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Williamson County- State vs. MW (2017)-Aggravated Assault
Client was convicted by a Williamson County jury of aggravated assault. He came to me
to represent him for his sentencing hearing and for any post conviction motions or appeals.
His prior counsel had unnecessarily put him in a very difficult situation where he was
facing a lengthy prison sentence and he lacked credibility with the Court. Going to prison would
have been an extreme hardship for him and his family. i was able to rehabilitate his image with the Court
and after a lengthy sentencing presentation I convinced the Judge to impose a sentence
Federal- Middle District of Tennessee- U.S. vs. D.R (2014-2017)-Heroin Conspiracy
Client was a twenty-five year old defendant in a large federal heroin conspiracy when I began representing him. Although
he was not a significant player in the conspiracy the client qualified as a "career offender" and his sentencing guideline range
was 22-25 years. Other defendants in the case had signed off on plea agreements ranging from approximately 15-30 years.
Through the use of medical experts and private investigators as well as rallying tremendous family support I was able to
present significant mitigating information to the Court at sentencing. As a result the Court imposed a sentence of
5 years which was approximately 75% off of his recommended guideline range. That type of guideline reduction sentence
is very rarely seen in federal court, particularly when it is opposed by the government.
Federal-Middle District of Tennessee- U.S. v. KT (2017)-Supervised Release violation
Client was an immature twenty-six year old on supervised release after being convicted in a large gang racketeering case
and serving his 48 month sentence. He repeatedly violated technical conditions of his supervised release
over a period of several months including multiple failures to report and positive drug screens. After
he was arrested for violating the conditions of his release I was able to convince the government and probation
not to seek pre-hearing detention. While he was out on release awaiting his hearing he committed
additional violations and several months later he was arrested and detained. He definitely tested my patience on many occasions.
Much to the amazement of the Court I negotiated an agreement with the government and probation to continue his supervised release
with a period of home confinement and residential drug treatment. Reluctantly, the Judge honored the agreement and imposed the
modification of his release.
Federal-Middle District of Tennessee-Steroid Trafficking- U.S. vs RC (2015-2016)
Client was defendant in a multi defendant Indictment for steroid and heroin trafficking.
He was responsible for importing a significant amount of steroid components, manufacturing
the steroids and then distributing them. I was able to secure pre-trial release for client
for several years during which time he was able to demonstrate to the Court that he
unquestionably ceased his involvement with controlled substances and he was able to
develop an employment history that Judges love to see. I strongly urged the Judge
to impose a term of probation despite the significant amount of steroids involved.
The Judge imposed a sentence of one year, which was well below the sentencing guidelines
and allowed my client to surrender on a later date at the designated facility.
Client was very pleased with the outcome and he is currently serving his time in a minimum
security camp in Kentucky.
Federal-Middle District of Tennessee-Marijuana Trafficking- U.S. vs JN (2015-2016)
Client was under investigation for importing a large quantity of Marijuana from
California to Tennessee. I was able to negotiate a scenario with the US Attorney's Office and
the DEA Task Force whereby my client was never arrested or formally charged. Not only
was he spared a prison sentence but he was able to keep his professional licenses and
his long standing job. When I first took the case I was hoping at the very best to
get the client a rare federal diversion but getting a no prosecution was even better.
The process took several years and had a lot of bumps in the road but we got it done.
Williamson County-Promoting Prostitution-State vs. CP (2015-2016)
My client hired me prior to sentencing after she had been convicted in a jury trial of felony
promoting of prostitution. As a result of her conviction she was required to register as a sex offender.
After lengthy litigation I was able to get her conviction set aside and to have her removed
from the dreaded sex offender registry.
Rutherford County- Multiple Counts of Sexual Assault- State vs. CC ( 2012-2015).
