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Our firm helps client get his life sentence reduced to “time served”

December 17, 2020
A federal judge in New Orleans granted our firm’s motion for compassionate release, filed behalf of our 82-year-old client at the federal prison in Jesup, Georgia. Our client had been sentenced to life in 1988 for smuggling 450 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S., though he was never accused of engaging in any violence or […]

Our firm wins release of inmate based on COVID-19 and excessive sentence

September 16, 2020
Yesterday, Senior U.S. District Judge Orinda Evans granted our firm’s motion for compassionate release and released our client from prison after he had served 15 years of a 64-year sentence. We requested his immediate release based on his pre-existing medical conditions, which increased his risk of severe illness from COVID-19. We also challenged the excessiveness […]

Our firm gets federal charges dismissed for client accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran

December 17, 2019
Our firm won another federal criminal case last week when federal prosecutors dismissed charges against our client after a trial date was set. Politico reported on the case which involved an Iranian-born American citizen and medical researcher in Kentucky who was charged with violating U.S. sanctions against Iran known as the ITSR (Iranian Transactions and […]

Our firm gets RICO charges dismissed for business owner

August 5, 2019
Last week, Fulton County prosecutors dismissed criminal racketeering charges against our client, S.F., a successful small business owner in the Atlanta area. The RICO charges were dismissed after our firm filed several pretrial motions, including a motion to dismiss. The indictment against S.F. charged him and several others with racketeering under the Georgia RICO Act. […]

We help client avoid charges for alleged violations of federal environmental laws

April 10, 2018
Violating federal environmental laws can result in serious criminal penalties. Here’s how we helped our client avoid being charged. Last week, our firm successfully resolved a criminal investigation initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency focusing one of our corporate clients – an energy corporation engaged in selling used oil. After three years of representing …

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