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Criminal Charges, No Criminal Convictions in DV case

A recent Chirafisi & Verhoff avoided criminal convictions after being charged in a domestic-related incident with a girlfriend.  During an argument with his girlfriend, the client, who had been drinking, forced his way into a bedroom, breaking a door.  The client spoke with police on the scene and confessed.  He was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Damage to Property.  He hired our firm and began working with Attorney Verhoff.  Although the prosecutor initially wanted the client to plead to a criminal charge, Attorney Verhoff was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss one of the charges outright and amend the remaining charge to a non-criminal ordinance violation, which is the legal equivalent of a parking ticket.  Upon learning the news, the client simply said, "Am I so glad I decided to hire you."