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Increased Government Scrutiny of Digital Currency Transactions

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Bitcoin, Virtual Currency, Bank Secrecy Act, Financial Crimes, IRS, Internal Revenue Service, Anti-Money Laundering, Currency Financial Transactions, Cryptocurrency, Digital currency on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

As digital currencies have become more popular and commonplace, the government has stepped up its efforts to make sure that transactions and offerings do not run afoul of established regulations.

Tags: Bitcoin, Virtual Currency, Bank Secrecy Act, Financial Crimes, IRS, Internal Revenue Service, Anti-Money Laundering, Currency Financial Transactions, Cryptocurrency, Digital currency

Sexting, Revenge Porn, and Cyberbullying Can Result in Serious Criminal Penalties

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Criminal Investigation, Cyber Crimes, Criminal Law on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

With our societal addiction to the internet, smartphones, and computers, today’s teens face growing exposure to new forms of harassment and bullying. These can sometimes lead to criminal charges for those engaging in this conduct, and potentially anxiety, depression and, suicidal thoughts for the recipients.

Tags: Criminal Defense, Criminal Investigation, Cyber Crimes, Criminal Law

Robert G. Stahl, Esq. Participated on Panel Instructing NJ Lawyers on Expert Witnesses in Criminal Defense Cases

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense Law Firm News on Monday, October 7, 2019

Robert Stahl was honored to instruct at the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute, where he was part of a distinguished panel of attorneys, judges and experts on identifying, preparing and presenting expert witnesses.

Expert witnesses in criminal trials contribute their analysis and conclusions regarding autopsies, DNA evidence, fingerprints, forensic identification, as well as psychologists’ and criminologists’ reports. In addition, complex criminal cases now routinely require experts on a number of technologies, such as computer and cellphone analysis, GPS, cell site location, facial recognition and smart home devices.

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The Trial Penalty: How Federal Judges Can Increase Sentences Using Acquitted Conduct

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Federal Crimes, Criminal Law, Sentencing, Fifth Amendment, Trial, Sixth Amendment, Federal Criminal Trial, Sentencing enhancement on Thursday, October 3, 2019

I previously wrote[1] about the ever-declining number of federal criminal trials due to the trial penalty: the additional months or even years added to a sentence after a conviction at trial, as compared to resolving the case by a plea agreement. This article focuses on another factor contributing to the trial penalty:  punishment based upon acquitted conduct.

Tags: Federal Crimes, Criminal Law, Sentencing, Fifth Amendment, Trial, Sixth Amendment, Federal Criminal Trial, Sentencing enhancement

The Importance of Pretrial Motions

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Criminal Discovery, Criminal Defense Process, Prosecution, Pretrial Motions on Monday, September 16, 2019

Whether you are in federal or state court, well-crafted pretrial motions are essential to a successful defense. Pretrial motions are requests by way of formal motion, which may ask for the court to compel the prosecutor to turn over evidence, to dismiss the indictment or certain counts, to exclude or limit certain evidence, or to prevent the prosecutor from making certain arguments to the jury, among other things. These types of motions may also raise discovery violations; challenge the admission of evidence from searches, electronic surveillance, identifications, and custodial interrogation; and/or challenge the sufficiency of grand jury proceedings.

Tags: Criminal Defense, Criminal Discovery, Criminal Defense Process, Prosecution, Pretrial Motions

Jeffrey Epstein's Suicide Highlights the Failures of Our Prison System

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Prison on Thursday, August 15, 2019

While people may not mourn his death based upon the heinous allegations against him, Epstein’s suicide is a high-profile example of the American prison system’s systematic failure to protect both those accused and convicted of crimes. Jails and federal holding facilities incarcerate those accused of crimes pending trial, and at times, those convicted with shorter sentences. Federal and state prisons house those who have pled or have been convicted of crimes.

Tags: Prison

Robert G. Stahl, Esq. Criminal Defense Lawyer named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense Law Firm News on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers has once again been recognized by US News and World Report as one of New Jersey's best White Collar Criminal Defense Firm in its 2020 edition. Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers is once again included in the 2020 Best Lawyers® in America list. He has been included on the Best Lawyers® in America list for nine years, since the list was published in 2012.

Tags: Criminal Defense Law Firm News

Customs and Border Patrol is Seizing Travelers' Cash

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Money Laundering, Customs and Border Patrol, Bank Secrecy Act, Financial Crimes on Monday, July 8, 2019

At airports throughout the United States, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers are seizing travelers’ cash when coming into and leaving the country for failure to report the cash. Regular international travelers may be familiar with the Customs forms airlines hand out just prior to arrival in the United States. On the form you must declare goods purchased during your international travel, as well as any cash in excess of $10,000. Most people do not realize, however, that you must also declare any cash in excess of $10,000 before you leave the United States, as well.

Tags: Money Laundering, Customs and Border Patrol, Bank Secrecy Act, Financial Crimes

The Importance of Accepting Responsibility at Sentencing

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Federal Crimes, Sentencing on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Whether you are being sentenced in federal or state court, it is critically important to carefully plan what you are going to say to the judge, both in written submissions and orally, before the sentence is imposed. Acceptance of responsibility and true remorse are key factors judges consider when imposing a sentence.

A recent article about a federal sentencing in Florida is a perfect example. A judge in the Southern District of Florida changed her mind and imposed a more severe sentence after listening to the defendant speak. The case involved a low-income housing fraud scheme. The defendant claimed contrition and responsibility, but immediately thereafter stated he did not act with fraudulent intent and never received a single complaint of underpaying a worker. Nearly a full year was added to his sentence as a consequence. His statement, according to the judge, was a far cry from any acceptance of responsibility she had heard in 30 years on the bench. The judge also remarked that she didn’t know who the defendant made the statement for, but suspected it was for members in attendance and their perception of him as a CEO of his construction firm.

Tags: Federal Crimes, Sentencing

Target Letters and Proffer Agreements

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Federal Crimes, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Defense Process, Criminal Law, Federal Investigation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

We receive many calls over the course of the year from potential clients, telling us they received a “target letter” from the U.S. Attorney’s Office or State Attorney General’s Office and that they are considering whether to go to an interview with law enforcement under a “proffer agreement.”  

Tags: Criminal Defense, Federal Crimes, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Defense Process, Criminal Law, Federal Investigation

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