Steven Brill Argued that the Court Reverse his Client’s Wire Fraud Conviction and 108-month Sentence
Steven Brill recently argued before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of the
United States v. Steven Rawlins. Mr. Rawlins was convicted in 2015 of wire fraud and sentenced to 108
months. The charges stemmed from allegations that Mr. Rawlins misappropriated
millions of dollars from healthcare companies located in Tennessee. The
U.S Attorney’s Office claimed that from 2009 to 2013, Rawlins used
his role as a consultant and acting CFO to embezzle funds from those companies.
On appeal Mr. Brill argued that Mr. Rawlins’ was deprived his right
to a fair trial as a result of the District Court’s pre-trial rulings
on the government’s evidentiary motions, the Court’s errors
in failing to submit requested jury charges and procedural errors in finding
sentencing adjustments for obstruction of justice and sophisticated means.
At the oral argument, the Judges focused heavily on the argument that the
district judge precluded any testimony of the main government witness’s
extramarital affair. This affair was the beginning of the “inception
of deceit” and culminated into the witness’s motive to undervalue
the company and secretly authorize and permit Mr. Rawlins to take the
funds he took.
Client arrested and charged with Domestic Violence
For the second time in a week, Sullivan & Brill announces a major victory
in our client’s criminal case in Brooklyn Criminal Court. In this
New York criminal case, client was arrested in Brooklyn for: criminal
contempt in the 1st and 2nd degree, endangering the welfare of ta child,
attempted assault in the 3rd degree, menacing in the 3rd degree, and harassment in the 2nd degree. The incident stemmed from a dispute client had with his wife and
teenage son. After Client was arrested, his wife and son were granted
a full Order of Protection, which meant that the client was ordered to
remain away from his own home for the pendency of the case. New York Criminal
Attorneys, Steven Brill and James Healy, filed a Motion to Dismiss all
of the charges arguing that
all of the charges on the criminal complaint were “facially insufficient.”
This meant that the none of the facts alleged by the client’s wife
and son established
prima facie evidence that any crime was committed. As a result of the Judge’s
decision dismissing the entire case, Client is no longer subject to any
criminal charges and the order of protection is no longer valid.
Restoration of License Privileges
Sullivan & Brill, LLP presently represents an officer with the NYPD
who was charged with Driving while Intoxicated (DWI). After their client
was arrested, he refused to take the Breathalyzer Test. Today, Attorney
Steven Brill represented the client at a New York DMV refusal hearing.
Mr. Brill argued that the officer who arrested the client had failed to
state a “reasonable cause” they stopped and pulled over the
client. In other words, there was no evidence that the client engaged
in any criminal behavior prior to the car stop. Without that evidence,
the Administrative Law Judge at DMV was unable to prove that that there
was any “reasonable cause” to stop the client. As a result,
DMV case against the client was closed, and the client’s New York
State driver’s license privileges were restored.
Attorney Brill Successfully Argues for a Time-Served Sentenced in a Federal Criminal Case
Today, Attorney Steven Brill successfully argued for a sentenced of time-served
for a client who was facing a sentencing guideline of 37-46 months. Steven
Brill’s client had been indicted for being a Felon in Possession
of a Firearm. Although the client had a criminal history, his justification
for the possession was that he feared for his life because his family
member had recently been a witness for the prosecution in another case.
In his sentencing submissions, Steven Brill’s argued that his client
was mentally and emotionally abused as a child and struggled to this today
to deal with those deep-rooted issues. In addition, Mr. Brill highlighted
the fact that his client had turned his life around while he was out on
bail during the case. During almost 2 years that the case was pending,
Steven Brill’s client was gainfully employed on a full-time basis
and was rapidly moving up in his company. Steven Brill’s client
also showed the Court that he spent all of his time with his wife, children,
and grand-children, and now understands that living as a productive, hard-working
person is the proper way to live.
The Court imposed a time served sentenced even though it is extremely rare
for a federal judge to deviate that much from a federal sentencing guideline.
Sullivan & Brill, LLP are looking forward to counting this client
as one of their many success stories.
Southern District of New York (SDNY) – Client who pled guilty to Hobbs Act Robbery Receives Sentence Well-Below the Guidelines
The client, represented by Steven Brill, was indicted for being a member
of a Narcotics and Hobbs Act Robbery Conspiracy. He was charged with passing
a tip along to others with the intention of committing a robbery of a
drug dealer who was visiting New York. After almost a year of negotiations,
Steven Brill, worked out a plea agreement with the US Attorney’s
Office that his client plead guilty to the Hobbs Act Robbery conspiracy,
and not the narcotics conspiracy. This saved the client exposure to a
10-year mandatory minimum. However, in its sentencing investigation, the
Department of Probation found that the client was a “Career Offender”
under the Sentencing Guidelines, which exposed the client to a guideline
range of 150-181 months. However, following a sentencing hearing, where
Steven Brill presented various arguments mitigating the client’s
conduct, the Court sentenced the client to 87 months – which was
just about half of what his guideline range advised.
Suffolk County, Long Island, New York – Client charged with felony possession of marijuana and cannabis oil gets charges dismiss
Client retained Sullivan & Brill for representation following an arrest
for felony possession of marijuana. The Suffolk County DA’s Office
reduced the felony to a misdemeanor and Partner Joseph Sullivan negotiated
a deal where the client would not plead guilty to a crime but instead
receive an offer to plead guilty to a non-criminal deal. Client was sentenced
to do community service and will have no criminal record as a result of the deal.
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