On June 1, 2010, AR was driving her SUV in Chelmsford. She attempted to pull into a parking space at a shopping plaza when suddenly her SUV jumped a curb, crashed through the plate glass window of a tanning salon, and ended up wholly inside the tanning salon. Fortunately for AR no one was hurt or even touched by her car and the flying debris.The police arrived on scene. AR was cited for Reckless Operation. The police reported the accident to the RMV and the RMV immediately suspended her license for "immediate threat". Under Massachusetts Law when the Registry determines that someone poses an immediate threat to the safety of the public because of their operation of a motor vehicle the RMV can suspend the operator's license until the operator can satisfy the RMV that they no longer pose a threat. AR retained Attorney Lewin. Attorney Lewin went to the accident scene and photographed the scene. An examination of the car took place but no defects could be found in the car that would explain the sudden acceleration of the car. Attorney Lewin pressed the argument with the District Attorney that what happened was an accident and not the result of any negligence on the part of AR. On Friday, October 29, 2010 AR and Attorney Lewin appeared in Lowell District Court. After some discussion an agreement was reached for a general continuance of the case for three months. That means that the case will simply sit on the court books for three months and then be dismissed. There was no plea bargain; there was no admission of guilt or wrongdoing; AR's plea of not guilty remains in full force and effect and on January 28, 2011 the criminal charge will be dismissed. AR is now in a position where she can go to the RMV and seek reinstatement of her license.
October 2010 Archives
KL was married with one child. His wife had many issues including expecting KL to be at her beck and call whenever she wished. The marriage was floundering and KL moved out; she called KL often and demanded that he drop whatever he was doing and come take their child so she could "go out". When he did not respond promptly enough she called the police and accused KL of assaulting her. The police came and arrested KL and charged him with Assault and Battery on his wife. He was arraigned in Woburn District Court and his case was continued. While that case was pending she called the police a second time and again accused KL of assaulting her. KL was arrested again and brought to Woburn District Court; the DA's Office sought to have KL's bail on the first case revoked and have him locked up while the cases were pending. (Right now - October 2010 - it can take 5 months to get a trial date in Woburn District Court.) KL was released on a cash bail which his father put up. KL retained Attorney Lewin. KL insisted he was innocent. As the time for trial drew near KL's family became concerned about whether or not he should go to trial or perhaps "work out a plea deal"; Attornney Lewin insisted that Kyle not plead guilty but rather go to trial. Attorney Lewin made it clear to KL and his family (and to KL's wife) that the evidence and the truth were on KL's side and that KL would never plead guilty. On October 26, 2010 KL's cases were called for trial in Woburn District Court. Attorney Lewin stood up and in a loud clear voice answered that KL was ready for trial on both cases. KL's wife refused to testify; both charges were dismissed. Never plead guilty to a crime you did not commit.
GP, an 18 year old from Wilmington, was being picked on and bullied by a fellow who at one time had been his best friend. The bullying reached the point where GP couldn't take it any more. GP attacked the bully, knocked him down, and allegedly kicked him with a shod foot. GP emphatically denied kicking the boy. A boy who was present videoed the entire episode on his cell phone. The police applied for a criminal complaint against GP for Assault and Battery by Dangerous Weapon, a shod foot, and a hearing before a Clerk-Magistrate was scheduled at Woburn District Court. The crime is a felony in Massachusetts. GP retained Attorney Joshua Lewin. Attorney Lewin immediately contacted the Wilmington Police and then drove to the Wilmington Police Station and obtained a copy of the video. The video was not of the best quality but a careful review ov the video confirmed what GP had been saying that he did NOT kick the bully. With the video in hand Attorney Lewin approached the Police Prosecutor and an agreement was reached that no complaint would issue against GP. On October 26, 2010, GP and Attorney Joshua Lewin appeared at Woburn District Court for the Clerk-Magistrate's Hearing and no criminal complaint was issued against GP. As a result of the case being prepared without delay prior to the Clerk-Magistrate's hearing GP was not charged, he did not have to appear in front of a judge, and NO CRIMINAL RECORD was created.
