Commonwealth v. J.A. - possession of marijuana - NOT GUILTY at trial
After a TRIAL in General District Court, the judge found Ms. Harris's client NOT GUILTY of possession of marijuana. Client's car was pulled over for illegal tint. After smelling the odor of marijuana, the officer pulled all occupants of the vehicle out and searched them, finding marijuana in one person's pocked, and in the center console. After mounting all technical defenses possible, the winning argument ultimately came down to constructive possession - the Commonwealth could not prove that the client exercised dominion and control over the marijuana in the center console.
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. Harris 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