Misdemeanors

Boston Misdemeanor Criminal Cases Defense Lawyers

In Massachusetts, misdemeanors are typically prosecuted in District Court and are punishable by up to two and one-half years in jail. Some examples of misdemeanors are:

  • Malicious destruction of property
  • Disorderly person
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Disturbing the peace
  • DUI (called OUI in Massachusetts)
  • Criminal traffic offenses
  • Minor transporting alcohol
  • Trespassing
  • Shoplifting and petty theft offenses
  • Larceny
  • Possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin or ecstasy

Misdemeanors Should Not Be Taken Lightly

While misdemeanor cases may subject you to less jail time than felony cases, they may still have a devastating impact on your future. A misdemeanor conviction gives you a criminal record, which can affect your search for a job or ability to attend college. A misdemeanor conviction can ruin your reputation in the community, since any district court case is a public record and might be printed in your home town newspaper and published on the internet. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a misdemeanor conviction could still ultimately affect your status in this country, if it's considered to be a crime of "moral turpitude."

There is a lot riding on any criminal charge. A skilled lawyer can often favorably resolve misdemeanor charges by negotiating with the prosecutor. By resolving the charges before a trial, you may avoid having a criminal conviction on your record. When you must take your case to trial, however, you will need an experienced and skillful attorney to fight for an acquittal on your behalf. Attorney Yannetti and his associates bring a track record of success which speaks for itself.

Call For A Free Consultation With A Cape Cod Petty Theft Offenses Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a petty theft crime, such as shoplifting, or are facing another misdemeanor charge, you should seek legal advice. Contact a Boston misdemeanor defense lawyer online or call 617-338-6006 for a free phone consultation.

Recent Misdemeanor Cases:

November 19, 2012
Cambridge District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 42 year-old contractor, faced a potential complaint for Improper Storage of a Firearm. The police alleged that when Client was visiting his mother one day, he parked outside her residence and left his gun in a bag on the front seat of his truck. When he emerged several minutes later, he discovered that someone had stolen the bag and the gun. When the missing gun was reported to the police, Client's license to carry a firearm was revoked and a criminal charge loomed. The missing gun was never located. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Tanis Yannetti persuades the clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue against Client. As a result, Client maintains his clean criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

November 8, 2012

Lowell District Court
Docket No. 0311-CR-4996
Client, a 29 year-old man, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Driver's License and Providing False Information and Refusing to Identify Himself to Police. The police alleged that during a routine traffic stop in 2003, Client provided a false name to the police in an attempt to defraud the officer into letting him go -- despite the fact that he was unlicensed to drive. Client then ignored his court appearances and a warrant issued for his arrest. Years later, Client landed in prison in New Hampshire for unrelated charges. With these old Massachusetts warrants still outstanding, Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to resolve them. Today, Attorney Greg L. Johnson appears in court on Client's behalf and persuades the judge to dismiss these criminal motor vehicle charges over the objection of the prosecutor. Client never appears in court and never will have to appear in court. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 1, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Roxbury Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 21 year-old college student, faced a potential complaint for Furnishing Alcohol to a Person under 21 Years of Age. The police alleged that Client entered a package store and bought two thirty-packs of beer and two bottles of wine. He then allegedly handed an underage friend the alcohol -- with police nearby, watching -- and was summoned to court for a clerk magistrate's hearing. Client's parents hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, at the clerk's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the clerk magistrate and the investigating police officer that no charge should issue. As a result, this case will be dismissed and will never appear on any background check. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

October 16, 2012

Framingham District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 38 year-old financial analyst, was summoned to court to be arraigned on a charge of Operating with a Suspended Registration. The police alleged that they had sent Client a ticket, which he ignored. Client then failed to show up for his clerk's hearing, so he faced the prospect of having an entry on his criminal record. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm before his arraignment date. Attorney Yannetti immediately filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, which was granted by the judge on August 16, 2012. The case was then remanded back to a clerk magistrate's hearing. Today, at that hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the magistrate to dismiss the complaint upon the payment of $100.00 in court costs. As a result, this case will not appear on Client's criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint 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.

September 25, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Docket No. 1208-CR-0896
Client, a 46 year-old foreign national, faced a potential complaint for Leaving the Scene After Causing Property Damage. The police alleged that after her vehicle had collided with another vehicle, Client fled the scene of the accident without identifying herself. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Today, at Client's scheduled arraignment, Attorney David R. Yannetti persuades the district attorney's office and the judge that client should not be arraigned on this charge. Instead, the case is dismissed prior to arraignment, so it will never appear on Client's criminal record. Result: Case Dismissed.

September 21, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 42 year-old businessman, faced a litany of potential charges, including Indecent Exposure, three counts of Assault and Battery, Larceny, Disorderly Conduct and Trespassing. The police alleged that Client -- in town for business -- first became highly intoxicated at a restaurant/nightclub, then became highly combative. Client allegedly screamed and swore at other patrons and security personnel. When he was asked to leave, Client allegedly stole food, drew attention to himself and then unzipped his pants to expose his penis to everyone. When the police were called, the officers had difficulty placing him in handcuffs while Client screamed and struggled with them. Needless to say, Client was in a lot of trouble, so he hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to try to get him out of it. Attorney Yannetti confers with the arresting police officer and then today, at the clerk's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As long as Client refrains from getting re-arrested within the next year, this case will be dismissed and never appear on Client's criminal record or in any background check. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

