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Commonwealth v. M.F. - Felony Attempted Malicious Wounding - DISMISSED

February 2016

Client was arrested at a local establishment after being accused of threatening to kill another patron with a knife.  Instead, client was being setup as the unfortunate victim of a long-running family feud.  For five months, Ms. Harris worked tirelessly with this client, his family, witnesses, and her private investigator.  At the preliminary hearing, the "victim" was contradicted by the Commonwealth's own witnesses, and the defense witnesses - yet the case still proceeded as a felony to Circuit Court.  Multiple motions hearings were filed and argued.  Finally, the jury trial came up.  Nine defense witnesses were subpoenaed to testify, including family members of the accuser, eyewitnesses to the events, and law enforcement witnesses.  The blizzard, unfortunately, caused court to be canceled.  Instead of rescheduling the trial, the Commonwealth moved to DISMISS the case!  Although he had to spend five months in jail for a crime he did not commit, client is now free and avoided a felony conviction. 

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Phoenix S. Ayotte

Ms. Ayotte (formerly Phoenix Ayotte Harris) was named one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2014, "Top 40 Under 40" in 2015, "Top Lawyer" by Who's Who Global Directory, and a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2016. In the past year alone, Ms. Ayotte has been responsible for dismissals, acquittals, or reduced charges in many serious cases where her clients were unjustly charged, such as: accessory to homicide, felonious mob assault, attempted malicious wounding, robbery, abduction, arson, possession with intent to distribute, burglary, counterfeiting, sodomy with a minor, child abuse, domestic assault, and more