LAW OFFICES OF BERNARD CRANE
Client was charged in an Armed Kidnapping/Conspiracy/Assault With A Dangerous Weapon case and ordered held without bail pending trial. Conducted a full and thorough multi-faceted investigation, including of the crime scene and the background of the alleged victim. Located, interviewed and secured affidavits from previously unknown witnesses. After compiling and presenting complete information and evidence packet to the assigned prosecutor, was able to convince the United States Attorneys Office to drop all charges and release the client, all within 40 days after arrest.
Client was charged in an aggravated felony case with Threats To Kill, and held without bond pending trial - primarily due to allegations of purported victim that she had identified client as having previously committed a notorious unsolved "drive-by" shooting at a block party wherein she had been shot and other persons had been killed. Was able to counter the credibility of the complainant and convince a judge to release client pending trial. Fought with government over discovery of information helpful to the defense. After completing a lengthy and thorough investigation, including obtaining witness accounts and derogatory information on complainant, and presenting most of the information to the government, United States Attorneys Office first dropped the charges to a single misdemeanor count, then dismissed case entirely on the day of trial.
Client was charged with weapons offenses after Deputy US Marshals found ammunition and a firearm "speed-loader" in his apartment while conducting an eviction. Researched, prepared and argued motion to compel discovery and motion to suppress evidence, winning both in multi-day motions hearing, resulting in all charges being dismissed.
Client was arrested and charged with multiple firearms felonies in Washington after being stopped by officers who had heard gunshots nearby. Officers searched client, and found a loaded pistol in his bag. Client was held without bond. Successfully argued and won motion for release of client pending trial. Investigated, researched and prepared motion to suppress evidence. After day-long evidentiary hearing and argument on day of trial, suppression motion was GRANTED. Evidence SUPPRESSED. Case DISMISSED.
Client, a national of a country with no extradition treaty with the United States, was arrested when he got off a plane in Europe on a sealed US federal indictment charging several counts of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) violations, Arms Export Control Act (AECA) violations and money laundering violations, and was held for extradition to the United States.
Traveled to Europe to meet with client and coordinate with his local attorney on his extradition proceedings and transfer to the United States. Although client was indicted on many US law violations (EACH ONE carrying up to 20 years in prison), negotiated a plea agreement to one count, with all other counts dismissed.
Represented client at in-person and remote video hearings (due to pandemic) in US District Court. Even with pandemic delays, arranged accelerated disposition and sentencing hearing within only 3 months of client entering the country. Although government requested a sentence of 46 to 57 months in prison and a fine of $20,000, was able to obtain client's immediate release on a sentence of TIME-SERVED, and a $100 assessment, with voluntary departure from the United States, and NO supervised release.
Walked into DC Jail with court order for immediately release of client into attorney's custody, walked out with client a FREE MAN! Drove client to the airport, where he boarded a plane and returned to his home country, the SAME DAY as his disposition hearing!