September 13, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 42 year-old consultant suffering from depression, received a "wellness" check from the police one night because his family and friends were concerned for him. The police alleged that when he was subsequently brought to the hospital, he physically fought with staff, assaulted security personnel and had to be restrained. As a result, he faced a potential complaint for Assault and Battery. Client's family hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to work to preserve client's clean criminal record. At the magistrate's hearing today, Attorney David Yannetti persuades the police, hospital personnel and the assistant clerk magistrate not to allow a criminal prosecution to proceed. Instead, the case will remain at the clerk magistrate's level and will be dismissed in six months. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

September 4, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 25 year-old highly educated professional, faced a potential complaint for Leaving the Scene After Causing Property Damage. The police alleged that Client had struck another vehicle, argued with the other driver and drove off without stopping to exchange information. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Yannetti produces proof that Client's mother's insurance company paid the property damage claim of the other driver. As a result, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and the magistrate that no complaint should issue. The application for complaint is dismissed today and this case will never appear on Client's criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

August 17, 2012
Waltham District Court
Docket No. 0951-CR-1630
Client, an 28 year-old financial professional, was represented by another attorney when this shoplifting case was dismissed in 2009. Client 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 the case 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.

August 15, 2012
Concord District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, an 18 year-old high school senior starting college in the fall, faced a potential complaint for Minor Transporting Liquor. The police alleged that Client was driving other underage students with beer and marijuana in the car. Client's parents hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and the clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As long as Client avoids further incidents during his first semester at college, this charge will never appear on Client's record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

July 24, 2012
Newton District Court
Docket No. 1212-CR-0425
Client, an 18 year-old recent high-school graduate, faced a complaint for Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Causing Property Damage. The police alleged that Client hit a telephone pole with his car and then ran from the scene. Client's parents hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to try to prevent the complaint from entering onto Client's otherwise clean criminal record. Today, at Client's arraignment, Attorney David Yannetti persuades the judge that Client should not be arraigned on the charge. Although the prosecutor initially objected, the judge agrees to allow Client to take a safe-driver course and perform community service in order to avoid an arraignment. Client maintains his clean criminal record as a result. Result: Case Dismissed.

June 25, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a financial professional and a 10-year military veteran, faced a potential complaint for assault and battery The police alleged that Client had punched another man in the nose during a dispute at a bar one night. Despite having allegedly caused injuries and a bloody scene, Client avoided being arrested. When he received a summons to appear at a clerk's hearing, however, he hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Attorney Greg L. Johnson took control of the case and successfully delayed the hearing date in order to begin negotiating with the injured man's attorney. Ultimately, Attorney Johnson was able to persuade the alleged victim to accept a small monetary settlement instead of pursuing a criminal complaint against Client. Today, appearing with Client at the clerk's hearing, Attorney Johnson persuades the police and assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. Client therefore maintains a perfect record despite the existence of many witnesses to the alleged altercation. Result: Application for Complaint Denied.

June 15, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
South Boston Division
Docket No. 1203-CR-0145
Client, a 31 year-old medical student, was arrested one night for Assault, Assault and Battery, Resisting Arrest, Disturbing the Peace and a False Fire Alarm. The police alleged that Client, while drunk, was accosting waitresses in a restaurant/bar. When security personnel attempted to escort him from the establishment, Client allegedly punched a staff member in the face and pulled the fire alarm. Client also allegedly struggled with the police and tried to punch an officer as well. Client, in danger of losing his residency, hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Firm to represent him. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation for three months. As long as Client pays $1,400.00 in restitution to the City of Boston for the fire-alarm response, this case will be dismissed with no repercussions to Client's record or future. Client retains the presumption of innocence. Result: Case Dismissed.

June 5, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 1201-CR-1926
Client, a 24 year-old software engineer with no prior criminal record, was arrested for Trespassing. The police alleged that Client and some friends were posting notices in the Boston Commons after hours -- and that Client mouthed off to the police when they told them they had to leave. Concerned about having any entry on his C.O.R.I. (MA criminal record), Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. On his arraignment date of May 7, 2012, Attorney Yannetti persuaded the judge to postpone the arraignment -- over the objection of the prosecutor. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss this case prior to arraignment, so that it will never appear on Client's C.O.R.I. Instead, Client agrees to write a letter of apology to the officer he insulted, and to perform 30 hours of community service. Result: Case Dismissed Prior to Arraignment.

May 29, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, an 25 year-old graduate student at a prestigious university, faced a potential complaint for Shoplifting. The police alleged that Client had secreted several items of clothing and jewelry in her bag, then attempted to leave the department store without paying for the items. When caught, Client allegedly confessed to loss-prevention officers. As an immigrant here on a student visa, Client was terrified that this one mistake could ruin her entire, promising career. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and the assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue against Client. Instead, Client agrees to pay $200.00 in court costs and the application for complaint is denied today. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

May 25, 2012
Cambridge District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 26 year-old financial administrator, faced a potential complaint for Assault and Battery. The police alleged that Client punched a doorman in the face when he was attempting to eject Client from the establishment. The police officer noted in his report that Client was highly intoxicated and combative when they arrived. Client hired Attorney David Yannetti to represent him. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the assistant clerk magistrate and the police officer that no complaint should issue. As a result, Client maintains a clean criminal record and this case will not appear in any background check. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

