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June 12, 2017
Commonwealth v. B.F.
Quincy District Court

CLIENT WHO CRASHED HIS CAR INTO A DITCH AND FLED THE SCENE BECAUSE HE HAD A REVOKED DRIVER’S LICENSE WILL HAVE ALL CHARGES DISMISSED AFTER 4 MONTHS SO LONG AS HE STAYS OUT OF TROUBLE AND PROVIDES PROOF THAT HIS DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REINSTATED.

Holbrook Police responded to a call for a motor vehicle in a ditch. When the police arrived, they could not locate the operator or any other occupants who may have been in the vehicle. Police located the vehicle’s registration showing that it was registered to the Defendant’s wife. Police located the wife and had her come to the police station for questioning. The wife told police that her husband, Defendant, had crashed the vehicle and fled the scene because he did not have a driver’s license. Defendant was charged with Operating with a Revoke Driver’s License, and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.

Result: At the Clerk Magistrate Hearing, Attorney Gerald J. Noonan presented evidence that his client has taken the steps to clear up his suspended driver’s license. The client owed money to the DMV in North Carolina and Attorney Noonan presented proof that his client paid his fees in full. Client owed money to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Child Support and Attorney Noonan presented proof that the client paid his child support debts. Lastly, Attorney Noonan presented some evidence to show that his client completed classes that were ordered by the court in North Carolina for a previous driving related offense. The Clerk Magistrate agreed to dismiss the complaints after four months so long as the client stays out of trouble and provides the clerk with proof that his driver’s license is reinstated.


May 22, 2017
Commonwealth v. E.B.
Taunton District Court

CLIENT’S DRIVER’S LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED FOR 3 YEARS DUE TO A SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE OUI BUT ATTORNEY GERALD J. NOONAN GETS A COURT ORDER TO REINSTATE THE CLIENT’S DRIVER’S LICENSE.

Client, a 33-year-old resident of Easton, had a conviction for OUI-Liquor where he was sentenced to one year of probation with the condition to complete the 24D program. Client was arrested for an OUI second offense where he refused the breath test resulting in a license suspension for 3 years because this was a subsequent offense. Client hired Attorney Patrick J. Noonan for his second-offense OUI and Attorney Noonan won a Not Guilty verdict. Even though the client was found Not Guilty of the second offense OUI, the Registry of Motor Vehicles nevertheless suspended his driver’s license because he refused the breath test and he was charged with a subsequent offense.

Result: Attorney Gerald J. Noonan appeared before the trial judge and obtained a court order to reinstate the client’s driver’s license. The client can now use this court order when he requests that the RMV reinstate his driver’s license.


March 22, 2017
Commonwealth v. N.K.
Brockton District Court

CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST PARALEGAL ARE DISMISSED AS ATTORNEY GERALD J. NOONAN PRESENTS ALIBI EVIDENCE SHOWING THAT THE DEFENDANT WAS SOMEWHERE ELSE AT THE TIME OF THE CRIME.

State Police were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Route 24. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to a woman who was the victim of a hit and run accident. Upon arrival, the officer observed that the victim was in distress.

The victim stated that she was rear-ended by a black SUV. The female operator of the black SUV approached the victim to inquire if she was injured to which the victim stated that she was injured. The female operator then fled the scene. The victim described the female operator as having black curly hair and light skin.

The officer observed significant rear-end damage to the victim’s vehicle especially damage to the vehicle’s rear hatchback. The victim told the officer that she suffered injuries to her head, neck, and back. The victim was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. A couple days later, the victim contacted the officer and told him that she found the other vehicle’s license plate inside the rear of her hatch-back. The officer ran the vehicle’s license plate, which came back to the Defendant. The officer printed out the Defendant’s driver’s license photo and presented a photo array to the victim. Without hesitation, the victim identified the Defendant’s picture as the woman who hit her vehicle and fled the scene. The State Police filed applications for criminal complaints against the Defendant for: Leaving the Scene of an Accident causing Personal Injury. The Defendant was a paralegal at a reputable law firm.

Result: At the Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing, Attorney Gerald J. Noonan presented certified hospital records showing that the Defendant was a patient in the hospital at the time of the hit and run accident so the Defendant could not have the perpetrator. After presenting this alibi evidence, the Clerk-Magistrate dismissed the criminal complaint.


