Five Assault and Harassment Charges Dismissed on Motion for Speedy Trial


Our firm was retained to represent a Defendant who was charged and arrested on five separate occasions with either assaulting and/or harassing the Complainant, who was a fellow-member of Alcohol Anonymous. Our client denied the charges. There was an on-going feud between the parties and the District Attorney was adamant in its prosecution. When the case was finally marked for trial, the People were not ready on five separate occasions even though they previously stated they were ready to satisfy the statutory requirements. Attorney Todd Greenberg argued that even though the District Attorney's stated their readiness in open court to satisfy statutory requirements, the statement was illusory, in that the People were not actually or really ready to proceed. On November 15, 2007, all charges were dismissed against out client, the Defendant and the record sealed.