Not Guilty: Filing False Tax Returns

The Scenario: Our client was tried and wrongfully convicted due to the testimony of a lying government witness. We fought to get him a new trial and succeeded when the federal District Court judge presiding over the case agreed with our view that the verdict was a "manifest injustice." The government then appealed the judge's decision granting a new trial to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. We defended our client in the appellate court and won there too.

The Results: Yet, despite our victories before the District Court and in the Second Circuit, the IRS kept going after our innocent client. Statistically, the IRS wins 99.75% of all cases they bring so they decided to try him again. We were there again to fight for him. After three weeks of trial, the jury deliberated less than 2 hours and cleared our client of all charges. Though statistically, we only had a .25% chance of winning, we prevailed and our client finally got the justice he deserved. A 6-year long ordeal for our client finally ended when a federal jury found him Not Guilty of All Charges.

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Drastically Reduced Charges: Fraud & Criminal Tax

The Scenario: A successful businessman faced 7 years in prison. He’d been selling prints by Damian Hirst, the famed British artist. In an effort to save on shipping insurance, he forged several appraisals. Officers showed up at his home with a warrant for his arrest, and held him at gunpoint. After this, he contacted us.

The Results: We prevented him from getting arrested. Through eight months of negotiations, we demonstrated to the DA’s office that our client himself was a victim of art fraud, and convinced prosecutors to reduce the charges. Our client pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, and spent 40 days teaching job skills. The Wall Street Journal featured our success here: WSJ: Vinoo Varghese Secures Plea Deal in Art - Wall Street Journal

No Criminal Charges Filed: Internal Fraud Investigation

The Scenario: An executive at a Fortune 500 company had engaged in internal fraud.

The Results: Working with our team of forensic accountants, we guided our client in how to deal with internal auditors. We negotiated a severance package, and no criminal charges.

Jury Acquittal: Attempted Murder

The Scenario: While defending himself against an unprovoked attack, our client injured the attacker, his boss.

The Results: After a three-week trial, the jury returned a not-guilty verdict on all counts. As an aside, our client later wrote “I Beat the Charges,” a rap song that referred to us as the best lawyers. He dedicated the song to us.

Successful Appeal: Sexual Abuse Case

The Scenario: A family court judge had sentenced a 12-year-old boy to the maximum term for a juvenile felony offender: 18 months’ in “juvi.” That’s when his parents hired us.

The Results: First, we successfully moved to “stay” (suspend) the sentence pending appeal, and got the boy released to his family. Then on appeal, we got the charges reduced to a misdemeanor, and got him resentenced to an outpatient program, which he could attend while living at home, and continuing his schooling.

Case Dismissal: All Federal Narcotics Charges

The Scenario: Our client was arrested for narcotics conspiracy in federal court in New York.

The Results: We convinced the U.S. Attorney that its case was weak. The U.S. Attorney dismissed all charges. Our client was able to return to work without any record.

Charge & Sentence Drastically Reduced: Internet Pornography Crime

The Scenario: Our client had downloaded illegal pornography off the web, confessed to federal authorities without a lawyer, and voluntarily turned over this evidence to them. He faced a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison. That’s when he hired us.

The Results (Federal Court): We persuaded the U.S. Attorney to allow our client to plead to a lesser charge. The mandatory sentence disappeared, but our client still faced stiff penalties, including up to 8 years in prison under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. We convinced the court to sentence our client to just one year in a halfway house. He served no prison time, and kept his job.

The Results (State Court): Our client’s reduced federal sentence required him to register as a sex offender in state court. There, we presented a character package to the state court judge that showed that our client posed no threat to society. The judge found him to be a Level 1 offender - which did not require his name posted on a website for registered sex offenders. He was able to resume his life with minimal disruption.

Settlement Without Any Admission of Wrongdoing: Civil & Asset Forfeiture

The Scenario: The federal government seized our client’s bank accounts claiming that his business had links with a terrorist group.

The Results: Through months of hard negotiation, we settled the matter favorably for our client after we convinced the federal government to release his accounts without our client admitting any wrongdoing. See Press.

Charges Reduced To Misdemeanor & No Jail: Medicaid Fraud

The Scenario: A medical professional defrauded New York State, receiving payments of over $150,000 for services he did not provide. He and a relative were under investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The Results: We negotiated the medical professional’s plea down to a misdemeanor and a civil settlement, allowing him to maintain his professional license. We successfully convinced the Attorney General’s office not to prosecute the relative, and both were able to resume their lives.

14 Year-Old Charges Dismissed: Aggravated Harassment

The Scenario: While a college student, a prominent doctor pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment - without a lawyer. 14 years later, this conviction prevented him from obtaining a prestigious fellowship.

The Results: We successfully moved to vacate his conviction, and got the matter dismissed. Our client got his fellowship, and moved his career forward.

Sentence Drastically Reduced: Narcotics Case

The Scenario: Prosecutors accused our client of leading a drug ring that sold ecstasy in NYC nightclubs. He faced up to 40 years in prison.

The Results: We were able to get him six months in a light correctional program for low-level drug offenderswithout cooperation. He completed the program, and now - a free man.

Jury Acquittal: Driving While Intoxicated

The Scenario: Our client’s breathalyzer test displayed more than double the legal limit (0.17%). She faced a potential year in jail.

The Results: Before a jury, we demonstrated that the breath-test machine wasn’t perfect. The jury came back with a verdict of only a traffic infraction. Our client went home with a mere fine.

Successful Release: Out-of-State Warrant

The Scenario: A New York resident had no idea there was a warrant out for her arrest in Virginia. On her way back into town, she was detained at JFK Airport, then sent to criminal court, where a judge ordered her held without bail. That’s when her parents hired us.

The Results: We filed a writ (motion for release) with a higher-level judge to have our client released on bail. In spite of the District Attorney’s vehement opposition, the court granted the writ, freeing our client to return to Virginia to fight her case.

Case Dismissal: Attempted Murder

The Scenario: After a bar fight, the District Attorney charged our client with attempted murder. That’s when he hired us.

The Results: We launched our own investigation, which revealed that our client had acted in self-defense. We found witnesses to corroborate our defense, and presented the evidence to the DA. We succeeded in getting the case dismissed.

Grand Jury Dismissal: Felony Weapons & Assault Charge

The Scenario: After a bar fight, the District Attorney charged our client with attempted murder. That’s when he hired us.

The Results: We launched our own investigation, which revealed that our client had acted in self-defense. We found witnesses to corroborate our defense, and presented the evidence to the DA. We succeeded in getting the case dismissed.

Case Dismissal: Aggravated Harassment

The Scenario: A successful attorney had sent some not-so-pleasant emails to her husband’s mistress. This resulted in her arrest.

The Results: We convinced the court that while the emails may have been rude, they were not criminal. As a result, we got her case dismissed, and she could continue practicing law.

Dismissal: Felony for False Filing

The Scenario: When a truck driver hadn’t paid his traffic tickets, his commercial driver’s license was suspended. The DA’s office found that he was using a name that wasn’t on his birth certificate. This wasn’t his fault: it went back to his adoption as a child. The DA nevertheless charged him with falsifying his name to obtain a new license: a class E felony.

The Results: We convinced the District Attorney that our client was not trying to defraud the DMV, and they agreed to dismiss the case. Our client was able to return to his job and resume life as usual.