POTENTIAL 180-YEAR SENTENCE AVOIDED THROUGH EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY
EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY: The Firm was retained to assist the defendant in defending against six-charges of mail fraud, which if convicted, carried a maximum total sentence of 180-years. The charges were particularly pernicious as the defendant was accused of defrauding homeowners of millions of dollars as part of a mortgage elimination scheme in the Los Angeles area.
After intensive investigation of the case, and prolonged negotiations with the Government, a very favorable plea agreement was reached. The terms of the plea agreement allowed the defendant to plead to an information charging an attempt to make false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding. This capped the defendant’s overall sentencing exposure to no more than ten years in prison. In addition, because of the way the plea was structured, the defendant-who is not a U.S. citizen-was provided an avenue in which to fight deportation.
Under U.S. law, a non-citizen who is convicted of an “aggravated felony” is generally automatically deportable. However, the loss amount for an economic aggravated felony must be $10,000 or more. The plea agreement in the case allowed the defendant to limit the loss amount for the counts of conviction to approximately $3,500, which will enable to defendant to argue against deportation later.
After the defendant plead guilty, the Firm prepared lengthy sentencing memoranda and argued for a sentence that was significantly less than 10 years. The Court found merit in the Firm’s sentencing arguments and imposed a sentence of 70-months. With credit for time served, the defendant could be released in less than two years.
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