June 7, 2016
Commonwealth v. R.S.
Fall River District Court

DANGEROUSNESS HEARING:               RELEASED FROM CUSTODY

Fall River Police were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles. Officers observed front-end damage to the Defendant’s vehicle. Officers observed rear-end damage to the second vehicle. The operator of the second vehicle told police that he pulled over to the right-hand side of the road to take a phone call when he was rear-ended by the Defendant’s vehicle. The other operator had to assist the Defendant from his vehicle. The other operator told police that he believed the Defendant to be intoxicated. Upon speaking with the Defendant, police immediately observed a strong odor of alcohol, glazed eyes, and slurred speech. Defendant agreed to participate in field sobriety tests. Defendant failed all the field sobriety tests. Defendant was placed under arrest for OUI-Liquor, Negligent Operation, and Marked Lanes Violation. During booking, police discovered that the Defendant had three prior convictions for OUI-Liquor with the most recent conviction being in 2015. Defendant was arraigned on the charge of OUI-Liquor Subsequent Offense. Because this was the Defendant’s fourth offense for OUI-Liquor, the Commonwealth moved to have the Defendant held in custody during the pendency of his case under the Dangerousness Statute. The Commonwealth argued that: based upon the nature of the offense and the Defendant’s criminal history, no conditions of release would reasonably assure the safety of the community. If successful, the Defendant could be held in custody for up to 180 days.

Result: At the conclusion of the dangerousness hearing, Attorney Gerald J. Noonan was successful in persuading the court to release the Defendant from custody. Attorney Gerald J. Noonan argued that there were conditions that the court could impose that would reasonably assure the safety of the community. Attorney Gerald J. Noonan advocated that the court impose certain strict conditions that would reasonably assure the safety of the community. The Judge adopted Attorney Noonan’s recommendation and released the Defendant upon certain strict conditions. As a result, Attorney Gerald J. Noonan saved his client from serving considerable jail time (up to 180 days), as his case was pending.


March 28, 2016
Commonwealth v. C.D.
Attleboro District Court

LEAVING THE SCENE:   NO COMPLAINT ISSUED

Defendant was traveling on Route 495 South returning from dinner with friends. Defendant was cut off by another vehicle. Defendant swerved to avoid a collision, lost control of his vehicle, and ended up in the woods off the highway in an embankment. Upon arrival, the police found the Defendant sitting on the guardrail in the breakdown lane near his vehicle. Police administered field sobriety tests and the Defendant passed them all. Officers informed him that he may receive a summons in the mail for Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Defendant did receive a summons for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and immediately contacted Attorney Patrick J. Noonan. Attorney Noonan immediately requested a Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing and sought a copy of the Police Report.

Result: On the day before the Clerk’s Hearing, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan was informed that the police department was withdrawing the criminal complaint. Defendant had no criminal record and was nearing graduation from the police academy.


March 28, 2016
Commonwealth v. N.P.
Quincy District Court

LEAVING THE SCENE: DISMISSED
UNLICENSED OPERATION: DISMISSED
FAILURE TO USE CARE:  NOT RESPONSIBLE

Defendant was involved in a motor vehicle accident in which he rear-ended a vehicle pushing that vehicle into the vehicle in front of it. The driver of the front vehicle was injured and taken to the hospital by ambulance. Defendant approached the injured driver but the driver refused to speak to him. Defendant gave his name and information to the driver of the other vehicle involved in the chain collision. Defendant properly reported the accident to his insurance company. Defendant was charged by criminal complaint with Leaving the Scene of an Accident causing Personal Injury, Failure to Use Care in Stopping, and Operating a Vehicle without a License.

Result: Attorney Gerald J. Noonan requested a Clerk-Magistrate’s Hearing on the criminal complaints. Attorney Gerald J. Noonan argued that the Defendant took appropriate steps in making himself known and providing his information to the injured motorist. Attorney Gerald J. Noonan persuaded the clerk-magistrate not to issue the criminal complaints.


February 17, 2016
Commonwealth v. E.D.
Attleboro District Court

LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT: DISMISSED

A victim went into the police station to report that her vehicle was damaged in the parking lot of a supermarket. An identified witness left a note of the victim’s windshield stating that the Defendant’s vehicle struck the victim’s vehicle and left the scene without leaving a note. The witness provided the make, model, and license plate of the Defendant’s vehicle. The witness stated that the Defendant’s vehicle struck the victim’s vehicle, as the Defendant was attempting to park. After striking the victim’s vehicle, Defendant backed out and parked in a different parking spot. Defendant did not exit her vehicle to assess the damage she caused to the victim’s vehicle. Defendant did not leave a note on the victim’s vehicle reporting what happened and providing the victim with her information. Defendant admitted to police that she hit the vehicle and left the scene. Defendant appeared at a Show Cause Hearing without representation. The clerk magistrate found probable cause to issue the criminal complaint. After her arraignment, client contacted Attorney Patrick J. Noonan.