My client had spent almost 2 years in custody for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor
when I was retained to substitute as counsel. The allegations in this case were very ugly
and fortunately they were completely false. I was able to coordinate my efforts with
counsel for the other two defendants and the talented AIS investigative team to
uncover exculpatory evidence that eventually convinced the district attorney's office
to offer a retirement of the charges and a release of all defendants. My grateful client went
from facing 50 years in prison and deportation to returning to his family and the
Federal Court-Western District of Tennessee- Conspiracy to Traffic in Synthetics and Analogues
U.S. vs. S.K. ( 2013-2015). My Nashville client was indicted in the Western District of Tennessee
after being heard on multiple wiretaps discussing synthetics and analogues with the number
one defendant in the biggest multi-defendant analogue/synthetic case in that district. The Government
had also seized gold coins worth thousands of dollars when they searched his residence.
As a result of my good relationship with the DEA in the Middle District of Tennessee I was able
to get my client immediately released so he could voluntarily surrender in Jackson (where he was
given pre-trial release). Eventually I was able to negotiate a plea from felony conspiracy to a misprision
and at sentencing I convinced the Judge to sentence my client to probation. He received 2 years
of probation with the special condition he serve 6 months of that on home confinement. I also
was able to secure the return of all of the gold coins.
Federal Court- Middle District of Tennessee- Embezzlement- U.S. vs. NP ( 2012-2016).
My client was indicted for a pension impropriety that resulted largely due to the subprime mortgage
crisis in 2005-2008 causing the housing market to fail. I had hoped to negotiate a diversion
for my client because there were so many mitigating factors including his lengthy history of charitable
work in the community. Federal diversions are extremely rare. I battled the U.S. Attorney's Office
for several years relentlessly trying to convince them for the diversion to which they responded
they wanted my client to serve prison time. I finally negotiated a plea agreement that allowed me
to argue for probation at sentencing and after a very lengthy sentencing hearing the Judge
imposed a sentence of 3 years probation. After 18 months the Court granted our request for early
termination of probation.
Federal Court- Middle District of Tennessee- Firearm Possession by a convicted felon-
U.S. vs. J.S.( 2012-2015). Client was facing a fifteen year mandatory minimum sentence.
The Government was resistant to any notion that client had serious mental health issues.
I put together a great mental health team to evaluate the client and educate me. I moved to
have the Court declare my client incompetent and after a litigated hearing the Court agreed.
Next we battled over the restoration of my client's competency via forced medication. The
Court ordered involuntary treatment and amazingly enough and despite the side affects my
client turned into a much better human being. With the assistance of my mental health team
we were able to convince the prosecutor, the Court and the Probation Department my client
didn't have to be warehoused in prison. The government agreed to drop the firearm charge
in return for a plea for a simple drug possession charge and that allowed the Judge to sentence
the client outside of the statutory mandatory minimum fifteen years as well as the double digit
guideline range. Client was sentenced to a supervised release that permits him to reside in
a group home, get all of his necessary treatment and find appropriate employment.
Federal Court- North Carolina-Post Conviction litigation( 2241 habeas writ and mandamus) ( 2012-2015)
Client DM was extradited to the Unites States to face drug trafficking charges after spending
8 years in a Bahamian prison fighting extradition. I did not represent him in South Florida when
he negotiated a plea agreement for a nine year sentence. The district court judge recommended
credit time served for the time spent awaiting extradition in the Bahamas. Client was due for release
in 2011 when the BOP denied his credit for time spent awaiting extradition in the Bahamas. Client's
family contacted me to assist client in his battle against the BOP for unlawfully detaining him.
In a long and bitter uphill legal battle that saw a Chief Federal District Court Judge in North Carolina
deny the 2241 writ and subsequently get reversed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the BOP
finally succumbed to a writ of mandamus and released the client. Client was able to return to the
Bahamas to spend time with his ailing father before he passed away.
Davidson County- aggravated trespass and probation violations-State vs. SG( 2015-2016).
Client, a young female was arrested for an unusual trespass while on probation in three counties. Victim was
incredibly difficult. A conviction on the Davidson County trespass case would have triggered
violations in three counties and most likely have sent client to prison. Through hard work and persistence
I was able to convince the Davidson County District Attorney's office to recognize client's substance
abuse issues and got them to agree to a dismissal after client had received treatment. Other counties followed
suit when Davidson dismissed the primary offense.