Sometimes attorneys become involved with a case after a client previously undervalued the need for proper legal advice. This was the situation recently for a man in Lower Merion Township when he found himself in legal trouble after being stopped by police in a park after dusk. When he was searched, the officers found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was subsequently charged with possession and without an attorney, the man went to court and was sentenced to community service; however, the administrator of his service detail accused him of absconding from the project to smoke marijuana. When this was reported to the judge, he was found guilty of the original charge. The young man did not think the process was handled correctly and retained criminal defense attorney Michael Fienman to review his available options.

Attorney Fienman knew the previous result was not appropriate and successfully filed appeals to reopen the case. Furthermore, Fienman spoke with the officers involved and effectively negotiated to have the initial citations for marijuana and paraphernalia possession withdrawn, making the community service requirement void. Ultimately, the client agreed to plead guilty to violating a local ordinance of being in the park after dark and after paying a small fine, our client was spared the consequences of a drug conviction using Attorney Fienman’s legal knowledge.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

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