Recent Cases Archive - Page 41 of 44 - Attorney Steven J. Topazio

Utter a False Prescription MGL c. 94C § 33 (b) Obtaining a Drug by Fraud MGL c. 94C § 33 (b): Defendant avoids jail time and a felony conviction on his record.

The defendant was arrested after forging prescriptions and obtaining medications from various pharmacies including CVS, Walgreen’s and OSCO Drugs. The defendant was told after several pre-trial conferences that he was facing jail time, was unsatisfied with the advice he was receiving and discharged his former counsel, and hired Attorney Topazio. Attorney Topazio attached each incident of fraud, viewed surveillance videos, and challenged the Commonwealth’s evidence. Today despite the Commonwealth’s recommendation for a conviction, and through read More

Clerk's Hearing Larceny Over $250.00 MGL c. 266 § 30 Shoplifting MGL c. 266 § 30A : Case dismissed.

The defendant was summonsed to Court to answer to a charge of shoplifting after she took the tags off merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston totaling $593.00 and attempted to leave the store without paying. The defendant who was not a citizen, and faced the possibility of deportation, denial of naturalization or exclusion from the United States, hired Attorney Topazio. Despite the summons on a charge of shoplifting, the Commonwealth upgraded the charges to read More

Attempt to Commit a Crime MGL c. 274 § 6 Armed Assault in Dwelling MGL c. 265 c. 18A Malicious Destruction of Property MGL c. 266 § 12 Assault and Battery MGL c 265 §13A B&E Nighttime for Felony MGL c. 266 § 16: The defendant receives a split sentence to the House of Corrections, having only to serve four months, thus avoiding Superior Court and mandatory State prison time.

When a late night roof deck party got out of hand resulting in eggs being thrown off a four story building at the defendant, the defendant was arrested after being accused of using a crow bar to break into the victim’s apartment then violently pushing him to the ground with that crow bar, hired Attorney Topazio. Attorney Topazio met with the District Attorney prosecuting his client in an attempt to negotiate a resolution of the read More

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