May 24, 2012
Taunton District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 39 year-old businessman, faced a potential complaint for Threatening to Commit a Crime and Trespassing. The police alleged that when Client dropped off his children at his ex-wife's home one day, he entered her driveway in violation of a no-trespass order. The police further alleged that when Client's ex-wife called the police, the dispatcher could hear him in the background, yelling at his ex-wife and threatening to kill her. Client hired Attorney David Yannetti to represent him. At the first clerk magistrate's hearing two months ago, Attorney Yannetti persuades the assistant clerk to order the police to bring the 911 recording to court with them. Today, at the final clerk's hearing, the police pressed the assistant clerk to issue the charges against Client. Attorney Yannetti, however, persuades the assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue -- over the objection of the police. As a result, this charge will never appear on Client's record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

May 22, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Docket No. 1208-CR-0311
Client, a 25 year-old business analyst, was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Attempting to Evade Taxi Fare. The police alleged that Client -- while intoxicated one night -- became angry with his cab driver as a result of the route he was taking to drive Client home. When a state police trooper arrived on scene, Client called him an idiot and told him to "F" off. Client was arrested and hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm shortly thereafter. Today, on a pre-trial hearing date, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation. Client admits to no wrongdoing under oath. Instead, as long as he writes a letter of apology to the trooper, this case will be dismissed in one year. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 7, 2012
Hingham District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, 53 year-old unemployed retail salesperson, faced a potential complaint for shoplifting. The police alleged that Client secreted two bracelets in her pocket and then tried to leave a department store without paying for them. When confronted by store loss-prevention officers, Client admitted taking the bracelets. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to represent her. Today at the clerk's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and the clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As long as Client avoids any further arrests, the charge will be dismissed in six months and will never appear on Client's criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

February 9, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 37 year-old business manager, faced a potential complaint for Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Causing Property Damage. The police alleged that at about 1:20 a.m. one morning, Client crashed his car into an electronic sign on the Massachusetts Turnpike and fled the scene. The State Police were able to locate Client because his license plate allegedly fell off his car after the crash. When contacted by telephone, Client allegedly admitted to the state trooper that he indeed was in the accident and fled the scene because he was scared. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, at the clerk's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police prosecutor and the assistant clerk magistrate that Client should not be formally charged. Instead, the application for complaint is dismissed. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

January 23, 2012
Attleboro District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 45 year-old attorney, faced a potential complaint for Operating a Motor Vehicle so as to Endanger the Lives and Safety of the Public. The police alleged that when an ambulance was speeding through a traffic jam, Client drove her car in a fast and unsafe manner, following directly and closely behind the ambulance in order to cut through traffic herself. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to preserve her otherwise clean criminal record. Today at the clerk 's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police prosecutor and the assistant clerk magistrate that Client should not face a criminal complaint and instead should be allowed to pay the fine for "following too closely," a civil infraction. As a result, no criminal complaint issues. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

January 19, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a medical professional, faced a potential complaint for Shoplifting. The police alleged that Client was caught trying to steal some clothing from a department store. If a complaint were to issue against Client, his job would likely be in jeopardy, because he is already on probation in another court for a Larceny conviction and would face a probation surrender hearing there as a result. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. At the clerk magistrate's hearing today, Attorney Tanis Yannetti persuades the police prosecutor and the assistant clerk magistrate that Client should not be formally charged. Client needs only to refrain from any other arrests and the new application for complaint will be dismissed in six months without ever appearing on Client's record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

January 10, 2012
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division and
Waltham District Court
Docket Nos. 1108-CR-1109 and 1151-CR-1977
Client, a 30 year-old man, hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him on his arraignment in the Waltham District Court on the criminal charge of Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and the civil infraction of Speeding. Attorney Tanis Yannetti appeared with Client today and persuaded the judge to dismiss both charges upon the payment of $100.00 in court costs. While in Waltham, however, the judge informed Attorney Yannetti that there was a warrant for Client's arrest that had been issued by the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal Court. Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge and prosecutor not to place Client under arrest for the warrant. Instead, Attorney Yannetti accompanies Client to Brighton to remove the warrant. Client was charged in that court with Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Causing Property Damage. Client allegedly crashed into a municipal traffic light and fled the scene. After negotiating with the prosecutor, Attorney Yannetti persuades the court to place Client on pre-trial probation for sixty days. As long as Client avoids any new arrests, the case will be dismissed without Client admitting any wrongdoing -- and with Client retaining the presumption of innocence. Result: Warrant Recalled, Cases Dismissed in Two Different Courts.

January 10, 2012
Stoughton District Court
Docket No. 0755-CR-1933
Client, an international businessman, returned to the United States after having spent several years abroad. When he returned, he learned that there was a warrant for his arrest as a result of a 2007 Animal Cruelty charge. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. At his arraignment, Attorney Greg L. Johnson persuaded the prosecutor not to ask for any cash bail. Attorney Johnson then fully investigated the case. The authorities alleged that Client had abandoned several cats when he left the country -- leaving them locked in a closet without food or water and causing them to die. On Client's behalf, Attorney Johnson drafted, filed and argued a Motion to Dismiss, alleging that there was insufficient probable cause to issue the complaint. Today, the judge allowed the motion to dismiss. Result: Case Dismissed.

