Firm Partner Christopher P. McGuire was interviewed by News 12 Long Island regarding the Central Islip community being awarded a $10 Million grant to help revitalize its downtown.
McGuire & Peláez PC has announced that the firm has changed its name to McGuire, Peláez & Bennett PC to reflect the recent promotion of one of its attorneys, Brett J. Bennett, to Partner.
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A client had been charged with more than 12 town violations exposing her to $36,000.00. Mr. McGuire worked on the case for more than 6 months. Last week the entire case was dismissed on Mr. McGuire’s motion.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett continues to obtain excellent results in Family Court. Recently, Mary Peláez, Esq. won a family offense trial where the client was awarded a permanent Stay Away Order of Protection. “We fight hard on behalf of our clients,” Peláez said. “Here, our client feared for her safety. By winning this trial and securing an Order of Protection, we were able to offer her security and peace of mind,” Peláez added. “An attorney is an advocate. We make sure the law works as it should, and we protect our client’s interests. It is fulfilling when a client is pleased that we obtained good results on their behalf,” she said.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is pleased to announce that Christopher McGuire, Esq. recently received dismissals on two separate DWI refusal hearings. “When a person is pulled over for Driving While Intoxicated and refuses to submit to a chemical test/breathalyzer, they face not only criminal charges but also civil penalties.” McGuire said. “Here, our clients faced a one (1) year revocation of their driver’s license and civil monetary penalties. By winning the refusal hearings, we were able to save their driver’s license and a great deal of money. They were both very pleased.”
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is pleased to announce the dismissal of a Felony DWI after trial. Christopher McGuire, Esq. had previously secured the dismissal of the charge on motion. An appellate court reinstated the charge and the case was set down for trial. After trial, the case was dismissed and cannot be refilled. “Persistence is everything in this business, and you have to keep fighting for a client in the face of adversity and setbacks. You can never give up if you want the best outcome for your client,” said McGuire. “This was a great victory for our client. Not only was his case dismissed after trial, but our efforts saved him from being convicted of a crime and serving substantial time in prison. He also faced the long terms suspension of his license,” said McGuire. “The client was thrilled,” he added.
Recently Christopher McGuire, Esq. represented Tenants who were being evicted and the Landlord was seeking $18,720.00 in back rent. “After tough litigation and negotiation, we were able to secure the client ample time to move and the forgiveness of all past due rent. Now the client has the time and money he needs to find a new home for him and his family,” McGuire said.
Christopher McGuire, Esq. recently represented a man charged with Criminal Trespass in the 3rd Degree, a class B Misdemeanor, a crime. Mr. McGuire filed a motion with the Court and secured a dismissal. “These were serious charges,” McGuire said. “The client faced up to 90-days in jail and one (1) year of probation. If he had been convicted, this case would have affected this young man forever,” McGuire said. “By winning this motion and having the charges dismissed, we were able to save the client from having a criminal record. The client was very happy.”
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett had a busy month in Landlord Tenant Court where Christopher McGuire, Esq. successfully represented numerous tenants and landlords. In one particular case, Mr. McGuire represented a tenant who was being evicted by his landlord. Mr. McGuire made a motion to dismiss the landlord’s petition. The Judge granted the motion and dismissed the petition. “The client was very pleased because he did not owe any money,” McGuire said.
In addition, Mr. McGuire represented dozens of landlords, securing money judgments and prompt warrants of eviction. “It has been a busy month but a successful one,” McGuire added. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping client’s navigate through the Court system and help them by securing positive results.”
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett represented a client charged with numerous traffic tickets for operating a motor vehicle without a license, along with several other traffic violations. “The Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency is taking a tough position related to Unlicensed Operators. Prosecutors have been seeking bail and jail time,” McGuire said. Nevertheless, McGuire & Peláez was able to resolve the case by reducing all the charges to the parking tickets. “The client was able to avoid jail time and points on his license,” said McGuire. “The client was very happy our hard work kept him out of jail.”
Christopher McGuire, Esq. recently represented tenants who were being evicted, in a case where the landlord was seeking $39,000.00 in back rent. Mr. McGuire submitted a motion to dismiss the Landlord’s petition of which the judge agreed with Mr. McGuire’s arguments and dismissed the petition. “Our client did not owe the money, and we were relieved that our efforts were successful because he can now find a new home and start his life over,” said McGuire. “They (the family) was thrilled,” he added.
