VERDICTS & RESOLUTIONS

Learn more about our successful track record at Sullivan & Brill by reading our case results. Our experienced trial attorneys provide undaunted and unwavering representation for those accused of state and federal crimes. Contact us today to discuss your case and learn about your legal options. We are prepared to aggressively defend you in court, so do not hesitate to call!
    • Sullivan & Brill scored a success today, New York Supreme Court Judge granted their motion to terminate a client’s probation

      Sullivan & Brill scored a success today, when a New York Supreme Court Judge granted their motion to terminate a client’s probation early. Sullivan & Brill’s client was originally sentenced to a 10-year term of probation in 2012. The conditions of that probation included attending programs, submitting to drug tests and remaining employed. The client complied with all of the conditions mandated by Probation and eventually reported to Probation on a less frequent basis.

      At the client’s 6th year of his probation, he came to Sullivan & Brill to help him file a motion with the New York County Supreme Court for a Judge to terminate his probation early. As part of the motion, Sullivan & Brill argued that New York law permits Judges to terminate probation early if: (1) the probationer is no longer in need of such guidance, training or other assistance which would otherwise be administered through probation supervision; (2) the probationer has diligently complied with the terms and conditions of the sentence of probation; and (3) the termination of the sentence of probation is not adverse to the protection of the public. The Judge agreed that Sullivan & Brill’s client fit all three prongs.

      Needless to say, the client was ecstatic and now was free of any post-conviction supervision that he had been living with for the past 6 years.

    • Sullivan Brill, LLP successfully convinces SEC to drop investigation against client accused of Insider Trading

      After several months of negotiations and meetings with the SEC in New York, the SEC agreed to terminate their investigation of our client for alleged stock trading on insider information. The insider trading investigation began when client was approached by federal agents for allegedly profiting from a stock sale of a company that had just recently been acquired. The client's trade occurred shortly before the takeover. Sullivan Brill, LLP presented evidence of innocence and ultimately was able to fight-off any further SEC action.

    • 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.

    • Sullivan & Brill's Client who was Charged with Federal Drug Conspiracy in the SDNY was Recently Sentenced

      Sullivan & Brill's client, who was deemed a "career offender" under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines was facing a sentence of 360 months - life. Federal Criminal Lawyer Steven Brill was able to persuade the Federal Judge to sentence their client to a lesser term given the client's age and medical condition. This is another example of the Criminal Lawyers at Sullivan & Brill developing mitigation factors so that a sentence below the Federal Sentencing Guidelines can be rendered.

    • Steven Brill's client, the Upper East Side Dog Walker convicted of stealing from his clients, was sentenced to the minimum sente

      Criminal Defense Attorney, Steven Brill, was able to convince a court that his client, the Upper East Side dog walker convicted of stealing from two of his clients, should be sentenced to the minimum sentence of 3 1/2 years. The client was facing a maximum of 15 years. Even though the client was a dog walker who had permission and authority to enter his clients' apartments, the jury convicted him of burglary. The New York Criminal Appeals Attorneys at Sullivan & Brill intend on filing an appeal with New York's Appellate Division arguing that the burglary conviction should be reversed. To read about it, click this link from NYPost.com. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/dog_walker_collared_in_ues_jewel_TKfQk1dNXqpi9Nzs3t10PP

    • Client, who was represented by Steven Brill, as stand-by counsel, was recently sentenced to 70 months

      On April 13, 2012, a pro se client, represented by Steven Brill as stand by counsel, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his conviction of Securities Fraud, Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud. The client was exposed to a guideline sentence of 121-151 months. This sentence was based, in large part, by the government’s argument that the client caused an intended loss between 7 and 10 million dollars. The client, however, successfully argued that the Court should use a loss amount of approximately 1.5 million – far less than the government requested.

      In addition, the client argued that he was entitled to a departure from a guideline sentence due to his documented diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The U.S. District Judge agreed and reduced his sentence 2 guideline offense levels.

    • Iraqi Vet Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Represented by Sullivan & Brill, is Sentenced to Time Served and Probat

      After close to two years since his accident and arrest for Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Vehicular Manslaughter, Sullivan & Brill's client, an Iraqi Vet, was sentenced to time served and five years of probation. S&B's client was deployed and then re-deployed to Iraq from 2004-2005 – perhaps the bloodiest and most violent era of the Iraqi war. Sullivan & Brill's Client suffered from Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder, which manifested itself in alcohol and drug abuse and, was argued, was the proximate cause of the S&B's client's conduct on the night of the accident. Further supporting that the S&B's client's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder played a major role in the accident, S&B also argued that the actions of S&B's client on the night of the accident, was inconsistent with his behavior and judgment prior to this tours in Iraq.

