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A Miami Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm

For over 20 years, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A. have successfully defended hundreds of federal cases in courtrooms throughout the United States. Our founding attorney is rated AV Preeminent ® by Martindale-Hubbell ® and has a Superb Rating on Avvo. His experience in federal criminal law makes us extremely well equipped to defend you against whatever type of federal offense you may be facing. If you are interested in learning whether the federal criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A. has obtained results in past cases that were similar to yours, feel free to read our case results below.

U.S. v. L.I, Case No. 14-20554-UNGARO (Federal firearms trial)

The client was arrested with his 3 friends in a stolen car. Video evidence showed the client hand a bag to his friend which, when searched, revealed two semi-automatic guns; one with an extended magazine. Because the client had multiple prior felony gun and drug convictions, (as well as an outstanding warrant) he was charged in federal court with a federal firearms violation. He faced a 10 year sentence if convicted. Prior to, and during, trial we were able to exclude evidence of his prior felony convictions including aggravated robbery, carrying a concealed firearm, drug possession and possession with the intent to distribute narcotics. We were also able to exclude DNA evidence and a transcript of statements our client made after his arrest. Though the efforts of our whole team, we were also able to present a credible defense supported by the government’s own evidence defense that our client never possessed the guns as charged. The jury agreed.

NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

U.S. v J.S, Case No. 14-20146-CR-LENARD (Federal conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and federal firearm possession)

The client was arrested on cocaine smuggling charges at Miami International Airport. Thereafter, the several DEA and HSI agents searched his apartment and not only found more drugs, but also dozens of high powered assault weapons. From the start, our firm aggressively defended the client and was successful in ensuring that he would not be charged with offenses involving the guns or the additional drugs. Ultimately, a favorable plea agreement was negotiable that called for a guideline sentence of 30 months. However, at sentencing, we argued that the client should receive an even lower sentence based on several factors pertaining to the case an prepared an argument before the Honorable United States District Court Judge Joan Lenard, requesting for a variance that was granted. Ultimately, the client was sentenced to twenty four months imprisonment and was permitted to remain released on bond. Upon his resentencing, his sentence was reduced to three months, time served, and probation.

SENTENCE REDUCED

U.S. v P.C, Case No.07-60172-CR-LENARD (federal appeal, criminal sentence reduction, and fee recovery)

The client was originally charged in 2007 with cocaine distribution conspiracy, and money laundering charges in federal court in Miami. Without spending the time finding a qualified federal defense lawyer to help him, his family hired two “attorneys” who promised him the world. In fact, unknown to the client, neither “attorney” was licensed to practice in federal court. Not only did they lie about this, they advised the client to plead guilty and receive a 15 year prison sentence. They then abandoned him-but not before taking everything he had to the tune of $275,000. As soon as our office was retained, the first thing we did was obtain a 50% reduction in the client's sentence. We then obtained a refund of all legal fees as a result of their illegal and unethical conduct. Even after winning this our former lawyers appealed the decision to the 11 th Circuit Court of appeals. We pursued the case on appeal and after oral arguments won again having the courts judgment affirmed.

REDUCED SENTENCE

U.S. v. S.J, Case No. 14-60026-CR-ROSENBAUM (Conspiracy to commit marriage and immigration fraud)

The client and others were charged with fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents and several counts of conspiracy to commit immigration and marriage fraud. The government alleged our client orchestrated a marriage to a woman to obtain American citizenship. If convicted, he was facing 10 years imprisonment and deportation. From the start, he advised our firm that he wanted to proceed to trial. We began preparing by filing pre trial, based on our pretrial motions and our announcement that we were ready to proceed to trial, the government decided to dismiss all charges against our client.

U.S. v. A.R, Case No. 11-CR-00282-MERRYDAY (Federal cocaine conspiracy and possession)

The client was charged in federal Court in Tampa, Florida with a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The Defendant's son-in-law and friend were also charged and were facing twenty years in federal prison if convicted. The client was also looking at deportation if he was convicted even though he had lived in the United States as a resident for over 30 years. Prior to trial, all of the other defendants agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with the government. The client asserted his innocence and proceeded to trial. At trial, we were able to convince the Jury that our client lacked the knowledge legally required for conviction. The jury agreed and our client was found not guilty of the possession charge. However, because the jury could not reach a verdict on the conspiracy, a mistrial was declared on that count. Prior to a retrial, however we filed a motion to dismiss on double jeopardy and collateral estoppel grounds. Before the retrial could start however, the government agreed to dismiss the conspiracy count in exchange for our client admitting to one count of misprision of a felony. Our client received a sentence of time-served; he was immediately released from custody, and he was not deported.