Christopher P. McGuire, Esq. has been chosen by The Irish Echo, the oldest Irish newspaper in the United States, as a Law and Order honoree, for his service to the legal profession. He will be given this prestigious award in January in New York City.
A client was accused of committing a family offense against his cousin and Mary Peláez, Esq. presented a strong argument to the judge that the allegations alleged in the petition were false. The judge agreed with Ms. Peláez’ argument and dismissed the petition with prejudice. “This was a huge win for our client because this petition cannot be reopened or retried. Our efforts prevented an order of protection from being issued against him. Once an order of protection is in place, a client is vulnerable to arrest from false allegations, due to Suffolk’s mandatory arrest procedure. We are very happy we could help our client obtain a great result,” said Ms. Peláez.
Christopher McGuire, Esq. represented a young man charged with driving while intoxicated. After tough negotiations with a supervisor in the prosecutor’s office, Mr. McGuire secured a reduction of the criminal charges to driving while ability impaired, a traffic violation. “This was a young man who made the wrong decision one night. Hard work and persistence is often the key to a successful outcome, and here we were able to protect the client and save him from having a criminal record. We convinced the prosecutor and the judge to give him a second chance and for that the client was extremely grateful,” said McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett recently obtained a $100,000.00 settlement on behalf of a client who was a victim of a hit-and-run. “This young man’s life was forever changed the moment the driver struck him,” said McGuire. “We worked hard to find insurance coverage and our client was compensated for his injuries. It was very rewarding to obtain this result for him and he was thrilled.”
On behalf of a corporate client, McGuire, Peláez & Bennett won a motion and secured the dismissal of numerous transportation violations. McGuire said, “We saved the corporation thousands of dollars in fines, protected them from increased insurance rates, and saved their employee’s license. It was a great day for our client.”
A client was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. “The client was facing up to one (1) year incarceration, and three (3) years of probation,” said Christopher McGuire, Esq. Mr. McGuire was pleased to have the charges reduced to a violation. “Being an attorney is about helping people,” McGuire said. “We kept him out of jail and from having a criminal record. For me, that is the most rewarding part of my job, making a real difference in a client’s life.”
Christopher McGuire recently represented a woman who had been receiving Worker’s Compensation. She was directed to obtain a criminal lawyer by the Worker’s Compensation Judge because the insurance carrier claimed she committed fraud. Mr. McGuire represented her at the hearing and it was determined that no fraud was committed. Furthermore, she was entitled to keep her benefits. “She had done nothing wrong, and I refused to allow her benefits to be taken,” said McGuire.
Christopher McGuire represented a woman charged with a misdemeanor for violating Suffolk County Laws in the operation of her jewelry business. In addition, the Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs was acting to suspend the woman’s business license. McGuire, Peláez & Bennett was able to have the criminal charges dropped and to save her County business license. “This was one of my favorite cases of the year,” said McGuire. “This woman hadn’t intentionally done anything wrong, she just didn’t completely understand all of the filing requirements. She was a hardworking woman who spoke little English. Having the criminal charges dropped allows her to legally work and support her family. We also took the time to translate all of the County requirements, so going forward she has no further issues.”
A client had been charged with several drug charges, including the top count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, which is a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 5 1/2 years in prison. After working on the case for more than 10 months, Mr. McGuire was pleased to have the charges reduced to a violation. “The client won’t have a criminal record and can start her life over. This case was particularly rewarding, because our client had never been in trouble before, and I fought hard to keep her from becoming a convicted criminal”, said Chris McGuire.
Mr. McGuire secured a reduction of driving while intoxicated to driving while impaired on a refusal case. “The District Attorney’s office usually won’t reduce these charges,” said McGuire. “We were able to secure a reduction by winning the refusal hearing, ordering the minutes, and meeting with a supervisor.” “It takes hard work and persistence to succeed on these cases, but the client was thrilled, and he won’t have a criminal record,” added McGuire.
Mr. McGuire obtained a reduction of a D-felony assault case, to a harassment violation. “I pointed out serious problems with the case to the District Attorney, and we wouldn’t back down,” said McGuire. “As a result, our client won’t have a criminal record and he won’t be deported,” he added.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is pleased to announce a recovery on behalf of a client in the amount of $530,000.00. The client was injured in an automobile accident and required neck surgery and extensive physical therapy. “We were so happy to secure this victory for our client,” said Christopher P. McGuire, Esq. “He suffered a great deal and to obtain this result for him was rewarding,” he added.
