Grand Jury Witnesses: I represented a witness who was called to testify
before a federal grand jury. We prepared her testimony, considered her
rights, what questions she could or could not answer. I accompanied her
to court, but lawyers are not permitted into the grand jury hearing
room. I remained in the hallway to be available if she wished to ask my
advice. She was not indicted.
Bankruptcy Fraud Investigation: My client's ex-husband was being
investigated for bankruptcy fraud. I assisted her in preparing her
interview with the United States Attorney. I advised her as to her
rights, her possible exposure, and negotiated immunity for her
Manufacturing Marijuana: My client and her husband were indicted for
growing marijuana. Her husband moved to dismiss, challenging the
government's warrant. Although we joined that motion, I used the
evidentiary hearing to demonstrate that virtually none of the evidence
implicated my client. The court denied the dismissal. We then negotiated
a reduced charge and probation for my client where she would remain at
home to care for her young child.
Alien Smuggling/Conspiracy/Money Laundering: My client's family retained
me to appeal after he pleaded guilty and received an exceptionally long
sentence. We won a new sentencing hearing.
Before the hearing, we received the government's evidence of alien
smuggling. The government agents relied on an informant to translate for
them -- and that informant lied in his translations. The government had
relied on huge amounts of false evidence. We brought this evidence to
the court and moved to withdraw the guilty pleas. The district court
denied the motion and imposed exactly the same sentence as before.
We appealed again. The U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the sentence
again. The district court this time imposed a sentence of credit for
time served. The client was released after serving 1/2 of the original