    • S&B was recently retained to represent a young man for Possession of Ketamine with Intent to Sell

      A man was arrested outside a Manhattan night club for allegedly selling Ketamine. Case is pending in New York County.

    • S&B was Recently Retained a Case Involving Possession of a Loaded Weapon

      A Colorado man was arrested at LaGuardia Airport for possession of a loaded gun, in spite of having presented the weapon, which was kept in a locked box, to authorities prior. Case is pending in Queens County.

    • S&B was retained to represent a young NYC student charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree in Nassau County

      Our new client is a college student who was charged with shoplifting in Bloomingdales in Long Island. The client out on $750.00 bail. The case is pending in District Court in Nassau County.

    • New York DWI Attorneys, Sullivan & Brill, Negotiated a Non-Criminal Plea Bargain for a Young Client Arrested for Driving

      Client was a young, construction worker who was stopped by Port Authority Police as he was pulling into the toll plaza at the Queens Midtown Tunnel. When the police saw ketamine bottles inside our client’s car, our client was arrested and charged with driving while impaired on drugs – an A misdemeanor. After several months of plea negotiations with the Queens District Attorney’s Office, a plea agreement was negotiated where the client would plead to a lesser charge Driving while Impaired (by alcohol) – a traffic infraction, not a crime. The client was sentenced to short-term license suspension (90 days) and a small fine. Most importantly, the client will have no criminal record

    • S & B was recently retained to represent a tourist charged with drug possession

      Southern District of New York: Sullivan and Brill is representing a tourist at the Statue of Liberty who allegedly possessed pain pills that we not legally prescribed. The case is now pending in federal court at the SDNY because the arrest occurred at a national landmark.

    • S & B was recently retained to represent a woman charged with several counts of grand larceny and robbery

      Bronx county : The woman is alleged to be part of a broad group that engages in the so called "pigeon drop" scam. The client is currently being held at Rikers on $150,000 bail.

    • S & B was recently retained to represent a man charged in Identity Theft ring

      Seven people have been charged with allegedly running an identity theft ring that stole over $1 million in products and gift cards. The ring allegedly used stolen information to make fake drivers licenses in order to impersonate customers with credit lines at major retail stores. Three of the men from Long Island are accused of making the false identifications allegedly used in the scam.

    • Sullivan & Brill was recently retained to represent a woman who was extradited from Puerto Rico to New York to face charges

      Our new client worked in a real estate office in Long Island City during the worst real estate recession in our country's history. The complaining witnesses invested with our client's company and now claim their losses are due to fraud instead of bad investment choices. The case is pending the Queens County Supreme Court.

    • Drug Conspiracy/Abuse of Trust

      Client was 20 year veteran NYPD detective who was charged with conspiring to rob drug dealers while on duty. Client was facing a mandatory minimum of 20 years because the government alleged that client’s actions were part of a continuous criminal conspiracy. Client engaged in a cooperation agreement with the government which led to other arrests and prosecutions. After intense negotiations with the government, Sullivan & Brill, LLP was able to convince the government to recommend that the court greatly reduce client’s sentence. Sullivan & Brill, LLP persuaded the court to sentence client well below the jail time he was originally facing.

    • Rape - Bronx County

      The client was charged with engaging in the rape of a stepdaughter. The stepdaughter was 22 years old and had come to live with the client's family from her native country in order to gain legal status in the United States. Client claimed that the sexual relationship was purely consensual and that the only reason that the complaining witness made a rape accusation was that she did not want anyone to think that she was having a consensual sexual relationship with her stepfather. Ultimately, Sullivan & Brill, LLP continued to negotiate with Bronx County and in the end, the Bronx County District AttorneyÕs Office agreed to dismiss all charges.

