Articles Posted in Deportable Offenses

On December 31, 2016 (New Years Eve day) WQ, a 27 year old software engineer who is a resident alien from Russia, got into an argument with her husband. The couple live in Andover, MA. WQ lost control and physically attacked her husband scratching his face and arms and back. He fled the house and went to the police station. He told the police he did not want her arrested. The police photographed his injuries and then went to the house and arrested WQ. She admitted to the police that she had scratched him but she said it was in self-defense.

WQ consulted with and retained Attorney Robert Lewin of North Andover. Attorney Lewin was quite familiar with WQ and her husband as Attorney Lewin had represented her husband one year earlier in a domestic assault charge that had been filed against the husband by WQ. (See the posting on this blog dated February 24, 2016). The husband agreed to have Attorney Lewin represent his wife in this case.

After reviewing the facts it became clear to Attorney Lewin that a good case of self-defense could be made out by WQ. Attorney Lewin thoroughly prepared WQ for trial based on self-defense. Attorney Lewin and WQ had two lengthy trial preparation sessions during which Attorney Lewin prepared WQ for her testimony in Court.

Over a three week period KW, a 40 year old Indian National and her husband, both from Andover, had been going to a gas station in Lawrence and stealing coffee and firewood. When they were discovered the owners of the gas station went back through the daily videos and observed KW and her husband shoplifting at the gas station ten times over a three week period. The next time KW and her husband arrived at the station the owner called the police and the police responded immediately. KW and her husband were both charged with shoplifting. KW and her husband received a Notice of Complaint Hearing before a Clerk-Magistrate. They thought they would be smart and go to the hearing without a lawyer. At the hearing the Clerk found probable cause to charge them and  criminal complaints were issued against KW and her husband charging each of them with Shoplifting.  KW is not a citizen and shoplifting is a crime of moral turpitude and presumptively deportable. KW consulted with and retained Attorney Robert Lewin of North Andover. Attorney Lewin immediately consulted with the District Attorney and pointed out to the DA that any guilty finding or even an admission by KW could cause her immediate deportation. After considerable advocacy by Attorney Lewin, the District Attorney agreed to dismiss the charges against both KW and her husband. On March 24, 2016 Attorney Lewin and KW and her husband appeared in Lawrence District Court and the Judge ordered all the charges dismissed. KW was thrilled with the result and gave Attorney Lewin a big squeeze and a hug outside the Court.