NOT GUILTY

U.S. v. A.K, Case No. 12-60027-CR-COHN (Federal cocaine conspiracy, firearms and robbery trial)

The client, his brother, and two of their friends were charged in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 15 kilos of cocaine, with the intent to distribute 15 kilos of cocaine, using a firearm in connection with a drug offense, and Hobbs Act robbery. All of these changes were the result of an ATF sting operation. If convicted, the client’s defendants and co-defendants were facing life imprisonment. Our client, his brother, and one friend proceeded to trial, while the remaining defendant pleaded guilty. Through cross examination of the ATF special agent and the confidential informant, we were able to show how our client was manipulated and that the tactics used by law enforcement during the investigation were improper amounting to entrapment. Our client was acquitted on all counts.

NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

U.S. v. M.L, Case No. 08-10078-CR-MARTINEZ (Federal marijuana importation, possession and distribution trial)

The client was charged in federal court in Miami, Florida with three counts of conspiracy to possess 1,000 kilos or more of marijuana with the intent to distribute. If convicted, our client was facing ten years imprisonment. The case proceeded to trial in Key West, Florida. However, after a two week trial the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial was declared. Subsequently, our client was retried on the same charges and was found not guilty of all counts.

NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

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Judge calls mistrial

Judge orders life sentence for Florida Keys drug smuggler

Drug Smuggler Says He Was Working for State Department

Judge Orders Life Sentence for Florida Keys Drug Smuggler — Who Worked for the U.S. State Department?

Judge Orders Life Sentence for Florida Keys Drug Smuggle, Who Worked for the U.S. State Department?

Witness alleges death threat in pot case

U.S. v. C.W, Case No.09-20772-CR-UNGARO (Federal rights violation trial)

The client, a law enforcement corrections officer with the Florida Department of Corrections was charged with a conspiracy to deprive state prisoners of their civil rights. Essentially, if convicted, he was facing ten years in federal prison. The matter proceeded to trial and our client was found not guilty of all counts.

NOT GUILY ON ALL COUNTS

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Jury acquits two prison guards

Corrections Officers and Former Inmate Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges

Feds Bust Dade Correctional Institute Guards on Civil Rights Violations

Corrections Officers and Former Inmate Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges

Corrections Officers and Former Inmate Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges

A prison sergeant and two former officers used an inmate known as `Monster' to beat up troublesome inmates at Dade Correctional Institution

Guards used state inmate to beat up other prisoners

U.S. v. J.L, Case No. 04-60006-30-COHN (Federal racketeering conspiracy with robbery and murder predicates)

The client, an organized crime associate from New Jersey, was first charged in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and several other offenses. Our client pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 151 months. Following his sentencing, our client retained our firm to assist him in obtaining a sentence reduction pursuant to Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida was not interested in our client's cooperation. As a result, and after evaluating our client's information, we decided to offer his cooperation to the organized crime task force in the Southern District of New York. As part of his cooperation, our client confessed to his participation in a contract killing of an organized crime figure that had been ordered by a Capo of the Genovese crime family. Our client also agreed to waive the RICO statute of limitations applicable to his conduct, pleaded guilty, and his sentencing was deferred. In the interim, the government agreed to file a motion to reduce our client's sentence in his Florida case pursuant to Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Our client's sentence was reduced by approximately 65% to what amounted to time-served. Our client was then sentenced in his New York case. Although the low-end of our client's guideline range was determined to be 324 months, as a result of our efforts, he was sentenced to 37 months; a sentence that also amounted to time-served. Our client walked out of the courtroom.

SENTENCED REDUCED

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Genovese Capo Anthony Palumbo Gets 10 Years

Genovese Capo Palumbo pleads guilty

Genovese Family Captain Found Guilty on Murder, Racketeering, Robbery, Extortion, Firearms, and Other Charges: FBI press release

U.S. v. Anonymous, Case No. 13-M-643 (Federal conspiracy to possess and distribute Molly)

Our client was originally arrested receiving two shipments of approximately 10 kilograms each of Methylone (Molly) in the Southern District of Florida. Our client was also, at the same time, the target of a separate federal investigation involving similarly sized shipments of Molly into JFK Airport in the Eastern District of New York. Our client was facing a minimum of twenty years imprisonment. We first negotiated a waiver of our client's initial appearance in Miami to allow him to remain in a hotel with government agents and begin his cooperation. We then negotiated agreements with the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of Florida that called for the transfer of the New York case to the Southern District of Florida for consolidation for sentencing purposes. We then began collecting case law from around the country and locally with respect to the appropriate guideline calculations to use for sentencing purposes. As part of this, our firm helped with the effort in this district to ensure uniform treatment of all Molly cases for sentencing using the lower calculation of 250:1 rather than 500:1. Our client was initially sentenced to a total of 55 months. Therefore, he remained on bond, until his sentencing. Rule 35 of the federal rules of the criminal procedure to 29 months imprisonment with a recommendation for the drug program.

