2016 Case Results

2016 has been a really busy year for the Teakell Law Firm. Here are a few outcomes from recent cases.

No charges / no prosecution

Federal investigation of synthetic drug trafficking, and no forfeiture, northern district of texas, re jy. Client was under investigation for trafficking in synthetic controlled substances, mainly spice. Client stood to loose a very large amount of money in accounts that could be attributed to proceeds of the trafficking, yet the u.S. Attorney agreed not to forfeit the funds.

Dismissal

Possession of controlled substance (cocaine), state of texas, dallas county, re gg. Client was found to have the substance when stopped by law enforcement, and through negotiations, the district attorney agreed to dismiss upon conditions met.

No charges / no indictment

Criminal copyright conspiracy, eastern district of texas, re av. Client was alleged to have been a part of “bootlegging” videos and music videos for sale. After negotiations and presentations about client’s mental state, the u.S. Attorney’s office agreed to not indict client.

No charges / no indictment

Possession of controlled substances, state of texas, denton county, re mn. Client was arrested for felony possession of controlled substances, and the arresting agency agreed that there should be no prosecution.

Dismissal

Possession of controlled substance, state of texas, dallas county, re ts. Client was arrested for possession of the substance when stopped by law enforcement, and through negotiations, the district attorney agreed to dismiss upon conditions met.

Dismissal

Possession of controlled substance, and unlawful carrying of a weapon, state of texas, dallas county, re kb. Client was arrested for possession of the substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Upon showing the district attorney circumstances surrounding the arrest, plus after negotiations, the district attorney agreed to dismiss, and dismiss upon conditions met.

No charges

Possession of controlled substance, cyclobenzaprine, state of texas, dallas county, re jr. Client was arrested for possession of the substance, yet after proving that the client had a legitimate prescription for that time period, the district attorney agreed not to charge the client.

Dismissal

Obstructing an officer, state of oklahoma, canadian county, re pl. Client was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer when he refused to submit to a request for a dna sample. Defense’s position was that client had the right to so refuse, and the district attorney eventually dismissed.

No charges / no indictment

Felony evading detention or arrest, state of texas, dallas county, re jc. Client was arrested for evading detention or arrest in a traffic situation, and the district attorney agreed to delay a grand jury setting at the defense’s request. After presentations of photographs, road maps, and a polygraph examination report, the district attorney agreed to decline charges upon conditions.

Probation in federal court

Conspiracy to commit visa fraud, northern district of texas, re rm. Client was alleged to have participated in an hib visa scheme to entice foreign workers to come to the united states by promising jobs that did not exist, and related conduct. After presentations prior to the sentencing hearing, and argument at sentencing, client was sentenced to probation, although the u.S. Sentencing guidelines’ imprisonment recommendation range recommended a period of prison time for this offense.

Dismissal

Assault–domestic violence, state of texas, collin county, re kt. Client was alleged to have assaulted a girlfriend, yet from presentations of affidavits and photographs, the district attorney’s office dismissed against client.

Less time than sentencing guidelines

Criminal tax case, conspiracy to file false tax returns, middle district of tennessee, re jc. Client was indicted in federal court in nashville, tennessee for criminal tax charges based upon his tax preparation business activities. Through defense presentations and negotiations, the u.S. Attorney agreed to a recommended sentence of eighteen (18) months, when the u.S. Sentencing guidelines offense level’s prison recommendation was up to 78 – 97 months. Client was sentenced to the much lower sentence of eighteen (18) months.

No criminal referral

Misappropriation of fiduciary funds, theft, and/or fraud, travis county, tx or federal western district of texas, re lt. Settled with the victim company regarding unauthorized use of email lists, domain names, sales of product going forward, and related matters, which resulted in sales of products similar to the victim company. Client achieved sales of products using victim company’s customer lists and email lists without the knowledge or consent of victim company. No criminal referral by victim upon settlement.

Less time than sentencing guidelines

False statement to obtain passport, middle district of florida, re mah. Client had used a false name and incorrect information to obtain a united states passport. Client pled guilty and attorney sought a sentence less than the recommended sentencing range from the offense level of the u.S. Sentencing guidelines. Client was indeed sentenced to less time than the recommended range.

Less time than sentencing guidelines

False statement to obtain passport, middle district of florida, re mrt. Client falsely used another person’s name and information to obtain a united states passport. Client pled guilty and attorney sought a sentence less than the recommended sentencing range from the offense level of the u.S. Sentencing guidelines. Client was sentenced to less time than the recommended range.