Recent Cases Archive - Page 40 of 43 - Attorney Steven J. Topazio

Appeal from Magistrate Hearing: Not responsible and case closed.

The defendant who was cited for speeding contested the ticket. As the initial Magistrate Hearing the defendant was found responsible and appealed, hired Attorney Topazio. Today, after a full hearing before the Court, Attorney Topazio convinced the Court to find his client not responsible.

Hardship License : Driving privileges restored.

The defendant, who lost his license for three (3) years for a drug related offense hired Attorney Topazio to get his driving privileges back. Today, Attorney Topazio convinced the Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability Polices and Bonds to restore his client’s driving privileges with a restricted or so called “Cinderella License”.

Witness Intimidation M.G.L. c. 268, § 13B: Felony charges against the defendant were reduced to a misdemeanor where she accepted a CWOF thus avoiding a trial and a conviction on her record.

The defendant, who went to Suffolk Superior Court to support the family of an individual who pled guilty to kidnapping and received a committed sentence, was charged with the felony offense of witness intimidation after police, who were escorting the victim from Superior Court, observed the defendant yelling at the victim who had just testified. Attorney Topazio challenged the charge in District Court by filing a Motion to Dismiss pursuant to Commonwealth v. DiBennadetto, 436 read More

Possession with intent to Distribute Class D M.G.L. c.94C § 32C(a) Possession class D (civil infraction) M.G.L. c.94C § 32L : Case decriminalized and Defendant fined civilly $100.00. The defendant avoids trial, potential jail time, a criminal record, and a potential suspension of his driving privileges.

The defendant was arrested after being observed by undercover police leaving a known drug house. After stopping the defendant, he was arrested after officers observed in plain view a bag of marijuana. The defendant was also in possession of a large sum of money and two cell phones. The defendant hired Attorney Topazio to defend him. Attorney Topazio met with the prosecuting attorney and through intense negotiations, convinced the Commonwealth to reduce the possession with read More

Possession with intent to Distribute Class D M.G.L. c.94C § 32C(a) School Zone Violation M.G.L. c.94C § 32J : School zone and possession with intent to distribute charges dismissed and defendant receives a three month committed sentence concurrent with the sentence he is now serving, thus avoiding additional jail time and probation once released from custody.

The defendant who was on probation, was arrested when his probation officer and Boston Police made a home visit to effectuate a probation warrant and observed in plain view a plastic bag filled with marijuana. The defendant who was placed under arrest for the probation warrant gave written consent to the police to search his bedroom. In addition to the marijuana the officers recovered a digital scale, numerous plastic baggies, 2 cellular phones, a passport read More

Larceny by Check over $250.00 M.G.L. c. 266, § 37 : Case settled and defendant is not arraigned thus avoiding an entry on his board of probation record and Criminal charges to be dismissed provided payment is made before the next court date.

The defendant, a professional person, was accused of larceny by check and charged. The defendant, who was successful in getting his case remanded to a clerk’s hearing, hired counsel to represent him at the clerk’s hearing, but was unsuccessful in resolving the case and had the charges reissued. The defendant fired his attorney and hired Attorney Topazio. Today, Attorney Topazio worked out a settlement with the complainant and her attorney and had the parties sign read More

OUI Liquor M.G.L. c. 90 § 24(1)(a)(1) Marked Lanes Violation M.G.L. c. 89 § 4A Possession open container of alcohol in MV M.G.L. c. 90 § 24I A&B on Police Officer M.G.L. c. 265 § 13D Resist Arrest M.G.L. c. 268 § 32B Possession of Chemical Mace without FID Card M.G.L. c. 269 § 10(h): All charges dismissed after defendant accepts a negotiated plea of CWOF to the OUI and Resisting Arrest charges.

On 12/4/08, the defendant’s motor vehicle was stopped by State Police after several civilians radioed police that the defendant’s vehicle was operating erratically. After stopping the defendant, the officers detected an overwhelming odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the defendant, ordered her out of her vehicle and asked her to submit to field sobriety tests. The defendant who had difficulty exiting her vehicle could not complete the tests, used her car for balance and eventually read More

Clerk's Hearing Speeding M.G.L. c. 90 § 17 : Defendant not responsible, case closed.

The defendant, a resident of Florida, with a summer home in Maine, had flown to Boston and was proceeding to Maine when he received a citation for speeding. The citation indicated that the defendant was allegedly caught on Lidar traveling 92 mph in a 65 mph zone. The client hired Attorney Topazio. Attorney Topazio continued the hearing from its scheduled date to accommodate his client’s traveling schedule. Today after a Clerk’s hearing, Attorney Topazio convinced read More

Application for Criminal Complaint Marked Lanes Violation M.G.L. c. 89 § 4A Operating with Suspended Registration M.G.L. c. 90 § 23 : Criminal charge denied.

On 04/30/09, the defendant, a college student with no criminal record, was operating a BMW owned by his father from California, made an improper lane change while on Charles Street in Boston and struck a parked Taxi. The defendant was cited for marked lanes violation and suspended registration, (a criminal violation). Following the accident the defendant, who returned to California, hired Attorney Topazio. Today Attorney Topazio appeared in the Boston Municipal Court at a Magistrate read More

Fail to Stop for Police M.G.L. c. 90 § 25 Speeding M.G.L. c. 90 § 17 Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle M.G.L. c. 90 § 24: All charges dismissed.

On 12/14/06, the defendant’s motor vehicle was observed by Boston Police for (1) failing to stop for a police officer, (2) speeding and (3) operating a motor vehicle negligently. On 12/14/06 a motor vehicle citation (citation #1) alleging (1) failure to stop, (2) operating to endanger and (3) speeding was written but not mailed or given to the defendant. The original citation (citation #1) was filed with the Court. The defendant who was not arrested read More