TM had a favorite restaurant in North Woburn. He would go there often. One day he was approached by an undercover cop in the restaurant; they conversed and TM sold the undercover cop a small quantity of weed. Several days went by and the undercover cop contacted TM again and arranged a second sale which took place in the restaurant parking lot several days later. Several days after that a third sale took place in the parking lot. Unknown to TM all this activity was photographed by other police. Immediately after the third sale TM was arrested in the parking lot. A search of TM's car revealed a larger quantity of marijhuana and Class C Pills and Class E Pills. In addition there was a pre-school within 1,000 feet of the restaurant parking lot where all the sales had taken place. TM was brought to court charged with three counts of distribution of marijhuana, three counts of a school zone violation (each carrying a 2 year mandatory minimum sentence which cannot be suspended), 1 count of possession of marijhuana with intent to distribute, 1 count of Possession of Class C, and 1 count of Possession of Class E. Attorney Lewin was retained and immediately began working on the school zone issue. The school zone statute is a very technical statute. It covers both public and private pre-schools. The statute, however, requires that the pre-school be accredited. The statute does not set forth who it is that does the accrediting, how long the accreditation lasts, etc. Attorney Lewin attacked this aspect of the case and filed Motions requiring the government to disclose all their evidence on this "accreditation" issue. The government stalled for three months. Finally Attorney Lewin motioned the Court to dismiss the school zone charges. The DA then approached Attorney Lewin about "working the case out".At the end of the day on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 TM walked out of Woburn Court: the three school zone charges were all dismissed; all the remaining charges were continued without a finding for 18 months. If TM stays out of trouble all the charges will be dismissed at the end of the 18 months. Because no guilty findings were entered, TM will not lose his license.
EB, age 36, was arrested and accused of domestic assault and battery on his seventy year old father. EB consistently and emphatically denied that he had struck his father. Following his arraignment EB retained Lewin & Lewin. Attorney Robert Lewin sought out the father and spoke with him. The father came to the pre-trial hearing at Lowell District Court. Attorney Lewin put the father in direct contact with the Assistant District Attorney. The father told the Assistant DA that no assault occurred. The DA's Office refused to dismiss the case at the pre-trial hearing!! This is the position the Middlesex County DA's Office takes in virtually every domestic assault and battery case. Attorney Lewin requested a quick trial date. On Wednesday, October 13, 2010 litigation specialist Joshua Lewin from the firm of Lewin and Lewin appeared in Lowell District Court and answered ready for trial. The Commonwealth could not go forward and the case was dismissed.
One night in July 2010 RD drove from Vermont to visit a girlfriend in Ipswich; they planned to meet in North Andover. RD arrived first and parked in the parking lot of a convenvient store. The store was closed and it was around one in the morning. The police became suspicious and approached RD to see what his purpose was. One thing lead to another and the police discovered no less than three classes of drugs on RD. He was arrested and charged with Possession of Class A, Class D, and Class E Controlled Substances. RD was arraigned in Lawrence District Court and the case continued. There is a statute in Massachusetts that allows a judge in a drug possession case to "stay" the proceedings; that means the legal prosecution stops. The accused - if he consents- can enter a drug treatment program (which can be out-patient counseling) and, if he successfully completes the counseling, the case can then be dismissed. The Statute is Chapter 111E of the Massachusetts General Laws. In RD's case Attorney Robert Lewin filed a Motion to Stay the proceedings pursuant to Chapter 111E. After a hearing, the Judge granted the Motion. The criminal proceddings were "stayed" (stopped); RD entered an outpatient drug counseling program and successfully completed the program. Today (October 13, 2010) the Judge in Lawrence District Court, after reviewing the report from the counseling program, ordered the case dismissed. RD is now in a position where he can petition the court to seal his record and that is the next step in getting this case completely removed from RD's record.
It was about 3:00 AM. JH was the front seat passenger in a car being driven by a highly intoxicated woman. There were two men in the back seat. The car got pulled over by the Groveland PD. During an examination of the car the police discovered a baggie on the floor by JH's feet. Inside the bag were three smaller bags. The three small bags contained 1 gram of marijhuana, 1 gram of marijhuana, and 5 grams of marijhuana respectively. JH admitted to the police that the weed was his. Also JH had in his possession a pipe for smoking marijhuana. It looked like a simple possession case and that the police might let him go. The police then discovered that JH had $6,100 in cash in his pocket. That changed everything and the police charged JH with possession with intent to distribute marijhuana. JH, a painter, insisted that the cash was his that he earned from his work. In addition JH insisted that he had taken the money earlier that evening from home for the purpose of looking at a car. JH retained Lewin & Lewin. Attorney Robert Lewin spoke at length to the Assistant District Attorney at Haverhill District Court; the Assistant DA was reluctant to drop the case and suggested that the attorneys speak to the police. On October 5, 2010 Attorneys Robert Lewin and Joshua Lewin went to the Groveland Police Department and met face to face with the arresting officer and his superior. After a lengthy meeting at the police station an agreement was worked out. The charge against JH was dismissed and the money was split; the police kept $3,000 and returned $3,100 to JH. JH was relieved: he did not have to go to trial and he avoided the risk of losing his driver's license for two years. (A conviction for Possession of Class D with Intent to Distribute carries a mandatory 2 year loss of license.) This was an example of lawyers being willing to go the extra step to get the result that the client wanted - a dismissal of the charge.