Recently McGuire, Peláez & Bennett represented a young man who had been charged with a felony charge of Criminal Contempt, two misdemeanor charges of Criminal Contempt, Loitering on School Grounds, two counts of Criminal Possession of Marijuana, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. After working on the case for more than eight months, McGuire, Peláez & Bennett secured a non-criminal resolution of the case. “This was a young man who was on the wrong path” said Mary Pelaez, Esq. “We worked with his mother to turn his life around and then convinced the prosecutor and the judge to give him a second chance,” said Pelaez. “It’s particularly gratifying — now his future is up to him,” she added.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett was retained by a home purchaser to secure the refund of his down payment. The purchaser had deposited his life savings towards the purchase of his home. Several months into the transaction, the lender notified the purchaser that he did not qualify for a loan. The Seller’s attorney refused to return the down payment claiming the purchaser was in default. For more than 5 months, the purchasers’ attorney was unable to secure and return his client’s down payment at which point the purchaser hired McGuire, Peláez & Bennett. In less than 2 weeks after the intervention of McGuire Pelaez, P.C., the purchaser received his full down payment back. “This case was so rewarding because the down payment was my client’s entire savings. It was his life’s work. I was so happy to hand him his check,” said McGuire.
Mr. McGuire has been requested to write an article for the Suffolk County Bar Association newspaper on handling criminal cases in the local criminal courts. “I’m delighted to share my experience as a lawyer, judge, and prosecutor, with my colleagues,” said McGuire. The article will be published shortly and will be shared upon publication.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett are pleased to announce the dismissal of a criminal case on behalf of a client. The client had been charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, a crime. McGuire, Peláez & Bennett submitted a motion to dismiss, and the judge granted the motion. “After getting the case dismissed, we help the client obtain his license. It’s gratifying when you can solve a client’s immediate problem, and then set them on the right path to avoid any future issues,” said Mr. McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett recently secured a reduction in a felony assault case. The client was a licensed accountant. He had been engaged in an altercation and charged with a felony. After a series of motions and conference with the DA and the Court, the felony charge was reduced to a non-criminal, violation, and the record was sealed. “The client is thrilled”, said McGuire, “because he can get on with his life and have the career he imagined. The best part of my job is attaining second chances for people.” The client had been facing a felony conviction, the loss of his license, upstate prison time, probation, and high fines. “He avoided all of these penalties” said McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennettrecently represented a landlord in a complex eviction proceeding. After a long and contentious trial, the Landlord prevailed in evicting a problem tenant who had been menacing the landlord. “Now the landlord can start to sleep well at night again”, said McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett recently won a custody case for a mother after trial. “Mom was thrilled” said Ms. Pelaez. “These kinds of cases are very stressful for all parties involved. In addition to being an advocate I make sure I spend the time and effort to counsel and assure our clients to help them through a difficult time and process. The client needs to be informed about what is going on with the case, and needs to be reassured that everything will be all right in the end,” said Ms. Pelaez.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett recently received an award of $240,000.00 on a car accident case on behalf of a client. “The case had been with another firm for several years and the client was dissatisfied. She left that firm and hired us on a recommendation. Within several months we obtained an outstanding result for our client,” said McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett recently negotiated a settlement for a tenant. The tenant was being evicted and the landlord was seeking $15,000.00 in back rent and an immediate eviction. Mr. McGuire was able to negotiate 60 days for the tenant to vacate and all back rent was waived. “We got the client more time and saved them a great deal of money”, said McGuire. “They needed money to relocate and the result we obtained gives them a new start.”
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett recently had great results on several motions its attorneys submitted in County Court. A felony DWI was dismissed on a motion, and two felony Assault cases were reduced to misdemeanors, in the last several weeks. “We pay attention to our client’s cases, we do the research and put in the time necessary to get good results,” said Christopher P. McGuire, managing partner of the firm. “It shows in the results we obtain,” he added.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is pleased to announce that Genesis Russell has been employed by the firm as the front office manager. Ms. Russell was the branch manager for Citibank in Central Islip for several years before joining the firm. “Ms. Russell knows the community well. It is critical that support staff provide excellent service to clients, and Ms. Russell’s ability to provide prompt and efficient support to clients is second to none,” said Christopher P. McGuire, managing partner. Ms. Russell had previous experience working as an executive assistant at a law firm, and also managed a Citibank branch in Manhattan. She is responsible for all areas of client support and community relations. Ms. Russell is fluent in Spanish. “She is an important part of our recent expansion, and her experience in residential home loans will invaluable to our clients,” said McGuire. McGuire, Peláez & Bennett plans a major announcement soon about its expanding real estate division.
