On January 4, 2014 LW, a Chinese national in the US on a work visa, was arrested at his home in Malden after his wife, also a Chinese national, called the Malden Police to report that he had shoved her and slapped her on the face. He was arraigned on the charge of domestic assault & battery in Malden Court on January 6, 2014 and his case was continued to February 11, 2014 for a pre-trial hearing. LW met with and retained Attorney Robert Lewin. Attorney Lewin explained how reluctant the Middlesex County DA’s Office was to dismiss domestic assault & battery cases. Attorney Lewin spoke at length with LW’s wife; she indicated that she did not want to testify against her husband and that she wanted the case dismissed. Attorney Lewin prepared a marital affidavit which LW’s wife signed. Attorney Lewin obtained an English translation of their Chinese marriage certificate. Attorney Lewin met with the Assistant DA and presented the Marital Affidavit to the Assistant DA and put LW’s wife in contact with the Assistant DA. On February 11, 2014 Attorney Lewin and LW and LW’s wife appeared in Malden District Court. Attorney Lewin explained to the Judge that LW’s wife was present in the court and that she did not want to testify against her husband. The Judge read the marital affidavit that Attorney Lewin had prepared that LW’s wife had signed. The Judge then questioned LW’s wife to make sure that she was not being forced into not testifying against her husband. The Assistant DA then relented and agreed to dismiss the case at the pre-trial hearing. As with many of these cases, the case was won in the preparation. The result of a dismissal was critical for LW because had he been convicted or even had his case been continued without a finding then he would have been subject to deportation back to China. Needless to say he was happy with the result and he was happy that it was obtained so quickly.

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