On January 15, 2010 the Tewksbury Police were doing an undercover surveillance at a parking lot of a large store in Tewksbury just off Route 495. They observed one vehicle parked in the parking lot away from any other vehicles and away from the store. A second vehicle entered the parking lot and parked in the space next to the first. The two drivers exited the two cars and the police observed what appeared to be a drug transaction take place. The two men then headed back to their respective cars. The police approached the two men and after some discussion it was determined that the driver of the second car (initials SR) had delivered a forty bag of heroin to the driver of the first car. SR was charged with Distribution of Heroin (Class A) and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Law. The Distribution Charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in the State Prison; the Conspiracy charge carries the same maximum penalty. In addition a conviction (finding of guilty) to the charge of Distribution carries a mandatory 3 year loss of driving license (with the right to apply for a hardship license after 18 months). Attorney Lewin was retained and began discussing the case with the Assistant Distrrict Attorney; calls were also made to the police. Without SR becoming an informant Attorney Lewin was able to negotiate a settlement of the case. On May 27, 2010, the Conspiracy charge was dismissed and the Distribution charge was continued without a finding. Because there was no conviction SR did not lose his license. At the end of the period of the continuance without a finding the Distribution charge will be dismissed.
May 2010 Archives
On April 17, 2010, MC, a stunning woman of 40 years (she looks like age 25) became very upset with her 24 year old husband for his habit of visiting with and spending time the mother of his child (a woman other than MC). MC became enraged and proceeded to give him a good beating. When he said he was leaving (to go you know where) she said I'm calling 911 which she did. The police responded and after speaking with him and her arrested her and charged her with Domestic Assault and Battery. MC had a prior charge of Assault and Battery in 2009. The District Attorney did not want to let go of this case; however, Attorney Lewin prepared a Marital Affidavit for the Husband to sign. On May 26, 2010 the case was on the criminal pre-trial list in Malden District Court. At Attorney Lewin's request the husband came to court and exercised his marital privilege. Attorney Lewin moved for dismissal and the case was ordered dismissed by the Judge. MC and her husband walked out of court arm in arm.
JC, an 18 year old girl, was charged with Possession of A Class C Drug with Intent to Distribute and Conspiracy to Violate the Conrolled Substance Law. The charges arose out of an incident at the Square One Mall in Saugus. JC, who worked as a clerk at one of the stores at the mall, went to work and drove two male "friends" with her. She parked on the upper level of the parking lot and went to work. Her two male "friends" proceeded to begin selling drugs to "customers" at the mall. The two males would go back to JC's car to remove the drugs and sell. them. After each sale they would return to the car to get more drugs. The drug operation was watched and video taped by mall security. The security officers called in the Saugus Police who confronted the two males and arrested them. The police searched JC's car and found more drugs. While the police were searching JC's car, JC came out into the parking lot on break. She saw her car being searched and confronted the police. She got arrested. Attorney Lewin secured the video tapes from Mall Security; the tapes showed that JC was not involved in any way with the drugs. Attorney Lewin was able to convince the DA that the drugs found in the car belonged to the two males and there was insufficient evidence connecting JC to the drugs or to any role in the distribution of the drugs. On May 11, 2010 the DA's Office in Lynn District Court dismissed the drug charges against JC. The case took almost eight months to get resolved because the owner of the Mall resisted turining over the videos. Attorney Lewin persisted in obtaining a court order requiring the Mall owner to surrender the videos which they ultimately did.
A 35 year old Chelsea man (EM) (a legal permanent resident alien) was involved in a two vehicle collison in Chelsea and fled the scene. The driver of the other vehicle got the plate number and a good look at the vehicle. A neighbor saw the collision and thought he recognized the driver. The police ran the plate and it came back to EM's wife. The wife told the police that her husband had been operating the car. Based on the wife's statement the police cited EM for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.Prior to trial Attorney Lewin prepared a marital affidavit for EM's wife to sign wherein she exercised her marital privilege not to testify against her husband.She signed the affidavit and exercised her marital privilege and refused to testify against her husband. Under the Massachusetts rules of evidence her statement to the police that her husband had been driving was inadmissible at trial. On May 4, 2010 the DA's Office agreed to dismiss the case prior to trial.