Christopher McGuire recently announced that he retired from his position as Village Justice in Patchogue. “I spent 12 years as a Criminal Court Judge”, said McGuire. “I am extremely proud of my public service, but I0 wanted to be able to devote 100 % of my time and attention to my law practice.” Mr. McGuire adjudicated more than 100,000 cases in his tenure as Village Justice. He taught other judges on legal procedure and record keeping, and was well respected by judges and attorneys alike.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is pleased to announce that it obtained a dismissal of an indictment on a felony DWI on March 13, 2014. The client was facing 1-1/3 — 4 years in jail. Christopher McGuire submitted a written motion seeking dismissal of the charges arguing that the evidence presented was insufficient to support the charges. “Our client maintained his innocence and we consistently maintained that the charges were unsustainable,” said McGuire. “We are grateful that the judge agreed,” he added.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is proud to announce that its attorneys continue to produce good results for its clients. “We have consistently been able to preserve our client’s licenses; particularly those in danger of losing them due to multiple traffic infractions. We fight hard on behalf of our clients, handling in excess of 150 criminal and traffic cases per month,” said Christopher P. McGuire, Esq. “We’ve also been handling more than 50 landlord tenant cases per month, fighting hard on behalf of landlords and tenants to obtain consistent results,” said McGuire.
MMcGuire, Peláez & Bennett also continues to succeed in Family Court. Mary C. Pelaez, Esq., based on her experience and reputation, is proud to announce that she has been appointed by Family Court Judges in Suffolk County to be a Court appointed Law Guardian and Assigned Counsel. Ms. Pelaez handles more than 25 private and assigned cases in the Family Court on a weekly basis, representing litigants in matters of Support, Custody, Visitation, Family Offenses, Neglect, Abuse, and Delinquency proceedings. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping clients in these difficult cases,” said Ms. Pelaez. “Families are often seriously stressed when they arrive in Family Court. I fight hard for good results, at the same time trying to provide calm and reassuring practical advice. Family Court is a difficult place to practice, but I love what I do because I can make a difference in the lives of so many people,” said Ms. Pelaez.
A client was charged with speeding 120 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone (11 points), reckless driving (a crime), failure to signal lane change, and operating out of class. Christopher McGuire was able to obtain a resolution of the case that involved the client obtaining a 3 points speeding ticket and all other charges were dismissed. “We kept our client out of jail, saved his driver’s license and prevented him from having a criminal record. He was very happy,” said McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is pleased to announce that partner Mary C. Pelaez recently won a contentious adoption trial in Family Court. Ms. Pelaez represented a father seeking to invalidate the recent adoption of his child. The client/father was never informed by the mother 1). that he was the father of their child; and 2). that she had put the child up for adoption. In an uphill battle, Ms. Pelaez brought a proceeding in Family Court seeking to invalidate the recent placement and adoption with adoptive parents, and to have the child placed in the custody of the father. After a contentious trial, the Court agreed with the position advocated by Ms. Pelaez, invalidated the adoption, and ordered that the child be placed with the father. “The father in this case had a right to contest this adoption and to seek to raise his child on his own. I am so pleased that we were able to give him chance to do just that,” said Ms. Pelaez.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is pleased to announce that Ms. Pelaez also recently won a trial in the Landlord Tenant Court. On behalf the owner of a home, McGuire, Peláez & Bennett commenced a proceeding to evict a family member who had ceased paying rent. The family member was represented by an attorney for Nassau Suffolk Law Services. The respondent tenant argued that she had a constructive trust. The judge agreed with Ms. Pelaez’ argument that a landlord tenant relationship existed and that the family member failed to pay the rent on time, ordering that the tenant be evicted. “The landlord has a mortgage to pay, and when a tenant stops paying rent, even if that tenant is a family member, it has dire consequences for the owner. I’m so glad we could help this client,” said Ms. Pelaez.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett had a busy day in a Landlord Tenant case during one day in July. Out of five cases, three proceeded to trial. Christopher P. McGuire, Esq., represented two landlords and one tenant in those trials. McGuire was successful in all three cases, obtaining money judgments and warrants of evictions for his landlords, and a dismissal on the case wherein he represented the tenant. The other two cases Mr. McGuire successfully resolved through negotiations. “It was a long day but a good one because we helped a lot of clients,” said McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett announced that it recently a speedy eviction for a landlord in Islip Town. “The tenant wasn’t paying the rent and was damaging the landlord’s property.” “We moved swiftly to evict the tenant, obtained a money judgment for the landlord, and saved his property”, said Christopher McGuire, partner with the firm. McGuire, Peláez & Bennett represents landlords and tenants throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties every week.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett announced it again obtained the dismissal of a criminal case on behalf of a client charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett announced it won a trial in Family Court. A father had been accused of committing family offense against his stepdaughter. “The charges were false and appear to have been manufactured to obtain an order of protection for the purpose of “evicting” the father from the home.”, said Mary Pelaez, partner with the firm. Through a vigorous cross examination of the daughter, Ms. Pelaez convinced the judge that the charges were unsustainable and the case was dismissed.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett announced that Christopher McGuire received a dismissal for a client of a refusal hearing on a DWI. The client had been in an accident and was charged with DWI. He faced a one year revocation of his license. As a result of the cross examination of the arresting police officer, the judge closed out the hearing in favor of the defendant.