December 2, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 1101-CR-4467
Client, an aspiring pharmacist scheduled to earn his master's degree in 2013, was arrested for Assault and Battery as a result of an altercation outside a popular Faneuil Hall bar. The police allegedly witnessed Client -- visibly intoxicated -- argue with and then punch a bouncer. When the police intervened, Client allegedly struggled with several officers and was arrested. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Attorney Greg L. Johnson appeared with Client at his arraignment and persuaded the prosecutor not to request any bail. Attorney Johnson then investigated this matter over the course of six months and negotiated with the prosecutor. Despite the fact that the assistant district attorney had a very strong case against Client, Attorney Johnson today persuades the prosecutor to recommend pre-trial probation. Client makes no admission of guilt, retains the presumption of innocence and the case will be dismissed in eighteen months as long as Client performs forty hours of community service and writes a letter of apology to the named victim. Result: Case Dismissed.

November 30, 2011
Woburn District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 22 year-old university student, was summonsed to court for a clerk's hearing for a potential complaint of Leaving the Scene after Causing Property Damage. The police alleged that Client had struck another vehicle then fled the area without exchanging information with the other driver. As a result of the collision, Client's license plate was actually imbedded in the other driver's vehicle. Client also admitted to the police that she had caused the collision. Client was an immigrant very concerned about keeping her record clean, so she hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Today at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police prosecutor and the assistant clerk magistrate that no criminal complaint should issue against Client. Client avoids an arraignment before a judge and the application for complaint will be dismissed in three months without ever appearing on Client's criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

November 14, 2011

Natick District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, an accomplished biochemist, was suspected of Shoplifting at a major retail store. Loss-prevention personnel claimed to have watched Client via a surveillance camera while she allegedly concealed several pieces of jewelry in her shopping bag and attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Yannetti associate, Attorney Greg L. Johnson, investigated the case. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Johnson convinces the magistrate to deny the police officer's application for complaint. No criminal complaint issues and Client maintains her otherwise pristine criminal record. This case will not appear in any background check. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

October 24 2011
Concord District Court
Docket No. 1147-CR-1000
Client, a 19 year-old college student, faced an arraignment for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, a misdemeanor. Client's family retained the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, Yannetti associate, Attorney Greg L. Johnson, persuades the judge and prosecutor to dismiss the charge prior to arraignment. As long as Client attends a one-day driver's safety class, no criminal charge will appear on Client's criminal record. Result: Case Dismissed Prior to Arraignment.

October 4, 2011
Framingham District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 57 year-old businessman, faced a potential criminal complaint for Sexual Conduct for a Fee. The police alleged that Client responded to a Craigslist ad and met a prostitute in order to pay her $100.00 for oral sex. When confronted by the police, Client gave a full videotaped confession. When Client received a summons to appear in court for an arraignment, he hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. On August 4, 2011, Attorney Yannetti appeared with Client for his scheduled arraignment, but successfully prevented that arraignment from going forward. Instead, over the objection of the prosecutor, Attorney Yannetti persuaded the judge to remand the case to a clerk's magistrate's hearing. Today, at the clerk hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the clerk magistrate that no criminal complaint. Client never appears before a judge and maintains a clean CORI. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

September 28, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 19 year-old college student, faced a potential complaint for Keeping a Disorderly House. The police alleged that Client and his friends hosted a loud party in an unruly neighborhood in Allston, two days before the school year was to begin. The police explained that they were trying to send a message to all of the students who lived in that area. Client's parents hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent Client at the clerk magistrate's hearing. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and the clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As long as Client performs 30 hours of community service, he will never have to appear before a judge and this case will never appear on his criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

September 22, 2011
Dedham District Court
Docket No. 1154-CR-1332
Client, a 19 year-old college student, was charged with Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor. Client's family retained the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him at his scheduled arraignment. Today, Yannetti associate, Attorney Greg L. Johnson, persuades the judge and prosecutor to dismiss all charges prior to arraignment. As long as Client performs sixteen hours of community service, these criminal charges will never appear on Client's criminal record. Result: Case Dismissed Prior to Arraignment.

September 15, 2011
Malden District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 34 year-old professional, faced a potential complaint for Shoplifting. Department store security personnel and investigating police officers alleged that Client had concealed items in her shopping cart to avoid having to pay for them, then left the store. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to help preserve her clean criminal record. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Yannetti associate Greg L. Johnson persuades the clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. Client never appears before a judge and her criminal record remains clean. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

September 12, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 48 year-old laborer, faced a potential criminal complaint for Sexual Conduct for a Fee. The police alleged that Client picked up a prostitute in his car and negotiated to pay her $20.00 for oral sex. An officer had been surveilling the alleged prostitute and witnessed the entire exchange. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the assistant clerk magistrate to deny the police application for a criminal complaint. Client never appears before a judge and maintains a clean CORI. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

July 1, 2011

Boston Municipal Court
Dorchester Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a medical professional and military reservist, faced a potential criminal complaint for Keeping a Noisy and Disorderly House in Boston. After a lengthy investigation, during which the police allegedly amassed a plethora of evidence to show that Client had been hosting unregistered and illegal after-hours parties in Boston -- they decided to charge Client with a misdemeanor. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to try to prevent the criminal complaint from issuing against him. Today, at the clerk's hearing, Yannetti Associate, Attorney Greg L. Johnson, persuades the police and assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As a result, Client never appears before a judge and this case will never appear on Client's otherwise clean criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