    • Criminal Usury/Loan sharking - Richmond County

      Client was charged with engaging in loan sharking by lending money to the complaining witness, who was a gambling addict, at a rate above the legal limit. In addition, the client was charged with threatening and intimidating the complaining witness to get him to repay the loan. Sullivan & Brill, LLP conducted its own investigation and found that the client had indeed loaned the complaining witness money but never charged him with an illegal interest rate. Sullivan & Brill, LLP claimed that the complaining witness fabricated the usury-loan sharking story to avoid having to pay his debts. A plea was negotiated where the Richmond County District Attorney's Office reduced the felony counts to a misdemeanor and agreed to offer straight probation with no jail sentence.

    • Attempted Murder/Battered Woman/Self Defense - New York County

      A client, a woman, was charge with the attempted murder of her boyfriend after she was alleged to have stabbed him. As Sullivan & Brill, LLP investigated the case; it became clear that the client had been physically assaulted on previous occasions by the complaining witness. Also, the complaining witness had routinely mentally and emotionally abused the client causing her to live in fear for her safety. It was learned that the complaining witness would stalk the client as well. After a thorough investigation was conducted by Sullivan & Brill, LLP, they were able to uncover a letter that was written by the complaining witness where he wrote that the stabbing incident never occurred. Once Sullivan & Brill, LLP exchanged this letter with the New York County District Attorney, the client's case was completely dismissed and sealed.

    • Attempted Murder - Queens County

      Sullivan & Brill, LLP was retained to represent a young man from Queens who was charged with shooting a bouncer at a night club in Jamaica, Queens. The NYPD could not locate the weapon used so no gun was ever found and brought into court as an exhibit. In addition, Sullivan & Brill, LLP made a legal motion to the court for "sequential" line ups - which is a line up where the complaining witness views a potential suspect one at a time and not all together in a row. As a result some eyewitnesses were unsure that Sullivan & Brill's client was the shooter. This unreliable identification evidence coupled with the lack of evidence allowed Sullivan & Brill, LLP to negotiate a plea agreement where the client received probation and no jail sentence. In fact, because of this age (he was under 19 when the crime occurred), he was left with no criminal record and his immigration status of a legal resident was left intact.

    • Endangering the Welfare of Children - New York County

      In another highly publicized case, Sullivan & Brill, LLP represented a 65-year-old foster mother who took care of 7 children inside her apartment in the Manhattan. Her son was charged with possessing 2 full grown tigers, a crocodile and other undomesticated animals inside his mother's apartment. The client was charged with endangering the welfare of her foster children for keeping her children in the same apartment that her son kept the wild animals. After extensive negotiations with the Manhattan DA's office, Sullivan & Brill was able to persuade them to dismiss all charges against her. Please read the following link highlighting the media coverage of the case.

      Case Review

    • Drug Conspiracy/Money Laundering - Southern District of New York

      In another typical case, the client was a charged with picking up proceeds of drug transactions and arranging for the proceeds to be wired back to Columbia in low amounts to avoid detection. She was indicted for laundering more than $400,000 and taking part in the conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine. Facing at least ten years in prison, the client was able to plead guilty solely to a money laundering count involving only $90,000 and was sentenced to 32 years.

    • Kidnapping - Queens County

      In this highly publicized and tragic case, the Client adopted a baby boy in 1980 when the baby was three days old. Several months later, the boy's biological father sought custody of the child claiming that he never consented to the adoption. When the child was 15 months old, the client, along with her husband, maintained custody of the baby, against a court order, and traveled to New Mexico where they lived and raised the baby until he was 22 years old. Facing indictment in New York for taking the baby and exposed to 25 years in prison, Sullivan & Brill represented the adoptive mother and negotiated a plea bargain where she was sentenced to six months prison and five years probation. With a credit for a good time and her eligibility for early release, the client was released in 45 days. Please read the following links highlighting the media coverage of this case.

      Media Reports

      Our Client Pleads Innocent

    • Drinking and Driving (DWI) - Suffolk County (Riverhead)

      The client was arrested for driving while intoxicated and then two weeks later was re-arrested for the same charge. The breathalyzer reading on his second arrest was .23% - which was on the higher end of the statistical scale. The client was also charged with the felony of driving with a license that was suspended from the first arrest. Sullivan & Brill worked hand in hand with the client to help him receive in and out-patient alcohol abuse treatment. As a result of his successful progress within the treatment facilities, the New York DWI attorneys at Sullivan & Brill worked out disposition where the client plead guilty to only one misdemeanor while the other arrest was dismissed.