Result: At his first court appearance, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan persuaded the District Attorney to dismiss the criminal charge and provided documentation showing that the Defendant’s car insurance paid for all the damage to the victim’s vehicle.


December 7, 2015
Commonwealth v. K.S.
Quincy District Court

NEGLIGENT OPERATION: DISMISSED at CLERK’S HEARING

Randolph Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle striking a utility pole. Upon arrival, Defendant stated that something ran into the roadway and he swerved to avoid hitting the object and he could not recall what happened after that. Police observed that there was extensive damage to the utility police – specifically, the utility pole had been completely snapped in half, electrical wires were down, and traffic had to be shut down. Police also observed that there was heavy front-end damage to the Defendant’s vehicle. Based on the extent of the damage to the utility pole and the Defendant’s vehicle, police charged him with Negligent Operation. Defendant is 21 years-old. He has no criminal record. He is currently in college studying criminal justice with aspirations of becoming a police officer. For over three years, Defendant has worked security at the Harvard Vanguard Hospital.

Result: At the clerk magistrate’s hearing, Attorney Gerald J. Noonan convinces the clerk-magistrate to dismiss the criminal complaint due to insufficient probable cause.


December 1, 2015
Commonwealth v. A.A.
Brockton District Court
Docket No.: 1515 CR 4306

OPERATING w/ SUSPENDED REGISTRATION: DISMISSED at CLERK’S HEARING
UNINSURED MOTOR VEHICLE: DISMISSED at CLERK’S HEARING
UNREGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLE: DISMISSED at CLERK’S HEARING

While monitoring traffic, Police ran the registration on the Defendant’s vehicle and found that the Defendant’s insurance was revoked. Police pulled the Defendant over and he admitted that his vehicle was not registered and not insured. Defendant had a bad driving record. In 2004, his driver’s license was revoked for one-year for operating to endanger. In 2005, his license was suspended. In 2006, his license was revoked for 60 days due to surchargable events. In 2007, his license was revoked for 60 days.

Result: On the first court appearance, Attorney Gerald J. Noonan convinced the prosecutor to dismiss all charges against his client.


November 6, 2015
Commonwealth v. N.B.
Brockton District Court

UNLAWFUL POSS. OF AMMUNITION: DISMISSED
NEGLIGENT OPERATION: DISMISSED

At 12:30 a.m., police responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Defendant was driving his pick-up truck and struck a utility pole. Upon arrival, police called the ambulance and the Defendant was transported to the emergency room. Upon investigation, it was determined that the Defendant operated his vehicle negligently so as to endanger the safety of others. Police observed heavy front-end damage to the pick-up indicating that the Defendant was operating at a high rate of speed. Contents in the bed of the pick-up had been scattered all over the road. Police observed extensive damage to the utility, which had been broken in half also indicating that the Defendant struck the pole at a high rate of speed. Police observed very little skid marks prior to the crash. Police searched the Defendant’s pick-up truck and found a box containing 50 cartridges of .357 caliber ammunition. Police also found 13 cartridges of .38 caliber ammunition. Defendant did not have a Firearms Identification Card (FID) or any license to possess the ammunition. Defendant was a 21 year-old male with no criminal record. He had an Associate’s Degree and planned on enrolling as a student at Bridgewater State University. He was employed as full-time construction worker. He was also employed by the city as a snow-plower. The issuance of the criminal complaint would have jeopardized Defendant’s employment for the city as a snow-plower and would have affected his ability to enroll in college.

Result: At a clerk’s hearing, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan persuaded the police department and the clerk-magistrate to dismiss the criminal complaint. As a result, no criminal charges will appear on the Defendant’s record.


August 6, 2015 
Commonwealth v. J.A.    
Brockton District Court

NEGLIGENT OPERATION: DISMISSED

Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 24 south in which the Defendant rear-ended a vehicle on Route 24 south. The defendant admitted that he was distracted by his cell phone. Three witnesses told police that the Defendant had been traveling over 100 mpg when he struck the other vehicle. The alleged victim sustained neck and back injuries and went to the emergency room via ambulance. After extensive negotiations with the insurance company, the District Attorney’s Office, and the alleged victim, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan was able to dismiss the criminal charge against his client.

Result: Negligent Operation charge dismissed outright after extensive negotiations.


