Other Criminal and Civil Cases

Representing An Attorney

Venue: Northern District, California (Grand Jury Investigation) 2006
Background: Immigration fraud investigation of an attorney who allegedly advised clients on obtaining legal asylum through fraudulent misrepresentation.
Resolution: After our presentation to U.S. Attorney's Office, the criminal case was rejected and no charges were filed.

Venue: Los Angeles County Superior Court (2007)
Background: Felony assault
Resolution: After extensive negotiations and presentations, we negotiated a civil settlement with the other party to the incident, and the criminal case was dismissed pursuant to a civil compromise.

Venue: Manhattan District Attorney's Office (1998)
Background: A California attorney opened an office in the New York area and was investigated for fraud involving automobile accidents and no-fault insurance.
Resolution: After our extensive negotiations and presentations, the criminal case was rejected and no criminal case was filed.


Representing A Bookkeeper

Venue: Orange County (California) Superior Court (2006)
Charge: Felony embezzlement of $250,000 over a several-year period. Our client, formerly the bookkeeper of a telecommunications corporation, was also the target of civil suit.
Resolution: Coordinating the criminal case with the civil case, we engineered a creative solution. In the criminal case, we obtained a plea agreement that our client serve a six-month sentence in a private jail. The civil settlement involved transfer of real property.


Representing A College Student

Venue: Los Angeles County Superior Court (2002)
Charge: Date rape. A college student with a prior record faced 15 years to life. The student had rejected a plea offer of three years' prison time.
Resolution: After a year of extensive investigation, motions and pretrial preparation, we successfully obtained complete dismissal of the rape case two days before trial.

Venue: Los Angeles County Superior Court (2004)
Charge: Assault with a deadly weapon in a domestic violence dispute with his girlfriend. Because the student had a juvenile charge that counted as one strike (according to the "three strikes" habitual offender law), the best offer was three years as a second-strike felony. Our client rejected this offer.
Resolution: After our extensive investigation and pre-trial preparation, all charges were dismissed the day before trial.


Representing A Computer Reseller

Venue: Federal Court, Central District, California (Grand Jury Investigation) 2007
Background: Computer fraud investigation of a computer re-seller who allegedly defrauded computer companies
Resolution: After our extensive pre-filing preparation and presentation to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the criminal case was rejected and no charges were filed.


Representing A Corporate Officer

Venue: Federal Court, Central District, California (Grand Jury Investigation) 2000
Background: A former president of an environmental testing corporation was charged with conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act.
Resolution: Following aggressive pretrial motion practice, we convinced the government to accept a misdemeanor plea of negligent violation of the Clean Water Act. Our client received which a probationary sentence.


Representing An eBay Seller

Venue: Federal Court, Central District, California (Grand Jury Investigation), 2004
Background: Computer fraud investigation of an eBay seller who allegedly defrauded buyers by failing to return deposits
Resolution: After our extensive pre-filing preparation and presentation to U.S. Attorney's Office, the criminal case was rejected and no charges were filed.


Representing An Individual In A Civil Case

Venue: Federal Court, Central District, California (1999)
Background: Over $250,000 was seized from an individual who structured cash transactions.
Resolution: Following our extensive negotiations with the government, the case was settled for less than one-third of the amount originally demanded, and no criminal charges were filed.


Representing An Individual In A Forfeiture Case

Venue: Los Angeles County, California (2008)
Background: An individual was carrying an unusually large amount of cash in an airport. The cash was seized and the individual was arrested.
Resolution: Following our pre-filing negotiations with the District Attorney's Office, the case was rejected and no charges were brought.


Representing An Individual Involved In A Shooting

Venue: Los Angeles County Superior Court (2008)
Charge: Two life counts, including attempted murder. Our client was involved in the shooting of an unarmed man found with his fiancée. After presentations to the District Attorney's Office, the best offer was 29 years, on the grounds that a gun was used and that the individual was facing two life sentences.
Resolution: At trial, the jury acquitted our client of all three charged counts. The jury convicted on the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter, to which our client had offered to plead before the trial began.


Representing A Judge

Venue: Federal Court, Central District, California (Grand Jury Investigation) 2000
Background: A civil lawsuit alleging bankruptcy fraud by a judge had been settled. A criminal investigation into the judge's activities was pending.
Resolution: After our presentation to U.S. Attorney's Office, the criminal case was rejected, and no charges were filed.


Representing A Mentally Ill Individual

Venue: Los Angeles County Superior Court (2007)
Charge: A young man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses was charged with attacking two men. He claimed that voices told him to do so.
Resolution: After extensive negotiations and presentations, our client was placed on probation. He entered a two-year board and care facility where he could obtain consistent medication and develop appropriate life skills.


Representing A Truck Driver

Venue: Los Angeles County Superior Court (2007)
Charge: Hit-and-run-the driver was involved in an accident and left the scene after he was threatened. If convicted, he would lose his job.
Resolution: After extensive negotiations and presentations, we negotiated a civil settlement with the other party to the accident, and the criminal case against our client was completely dismissed.


Representing A Vietnam Veteran

Venue: Los Angeles County Superior Court (2002)
Charge: A Vietnam Veteran, diagnosed as bipolar with a substance abuse addiction, was charged with a "three-strikes" felony carrying a potential sentence of 25 years to life. He was on probation for another felony, and faced an additional three-year suspended sentence.
Resolution: After extensive negotiations and presentations, our client was placed on probation. He entered a two-year Veterans Administration dual diagnosis program and has completely turned his life around.