McGuire and Pelaez secured a $25,000.00 payment each for a husband and wife injured in an automobile accident. “We secured the maximum from the insurance carrier for the offending motorist,” said Christopher McGuire. “We are now pursuing the excess coverage available to obtain additional monies for the couple.”
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett recently obtained $25,000.00 each for a husband and wife who were rear-ended in an automobile collision. “This will help make this couple whole,” said Christopher P. McGuire, partner with the firm. “Now we are going to seek to recover additional monies from a supplemental insurance policy to further compensate them for their injuries.”
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett won a refusal hearing on 4/30/13 on behalf of a client on a DUI case. “In winning this hearing, we saved our client a great deal of money, and he avoided a 1-year revocation of his license,” said McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett won a motion and secured the dismissal of a case against a corporate client facing over $10,000.00 in fines for transportation violations.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett won a motion to dismiss a case against a client charged with a Misdemeanor for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. “The dismissal means our client will not have a criminal record, her license and insurance will not be affected, and she will not have to pay any fines,” said McGuire.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett is pleased to announce that it recently obtained a $1.75 million dollar award on behalf of a client for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The client had been involved in a head on collision wherein the offending driver had crossed over a divider causing severe and permanent injuries to the client. “We worked hard to obtain the award by seeking reimbursement from multiple insurance sources. This was a complicated case and it took a substantial effort to obtain this result. We can’t undo our client’s injuries, but we made sure our client was compensated for lost wages and the pain and suffering he had to endure.” said Christopher P. McGuire. “His family’s financial future is now secure, and that makes all our hard work worth it.”
This comes on the heels of last year’s successful prosecution of a personal injury claim wherein a client suffered severe injuries at a work accident caused by an outside contractor. McGuire, Peláez & Bennett secured $1.25 million on that claim on behalf of their client.
A client was pulled over in a traffic stop. He was charged with Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and speeding (100/55 mph). He faced time in an upstate prison. McGuire and Pelaez was able to secure a reduction in the speeding ticket to 75/55 and to have all other charges dismissed. The client was able to avoid jail, probation, and the case was resolved in a way that left him without a criminal record. And the client’s driver’s license was saved!
A client received an 11 point speeding ticket in Riverhead Town Court (105/55mph). He faced the revocation of his driver’s license. McGuire and Pelaez obtained a dismissed of the ticket on a motion.
A defendant was charged with Driving under the Influence of Drugs and Possession of a Controlled Substance, crimes punishable by a year in jail. McGuire, Peláez & Bennett obtained a reduction of the DUI charge to a violation, and secured a dismissal of the possession charge on a motion. The defendant paid a fine and was able to keep his license.
A corporate defendant was charged with transportation violations that exposed the company to thousands of dollars in fines and a suspension of its registration. The case was dismissed on a motion submitted by McGuire, Peláez & Bennett.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett secured a reduction in a client’s 4 point speeding ticket to a no-point parking ticket.
A client was charged with Larceny and faced 1 year in jail and the loss of her future in the military. After a written motion to dismiss was submitted the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charges to a violation, clearing the way for the defendant’s career advancement.
A client was charged with traffic misdemeanors and faced a 1 year revocation of his license. All 5 charges against her were dismissed on a motion.
McGuire, Peláez & Bennett were pleased to announce that they were able to secure an outright dismissal on 6 traffic tickets that were pending in a local criminal court on behalf of a client.
“The client was facing jail time and the suspension of his license plus thousands of dollars in fines,” Mary C. Pelaez, a partner with the firm, said. “It was rewarding to obtain such a good result.”