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Commonwealth v. M.S. - Attempted Malicious Wounding - DISMISSED

September 2015

CASE RESULT: Commonwealth v. M.S. - Attempted Malicious Wounding- DISMISSED

In Alexandria, a local resident called the police after witnessing a physical altercation at a dice game and hearing a gunshot. Investigation revealed that one party attempted to attack another party with a knife, who then drew a weapon and fired a warning shot in the air. The victim of the "shooting" was not harmed in any way. Despite the conflicting testimony of witnesses and lack of evidence, including an uncooperative "victim," the police arrested and charged a young man, M.S., with attempted malicious wounding. Investigation into this case was intensive and Harris & Carmichael vigorously asserted M.S.'s rights and challenged the government's charges. In the end, the Commonwealth DISMISSED the case of attempted malicious wounding, thereby allowing M.S. to avoid a violent felony conviction on his record without the expense and effort of going to trial.

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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