdoing and -- as long as he successfully complies with the terms of his pre-trial probation -- the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

February 16, 2010
Malden District Court
Docket No. 0950-CR-2776
Client, a Ph.D. student at a prestigious university, was in the U.S. on a student visa. He was arrested one night for Domestic Assault and Battery after a witness had allegedly seen him standing over his wife in the hallway of their apartment building, yelling at her while she lied on floor with a bloody nose. The eyewitness called 911, and when the police arrived, Client's wife pointed to Client and said, "He hit me! He hit me!" Client told the police that he had an argument with his wife in their car and that he might have accidently shut the car door on her nose in an attempt to keep her in the vehicle. The police inspected the car and saw no blood. They also saw no blood leading from the car to the apartment building. They did, however, see blood on the hallway wall, near the area where Client's wife had been lying on the floor. If convicted, Client faced almost certain deportation and the ruin of his education and career. Client hired Attorney Yannetti, who prepared an extensive motion in limine and accompanying memorandum of law, and scheduled the case for trial. Today, after receiving Attorney Yannetti's motion and memorandum, the prosecutor finally agrees to recommend pre-trial probation for six months. Attorney Yannetti asks the judge to instead impose pre-trial probation for only three months -- and the judge agrees. Client therefore admits to no wrongdoing and -- as long as he successfully complies with the terms of his pre-trial probation -- the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Client's visa will also be unaffected and he avoids deportation. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 27, 2009

Boston Municipal Court
Roxbury Division
Docket No. 0902-CR-4669
Client, a graduate student at a prestigious university, was in the U.S. on a student visa from Israel. His girlfriend, who had a history of mental illness, called 911 during an argument and Client was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery. When the police arrived, they allegedly saw Client's girlfriend bleeding from the mouth with scratches to the back of her neck. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to fight the charge. Attorney Yannetti prepared extensive motions in limine and memoranda of law in preparation for today's trial date. When the case is called for trial, Attorney Yannetti's motion to dismiss is granted by the judge. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 20, 2009
Taunton District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 37 year-old businessman going through a contentious divorce, faced a complaint of domestic assault and battery. His wife had called the police to allege that when she arrived at his house to pick up their children, Client grabbed at her, tried to shove a telephone down her shirt and pushed at her. After his wife applied for a criminal complaint against him, Client hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him at the clerk magistrate's hearing. Today, after a hard-fought hearing which featured the testimony of several witnesses, Attorney Yannetti persuades the assistant clerk magistrate not to find probable cause for any crime. As a result, no complaint issues against Client. Client never appears before a judge. This case will therefore never appear on his criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

November 19, 2009
Boston Municipal Court
West Roxbury Division
Docket No. 0906-CR-1752
Client, a third-year student at a prestigious law school, was arrested and charged with assault and battery as a result of a 911 call placed by his long-time girlfriend to the Boston Police. When the police arrived, they allegedly learned that a neighbor had seen the girlfriend crying outside Client's apartment. His girlfriend allegedly told the police that Client had banged her face against the floor during a fight inside the apartment, and then threw her out. The police allegedly observed bruising and swelling to the girlfriend's face. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to fight the charge. After investigating, Attorney Yannetti scheduled the matter for trial today. Pointing out conflicting statements by Client's girlfriend, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss this case over the strenuous objection of the prosecutor. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 2, 2009
Waltham District Court
Docket No. 0812-CR-0368
Client was charged with assault and battery as a result of an alleged incident of domestic violence between his wife and him. The incident in question led his wife to file for divorce, and she very much wanted Client to be prosecuted in criminal court. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to fight the charge. After months of investigation and negotiation, Attorney Yannetti proposes creative conditions of probation that ultimately convince the district attorney's office to soften its stance on the case. Today, both the prosecutor and the judge agree to place Client on pre-trial probation. He admits to no wrongdoing and after one year -- as long as he successfully complies with the terms of his pre-trial probation -- the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

October 14, 2009
Boston Municipal Court
Chelsea Division
Docket No. 0814-CR-3681
Client was charged with domestic assault and battery after an eyewitness saw him strike his girlfriend in public. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to fight the charge, which had been brought pursuant to General Laws Chapter 209A. Today, when the case was scheduled for trial, the judge allowed Attorney Yannetti's motion to dismiss the complaint. Result: Case Dismissed.

