Client charged with three misdemeanor moving violations, including Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident (Hit and Run), Reckless Driving, and Reckless Driving Resulting in Personal Injury. Client was facing jail time and mandatory suspension of license. Through diligent advocacy on behalf of Client, negotiations with the prosecuting official resulted in reduction of the charges to three civil infractions, with only three points being applied to Client's driving record. Client, an MSU graduate student, avoided a criminal record, jail time and loss of his license.
Mr. Zulakis recently represented an 18-year old college student without a prior record and with outstanding community and academic credentials, who was found in his dorm room in the possession of three ounces of marijuana and in the process of selling marijuana to two other students. Client acknowledged selling to numerous students to fund his own dependence upon marijuana. As a result of advice of counsel, Client participated in psychological/substance abuse testing, random urinalysis and alcohol screening, individual therapy and attendance at 12-step meetings. Client completed the above intense regime/programming prior to the time the charges were actually initiated in District Court on felony Delivery of Marijuana charges. Due in large part to the proactive measures recommended by counsel and executed by Client, Client was placed on Holmes Youthful Trainee Status, thus avoiding a criminal record. No jail time was imposed by the court.
Client was charged with Felonious Assault (Assault with a Dangerous Weapon) in relation to a fight occurring in a college fraternity house. The victim allegedly suffered numerous broken bones in his face requiring reconstructive surgery. Client and Co-Defendant were charged with Felonious Assault based on the alleged utilization of a broken hockey stick as part of the assault. Client admitted repeatedly punching the victim in the face causing the broken bones. After lengthy negotiations with prosecuting officials, Counsel was able to demonstrate that the Co-Defendants were provoked by the victim and his associates, notwithstanding their own wrongful behavior. A negotiated payment of restitution for out-of-pocket expenses related to the victim's injuries was made by each Defendant. Client is a college student with no prior record and no history of violence. Client was assigned to the status of youthful trainee under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, thus avoiding a criminal conviction. Despite the seriousness of the injuries and the original felony charge, no jail time was imposed and Client is expected to successfully complete probation without a criminal record.