May 21, 2015                                    
Commonwealth v. K.S.
Brockton District Court

OPERATING w/ SUSPENDED LICENSE: DISMISS
PRIOR TO ARRAIGNMENT FAILURE TO STOP / YIELD: NOT RESPONSIBLE

Client’s license was suspended for failure to pay speeding tickets. He was then pulled over by Police for a motor vehicle infraction and was arrested for Operating with a Suspended License and cited for Failure to Stop / Yield.

Result: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan dismissed the charge prior to arraignment and no entry was made on the client’s clean criminal record. 


May 11, 2015                                        
Commonwealth v. V.M.
Brockton District Court

RECKLESS OPERATION: DISMISSED
FAILURE TO STOP: NOT RESPONSIBLE
FAILURE TO STOP: NOT RESPONSIBLE
UNREGISTERED VEHICLE:  NOT RESPONSIBLE

Brockton Police received reports of gun shots. Police observed a gray SUV traveling at a high rate of speed in the area where the gun shots were reported. The operator, already traveling at a high rate of speed, increased his speed and police attempted to initiate a stop of the vehicle. The operator continued traveling at a high rate of speed and blew through a stop sign at an intersection. The operator refused to stop for police and took a series of turns on several side streets while still traveling at a high rate of speed. The operator finally pulled into a driveway and rushed out of the vehicle. Officers ordered the operator to the ground at gunpoint and arrested him.

Result: After extensive negotiations with the Commonwealth, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan obtained an outright dismissal of the criminal charge and Not Responsible findings on the three civil infractions. “Brockton man arrested after car chase.”


November 5, 2014
Commonwealth v. M.R.
Taunton District Court

NEGLIGENT OPERATION: DISMISSED upon MOTION

Client was charged with Negligent Operation stemming from an incident on August 14, 2014 in which a State Trooper observed his Mustang and another vehicle (Toyota) traveling northbound on Route 495. While the two vehicles were traveling on this major highway, the passenger in the Mustang and the operator of the Toyota were attempting to pass an object (business card) between the two vehicles by traveling side-by-side and having the parties reach their hands out the window. Attorney Gerald J. Noonan argued a Motion to Dismiss arguing that his client was entitled to dismissal of the criminal complaint because he was denied the opportunity of having a hearing before the clerk-magistrate.

Result: Attorney Gerald J. Noonan’s Motion to Dismiss was allowed and the criminal complaint was dismissed upon court costs.


April 9, 2014
Commonwealth v. D.K.
Brockton District Court

LEAVING THE SCENE PROPERTY DAMAGE: DISMISSED

Client, 33 year-old machine operator, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Property Damage stemming from a hit and run incident. An off-duty detective observed the Defendant’s vehicle rear-end another vehicle at an intersection and then flee the scene. The off-duty detective pursued and apprehended the Defendant. Defendant admitted to fleeing the scene. The damage to the other vehicle amounted to $4,000.

Result: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan obtains an outright dismissal of the criminal charge at the first court date.


February 20, 2014
Commonwealth v. R.T.
Attleboro District Court

NEGLIGENT OPERATION: DISMISSED

Client, 23 year old Mechanical Engineer, was charged with Negligent Operation. An identified witness contacted Police to report that a specific vehicle would drive through his neighborhood each day at a high rate of speed and fishtail off the roadway at a sharp turn in the road. Police conducted surveillance on the street and observed the Defendant accelerating at a high rate of speed and completely fishtail off the roadway when making the sharp turn. The Police Officer observed that the Defendant’s tires were completely bald.

Result: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan was able to dismiss the case upon the payment of $300 in court costs at the first court date.


December 11, 2013
Commonwealth v. C.Q.
Taunton District Court

DRAG RACING: DISMISSED

A patrol officer observed two vehicles traveling south on Somerset Ave. in the town of Dighton and were speeding up, as they approached his police cruiser. Dighton Police stopped both vehicles and charged the parties with Drag Racing. Attorney Gerald J. Noonan filed a Motion to Dismiss arguing that there was insufficient probable cause to charge his client with Drag Racing under the statute. Specifically, he argued that there was no evidence that the Defendant “accelerated at a high rate of speed” or that the Defendant was “in competition with another operator.”

Result: Attorney Gerald J. Noonan gets criminal charge dismissed outright against college student.