September 2, 2009
Brockton District Court
Docket No. 0915-CR-4011
Client was charged with domestic assault and battery after his wife called 911 to report that Client had pushed her onto their bed, put his hand around her throat and told her that he wanted to kill her. Client admitted to the police that he had in fact pushed his wife during an argument. If convicted, Client faced certain deportation, as he had entered the U.S. on a student visa. Today, on a pre-trial hearing date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the entire case against Client. Result: Case Dismissed.

September 1, 2009
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 0901-CR-3288
Client was charged with domestic assault and battery as a result of allegedly hitting his wife several times while she held their 8 month-old baby in her arms. When the police arrived, Client admitted that he had in fact hit his wife. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to help him avoid a criminal conviction. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades both the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation. Client therefore does not plead guilty and admits to no wrongdoing. As long as he completes a certified batterer's program and does not get arrested again, the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's criminal record. Result: Case Dismissed.

May 14, 2009
Quincy District Court
Docket No. 0856-CR-6986
Client's girlfriend called 911 to report that Client had punched her in the face. When the police arrived at the house, she was bleeding profusely from her nose, crying hysterically, with a black eye. The police took photos of her injuries. Client was therefore charged with domestic assault and battery and hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him. As the trial date approached, Attorney Yannetti filed in court several motions in limine, seeking to prohibit the prosecutor from introducing damaging evidence against Client. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss the complaint entirely. Result: Case Dismissed.

April 28, 2009
Malden District Court
Docket No. 0850-CR-4568
Client, a data analyst hoping to become an American citizen, was charged with domestic assault and battery as a result of an alleged altercation with his wife. When the police arrived at their home in response to a 911 call at 10:30 p.m., Client's wife told the police that during an argument over certain e-mails that she had sent, Client had allegedly slapped and pushed her. The police observed scratches to Client's wife's face and head. The district attorney's office has a well-known policy of not agreeing to a dismissal of such charges at a pre-trial date. Today, however, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the entire case against Client. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 19, 2009
Dedham District Court
Docket No. 0809-CR-300 and 0809-CR-0377
Client, a law student, was arrested for domestic assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, malicious destruction of property, threats, and violation of restraining order. The allegations were made by his ex-girlfriend, who was a law student as well. She claimed that Client had chased her down in an apartment building, slammed her head against the wall, tackled her, pushed her head into the floor, broke her cell phone when she tried to call "911," and violated the restraining order that was subsequently issued by a judge in the aftermath of the allegations. The case took the better part of a year to be called for trial. In the meantime, Client graduated from law school, passed the bar exam, but could not become a lawyer unless he was acquitted of all charges. Currently working for a prestigious law firm, Client would have lost his job if convicted of any of the many crimes with which he was charge. Trial began yesterday. During his cross-examination of Client's ex-girlfriend, Attorney Yannetti successfully exposes her as a liar. Today, Attorney Yannetti achieved an acquittal of all charges for Client. Result: Not Guilty Verdict after Trial.

December 18, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
Roxbury Division
Docket No. 0802-CR-2838
Client, a college instructor, was charged with domestic assault and battery as a result of an alleged altercation with his fiancée. When the police arrived at their home in response to a 911 call at 3 a.m., Client's fiancée was sitting outside on the steps, barefoot with no jacket. She allegedly told the responding officers that Client had threatened her, choked her and thrown her against a wall. He then allegedly ordered her out of the apartment, throwing her clothing and cell phone on the ground in the process. The police later found the cell phone, in two pieces, inoperable. Client hired Attorney Yannetti, who today persuades the judge to dismiss the case over the prosecutor's objection. Result: Case Dismissed.

