Case Results - State vs. SM


SM is an immigrant who is a very well respected figure in his community. SM had no history of violence and absolutely no criminal background. SM inadvertently overstayed his Visa. After a verbal altercation involving his wife and an unruly neighbor, the neighbor lunged in the front door of SM’s condo at SM’s wife who was washing dishes in the kitchen. Client got up from the living room couch and demanded the neighbor to get away from SM’s wife and out of SM’s house. When neighbor refused, SM grabbed a baseball bat and again demanded that neighbor leave immediately. Neighbor called the police and SM was unjustifiably arrested in Pinellas County for Aggravated Assault, a felony that if convicted, would have likely led to deportation. Because SM inadvertently overstayed his Visa he was put on an Immigration Hold and not allowed to post a bond to leave jail pending trial. After much communication with the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office and Jason Mayberry’s submission of a Decline Packet, Mayberry was able to convince the State Attorney’s Office to DROP ALL CHARGES against his client.