REDUCED SENTENCE

U.S. v. M.K, Case No. 13-20578-CR-WILLIAMS (Federal possession of child pornography)

The client was charged in federal court in Miami, Florida with possession of child pornography and was facing twenty years imprisonment. In order to avoid the likely addition to either the other charges under a superseding indictment that raise change the mandatory minimum of five years. We then began preparing for sentencing by interviewing neighbors, having the client undergo psychological testing and therapy, and preparing a presentation concerning his wife's illness and chemotherapy treatments. We further canvassed local and national sentencing trends with respect to child pornography offenses. Although the client's low end guideline sentence established by the Presentence Investigation Report was 97 months, at sentencing, the government conceded the inapplicability of one 2-level enhancement and we argued for a variance regarding the remaining enhancements. The Court agreed and sentenced our client to 36 months over the government objection.

SENTENCE REDUCTION

U.S. v. C.B. (Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine as a career offender)

The client was charged in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Our client pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with law enforcement. The government agreed not to file an enhancement pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 851 that would double the Client's minimum mandatory sentence. At sentencing, our client who had significant criminal history scored a low end guideline sentence of 262 months. We presented argument in mitigation and called several witnesses on his behalf. The Court granted a 60-month downward variance and our client's Rule 35 reduction is likely.

SENTENCE REDUCTION

U.S. v. B.V, Case No. 13-2054-CR-MORENO (Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute misbranded pharmaceuticals)

The client was charged in federal court in Miami, Florida with several counts of interstate theft and rebranding of pharmaceuticals and was facing a maximum of ten years imprisonment. We first attempted to convince the United States Attorney's Office to authorize pretrial diversion for the defendant. The diversion request was based on our review of the evidence, recognition that at least half of the criminal conduct charged in the Indictment was verifiably untrue and the Defendant's background and character (our client was a decorated Iraq war veteran). Ultimately, the government agreed to allow our client to plead to a lesser included misdemeanor offense of one of the counts of the Indictment with the remaining counts of the Indictment being dismissed. At sentencing, our client was sentenced to one day credit time served.

U.S. v. A.L, Case No. 11-MJ-02935 (Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine)

Our client was arrested in the Southern District of Florida on an Indictment in the Eastern District of New York charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Our client was facing a maximum of twenty years imprisonment. We obtained our client's release on bond and the agreement of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York to allow our client to cooperate with DEA Agents in the Southern District of Florida. Our client entered into a plea agreement in the Eastern District of New York, plead guilty, and sentencing was deferred until his cooperation was complete. At sentencing, our client faced a ten year minimum mandatory sentence. However, because of our client's cooperation and our arguments regarding his background and the drug guidelines in general, the court granted both a downward departure and variance and sentenced our client to time served (five days) followed by five years of supervised release.

U.S. v. L.O, Case No.11-CR-20259-GRAHAM (Possession of false U.S. visas)

Our client was charged as a result of participating in a scheme to obtain and use false US visas by aliens seeking to obtain Florida drivers licenses. Our client was facing a maximum sentence of ten years. We negotiated a plea agreement for our client that called for him to plead guilty to an offense that would not be considered an aggravated felony for deportation purposes. Our client was sentenced to one year probation. Our client, a single father of three, and resident alien with full time employment, was ultimately allowed to stay in the United States. He is now a citizen.

U.S. v. J.W. (Aggravated identity theft)

Our client was charged with aggravated identity theft as a result of participating in a scheme to steal credit card information from patrons at South Florida restaurants. At the time, our client was a full-time student with near perfect grades at Florida Atlantic University. She became involved in the scheme while working as a waitress trying to put herself through college. Our client had also begun to apply to medical schools. I first negotiated a cooperation agreement with the United States while attempting to convince the United States Attorney's Office to permit her to participate in pretrial diversion. Ultimately, the United States Attorney's Office disagreed so our client pled guilty to one count of the Indictment. The Client was facing a maximum of fifteen years imprisonment. At sentencing, because of the arguments made by our firm about our client's cooperation and her background, the court sentenced her to home confinement and supervised release.

