Appelman Law Firm Stands Victorious in Domestic Assault Case

Appelman Law Firm Victory

It’s 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2010 and tensions are palpable as Avery Appelman and Stacy Kaye enter the Hennepin County District Court to hear the final verdict of a case a year and a half in the making. Despite the lingering anxiety, Attorney Appelman and Associate Kaye maintain the utmost composure—their faces calm, cool, and confident as the jury files into the courtroom with verdict in hand.

Appelman’s client has been charged with two counts of Domestic Assault and one count of Disorderly Conduct—all three of which are Misdemeanor offenses punishable by 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. The accuser claims that the defendant (her husband at the time) choked her for several seconds before throwing her to the ground. State prosecution believed that there was sufficient evidence to support the accuser’s allegations—that is, until Appelman Law Firm came along.

For a year and a half, Avery Appelman and the skilled professionals at Appelman Law Firm strategically picked apart the prosecution’s case, devoting their time and energy to a meticulous investigation of the facts. Throughout the trial, they were organized, prepared, and ready for everything the prosecution threw their way.

Silence fills the room as the clerk stands to read the jury’s final verdict.

“We, the jury empaneled and sworn in the above-entitled matter find the defendant…Not Guilty on all counts.”

The tension immediately subsides and the defendant smiles—vindicated.

“I never doubted Avery for a second,” says the defendant. “He showed sincere dedication to my case and legitimately cared about my well-being.”

When asked about up-and-comer Stacy Kaye, the defendant had only one word: “Brilliant.”

This is the type of treatment you get when you hire Appelman Law Firm—a team of aggressive, calculating defense attorneys that genuinely care about you and ultimately win cases.

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Russell Brand Arrested in LA and Charged with Battery

Russell BrandBritish comedian and actor, Russell Brand, was arrested on Friday, September 17 at the Los Angeles International Airport after a quarrel with paparazzi.

Brand and his fiancée, Katy Perry, were walking through LAX at approximately 3PM when a photographer approached them and began taking pictures. Brand exchanged words with the man and subsequently attacked him. Little is known about what caused Brand to lash out. Perry claims he was merely protecting her from photographers who were snapping inappropriate pictures.

The feisty actor is best known for his role as Aldis Snow, a bad boy rock character from recent films, such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.” In light of this encounter, it appears that Brand is getting a little too tied to his character.

Brand has since been released from custody for a misdemeanor charge of simple battery. He is set to appear in LA court on October 15. In Minnesota a simple misdemeanor assault charge is punishable by 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

On top of the criminal charges, the United States Citizen and Immigrations Services (USCIS) is apparently “looking into” the situation and could revoke Brand’s visa over the incident.  According to a spokesperson from the USCIS, if Brand is ultimately convicted of an aggravated felony assault, his visa may be revoked which will prompt the start of Brand’s deportation proceedings. There is a chance that Brand will be asked to leave the country and not return.

Such an effect would put a pretty large damper on Brand’s budding film career.

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Hollywood “It” Girl, Paris Hilton, Charged with Felony Drug Possession

Paris HiltonParis Hilton was charged Friday, August 27 with felony cocaine possession in Las Vegas, Nevada. Apparently Sin City proved to be a little too sinful for the likes of Paris.

The heiress and great-granddaughter to hotel mogul Conrad Hilton, Ms. Hilton, has stated that she is not worried about these charges (which have already been filed by the District Attorney), but maybe she should be.  Las Vegas District Attorney, David Roger, (the man who put OJ Simpson behind bars on robbery charges), does not take kindly to celebrities who come to Las Vegas and think they don’t need to play by the rules.

Paris Hilton is no stranger to the law. Over the last few years, she has served 23 days in jail for violating her probation stemming from a 2007 DWI conviction. In addition she was just detained this year in South Africa for possession of marijuana during a World Cup match. That charge was later dropped.

Felony drug possession in Minnesota is punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Because Paris resides full-time in California, and the crime was committed in Nevada, she will be extradited for sentencing and the charges will be dependent on Nevada criminal law. Her prior California criminal record will likely be taken into account.

The bigger issue at play is not Paris’ blatant disregard for the law—it’s more so that her legal counsel and handlers have let her down. While Paris has publically stated that she would like to make positive changes in her life, her issues have clearly not been confronted. Hilton is still acting out and still using drugs and alcohol as a crutch.

The most important component of Hilton’s criminal counsel will have to be rehabilitation for the 29-year-old. It has to end somewhere, and the threat of one to five years in prison may be just the catalyst to send this party girl into reform.

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Mankato Mayor Arrested for Drunk Driving

Mankato Mayor, John BradyThe Mayor of Mankato, John Brady, was arrested for drunk driving on Saturday, August 21 in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Police responded to a hit and run call and when officers arrived at the scene, Brady was weaving in and out of his respective lane. He failed to yield to the officers’ emergency lights and hit a vehicle while exiting highway 394. Sobriety tests confirmed that the mayor was three times over the legal limit of 0.08 with a BAC of 0.24. He was also driving with an open bottle of vodka, and all of this occurred at 1:00 that afternoon.

He has been charged with fourth degree DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle while driving. Brady is set to appear in court in October 2010 and intends to run for re-election in the fall.

This is not Brady’s first DWI. In fact 18 years ago (almost to the day) he was convicted of drunk driving in Blue Earth County.

Police officers in Minnesota have recently been increasing their efforts to catch drunk drivers. The state’s enhanced enforcement campaign began August 20 and continued through Labor Day.

We briefly explored fourth degree DWI legal ramifications in our Joe Giudice blog post; however, drinking and driving has consequences outside of the legal system. For Brady, he runs the serious risk of not being re-elected for another term. While Brady is not prepared to resign, several City Council members have openly stated that they are preparing to ask for his resignation at the next regular council meeting. Re-election aside, he may be out of his job immediately due to this charge.

In a makeshift press conference held at Brady’s attorney’s office on Tuesday, August 31, Brady admitted to struggling with alcohol dependency on and off for the past 18 years. Recent personal tragedies led to his intermittent drinking and ultimate DWI arrest.

It’s interesting. Mankato has an extremely active anti-drinking campaign in Minnesota. With Mankato State, a widely regarded “party school” located within the city limits, the city has focused many of its efforts on educating high school and college-aged adults about the perils of drinking and driving. One would hope that their mayor would set a good example.

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Wadena Man Drives 178 MPH and Pleads Guilty to DWI and Careless Driving

Red CorvetteMichael James Johnson of Menahga, Minnesota was convicted Monday, August 30 of Fourth Degree DWI and Careless Driving, stemming from a July 9 incident when law enforcement officials pulled him over for driving 178 mph down a country road in Wadena County.

Forty-year-old Johnson was 1 of 26 drivers ticketed in July for driving over 100 mph during the state’s month-long effort to crack down on such high-speed infractions. Of all the 26 tickets, his was the fastest speed recorded.

To add insult to injury, Johnson’s blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent, while the legal limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08. Originally he pled not guilty on August 3, but earlier this week, Johnson changed his plea to guilty on both counts—two misdemeanors. He was ordered to pay $615 in fines, serve two days in jail, and will spend the next two years on probation.

It is important for Minnesotans to fully grasp the severity of driving in excess of 100 mph. Such a violation can be charged as a misdemeanor with maximum penalties of a $1,000 fine and 90 days imprisonment. In addition to the criminal consequences, drivers will have their licenses revoked for at least six months.

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