A regional facilities manager for a national corporation ended up facing charges of assault and reckless endangerment of another person on a recent visit to Philadelphia. The man was staying at a hotel with his fiancée, and the couple allegedly got into an altercation after a night of heavy drinking. The man was arrested and spent three days in jail before he was able to post bail.

The man is in his 60s and established in his career, but wants to find a new job. An assault conviction definitely would have put a damper on a job search. He had no criminal history — just some prior traffic violations.

He hired Philadelphia criminal defense attorney Michael Fienman to represent him in the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Fienman looked at every aspect of the case, and argued that the prosecution lacked evidence to support the allegations of assault and reckless endangerment of another person. There also was an issue with the man’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser.

The prosecutor ended up withdrawing the charges because there wasn’t sufficient evidence to proceed. Not only did the man avoid convictions for assault and reckless endangerment of another person, but he also qualifies to have the charges expunged from his record.

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

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