    • International Khat Importation and Distribution Conspiracy - Southern District Court of New York

      The client, a Somali, was charged in an international Khat importation and distribution conspiracy. After a 5 week trial, which includes 1 week of jury deliberations, in the Southern District of New York before the Honorable Denise Cote, the client was found NOT GUILTY on all charges. The case stemmed from the federal government's indictment of over 40 African men, who were alleged to play various roles in a conspiracy to import and distribute the plant Khat into the United States. The massive takedown was known as "Operation Somali Express," in which the government alleged to have seized over 25 tons of Khat at a value of over 25 million dollars. Some of the defendants, including Sullivan & Brill's client, were also charged with laundering the proceeds to various countries throughout the world. Please read the following link highlighting the media coverage of this case.

      Case Review

    • International Drug Conspiracy - Federal District Court/District of Columbia

      The client was a Nepalese national and a major political figure who was arrested in JFK Airport for an open indictment in Washington, DC. The indictment charged him with engaging in an international drug conspiracy while in Nepal. After months of negotiations with the Justice Department and federal agents in DC, after extensive meetings, Sullivan & Brill convinced the Justice Department that they had arrested the wrong man. The charges were dismissed and he was released from custody. Following the case, with the assistance of an immigration attorney, Sullivan & Brill successfully argued that client was eligible for citizenship in the United States pursuant to the rules of Political Asylum. The client is now safe and free of all criminal charges here in the United States.

    • Sullivan & Brill's Client who was Charged with Federal Drug Conspiracy in the SDNY was Recently Sentenced

      Sullivan & Brill's client, who was deemed a "career offender" under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines was facing a sentence of 360 months - life. Federal Criminal Lawyer Steven Brill was able to persuade the Federal Judge to sentence their client to a lesser term given the client's age and medical condition. This is another example of the Criminal Lawyers at Sullivan & Brill developing mitigation factors so that a sentence below the Federal Sentencing Guidelines can be rendered.

    • Sullivan Brill, LLP successfully negotiates a PTD (Pre-Trial Diversion) agreement for Client Originally Charged with Crime

      Client was originally charged with Criminal Conspiracy to Produce False Identification Documents by the US Attorney's Office in the District of New Jersey. Client faced several months incarceration as well as potential immigration consequences. After over 2 years of negotiations with the US Attorney's Office, the federal prosecutor on the case agreed to offer our client PTD - also known as Pre-Trial Diversion. Essentially, PTD is a dismissal of the indictment in a certain period of time and is contingent on certainn conditions. As long as those conditions are met, once the specific time period expires, the indictment is dismissed. PTD in any federal district is extremely rare so the Federal Criminal Attorneys at Sullivan Brill, LLP are thrilled to have secured this deal for our client. Needless to say, the client is extremely thrilled as well.

    • Steven Brill Successfully Argued that Client Charged with Running over a 1 Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme be Sentenced to Less Time

      The client, who was charged with being a part of running a real estate office in Queens County was sentenced to less time than she was could have gotten under the sentencing guidelines. Steven Brill was able to argue that her criminal conduct was inconsistent with her otherwise law-abiding life. He was further able to argue that the client should get credit for time spent in custody in Puerto Rico where she was originally arrested by the New York authorities.

    • A Federal Investigation finds that 5 Jailed in 1995 Killing of New York City Cab Driver are Innocent

      Here is another example of innocent people getting convicted of serious crimes and serving extended prison terms before the truth is discovered. These incidents demonstrate the vital importance of "proof beyond a reasonable doubt". Yes, some guilty people will go free, but these words may be all that stands between an innocent person going home to his family and having his life destroyed by an improper, unjust conviction. In defending this principle in every individual case, the criminal defense lawyer protects the liberty of us all. Wouldn't you agree that the acquittal of some is a price worth paying to prevent the unjust conviction of many?

    • Sullivan & Brill Retained to Represent Client Arrested and Charged with Possession with Intent to Sell Cocaine in Queens County

      Sullivan & Brill has just been hired to represent an individual from Queens County who was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Sell Drugs. In this case, he was accused of possessing and selling cocaine. The arrest occurred in Queens County. The client has entered a not guilty plea and is to appear in court in September.

