Acquittals, Dismissals and Results

The lists below are a representative sample of some of our results. Many of our results are not listed for a variety of reasons, including client confidentiality.

Federal Acquittals

  • Client Acquitted of Federal Antitrust and Perjury Charges
    Our client, the owner of a scrap metal business, was charged with federal antitrust violations and making false statements to a grand jury. After a three week jury trial, our client was acquitted of all charges. Learn more.
  • Client Acquitted of Extortion
    Our client, a financial planner who managed millions of dollars for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, was charged with conspiracy, fraud, and making false statements for allegedly bribing the Chief Financial Officer of the BWC. After a two-week jury trial in federal court, he was found not guilty on all counts.
  • Client Cleared of Mortgage Fraud Charges
    Our client was one of 17 defendants charged in a federal mortgage fraud case. Every other defendant pled guilty. Despite the lead defendant testifying against our client at trial, a jury acquitted our client of all charges.
  • Client Acquitted of Identity Theft
    Our client was charged with identity theft, fraud, and making false statements to the Government. A jury acquitted him of all charges.
  • Client Acquitted of Drug Conspiracy
    Our client was charged in a federal cocaine conspiracy and faced a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence. A jury acquitted him of all charges.
  • Client Acquitted of Drug Conspiracy
    Our client was charged in a multi-defendant drug conspiracy. At trial, each of the five co-defendants testified for the government. Our client was acquitted of all charges.
  • Conviction Reversed and Client Found Not Guilty of Drug Conspiracy at Second Trial
    We successfully appealed a guilty verdict and 27-year sentence after our client was convicted of cocaine conspiracy charges. Our client was found not guilty at the second trial.
  • Client Charged with Bank Robbery Found Not Guilty
    Our client was one of five individuals accused of robbing a bank. All five defendants proceeded to trial. Our client was the only defendant found not guilty.

Federal Results

  • 170 Pounds of Cocaine Suppressed
    In what is the largest amount of drugs ever successfully suppressed in Ohio, we successfully argued that the search of our client’s hotel room was illegal, leading to the suppression of 170 pounds of cocaine as evidence.
  • Investment Broker Receives Probation After Concealing Theft of Client Funds
    Our client, an investment advisor, gave false and misleading statements and documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission to conceal the theft of client funds. We successfully argued for a below-Guideline sentence and our client was sentenced to 3 years of probation.
  • Client Serves Six Years in Theft of Over $100 Million
    In a case that was in the national news every day for months, our client, a stockbroker, served a little over 6 years in prison after years of proven fraudulent activity that resulted in the theft of over $100 million. Our client was facing a prison sentence of at least 20 years.
  • Client Sentence to Five Months for Identity Theft Resulting in Loss of Over $500,000
    Our client was charged with Aggravated Identity Theft in federal court and was facing a minimum mandatory of two years in prison. Our client was part of an enterprise that generated an aggregate loss of over $500,000. Plea negotiations led to a prison sentence of 5 months.
  • Client Charged in Marijuana Conspiracy Resolves Case for Misdemeanor Possession
    When the jury could not decide our client’s guilt after convicting four codefendants of federal marijuana conspiracy charges involving tons of marijuana, our client plead to a misdemeanor possession charge.
  • Death Penalty Rejected
    We led the legal defense in the first federal death penalty case in Northern Ohio since 1979. The government aggressively pursued the death penalty. The jury rejected the request and, instead, delivered a prison sentence.
  • Former Teacher Sentenced to Six Months After Sending Obscene Material to a Minor
    Our client was charged in federal court with transferring obscene material to a minor under the age of 16. Despite facing a prison sentence of up to 10 years, our client was sentenced to six months in prison.

State Acquittals

  • Former Police Detective Acquitted of Aggravated Murder
    Our client, a former police detective, was charged with Aggravated Murder. A jury acquitted him of all charges after we successfully argued that our client was acting in self-defense. Learn more.
  • Former Police Chief Cleared of Obstruction of Official Business and Theft in Office
    Our client, the former Bratenahl police chief, was charged with obstructing official business and theft in office. A jury acquitted him of all charges after less than two hours of deliberations. Learn more.
  • Clients Acquitted by Trial Court Prior to Jury Deliberations
    Our clients, a tobacco wholesale company and its owner, were charged with Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Conspiracy, Intent to Avoid Payment of Tax, Tampering with Evidence and Money Laundering. The case proceeded to a jury trial. The trial court acquitted our clients before jury deliberations.
  • Client Found Not Guilty of Rape
    Our client was charged with two counts of Rape and one count of Kidnapping. At trial, our client was acquitted of all charges.
  • Client Acquitted of Felonious Assault After Fight at Cleveland Browns Stadium
    Our client, who was involved in a fight at a Cleveland Browns game, was charged with felonious assault and faced a prison sentence of 8 years. We proceeded to trial. At trial, the alleged victim and multiple eye witnesses testified against our client. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
  • Client Cleared of Carrying Concealed Weapons
    Our client entered a bank carrying three concealed guns. After arguing with the teller, he was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon. After trial, a jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

