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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Sentence of Time Served: Federal Money Laundering

The Scenario: A U.S. citizen abroad in Brazil was charged with money laundering.  Our client suffered through deplorable Brazilian prison conditions before we were retained as his attorneys.  Once we took over his case, we pushed to have him returned to the U.S., where we could advocate for a fair result.

The Results: After successfully negotiating a plea and securing our client’s extradition from horrible Brazilian prisons, we persuaded the judge—known for her harsh sentences—to impose a sentence of time served.  The very same day our client was sentenced, he was reunited with his wife and family, just in time for the New Year.

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Title IX Disciplinary Proceeding Dismissed: College Student Allowed to Graduate

The Scenario: A senior attending an Ivy League university faced expulsion in a school disciplinary proceeding, resulting from an open criminal case involving an allegation of domestic violence. 

The Results: We represented our client before the school’s Title IX attorneys, despite their attempts to deprive him of all due process.  We persuaded the university administrators to allow our client to take his final exams and graduate on time.

Case Dismissed and Money Returned: Civil Forfeiture

The Scenario: U.S. Customs seized funds from a couple traveling abroad to visit ill and elderly family.  The Customs Official berated and upset our client so much that she forgot she was carrying unreported cash.

The Results:  We obtained the successful return of over $10,000 illegitimately taken from our client.  We proved our client had lawfully withdrawn the funds from her retirement accounts.  She was finally able to use the funds to help support her ill and elderly family members abroad. 

Case Dismissed: Foreign National Allowed to Return Home

The Scenario: A foreign national visiting family was arrested for shoplifting with only a week remaining on her trip.  She would lose her job if she were delayed returning home and the arraignment was scheduled for two months after she was scheduled to leave the US. 

The Results: Using our reputation and experience, we persuaded the District Attorney to expedite her case and have her arraigned within days.  We successfully negotiated a deal with the DA to adjourn her case in contemplation of dismissal, which meant our client would have no criminal record, and not lose her 10-year multiple reentry visa to the US.

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.

Corrected Illegal Sentence: 7/10 Years Taken Off Post-Release Supervision

The Scenario: An Iranian businesswoman, who was previously convicted of human trafficking offenses, received an illegal 10-year term of supervised release.  Because our client attempted to remediate the illegal sentence long before retaining us, many avenues to correct the illegal sentence were foreclosed. 

The Results: Using our experience with U.S. Probation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we found a way to correct our client’s illegal term of supervised release.  We persuaded the U.S. Attorney’s office to make the application on our client’s behalf.  The judge reduced our client’s term of supervised release by seven years, so that she only has two years of supervision remaining. 

Case Dismissed: Felony Sexual Assault

The Scenario: An actor was accused of forcing his former girlfriend to perform sexual acts with him.  The accuser previously sent our client emails describing lurid sexual fantasies she wished to carry out with him, sexual fantasies involving acts of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism.  After the two stopped dating, she accused him of sexual assault.

The Results: The District Attorney’s office dropped all the charges and dismissed the case entirely based on our submission of these emails.  Before the case was dismissed, our client was arrested for hopping a turn style to catch a train. 

Case Dismissed: Family Offense Proceeding

The Scenario: An IT professional was accused of burglary and rape in a Family Offense Proceeding in the Family Court.  His accuser made similar accusations against at least two other individuals. She attempted to destroy his reputation, posting court documents on social media and broadcasting her baseless accusations wherever she could.

The Results: We successfully moved to dismiss the charges, and the Family Court dismissed the case entirely.  At the motion hearing, the accuser made additional unfounded accusations against our client.  Because we had successfully demonstrated to the judge that she was not credible, the judge refused to entertain her additional baseless claims. 

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Case Dismissed: Juvenile Cleared of Rape Charge

The Scenario: In a juvenile proceeding before the Family Court, a teenager less than 16-years old was accused of raping a classmate.  After obtaining a temporary order of protection against our client, the accuser attacked him at school, followed him home with another boy, and harassed him.  

The Results: We proved the accusations were completely false to the Assistant Corporation Counsel assigned to the case by providing the details of the accuser’s behavior towards our client.  Thereafter, the charges were dropped and the case was dismissed. 

Non-Criminal Plea Deal: Driving While Intoxicated

The Scenario: Our client, while driving home from an office holiday party, crashed into a parked car and totaled his vehicle.  Only our client was injured.  He was then taken to the hospital and arrested for driving while intoxicated. 

The Results: We obtained a plea to a conditional charge that would permit our client to continue his life without a criminal record.  In addition, because he refused to submit to a chemical test, we represented him in the Refusal Hearing before the DMV, were we successfully obtained dismissal of the proceeding in its entirety.

Warrant Vacated and Prevented Arrest: Petit Larceny

The Scenario: We discovered our client, who we were representing in a separate criminal case, had a 7-year old open warrant in another case.  The open warrant would have had disastrous consequences for our client.

The Results: After negotiating with the District Attorney’s office, we successfully vacated the open warrant by agreeing that our client would attend and complete a one-day long program in Midtown Community Court.  

A few months later, we discovered that the Midtown Community Court had made a clerical mistake.  Our client had successfully completed the program, but court records indicated otherwise.  The same day that we discovered the new open warrant, we had it successfully vacated.  In doing so, we prevented our client from being arrested due to no fault of her own.

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.

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.