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You're Charged with a Crime, and the Prosecutor Wants to Forfeit Your Car, Cash or Home

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Drug Crimes, Theft on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Police and prosecutors around the country routinely seize and forfeit cars, boats, money, computers, guns and homes that were “used in, or facilitated, the criminal activity charged.” While many cases involve significant crimes and the forfeitures are justified, too often the person is charged with fairly low-level drug sales and their car is seized if it was used to transport the drugs during the sales. The federal and state governments argue that forfeitures are simply part of the cost of the criminal’s conduct and work as a separate fine on the illegal activity. These fines and forfeitures are often used to supplement local and state budgets, including those of the very agencies that seized and forfeited the property.

Tags: Drug Crimes, Theft

How the IRS Uses Artificial Intelligence to Detect Tax Evaders

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Tax Fraud, Money Laundering, Theft on Friday, December 7, 2018

Budget cuts and a significant drop in Special Agents that investigate criminal tax crimes has led the IRS to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to uncover criminal tax activities. In a recent webcast hosted by the American Bar Association, the IRS revealed that research and investigative techniques that used to take weeks or months may now be accomplished in minutes with technology the IRS is rolling out to detect taxpayer noncompliance.

Tags: Tax Fraud, Money Laundering, Theft

Cooperation in the Federal System – Paul Manafort, a Study of What Not to Do

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Sentencing, Sentence, Federal Investigation, President Trump, Cooperating, Federal Criminal Trial, Prosecution, Paul Manafort on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Much has been written about Paul Manafort’s conviction at his first trial, the potential decades long sentence, and his sudden plea and cooperation deal shortly before his second trial was scheduled to begin. This sequence of events alone is unusual as most defendants decide to cooperate in an effort to reduce their potential sentence well-prior to trial. Moreover, most federal prosecutors do not want to cooperate with a defendant who has contested charges, gone to trial and lost. Most unusual, and damaging to Manafort, is his apparent violation or beach of the cooperation agreement by his alleged lies to the government.

Tags: Sentencing, Sentence, Federal Investigation, President Trump, Cooperating, Federal Criminal Trial, Prosecution, Paul Manafort

Robert G. Stahl, Esq. Criminal Defense Lawyer named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America list

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense Law Firm News on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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 2019 edition. Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers is once again included in the 2019 Best Lawyers® in America list. 

Tags: Criminal Defense Law Firm News

What to Do When the SEC and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are Investigating You

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Investigation, Federal Investigation, Prosecution, Subpoena, SEC, Securities Exchange Commission on Thursday, November 1, 2018

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) operates from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and has 11 regional offices. It’s Division of Enforcement investigates cases and recommends to the Commission cases to be brought against individuals and entities. Investigations can begin through whistleblowers, news articles, referrals from other agencies, complaints from the public or data derived from market surveillance.

Tags: Criminal Investigation, Federal Investigation, Prosecution, Subpoena, SEC, Securities Exchange Commission

What Do You Do After Being Served With a Grand Jury Subpoena

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Investigation, Witness, Grand Jury, Federal Investigation, Prosecution, Subpoena on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A federal or state agent or detective knocks on your door at 6 a.m. and serves you with a grand jury subpoena for documents and/or testimony. Do you simply gather the documents requested and send them to the U.S. Attorney’s Office or the County Prosecutor’s Office, or do you retain experienced criminal defense counsel? If the subpoena requires testimony, what rights do you have?

Tags: Criminal Investigation, Witness, Grand Jury, Federal Investigation, Prosecution, Subpoena

Rapidly Expanding Use of Smart Devices to Solve Crimes

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Criminal Investigation, Privacy, Spying, Search and Seizure, Fourth Amendment on Thursday, October 4, 2018

Over the past several months I have written about the increasing use of every day technology that automatically tracks our movements and records our conversations. Cellphones ping off cell towers that give the government access to our daily movements through information stored by carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Alexa and other smart home devices can record our conversations and keep track of our search histories. Smart phone apps and Fitbits that track movement, heart rates and other physical activity can be used to track locations, times and other physical attributes that law enforcement can access to investigate a variety of crimes.

Tags: Criminal Defense, Criminal Investigation, Privacy, Spying, Search and Seizure, Fourth Amendment

Robert G. Stahl Named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense Law Firm News on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New Jersey/New York attorney is the newest member of a prestigious group of accomplished trial lawyers.

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), a preeminent organization of courtroom-proven professionals from across the United States and Canada, has inducted attorney Robert G. Stahl as a Fellow.

Tags: Criminal Defense Law Firm News

Telemedicine - New Frontiers in Medicine and Potential Legal Issues

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Healthcare Fraud on Monday, September 24, 2018

The United States is slowly moving to catch up with medical practices in some European and Asian countries in using technology to avoid an in-person doctor’s appointment. Without having to schedule and wait for an appointment, take time off from work, or leave home, a person can have common aliments diagnosed using their smartphone. Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and technology to provide clinical healthcare at a distance.

Tags: Healthcare Fraud

The President’s Tweets Undermine Our System of Justice

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Tax Fraud, Money Laundering, President Trump, Russia Investigation, Paul Manafort on Thursday, August 23, 2018

With Tuesday’s convictions in the criminal trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, has garnered five guilty pleas and 32 indicted individuals still pending. In addition, yesterday’s guilty plea in the S.D.N.Y., by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and self-styled fixer, admitting to making payments to two women who allegedly had affairs with President Trump in violation of campaign finance laws at the direction of the President along with other charges, demonstrate that our system of justice is working as it should.

Tags: Tax Fraud, Money Laundering, President Trump, Russia Investigation, Paul Manafort

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