    • Sullivan & Brill's Client Charged with RICO Conspiracy in Newburgh Latin Kings Indictment Found Not Guilty of ALL Conspiracy Cha

      In a major trial victory, Sullivan & Brill partner, Steven Brill, successfully defended a purported Latin King associate in a RICO Conspiracy indictment involving the Newburgh Latin Kings. After a 5 week trial, jurors found Mr. Brill's client not guilty of the RICO conspiracy, the Narcotics Conspiracy, as well as the Weapon Conspiracy. In the end, the client, a 28-year-old relative of some of the top crowns of the Latin Kings, was found guilty of one count of Drug Distribution - a non-conspiracy, substantive count. The client, who was facing a potential mandatory minimum of 20 years is now exposed to a significantly lower jail sentence.

    • Sullivan & Brill Retained to Represent Woman Charged with the Federal Crimes of Money Laundering and Conspiracy

      Following an indictment that was handed down in the District of New Jersey in Newark, Sullivan & Brill's client charged with money laundering and production of false identification. Steven Brill recently appeared at client's bail hearing and successfully argued that client should be released on a bail package agreeable to the Court. The indictment includes several other defendants - from a variety of States - charged with similar crimes. The case is now scheduled for a trial in January 2013.

    • Sullivan & Brill attorney,Steven Brill, was Interviewed for Article in Lawyers.com. on the Stop and Frisk Policy in New York Cit

      http://blogs.lawyers.com/2012/05/visiting-nyc-prepare-to-be-frisked/

    • Domestic Violence - Queens County

      The client was charged with Assault in the 3rd Degree and violating an Order of Protection when he allegedly broke into his wife=s apartment and began to argue and fight with his wife. The entire event was recorded by the NYPD when 911 was called and the phone was left off the hook. At trial, the 911 tape was played for the jury and the complaining witness testified about what the client did to her. On the advice of Sullivan & Brill, the client waived his 5th amendment right and testified before the jury. He was acquitted of all charges.

    • Child Manslaughter - Staten Island

      A Staten Island couple was charged with second-degree manslaughter following the starvation death of their infant son. A plea negotiated by Steven Brill, the firm's leading criminal defense attorney at Sullivan & Brill, LLP dramatically reduced their jail time.

    • S&B was recently retained to represent a man charged with Marijuana Possession with Intent to Sell

      A Queens man is charged with drug crimes after allegedly attempting to sell several pounds of marijuana as well as bottles of prescription pain and anxiety medication. The case is pending.

    • S&B negotiates a favorable plea deal for a married couple in Manslaughter case

      A Staten Island couple was charged with second-degree manslaughter following the starvation death of their infant son. A plea negotiated by Sullivan & Brill, LLP dramatically reduced their jail time.

    • S&B Client Facing Life in Federal Prison, Found Not Guilty on All Counts by a Federal Jury

      In another astounding victory, New York criminal defense lawyer, Steven Brill, obtained an acquittal of all charges for a client that was charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Hobbs Act Robbery, Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute over 5 kilograms of Cocaine, Intention to Possess and Distribute over 5 Kilograms of Cocaine, and Possession of Firearm in furtherance of a Felony in Brooklyn Federal District Court in the Eastern District of New York.

      The client was facing a life sentence if convicted, given his history of 19 similar offenses. The case involved a sting operation in which the United States Government, working with New York Police Department Task Forces, used an informant to conspire with Sullivan & Brill's client and 3 other individuals to rob a drug dealer of cocaine. Prosecutors presented evidence that the defendants possessed 2 weapons, a map, tie wraps, a stocking hat, and gloves. However, despite some overwhelming evidence, including audio tapes and videotapes of the defendants planning the robbery, we were able to cross-examine the government’s witnesses and exposed major weaknesses in their case.

      The jury returned a not guilty verdict on all counts in less than 3 hours. There was pandemonium in the courtroom as the defendant's and their families were overwhelmed with emotion and the government's attorneys scurried in disbelief.

    • Facing 10 Years in Jail, Federal Judge Sentences S&B Client to 3 months in Halfway House

      Sullivan & Brill, LLP congratulates criminal defense attorney , Steven Brill, on an exceptional result for a 54-year-old customs broker in Long Island, who was charged with Conspiracy to Import/Smuggle Goods into the US. According to the government's 28 count indictment in Brooklyn's Federal District Court, Eastern District of New York, the client was involved in smuggling over 700 million dollars of counterfeit goods into the United States. These goods were mainly imported from China, through New York, and sold across the country, including Chinatown in New York City.