 

 October 24, 2013                                    
Commonwealth v. S.R.
Stoughton District Court

LEAVING SCENE OF PROPERTY DAMAGE: DISMISSED

Client, a professional truck driver of 40 years, was charged with Leaving the Scene of Property Damage. Defendant worked for a tractor-trailer company. He was dispatched to deliver a 60-foot trailer to a residence in Canton. On the way to the residence, Defendant struck a large overhanging tree limb, which remained on the top of the trailer. The tree limb then pulled down cable wires from two residences. At the Clerk’s Hearing, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan introduced evidence that the Defendant was unaware that he struck the tree limb and cable wires. Photographs showed the large size of the trailer. Photos of the side mirrors show that it would have been impossible for the Defendant to see the tree limb.

Result: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan persuades Clerk-Magistrate not to issue the criminal complaint against professional truck driver of 40 years. 


 

September 30, 2013
Commonwealth v. S.A.
Taunton District Court

LEAVING SCENE OF PROPERTY DAMAGE: DISMISSED at TRIAL

Client, 29 year-old truck driver with no criminal record, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident causing Property Damage stemming from a two-car crash in North Easton. The victim identified the suspect vehicle by its registration before it fled the scene. The Defendant was the registered owner of the suspect vehicle that fled the scene after the crash. At trial, the Commonwealth sought to introduce the Defendant’s motor vehicle registration in order to identify him as the driver of the fleeing vehicle. At trial, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan excluded the vehicle registration from evidence on the grounds that it was not provided timely. Attorney Patrick J. Noonan then moved to dismiss the case because, without the vehicle’s registration, the Commonwealth had insufficient evidence to identify the Defendant as the operator of the fleeing vehicle.

Result: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan gets criminal complaint dismissed outright at trial.


September 4, 2013
Commonwealth v. B.M.
Hingham District Court

LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT: DISMISSED PRIOR TO ARRAIGNMENT

Client, 40 year-old physician’s assistant with no prior criminal record, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident stemming from an alleged hit and run accident. A docketed arraignment on this charge would result in the client’s termination from employment, as he is subject to mandatory background checks from his employer. A docketed arraignment on the charge constitutes a crime of moral turpitude and is grounds for termination.

Result: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan dismisses criminal complaint prior to arraignment saving client’s job as Physician’s Assistant.


July 8, 2013
Commonwealth v. M.B.
Brockton District Court

OAS FOR OUI: DISMISSED

Client, 25-year-old executive chef, was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and placed on probation in Quincy District Court. While on probation, client was arrested in West Bridgewater for operating his vehicle while his license was suspended for OUI; an offense punishable up to 60 days in the House of Correction. By virtue of the new criminal offense in West Bridgewater, client was charged with violating the terms of his probation in the Quincy District Court. Client hired Attorney Patrick J. Noonan to handle the Operating after Suspended License (OAS) case in the Brockton District Court. Attorney Noonan moved for an evidentiary hearing challenging the lawfulness of the motor vehicle stop where he intended to introduce evidence that the officer’s observations did not rise to the level of reasonable suspicion necessary to effectuate a motor vehicle stop of the Defendant’s vehicle. The officer failed to appear for the evidentiary hearing.

Result: Attorney Noonan convinces the Commonwealth to dismiss the case upon the payment of court costs, which helped client’s probation violation matter in the Quincy District Court.   


October 4, 2012                                    
Commonwealth v. W.P.
Plymouth District Court

OPERATING TO ENDANGER: DISMISSED at CLERK’S HEARING

Client, 19-year-old youth aspiring to enlist in the military, was charged with Operating to Endanger and Failure to Stop for Police stemming from a high-speed motorcycle chase where speeds reached in excess of 100 mph. At a Magistrate’s Hearing, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan successfully dismissed the case arguing that the issuance of the criminal complaint would ruin his client’s future.

Result: Attorney Patrick J. Noonan persuades Clerk-Magistrate not to issue criminal complaint allowing his client to enlist in the military.  


October 14, 2008
Commonwealth v. S.M. Hingham
District Court

LEAVING THE SCENE PROPERTY DAMAGE: DISMISSED
OPERATING RECKLESSLY: DISMISSED

Police received two calls reporting that they heard loud skidding followed by a loud crash. Upon arrival, police observed fresh skid marks and damage to a stone wall in front of someone’s property. The vehicle drove off striking a second stone wall. Boulders from the stone wall were scattered all over the homeowner’s front lawn. Police found a license plate at the scene, which was registered to the Defendant. Police went to the Defendant’s residence and observed fresh heavy damage to his vehicle with the license plate missing. Defendant admitted to police that he had been driving in the area and he must have lost control of his vehicle but he denied hitting any stone wall.

Result: Attorney Gerald J. Noonan persuades clerk-magistrate not to issue criminal complaints against recent college graduate.

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