U.S. v. N.H, Case No.12-60273-CR-COHN (Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine)

Our client was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. We first obtained the government's agreement not to file an enhancement pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 851 that would double the Client's minimum mandatory sentence. We then negotiated a cooperation agreement of the United States and our client pled guilty to one count of the Indictment. At sentencing, because of our client's cooperation, the court reduced her sentence by 40% as well as an additional 24-month downward variance due to various other sentencing factors.

U.S. v. Y.A.

Our client was charged with bulk currency smuggling and failure to declare currency as a result of his attempt to smuggle over $80,000.00 into the United States. He was facing a maximum of five years imprisonment. We negotiated a resolution that included the government's dismissal of the bulk currency smuggling offense and the return of the majority of the seized funds. At sentencing, we were able to obtain a further downward variance in our client's sentence.

U.S. v. A.P.

The client was originally convicted of mortgage fraud and sentenced to 97 months. He hired our firm to assist him in obtaining a sentence reduction. Ultimately, the government agreed and filed a Rule 35 motion asking for a reduction, but only recommending a reduction of 30% of his sentence. We requested a hearing before the Honorable United States District Judge King, and the hearing, asked the judge for a 60% reduction based on the client’s cooperation. Based on our arguments, not only did the judge reduce his sentence by 60% (which was time-served), but removed our client’s four million dollar restitution obligation.

United States v. Michael Peter., Case No.: 9024-CWY

Southern District of Florida

Mr.Peter was charged with extortion and racketeering.

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Michael J Peter

UNITED States of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Michael J. PETER, Defendant-Appellant.

Russian Steps In To Buy Nude Dance Clubs

Robert Sabes has long history in Minneapolis

Mob Is Making South Florida Its Winter Home

Bail Is Set For Kingpin of Nude Clubs

Racketeering Trial of Gotti Friend Begins

United States v. Salvador Magluta., Case No.:99-583-CR

Southern District of Florida

Mr.Magluta was charged with counts for conspiracy to sell, distribute, import/export, dispense cocaine.

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Salvador Magluta news

Falcon and Magluta

Continuing Criminal Enterprise

Drug Kingpin Sentenced To Life

Miami's Last Cocaine Cowboy

Sal Magluta resentenced

Realtor Convicted In Drug Plot Case

Man Faces Charges in Fraud Case

Fugitive Returns to Face the Music

The Last Dance

Two Miami drug jurors get 5 years for taking bribes

US FL: Trafficker's Guilty Plea Ends Lengthy Drug Case

United States v. Juan Almeida

Southern District of Florida

Mr. Almerida was charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute cocaine; and traveling in interstate commerce to promote an unlawful activity, said unlawful activity being a business enterprise involving a controlled substance.

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Case Links Russian Sub, Colombia Drugs

Russian Submarine Drifts into Center of a Brazen Drug Plot

Opening Arguments Begin at Marina Owner's Trial

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. — 341 F.3d 1318

Man's Conviction Thrown Out In Submarine Smuggling Case

Would-be Mobster Sentenced To 3 Years

Opening Arguments Begin at Marina Owner's Trial

Ludwig Fainberg

Robert Friedman Red Mafiya Jewish Mafia or Russian mafia 4/6

Would-be Mobster Sentenced To 3 Years

The Global Reach of the Judeo-Russian Mafia

More Fun with Drugs and Submarines

Redfellas

Russia takes underworld to new level

United States v. Peter Max., Case No.:

Southern District of New York

Mr.Max was charged with counts for filing false tax returns.

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Artist's latest trip ends up taxing him to the MAX-IMUM

Pop Artist Peter Max Pleads Guilty to Charges of Tax Fraud

Pop Artist Peter Max Pleads Guilty to Charges of Tax Fraud

Peter Max

Pop Artist Peter Max Pleads Guilty to Charges of Tax Fraud

U.S. Charges Peter Max with Hiding Art-Sale Income in Tax Fraud

Pop Artist Peter Max Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

The Powers Behind Ocean Drive

United States v. Jose Denis., Case No.:

Southern District of Florida

Mr. Denis was charged with counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substance, carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime resulting in a death and conspiracy to distribute controlled substance of cocaine.

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U.S. seeks death penalty in killing of Tampa man

Jury Rejects Federal Death Penalty in Tampa Man's Killing

Federal Capital Prosecutions Approved by Attorney General Ashcroft

Jose Denis v. United States, 09-14033 (11th Cir. 2011)

DENIS v. U.S.

A Step toward Nationalizing Death Penalty?

Police Department Regains Accreditation

Federal jury weighs death penalty

United States v. Jesus Mena

Southern District of Florida

Mr. Mena was charged with a count of making fraud and false statements.

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IRS Debt Relief News: Miami Businessman Guilty of Filing False Tax Return