      Based upon the value of the “loss” calculations under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the client faced over 10 years in jail. The firm engaged in over 2 years of investigation and plea negotiations with the government that resulted in a plea bargain in which the Sentencing Guideline's called for a sentence of 33 months in jail. However, at the sentencing hearing, Steven Brill creatively argued that the Court should depart from the sentencing guidelines based on the nature of the crime and the client's long-lasting good behavior and good character. We are proud to say that the Judge granted his request to significantly depart from the guidelines' range and sentenced him to 3 months in a halfway house and 3 months of home detention.

    • Reckless Endangerment/Gun Possession - Kings County

      The client, a New York City Corrections Officer, was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the first degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree for allegedly firing three shots at another correction officer. Following the client's testimony and a detailed re-enactment of the shooting in front of the jury, the client was acquitted of all charges. He was also reinstated with full benefits and back pay to his post as a corrections officer.

    • Young Jamaican Man Hired Sullivan & Brill to Fight Charges of Attempted Grand Larceny

      A 21 told Jamaican Man was arrested for attempting to cash a check that turned out to be fraudulent. A client was arrested at the bank immediately after he attempted to conduct the transaction. At his arraignment, Steven Brill argued for his release and the Court granted his request. The client is due back in Brooklyn in April to fight the charges.

    • Sullivan & Brill was Recently Hired to Represent 35 year-old Jamaican Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Brooklyn

      Our new client was arrested for attempted murder outside of a nightclub in Brooklyn on Ditmas Avenue. The client was arraigned and although the District Attorney requested bail in the amount of $250,000, Steven Brill was able to persuade the Judge to set bail at $10,000 cash. Client posted bail was told to return to court in April. Sullivan & Brill are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting and preparing a defense.

    • Client Hires Sullivan & Brill to Represent Him on Aggravated Driving With a Suspended License Arrest

      Recently, a client retained New York Criminal Defense Attorney, Steven Brill, to represent him after he was arrested for aggravated driving with a suspended license. The client was released on $750 bail and told to return to court on a future date. Sullivan & Brill will work closely with the client and DMV in Albany to clear up the suspensions and facilitate the issuing of a valid New York State Driver's License.

    • Federal Criminal Attorney, Steven Brill, Successfully Argued To Federal District Judge of the Eastern DIstrict of New York

      The client was U.S. Citizen from Nigeria who was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for Conspiracy to Import and Distribute approximately 500 grams of Heroin. The DEA conducted surveillance and wiretaps in order to make the arrest. Federal Criminal Attorney, Steven Brill, from Sullivan & Brill, argued to the Justice from Federal District Court of the Eastern District of New York, that given client’s lack of criminal history and other familial mitigation factors, a sentence of time-served was warranted. The Judge agreed and the client was released on the same day he was sentenced.

    • New York DWI Attorney, Steven Brill, Negotiated a Non-Criminal Plea Bargain for Young Client who was Arrested

      Client was a young, construction worker who was stopped by Port Authority Police as he was pulling into the toll plaza at the Queens Midtown Tunnel. When the police saw Ketamine bottles inside our client’s car, our client was arrested and charged with driving while impaired on drugs – an A misdemeanor. After several months of plea negotiations with the Queens District Attorney’s Office, a plea agreement was negotiated where the client would plead to a lesser charge Driving while Impaired (by alcohol) – a traffic infraction, not a crime. The client was sentenced to short-term license suspension (90 days) and a small fine. Most importantly, the client will have no criminal record.

    • New Client Retained Steven Brill to Represent Him in Connection with a Subpoena Served by the SEC

      Our new client retained our services to represent him in connection with a subpoena he received from the SEC. The subpoena commands that he produce certain documents and well as personally appear at the SEC offices in Miami. The Federal Criminal Defense lawyers at Sullivan & Brill continue to advise the client on the proper documents to produce and will accompany the client at every stage during his live testimony.

    • New Client Retained New York Criminal Attorney Steven Brill to Represent College Student Charged with Misdemeanor Assault

      The client, a 3rd Year college student, was arrested and charged with Assault in the 3rd Degree when a fight ensued late night outside of a college dormitory. Client charged with striking another student and causing a broken nose, but the client has no marks or blood on him. In addition, there were reports that alleged victim was harassing another female-student and that Sullivan & Brill’s client was there to protect her.