December 4, 2008
Newton District Court
Docket No. 0812-CR-0368
Client was charged with a felony -- assault by means of a dangerous weapon -- as a result of allegedly threatening his wife with a hammer and chasing her out of their home. In response to a 911 call, the police arrived to find Client's wife on the street with their young child. If convicted, Client faced the prospect of losing everything he had worked very hard to achieve -- his career and his residence in the U.S. Even a continuance-without-a-finding disposition would have subjected him to deportation to his native country. Client initially hired another attorney, who was not able to persuade the prosecutor to offer pre-trial probation -- a disposition that would require no admission of guilt from Client, and one which would result in the charge being dismissed. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to take the case to trial for him. Attorney Yannetti instead proposes creative conditions of probation that ultimately convince the district attorney's office to soften its stance on the case. Today, both the prosecutor and the judge agree to place Client on pre-trial probation. He admits to no wrongdoing and after two years -- as long as he successfully complies with the terms of his pre-trial probation -- the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for either Client's record or his immigration status. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 13, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
South Boston Division
Docket No. 0803-CR-0730
The prosecution alleged that Client had an argument one night with girlfriend, during which he allegedly grabbed her by the neck, threw her to the ground, choked her and threatened to kill her. In response to a 911 call, the police officers arrived and noticed red marks on his girlfriend's neck. Client had a previous felony on his record -- for assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon -- which had been continued without a finding. As a result, he decided to retain Attorney Yannetti to pursue the best "deal" he could get regarding this new case. After a lengthy negotiation, the prosecutor would not budge from her recommendation of a guilty finding and a conviction for Client, in light of the facts as outlined above and Client's prior history. Nevertheless, Attorney Yannetti today persuades the judge to instead continue this case without a finding over the prosecutor's objection. As long as Client remains arrest-free, this case will be dismissed in one year. Result: Client Avoids a Criminal Conviction.

September 26, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
Roxbury Division
Docket No. 0802-CR-0518
Client, a 24 year-old college graduate, was charged with assault and battery as a result of an alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend while they were both still in college last January. When the police arrived on scene, his ex-girlfriend was bawling outside Client's apartment building. She reported that Client had smashed her cell phone, then grabbed and pushed her to the ground. Client, seeking a job in the financial industry, would have had his career prospects devastated by a conviction. Attorney Yannetti schedules the case for a jury trial. During the trial, which began yesterday, Attorney Yannetti cross-examines Client's ex-girlfriend and exposes her as a liar. Today, after two full days of trial, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty. Result: Not Guilty Verdict after a Jury Trial.

June 3, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
West Roxbury Division
Docket No. 0806-CR-0477
Client and his wife had an argument one night that allegedly turn physical. A neighbor called the police after allegedly hearing Client's wife scream several times in their apartment. When the police arrived, Client's wife told them that Client had struck her, thrown her against a closet door, and then unplugged the phone when she attempted to call the police. Client therefore was charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and intimidation of a witness. The prosecution initially was unwilling to drop the charges. Client therefore hired Attorney Yannetti, who prepared the case for trial. On the trial date, Attorney Yannetti convinces the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the case after Client's wife elected to exercise her marital privilege. Result: Case Dismissed.

May 29, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 0801-CR-0721
Client, a software engineer for an internet company, was charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon for allegedly striking his ex-girlfriend with his car. The prosecution initially was unwilling to drop the charges. A conviction for this felony would derail Client's attempts to become a citizen. Client therefore hired Attorney Yannetti, who prepared the case for trial. On the trial date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the case after Client's ex-girlfriend expressed a desire not to go forward. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 31, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 0701-CR-8207
Back in January, Attorney Yannetti successfully convinced a judge to dismiss this domestic assault and battery case for Client. Thereafter, Client re-hired Attorney Yannetti to petition the court to seal the official records regarding this case. Today, Attorney Yannetti convinces the judge to permanently seal the records. As a result, Client can now truthfully answer on any job or school application that he has never been arrested, charged or convicted of any crime. Result: Case Permanently Sealed.

January 9, 2008
Cambridge District Court
Docket No. 0752-CR-3257
Client, an account manager for a software company, and his wife had an argument that turned physical. When the police arrived at his home that night in response to a 911 call, his wife told them that he had shoved her. Client admitted to a mutual shoving match and was arrested for domestic assault and battery. The prosecution initially was unwilling to drop the charges. Client therefore hired Attorney Yannetti, who scheduled the case for a pre-trial conference in an attempt to persuade the prosecutor to change her mind. Today, Attorney Yannetti succeeded in convincing both the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the case after Client's wife asserted her spousal privilege in open court. Result: Case Dismissed.