State Dismissals

  • 105 Count Indictment Dismissed Twice
    Our client, an electrical contracting company, was charged twice in 105 count indictments with what prosecutors described as the biggest school construction billing scam in Ohio history. As we prepared for each trial, the State offered our client one misdemeanor to resolve the case. On both occasions, we rejected the State’s offer and wanted to proceed to trial. The State dismissed all charges prior to each trial. The second dismissal came with an agreement by the State not to prosecute our client again. Learn more.
  • Client Has Charges Dismissed in $2.5 Million Fraud Case
    Our client, who was a cement contractor, and two of his family members were charged with participating in a scheme to defraud two municipalities of more than $2.5 million. The State dismissed the charges on the eve of trial but threatened to re-indict. We successfully convinced the special prosecutor assigned to the case not to re-indict our client while his two family members pled guilty. Learn more.
  • Client Has All Charges Dismissed in Securities Fraud Case Twice
    Our client, a former CEO of a large Cleveland company, was charged by the State with engaging in corrupt activity and multiple securities fraud violations. Prior to trial, all charges were dismissed with prejudice by the prosecutor.
  • All Charges Dismissed Prior to Mortgage Fraud Trial
    Our client, a mortgage broker, was charged with two counts of felony fraud. A well prepared and presented defense convinced the State to dismiss all charges prior to trial.
  • Mortgage Fraud Case Dismissed
    Our client, the owner of one of the largest real estate agencies in the State, was charged by the State with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and mortgage fraud. After months of preparation, the prosecutor dismissed all charges prior to trial.
  • Juvenile Aggravated Robbery Case Dismissed
    Our client, a juvenile, was charged with Aggravated Robbery with a 3 year gun specification. The prosecutor wanted the juvenile tried as an adult. The case was thrown out after the bind over hearing.
  • Case Dismissed on Legally Deficient Indictment
    Our clients, a convenient store and its owner, were charged with Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Conspiracy, Trademark Counterfeiting, Money Laundering, Possession of Criminal Tools and Aggravated Theft. We filed a motion to dismiss the indictment. The prosecutor acknowledged the indictment was legally deficient and dismissed the case.

State Results

  • Executive Director of Nursing Home Sentenced to Probation
    Our client was the executive director of a nursing home and pled guilty to stealing a resident’s pain medication. Despite a statutory presumption of prison, we successfully argued for a sentence of probation. Learn more.
  • High School Coach Avoids Prison After Relationship with Student
    Our client, a high school coach, had an inappropriate relationship with a student. Despite facing a lengthy prison term, our client was sentenced to a 5 year period of probation.
  • Employee Gets Probation After Stealing $160,000 from Employer
    Our client pled guilty to stealing more than $160,000 from his employer. Despite having a prior criminal history involving theft, our client was sentenced to 5 years of probation.
  • Client Serves Six Months for Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder
    Our client pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder after offering money to an undercover agent, posing as a hit man, to kill her husband. Our client served only 6 months. Learn more.
  • Client’s Lengthy Prison Sentence Overturned and Case Resolved for $100 Fine
    Following a five-month securities fraud trial in Columbus, Ohio, our client, an attorney, received five- to 25-year sentence. We appealed. Our client remained on bond pending the appeal. After 3 years of successful appeals, the case was resolved with a $100 fine. He never spent a day in jail.
  • Client Received Minimum for Vehicular Homicide Conviction and DWI
    Our client pled guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Driving While Intoxicated and faced a mandatory prison sentence of 2 to 8 years. Our client received the minimum sentence of 2 years. Learn more.
  • Client Received Minimum for Aggravated Vehicular Assault and DWI
    Our client pled guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Assault and Driving While Intoxicated after causing a head on collision on the highway. Our client faced a mandatory prison sentence of 1 to 5 years. Despite our client having a previous DUI conviction, he received the minimum sentence of 1 year.
  • Client Facing 20 Years in Prison Receives Probation
    Our client was accused of soliciting a minor on the internet and traveling to meet the minor. The purported victim was actually an undercover police officer. We sent our client to specialists for treatment and evaluation. Our client was facing over 20 years in prison but ultimately received no prison time and a 3 year period of probation.
  • Client Facing 8 Years in Prison Receives Probation
    Our client was charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of abduction for allegedly holding a female against her will and touching her inappropriately. Our client was facing over 8 years in prison but was sentenced to 5 years of probation.
  • Client Facing 18 Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography Sentenced to Probation
    Our client was charged multiple counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, importuning, and possessing criminal tools. Despite facing up to 18 years in prison, our client ultimately received no prison time and a 3 year period of probation.
  • Client Sentenced Probation for Possessing Child Pornography
    Our client pled guilty to multiple counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance and pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. Our client was facing a statutory presumption of prison and potentially decades in prison but ultimately received a sentence of 2 years of probation.
  • Client Sentenced Probation for Possessing Child Pornography
    Our client pled guilty to more than 20 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and one count of possessing criminal tools. Despite a statutory presumption of prison, our client received a sentence of 5 years of probation.