June 30, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 19 year-old college freshman, faced a potential criminal complaint for Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Client and three friends allegedly bought alcohol from a package store using a false identification card -- while under police surveillance. If the complaint were to issue, Client faced the prospect of having an entry on his criminal record when he ultimately would be applying for a job or graduate school. Client's parents hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent him. Today, at the clerk's hearing, Attorney Greg L. Johnson persuades the police and assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As a result, Client never appears before a judge and this case will never appear on Client's otherwise clean criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

June 27, 2011
Natick District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a full-time government employee and mother of three, faced a potential complaint for Shoplifting. Client allegedly tried to steal jewelry and clothing from a large retail store. If the complaint issued against her, Client would almost certainly lose her job. Client hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent her. Today, at the clerk's hearing, Attorney Greg L. Johnson persuades the loss-prevention officer and the assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As a result, Client never appears before a judge and this case will never appear on Client's otherwise clean criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

June 23, 2011
Boston Juvenile Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 17 year-old high school student, faced a potential complaint for Disturbing a School Assembly. Client allegedly brought a can of mace into his school. Another student discharged the can into the hallways of the school, resulting in over two dozen students being transported to the hospital by ambulance. Client's parents hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him. After contacting the police detective responsible for investigating this matter, Attorney Yannetti schedules the complaint for a clerk magistrate's hearing in an attempt to prevent any criminal charge from issuing against Client. Today, at the hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As a result, Client never appears before a judge and this case will never appear on Client's otherwise clean criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

May 24, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 1101-CR-3014
Client, a 22 year-old college student, was charged with Indecent Exposure, Disturbing the Peace and Disorderly Conduct after the police allegedly caught him urinating in public when a club was letting out. The police alleged that he struggled with the officers and caused a commotion when they tried to arrest him. If convicted, Client may have faced immigration issues, as he was in the U.S. on a student visa. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him. Today, at his arraignment, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor not to go forward with the Indecent Exposure charge, which is dismissed prior to arraignment. The remaining two charges are dismissed after arraignment upon the payment of court costs. Result: Case Dismissed.

May 18, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 19 year-old college student, faced a potential complaint for Minor in Possession of Alcohol after the police allegedly saw her drinking from a bottle of win in public. Her parents hired the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm. Today, at a clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Tanis Yannetti persuades the police and the assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue. As a result, Client never appears before a judge and this case will never appear on her criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

April 19, 2011
Boston Municipal Court
Roxbury Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 20-year-old journalism major in college, faced a potential charge of Malicious Destruction of Property. The police alleged that after he had come home drunk one night, he punched and broke several light fixtures in his dormitory. He gave a full confession to the police, who applied for a criminal complaint against him. Client's family hired Attorney Yannetti, who prepares the case for a clerk magistrate's hearing. Today, at the clerk's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue against Client. As a result, he never appears before a judge and this case will never appear on his criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint 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 start the prosecution again. 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.

December 29, 2010
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Clients, two 19 year-old university students, were allegedly caught red-handed leaving a liquor store after having purchased alcohol with fake ID's. If complaints were to have issued against these young women, they would have entries on their CORI (Massachusetts criminal record) Both students hired Attorney Yannetti to represent them. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and the magistrate that no complaint should issue against either Client. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

October 26, 2010
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 1001-CR-5665
Client, a 25 year-old account manager for an internet marketing consulting firm, was charged with Trespassing and Resisting Arrest. The police alleged that Client had tried to re-enter a downtown bar after he had been asked to leave the premises, then pushed an officer away and otherwise resisted arrest after remaining unruly. Client therefore hired Attorney Yannetti, who schedules the case for a pre-trial hearing. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to dismiss the case upon Client's performance of 25 hours of community service. Result: Case Dismissed.

September 10, 2010
Boston Municipal Court
West Roxbury Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a state employee, faced a potential charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Causing Property Damage. Client allegedly struck an unoccupied vehicle in a parking lot in front of a witness, who only managed to get her license plate. Since the car was registered to her husband, he was the one originally summonsed to court. At the original clerk's hearing, however, both Client and her husband were unrepresented. When Client admitted having driven her car in the parking lot that day, the Clerk Magisrate dismissed the complaint against her husband and scheduled a clerk's hearing for Client instead. Client hired Attorney Yannetti. At the clerk's hearing today, Attorney Yannetti persuades both the clerk magistrate and the police department that no complaint should issue against Client. Instead, Client needs to produce proof that his insurance company paid the claim, or Client needs to make the damaged vehicle's owner whole. Client never appears before a judge, so her criminal record remains clean. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

September 1, 2010

Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 23 year-old graduate student at an Ivy League university, faced a potential complaint for Assault and Disorderly Conduct. After having some drinks at a Boston bar with some friends, Client tried to take the last subway train home. After paying his fare, however, an MBTA employee told him he had missed the train. When Client asked for a refund of his fare, the MBTA employee refused. Client then allegedly spit at the MBTA employee and was rude to the responding police officer as well. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him at the clerk's hearing. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue against Client. Client never appears before a judge and this case will never appear on his criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

August 27, 2010
Clinton District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a fellow attorney, faced a potential charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Causing Property Damage. Client allegedly backed up into an unoccupied vehicle in a parking lot in front of witnesses, then left the lot to go home without stopping or leaving a note on the damaged vehicle. When the police confronted him at his home, Client admitted to bumping the vehicle but explained that he did not believe any damage occurred. Client hired Attorney Yannetti. At the hearing today, Attorney Yannetti persuades both the clerk magistrate and the police department that no complaint should issue against Client. Instead, Client needs to produce proof that his insurance company paid the claim, or Client needs to make the damaged vehicle's owner whole. Client never appears before a judge, so his criminal record remains clean. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