    • Queens County – Client charged with Domestic Violence against his wife following a verbal dispute

      Steven Brill defended a Queens man who was charged with assaulting his wife by allegedly throwing a phone at her during a heated, verbal dispute. The client was originally charged with a misdemeanor but the case was resolved with a non-criminal deal, no incarceration, no probation, and no admission of guilt.

    • Bronx County – Sullivan & Brill retained to represent Bronx man at sentencing who was indicted and convicted for Rape

      Client was convicted of Rape in the First Degree after a recent trial in Bronx County before the Honorable Dominic Massaro. Steven Brill was retained to represent the client for the purposes of filing a post-conviction motion and preparation of a sentencing memorandum. Although the client was facing a maximum of 25 years, Steven Brill successfully argued for a close to the minimum sentence of 5-10 years.

    • New York County – Client was charged with making Assault and criminal mischief after a physical altercation with her husband

      Despite the serious charges against this woman client who resided in Manhattan, Steven Brill and the criminal attorneys of Sullivan & Brill conducted an investigation uncovering the fact that client was initially attacked and threatened by her husband and was acting in self-defense. The case was dismissed.

    • New York County – Sullivan & Brill’s Client who was on 10 year probation is granted Early Termination of Probation

      The client was initially convicted of Rape in the Third Degree in 2007 and received a sentence of 3 months incarceration and a 10-year term of probation. The client came to Sullivan & Brill to help him seek early termination of that probation term. After a thorough investigation was conducted, Steven Brill and James Healy convinced both the Department of Probation and the New York County Supreme Court Judge to terminate the client’s probation term and discharge him early.

    • Suffolk County, New York – Charges dismissed against client, a father of 3 children, charged with reckless endangerment

      The client was charged with recklessly engaging in the act discharging a crossbow causing the bow to damage a neighbor’s property. After negotiations between Attorney Joseph Sullivan and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, an amicable resolution was worked out and the client’s charges were dismissed.

    • Richmond County, Staten Island, New York – Client, a 16 year old high school student charged with a felony robbery gets charges

      Steven Brill was hired to represent a young man from Staten Island who, along with another young man, was alleged to have robbed a group of boys at the Staten Island Mall. After interviewing witnesses, it turned out that the client was merely present at the scene of the robbery but did nothing to actively take part. After this defense was presented to the Staten Island DA, the felony charges against the client were reduced to a disorderly conduct and client was given a time served sentence.

    • Kings County – Client originally convicted of a drug sale in 1994 retains Sullivan & Brill to assist her in receiving a Certific

      Client is registered nurse in Connecticut. In 1994, she was convicted of a drug sale in Brooklyn. She pled guilty to the charge and received a sentence of 5 years probation. She came to Sullivan & Brill to represent her in applying for a Certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities. Specifically, she wanted the Certificate to permit her to handle controlled substances in the course of her employment as a nurse. James Healy and Steven Brill were successful and the client received the Certificate from Judge Tomei in Kings County.

    • Suffolk County, Long Island, New York – Client charged with felony possession of marijuana and cannabis oil gets charges dismiss

      The 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. The client was sentenced to do community service and will have no criminal record as a result of the deal.

    • Kings County - Case against S&B client for sexual abuse of a minor is dismissed

      Steven Brill represented the client charged with sexual abuse of his stepdaughter. Following months of investigation about the likelihood that the charges were fabricated and negotiation with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, the client’s charges were dismissed.

    • Southern District of New York (SDNY) – Client charged with Extortion and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

      Steven Brill represented the client before Judge Kevin Castel on a criminal indictment for extortion and other related charges. The case involved several hours of body wire recordings. Steven was able to negotiate a plea agreement to a lesser charge and argue for a probation sentence instead of incarceration.

    • Attorney Brill Successfully Argues for a Time-Served Sentenced in a Federal Criminal Case

      Today, Attorney Steven Brill successfully argued for a sentence 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 grandchildren, 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.

    • Refusal Hearing

      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 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.

    • 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 3 rd degree, menacing in the 3 rd degree, and harassment in the 2 nd 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.

    • 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.

    • S&B was Recently Retained to Represent a Man Accused of Statutory Rape

      Our new client is a 27-year-old who was accused of engaging in sexual activity with several girls ranging from 14-17 years-old. The client is out on bail and the case is pending in Queens County.