Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mr. Dudley Convinces Judge to Release Defendant on Signature Bond in Lieu of Permanent Incareration

Recently, in U.S. v. D.A., the defendant was accused of participating in a nationwide conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs such as Oxycontin. At her detention hearing, the government moved for her permanent incarceration pending trial. At the initial detention proceeding, the magistrate expressed great skepticism about her prospects for pre-trial release, detailing several concerns he had about setting bail in the matter. At the next proceeding, Attorney Dudley was able to answer all those concerns and secured his client’s release on a signature bond.

One of Attorney Dudley’s axioms is that, especially in federal criminal matters, the first battle is very often the most important one, the battle to secure a defendant’s freedom upon the filing of an indictment or complaint. A federally charged defendant needs to hire aggressive, experienced counsel immediately to ensure the greatest likelihood of release pending trial.

Defendant Accused of Involvement in Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy Released on Bond, Receives Second Lowest Penalty

In U.S. v. H.R., the defendant was accused of being the right-hand man to the leader of a drug-trafficking conspiracy responsible for distributing over 250 kilograms of heroin from Los Angeles, California to Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri. Of the 20 defendants indicted in the case, the defendant who retained Attorney Dudley immediately upon his arrest was the only one who was released on bond.

Mr. Dudley’s client was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a potential federal sentencing guideline prison term of 20 to 24 years. Following lengthy and complex plea negotiations, Mr. Dudley was able to work out a plea agreement under which his client would be sentenced to a term of only 63 months.

Mr. Dudley convinced the district court to allow the defendant to remain at liberty pending sentencing over government objection and, later, to surrender himself to the Bureau of Prisons. The 63-month sentence which his client eventually received was the second lowest penalty imposed in the case, including sentences imposed upon several defendants who had only a very limited involvement in the heroin conspiracy and other defendants who, unlike Mr. Dudley’s client, provided substantial assistance to the government’s investigation.