July 15, 2010
Brockton District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a college student home for summer break, faced a charge of Misuse and/or Possession of a False ID card -- a felony. Client allegedly had in her possession a fake driver's license she had obtained over the internet. When she tried to gain admission to a bar, the doorman called over the police officer on detail, who barred Client from entering the establishment and summonsed her for a clerk's hearing. Client hired Attorney Yannetti. At the hearing today, Attorney Yannetti persuades both the clerk magistrate and the police department that no complaint should issue against Client. Instead, Client need only pay $200 in court costs and the application for complaint will be dismissed. Client never appears before a judge, so her criminal record remains clean. No future employer or graduate school will ever be able to find out about this incident. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

April 15, 2010
Wareham District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 26 year-old nurse, allegedly pulled a false fire alarm at a local club, in anger after having been refused service of additional alcohol. A police officer was present at the club and witnessed Client's actions. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to represent her at the clerk magistrate's hearing. Last week, when the hearing was first scheduled, the police announced that they wanted the complaint to issue against Client. Attorney Yannetti asked the assistant clerk magistrate to give Attorney Yannetti a week to speak with the fire department in an attempt to resolve this issue amicably. Attorney Yannetti spoke directly with the fire chief, who explained that as long as Client paid a $500 fine for falsely setting the alarm, he would not seek criminal charges against Client. Client then paid the fine upon the advice of Attorney Yannetti. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue against Client. Client never appears before a judge. This case will therefore never appear on her criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

March 23, 2010

Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a 20 year-old college student, faced the prospect of having a criminal complaint issue against him, for being Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Client allegedly persuaded a waitress to serve him beer at a bar despite the fact that he was underaged. Client hired Attorney Yannetti. Today, at the clerk magistrate's hearing, Attorney Yannetti persuades both the police and the assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should issue against Client. Client never appears before a judge. This case will therefore never appear on her criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

March 19, 2010
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Docket No. 0908-CR-1814
Client, a 19 year-old man, was arrested for trespassing on a local college campus. Client was highly intoxicated and when confronted by campus police, he allegedly told them, "I'm not leaving." Client hired Attorney Yannetti. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades both the prosecutor and the judge to impose 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.

January 5, 2010

Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 1001-CR-0021 and -0022
Clients -- two brothers in their 20's -- were in Boston visiting a friend for the weekend. While out at a bar one night, they allegedly got into a dispute with the doorman and a police officer. Both brothers were arrested for disorderly conduct. Clients' father hired Attorney Yannetti. Today, when both brothers were scheduled to be arraigned, Attorney Yannetti persuaded the judge and prosecutor to dismiss their cases prior to arraignment. This means that there will be no public record of the case -- and both brothers will maintain clean criminal records. Result: Case Dismissed Before Arraignment.

October 23, 2009
Framingham Juvenile Court
Docket No. DL 09-F-0163
Client, a middle-school student, allegedly grabbed and pushed a 10 year-old fellow student at a bus stop. As a result, the boy suffered a broken bone in his arm, lost a tooth and chipped a second tooth. Client was charged with assault and battery. Client's mother hired Attorney Yannetti to preserve Client's clean criminal record. Today, after several months of negotiation, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation. Client therefore does not plead delinquent or guilty and admits to no wrongdoing. As long as he completes twenty hours of community service and does not get arrested again, the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's criminal record. Result: Case Dismissed.

August 31, 2009
Clinton District Court
Docket No. 0968-CR-1074
Client, a 38 year-old accountant, got very drunk and unruly at the wedding of his friend, to the point where the police had to be called. Before the police arrived, Client fell over from intoxication and suffered injuries to his head. When the police arrived, Client was covered in blood but was resisting medical attention. He allegedly ripped a neck brace off, pushed a police officer, ripped the officer's shirt, fought the police while they tried to arrest him and cut open an officer's finger during the struggle. As a result, Client faced charges of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to help him resolve this matter. Client had one prior criminal case, an OUI (DUI) which was continued without a finding three years ago. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation. As long as Client avoids further trouble and refrains from drinking alcohol, this case will completely dismissed in six months, with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

August 26, 2009
Somerville District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client faced a charge of malicious destruction of property over $250 -- a felony -- as a result of an alleged "road rage" incident. Client allegedly cut off another vehicle in traffic, got out of his car and punched the driver's side fender of the other vehicle, damaging it. The middle-aged woman driving the other vehicle was terrified. She took down Client's license plate number and called the police. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to represent him at the clerk magistrate's hearing. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades both the police officer and the assistant clerk magistrate that the application for complaint should not issue against Client -- as long as Client pays for the damages to the woman's vehicle. Client never appears before a judge. This case will therefore never appear on his criminal record. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

June 10, 2009
Malden District Court
Docket No. 0850-CR-1362
In April of this year, this case was dismissed against Client after he had been placed on pre-trial probation and was ordered to receive anger-management counseling. Shortly after the dismissal, Client contacted Attorney Yannetti to petition to seal this case. Today, Attorney Yannetti succeeded in having all records of this conviction permanently sealed. As a result, Client can now truthfully answer on any job or official application that he has never been arrested, charged or convicted of any crime. Result: Case Permanently Sealed.

