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Department of Justice Prosecutions of COVID-19 PPE Fraud

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Coronavirus on Thursday, June 25, 2020

As discussed in a prior post, the Department of Justice has formed a nationwide task force comprised of AUSAs from each of the 93 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, as well as Main Justice. Together they total more than 100 federal prosecutors, to investigate and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing pandemic. The District of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito spearheads this effort.

Tags: Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Coronavirus

Coronavirus and Related-Fraud Prosecutions are on the Rise

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Coronavirus on Monday, March 30, 2020

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and various state agencies have announced that they will aggressively pursue fraudulent schemes related to COVID-19. On March 16, Attorney General William Barr directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to prioritize the detection, investigation, and prosecution of all criminal conduct related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Each office was directed to appoint a COVID-19 fraud coordinator to serve as the liaison between the local Department of Justice and their state and local counterparts.

Tags: Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Coronavirus

Agreeing to Meet: Target Proffers and Reverse Proffers

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Discovery, Criminal Law, Proffer on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

When a person is a target of a federal or state criminal investigation, they are often contacted − either directly if unrepresented or through counsel if represented − to attend either a proffer or a reverse proffer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, State Attorney General’s Office, or County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Tags: Criminal Defense, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Discovery, Criminal Law, Proffer

Big Brother is Watching and Listening

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in cellphone, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Cell tower, Tracking, Cell Site Location Information on Friday, January 3, 2020

The world is now a much smaller and more surveilled place. Private companies that make our smart phones, home security systems, smart home systems, baby monitors, computers, E-Z Pass, real time traffic apps and many more internet-of-things devices track, record and store information about our personal lives. Law enforcement has access to much of this information, often without the need for a warrant. Furthermore, law enforcement has its own methods to track and record private citizens through wiretaps, license plate readers, surveillance cameras, mobile tracking devices, hidden recorders and many other devices and methods.

Tags: cellphone, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Cell tower, Tracking, Cell Site Location Information

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

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

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

Plea Bargaining in the Federal System

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense, Federal Crimes, Criminal Law, Sentencing, Federal Investigation on Thursday, May 2, 2019

Recent statistics show that about 96% of the criminal cases in federal court are resolved through guilty pleas. The number of cases going to trial has dramatically decreased in the past ten years. Thus, today’s criminal defense attorneys must be adept at negotiating the best possible resolution for their clients that choose to plead guilty.

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

Is the NJ Attorney General's moratorium on marijuana prosecutions a "move toward decriminalization?" Probably not.

By Andrew Olesnycky Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Law, New Jersey, Marijuana, Prosecution, Attorney General on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

When New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a memorandum yesterday ordering local prosecutors to temporarily halt marijuana prosecutions in municipal courts until September, news outlets, including the New York Times, called it a possible "step toward decriminalization." Amol Sinha, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey executive director, praised the move, stating that "[b]y directing prosecutors to pause adjudication of marijuana cases, this letter starts that [decriminalization] process." Marijuana trade magazines were even more effusive. 

Tags: Criminal Law, New Jersey, Marijuana, Prosecution, Attorney General

New Jersey Supreme Court curtails criminal harassment statute in State v. Burkert, limiting a common vehicle for domestic violence charges

By Andrew Olesnycky Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Domestic Violence, 1st Amendment, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, New Jersey, Charges, Harassment, Family Law on Friday, February 2, 2018

New Jersey’s criminal harassment statute has long occupied the space in which the messiest family law disputes cross over into the realm of criminal law. Although there are indeed many legitimate cases of harassment that deserve punishment, in recent years New Jersey appellate courts increasingly had noted that the harassment statute too often criminalized “ordinary domestic contretemps” – i.e. the non-violent verbal sparring that accompanies the disintegration of a marriage or romantic relationship. In the view of the courts (and many frustrated family law and criminal attorneys), New Jersey’s harassment statute was too permissive in allowing an angry spouse or romantic partner to file criminal or civil domestic violence charges after being subjected to hurtful or vile insults, even where there had been no actual violence or threat of harm. 

Tags: Domestic Violence, 1st Amendment, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, New Jersey, Charges, Harassment, Family Law

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