The Newport Police Department charged client with Domestic Simple Assault after his wife reported that he had punched her. Client made a full confession, but argued he acted in self-defense. Client would have faced immigration consequences of deportation, exclusion of admission and denial of naturalization if he was found guilty or entered a plea to a domestic violence charge. Attorney Abilheira successfully argued for an amended charge of non-domestic disorderly conduct, which allowed her client to avoid possible immigration issues.

Outcome: Amended charge, 1 year filing, no immigration consequences