March 20, 2009
Framingham District
Court Docket No. 0849-CR-2437
Client, a married family man, was arrested for assault and battery and operating to endanger as a result of an alleged mishap on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Client allegedly drove through the "Fast Lane" tolls without having the proper transponder in his vehicle. When approached by a toll-taker, Client willingly provided his driver's license for identification, but refused to sign any paperwork. When the toll-taker resisted returning his license, Client grabbed it out of the toll-taker's hands -- causing the toll-taker to lose his balance and fall face-first onto the roof of Client's vehicle. Client then sped off. The toll-taker broke his front teeth. Client hired Attorney Yannetti who, after several months of negotiation, eventually persuades the toll-taker to sign an "accord and satisfaction." The toll-taker essentially agrees to tell the prosecutor that he does not wish to go forward with the case. Today, over the prosecutor's objection, Attorney Yannetti persuades the judge to dismiss the case against Client. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 11, 2009
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Docket No. 0908-CR-0063
Client, a 23 year-old professional, went out drinking with some friends one night. On the way home, he allegedly was kicking a plastic gas container down the street. At one point, while a police officer watched in horror, Client allegedly bent down near the gas container with a lit cigar in his hand. When the police stopped him, Client allegedly admitted trying to light the gas container on fire. He was therefore arrested for two counts of attempted arson (a felony), as well as one count of disorderly conduct. Client hired Attorney Yannetti. At the pre-trial conference, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor to dismiss both counts of attempted arson. On the misdemeanor charge, Attorney Yannetti files a motion for pre-trial probation. The prosecutor assents, and the judge allows the motion. Client only needs to perform 40 hours of community service and the case will be dismissed with no admission of guilt. Result: Both Felony Charges Dismissed, Misdemeanor Charge to be Dismissed.

December 2, 2008
Malicious Destruction of Property Investigation
Client, a college student with a bright future, was alleged to have forcibly removed a parking boot from his car -- damaging the pavement at his school and resulting in a missing parking boot. Client's parents hire Attorney Yannetti to advocate that Client should not be charged with any crime and should not be punished through any judicial process at his university. Attorney Yannetti eventually persuades the police and the school that Client was not at fault. Result: No Charges are Brought and Client is Not Disciplined at School.

November 14, 2008
Somerville District Court
Docket No. 0810-CR-1698
In an incident of road rage, Client allegedly bolted out of his car, ran to the driver behind him and intentionally punched and broke a side rear-view mirror. A police officer witnessed the entire confrontation, including the smashing of the mirror. Client was arrested and charged with both malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct. Today, Attorney Yannetti convinces the prosecutor not to take the case to trial, and instead to allow Client to be placed on pre-trial probation. The judge agrees. This means that Client does not admit to any crime. After six months, the case will be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

October 30, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Docket No. 0801-CR-1311
Client, a 22 year-old foreign national in this country on a student visa, was arrested last February after a woman had reported that Client had masturbated in her presence in the elevator of an apartment building. During their investigation, the police unearthed a video of the entire incident which clearly showed Client masturbating and ejaculating in the woman's presence. Client hired Attorney Yannetti to somehow resolve this case without subjecting Client to deportation. Today, after several months of negotiation, Attorney Yannetti persuades the prosecutor to reduce the charge from "Open and Gross Lewd and Lascivious Behavior" (which would have led to Client's deportation) to "Indecent Exposure" (which poses no such risk). Additionally, Attorney Yannetti convinces the judge not to incarcerate Client for his conduct. Result: Client avoids jail, avoids deportation, and avoids a felony conviction.

September 29, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
Central Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a portfolio manager, was walking with a co-worker in downtown Boston when he passed a woman walking and smoking on the sidewalk in front of him. He made a comment to his co-worker about his parent having passed away from lung cancer and the woman apparently took offense. This led to an altercation between the two of them, which led to the woman calling the police to allege that Client had spit on her. As a result, Client faced a potential complaint of assault and battery. Client hires Attorney Yannetti, who schedules the matter for a clerk's hearing. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades an assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should be issued against Client. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

September 18, 2008
Boston Municipal Court
South Boston Division
Clerk's Hearing
Client, who recently began work at job placement agency, met some friends at a concert in Boston and had too much to drink. He allegedly tried to enter a restricted area against the orders of security personnel. When the police were called, Client allegedly resisted arrest and tried to head-butt one of the officers. Client hires Attorney Yannetti, who speaks with the police officer involved in the arrest. Attorney Yannetti then schedules the matter for a clerk's hearing, during which he persuades the police and an assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should be issued against Client. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

September 3, 2008
Cambridge District Court
Clerk's Hearing
Client, a recent high school graduate, allegedly attacked a fellow student during a foos-ball game at a school function. Client's parents hire Attorney Yannetti, who scheduled the matter for a clerk's hearing. If a complaint were to be issued against him, Client could have his future prospects for education and/or employment severely damaged. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades the police and an assistant clerk magistrate that no complaint should be issued against Client. Result: Application for Complaint Dismissed.