January 7, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 0701-CR-8207
Client, a psychiatrist, got into a heated argument with his wife one night, causing her to call 911. When the police arrived at his home, his wife told them that he had kicked and pushed her. Client admitted to pushing his wife and was therefore arrested for domestic assault and battery. The prosecution was unwilling to drop the charges. Client therefore hired Attorney Yannetti, who scheduled the case for trial and prepared several pre-trial motions. One of those motions -- a motion for a required finding of not guilty -- explained the corroboration rule and cited legal precedent in an attempt to convince the prosecutor to drop the case. Today, Attorney Yannetti convinced the judge to dismiss the case after Client's wife asserted her spousal privilege in open court. Result: Case Dismissed.

August 29, 2007
Brookline District Court
Docket No. 0709-CR-0492
Client, a 25 year-old foreign national in the U.S. on a visa and hoping eventually to obtain her green card, was charged with domestic assault and battery for allegedly hitting and scratching her husband after a verbal argument. When the police arrested her at her home, they noticed that her husband had scratches around his neck and a laceration on his forehead. The prosecutor refused to dismiss the case at the pre-trial conference early this month, so Attorney Yannetti marked the case up for trial. Attorney Yannetti answers ready for trial today, after having independently investigated the case and having determined that the police and prosecutor have no forensic evidence, nor any independent witness to the alleged crime. Before trial begins, Attorney Yannetti moves to dismiss the case pursuant to the desires of the alleged victim. Result: Case Dismissed.

July 20, 2007
Quincy District Court
Docket No. 0756-CR-0888
Client, a 29 year-old man, was charged with assault and battery, intimidation of a witness and malicious destruction of property as a result of a bad break-up with his live-in girlfriend. He allegedly attacked her in a parking lot, grabbed her cell phone and smashed it on the ground when she tried to call the police, then destroyed her furniture and personal belongings in their apartment. After several months and several court dates, Attorney Yannetti first convinces the district attorney's office to dismiss both the assault and battery and intimidation of a witness charges. Then today, Attorney Yannetti convinces the judge -- over the prosecutor's objection -- to continue the remaining charge without making a finding for six months, with unsupervised probation. Client only needs to stay away from his ex-girlfriend, pay restitution for the damage personal property, stay out of further trouble and pay about $200 in court costs. The remaining charge will then be dismissed as well. Result: Client has the two most serious charges dismissed outright, and avoids a criminal conviction on the remaining charge.

July 16, 2007
Suffolk Superior Court
Docket No. 2002-1326
Client, a 41 year-old man with a long criminal record, was held in jail without bail since May. Client had been placed on probation back in 2003 with a 2 ½ year suspended sentence hanging over his head -- then failed to report to his probation officer and did not comply with any of the terms of his probation. While on probation, Client was arrested for a new 2nd-offense OUI case, and then was arrested again for an assault and battery case in which the police allege that Client had broken his girlfriend's leg. Client retained Attorney Yannetti in a desperate attempt to be released on bail until his probation surrender hearing -- which is only eleven days away. Today, Attorney Yannetti convinces a Suffolk Superior Court judge to release client on cash bail, with the stipulation that he wear an electronic bracelet and report to this probation surrender hearing as scheduled. Result: Client released on bail.

June 13, 2007
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 0101-CR-0771
Client, a 45 year-old man with a long criminal record, was previously represented by another lawyer when he pled guilty to a felony charge of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. Client was placed on probation at that time, with a 2 ½ year suspended sentence hanging over his head. While on probation, Client failed to provide a DNA sample, required of those who have been convicted of a felony. As a result, his probation was not terminated as scheduled. Client then was arrested for a new domestic assault and battery case where the police allege that he bloodied his girlfriend's mouth. Client was also arrested for an unrelated felony larceny case, where the police allege that he stole over $50,000 from an elderly couple. Client then hired Attorney Yannetti, who worked with the State Police and the Suffolk County Jail to allow Client to belatedly provide the required DNA sample. Today, Attorney Yannetti convinces Client's probation officer and the judge not to impose the 2 ½ year suspended sentence that Client was facing. Instead, Client's probation is terminated today and he avoids having to serve any time in jail despite the two new arrests. Result: Probation terminated and Client is discharged from further probation.

April 10, 2007
Somerville District Court
Docket No. 0710-CR-0771
Client was charged with domestic assault and battery for allegedly hitting his wife. Attorney Yannetti convinces the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the case at the pre-trial conference today. Result: Case Dismissed.