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2nd OFFENSE OUI, Standard 2nd Offense Statutory Disposition

January 10th 2018
SECOND OFFENSE OUI- Liquor or .08%
Client was a hard-working, former U.S. Army Officer and war veteran was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, 2nd offense. According to police, he was operating his vehicle when he lightly struck another vehicle. He was mumbling and disheveled and intoxicated to the point where he was unable to speak coherently and maintain basic balance. Despite the egregious allegations, he did have some defenses. However, despite those defenses, he simply wanted to bring the case to conclusion as quickly as possible, which Attorney Barabino did. The law provides a minimum mandatory disposition for people charged with a second offense charge within ten years of the first charge. As a result of client’s background, Attorney Barabino was able to negotiate the minimum of a sixty-day house of correction sentence, suspended for a two-year period. Client will also be required to attend a mandatory two-week impatient program.
RESULT: 2nd OFFENSE OUI, Standard 2ndOffense Statutory Disposition

Drinking and Driving NOT GUILTY

December 4th 2018
Unlicensed Operation of MV
First Offense OUI- Liquor or .08%
Failure to Stop
A hard-working individual was in a minor car accident and State Police were called to the scene and charged client with operating under the influence of alcohol; driving unlicensed and a civil infraction. According to State Police, client’s breath smelt of alcohol, he was slurring his words, he was unsteady on his feet and had red glossy eyes. When the respectful officer asked about the accident, client was not entirely clear about the account and the damages to the vehicle did not fit his account. Attorney Barabino crossed examined the both the arresting officer and the booking officer. At the conclusion of the case, the jury deliberated and agreed that the client was NOT GUILTY of driving under the influence. The court also marked his civil infraction NOT RESPONSIBLE and the client had already agreed to a three-month probation period on the unlicensed operation which at which time it will be dismissed.

1st OFFENSE, 90/24D Disposition

October 29th 2018
FIRST OFFENSE OUI- Liquor or .08%
Open Container
Marked Lanes Violation
Client, a young hard working-working professional was charged with Operating under the influence of Alcohol. In addition to the criminal charge she was given three separate "civil" citation(s) which included possessing an open container, speeding and marked lanes violation. According to Police in the early morning hours, client was speeding and weaving. She was found with a glass of beer, red bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on her breath among other indicators of intoxication. Despite what appeared to be a strong case for the Government, she did have a strong defense. Despite the existence of this defense, client understandly, simply wanted to get the case wrapped up quickly, with the least cost and effort possible. As a result, Attorney Barabino was able to negotiate with the District Attorney a 1st offense disposition whereas, the charge will be dismissed after a one-year period. This is a fairly predictable result when the client has an otherwise clean record, no accident at the scene and no additional circumstances such as very high breath test result or disrespectful conduct to the officer. In addition to the 1st offense plea there was an agreement to dismiss all the "civil" infractions which is particularly important to avert an extended license suspension for the multiple surcharges which can result from civil infractions.
RESULT: 1st OFFENSE, 90/24D Disposition, Civil Infractions found NOT RESPONSIBLE.


October 25th 2018
SECOND OFFENSE OUI- Liquor or .08%
Open Container
Marked Lanes Violation
Client, was a world-class martial artist, dad and otherwise responsible citizen. According to the police, the client was driving erratically when a citizen called the police to investigate. When police arrived, they found client was operating his vehicle and in possession of an open bottle of brandy. The client agreed to a breathalyzer test and blew a .26 which is three times the legal limit. The Commonwealth sought a six-month suspended sentence and two-year loss of license. In addition, they requested a two-week impatient program. Attorney Barabino sought a first offense which the law allows, if the prior offense was more than ten years as was the case. Attorney Barabino provided a memorandum to the court outlining the clients unquiet and distinctive career path. In the end, the court agreed with Attorney Barabino for a 1st offense disposition. So, he received a guilty conviction, but as a first offender. The result will be he will be allowed to request a hardship license before the registry at a sooner date and support his family while maintaining safety and sobriety for the him and the community in general. Also, client does not have to attend the two-week impatient program.

Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicles, DISMISSED

December 29th 2017
Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle
Miscellaneous Municipal Ordinance 14-1
Client was a young man about to begin his first year of college. According to police, he was driving recklessly, passing cars and almost striking an officer. When police stopped him they were concerned that he was under the influence of an intoxicating substance. In addition to the facts witnessed by the police officer, client was disrespectful and verbally combative with the officer. In the end, to avoid a conviction on his record, client agreed to being on probation for 18-months, a driver safety course, and an evaluation to ensure that he is not abusing illicit drugs. If successful, the charge will be dismissed at the conclusion of 18-months. Additionally, his speeding fine and charge was found not responsible.
RESULT: DISMISSED, on condition client completes 18-month probation with conditions.

Leave Scene of Property Damage, Malicious Destruction of Property

August 1st 2017
Leave Scene of Property Damage
Malicious Destruction of Property
Client, young, bright teacher, was angered by her boyfriend. As a result of that anger she vandalized his car by keying it, consequently damaging it. At the conclusion of her moment of anger she bumped the car with her car when she left the area. Trove of background information was provided indicating that the couple have since fully resolved their differences. At the conclusion, agreement was made for client to be evaluated for anger issues, and if none exist, complaint will not issue.
RESULT: APPLICATION FOR COMPLAINT DOES NOT ISSUE, Contingent on anger evaluation within two months.

Unlicensed Operation, DISMISSAL

May 25th 2017
Unlicensed Operation of MV
Client was unable to obtain a license and was cited for (4th Offense) driving without a license. Given his background, history and surrounding circumstances, he was given a dismissal with the agreement that client pay two hundred dollar penalty.

Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury, NO JAIL AND NO CONDITIONS WITH PROBATION, Texting while Driving, NOT RESPONSIBLE, NO RESTITUTION

February 27th 2017
Electronic Message, Operator Send/Receive
Leave Scene of Personal Injury
Leave Scene of Property Damage
Client was alleged to have operated a motor vehicle, made contact with another vehicle, and left the scene of the incident in question. The impact of the accident caused the other driver, who was pregnant, to collide with a property structure so hard that she had to be extracted from the wreckage with the assistance of the police and fire department. After a year-long examination of all potential defenses, Attorney Barabino negotiated a plea without jail time and no conditions of probation.

First offense OUI, Same Day PLEA, Open Container, NOT RESPONSIBLE

June 1st 2016
1st OFFENSE OUI- Liquor or .08%
Marked Lanes Violation
Client was a young man who was having substantial substance abuse issues. He was in a motor vehicle accident and was clearly intoxicated. As client resided out of state, Attorney Barabino arranged for probation to be transferred and negotiated with the district attorney to resolve the matter on the same day as arraignment. No restitution needed to be paid. Not responsible on the civil citation determined. At the plea hearing, the judge sided with Attorney Barabino and granted the defendant a Continuance Without a Finding (CWOF), allowing the case to be dismissed. No drug or alcohol screens. All in same day.
RESULT: Same day PLEA, out of state OUI-alcohol, open container, NOT RESPONSIBLE

90 Day Probation

December 10th 2015
Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle Chapter
Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Use Motor Vehicle Without Authority
Fail to Stop for Police
Super pleasant young man with great potential made a moment of bad judgment. According to police, in the early morning hours they noticed a vehicle made a civil infraction. They sought to pull the vehicle over but the driver refused. They followed the vehicle briefly. The vehicle was being driven negligently and after a brief pursuit came to a stop. Prior to arraignment, every effort was made to develop and demonstrate to the District Attorney the impressive background of the young man. In the end, an agreement was struck where he would not admit wrongdoing and the case would be dismissed in 90 days. This pre-trial probation term allows him to retain the presumption of innocence and a full dismissal of the charges.