August 21, 2008
Lowell District Court
Docket Nos. 0811-CR-0779 and 0811-CR-2987
Client was charged with being a disorderly person on two separate occasions by his campus police. Client hires Attorney Yannetti, who, over the course of several months, makes both legal and practical arguments to the prosecutor. Today, Attorney Yannetti convinces the prosecutor not to take the case to trial, and to instead allow Client to be placed on pre-trial probation. The judge agrees. This means that Client does not admit to any crime, and instead needs only to perform 50 hours of community service, remain drug and alcohol-free, and stay out of further trouble. The case will ultimately be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

July 22, 2008
Ayer District Court
Docket Nos. 0748-CR-0577 and 0748-CR-0919
Client was on probation (pursuant to a "continued without a finding" disposition) for two separate possession of marijuana cases. Given that he also had two previous possession of marijuana cases (for a total of four on his criminal record), he was ordered to complete the community corrections program -- which includes drug testing. Client allegedly failed five different drug tests and failed to report for another, so his probation officer issued him a surrender notice. If found in violation of probation, Client faced the prospect of having convictions on his record -- which would have caused him to lose his driver's license for at least one year. Client also faced the prospect of serving time in jail. Client hired Attorney Yannetti. Over the course of three months, Attorney Yannetti counsels Client, works with his parents and negotiates with his probation officer. Today, Attorney Yannetti persuades his probation officer and the judge to allow Client to enter a one-month residential treatment program. Result: Client is placed back on probation despite multiple probation violations, maintains a conviction-free record, and retains his driver's license.

May 1, 2008
West Roxbury District Court
Docket No. 0806-CR-0847
Client, an 18 year-old college student, was caught drinking beer at rowdy underage party. Regrettably, he chose to run away when confronted by the police. When the officer finally caught up with him, he found prescription pills in his pocket, for which Client did not have a prescription. Client was therefore charged with possession of a Class C controlled substance, underage possession of alcohol, resisting arrest and disorderly person. Today, Attorney Yannetti convinced both the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation. This means that Client does not admit to any crime, and instead needs only to complete 28 hours of community service and stay out of further trouble. The case will ultimately be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

January 25, 2008
Dedham District Court
Docket No. 0754-CR-2034
Client, a 23 year-old college senior, lost his cool one afternoon during a parking lot dispute. Client thought that an older man had driven too close to his car and nearly side-swiped him, so Client got out of his car and approached the man, who was still seated in his own parked car. Client allegedly started yelling at the man, shaking the roof of the man's car, and spitting in his face repeatedly. Client then allegedly punched his fist through the man's rear window. Eyewitnesses confirmed Client's behavior and took down his license plate number. When confronted by police, Client admitted to being in the altercation. Client was charged with assault and battery, as well as malicious damage to a motor vehicle, which is a felony and a very serious charge. Client's parents hired Attorney Yannetti. Today, when the case was scheduled for a pre-trial conference, the clerk announced in court that Client was to be arraigned on yet another, unrelated charge, as a result of a wild party at his college residence back in September 2006. Nonetheless, Attorney Yannetti succeeds in convincing the prosecutor to recommend pre-trial probation for Client. The judge agrees. This means that Client does not admit to any crime, and instead needs only to complete a "state courts against road rage two-hour seminar and then stay out of further trouble. The case will ultimately be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Attorney Yannetti also convinces the prosecutor and judge to dismiss the "keeping a disorderly house" charge prior to arraignment. Result: Case Dismissed.

December 20, 2007
Boston Municipal Court
Brighton Division
Docket No. 0708-CR-1697
Client, a 21 year-old college student, had too much to drink while partying one night. When she arrived at her boyfriend's condo complex at about 2:45 a.m., she took a fire extinguisher off the wall and sprayed its contents all over the complex. A significant amount of damage was done to property and motor vehicles as a result. The entire incident was caught on videotape. Charged with malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct, Client hires Attorney Yannetti, who persuasively argues that Client should be treated leniently because she had been mugged and suffered a concussion within weeks of the incident. Attorney Yannetti succeeds in convincing the prosecutor to recommend pre-trial probation for Client. The judge agrees. This means that Client does not admit to any crime, and instead needs only to pay restitution and stay out of further trouble. The case will ultimately be dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.

March 13, 2007
Somerville District Court
Docket No. 0610-CR-2903
Client, a high school student on probation for a previous charge of possession of a class D controlled substance (marijuana), was facing multiple counts of malicious destruction of property. Client allegedly vandalized several motor vehicles by removing multiple car emblems in the neighborhood one night. After several court appearances, Attorney Yannetti convinces the prosecutor and judge to dismiss the case today upon reimbursement of the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the car owners. Result: Case Dismissed.

February 8, 2007
Westborough District Court
Docket No. 0667-CR-2433
Client, an out-of-state businessman, was charged with assault and battery as a result of allegedly improperly touching a room-service employee at the Massachusetts hotel at which he was staying. At the pre-trial conference today, Attorney Yannetti convinces the judge to dismiss the case over the prosecutor's objection when the alleged victim fails to appear in court. Result: Case Dismissed.

January 26, 2007
Lowell District Court
Docket No. 0611-CR-6432
Client, an architect, was charged with criminal unlawful acts in violation of the building code. Attorney Yannetti files a motion to dismiss based upon the prosecutor's failure to provide a bill of particulars as ordered. The prosecutor strenuously objects. After a hearing today, judge dismisses case over prosecutor's objection. Result: Case Dismissed.

October 26, 2006
Marlborough District Court
Docket No. 0621-CR-0789
Client was charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly mistreating the family dog through neglect. After many court appearances, Attorney Yannetti convinces the prosecutor and the judge to place Client on pre-trial probation today - meaning that Client does not admit to any crime and the case ultimately is dismissed with no repercussions for Client's record. Result: Case Dismissed.