Category Archives: Drug trafficking

27 Month Sentence Reduced to 1 Year

In U.S. v. S.G., the defendant was detained at an Albuquerque Greyhound bus station while traveling across the United States.  A subsequent search of her person revealed that she was carrying several kilograms of heroin strapped to her body.  Charged in federal court with possessing that heroin for distribution, she was facing a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence.  Prior to filing a motion to suppress evidence, Attorney Dudley presented to the prosecutor his claim that the detention and search of his client had been illegal.  To avert litigation of that motion, the government agreed to a settlement under which the defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and faced no more than 27 months imprisonment.  At sentencing, the prosecution strongly argued that the defendant was deserving of the full 27-month possible term.  Countering that argument with the presentation of a psychological assessment which diagnosed the defendant as suffering from multiple psychopathological conditions brought on largely by childhood neglect and abuse, Attorney Dudley was able to persuade the Court to limit his client’s sentence to one year and one day of incarceration.

10-Year Minimum Sentence Reduced to 30 Months

In U.S. v. J.H., the defendant was accused of conspiring to distribute multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine to Alaska.  Although the defendant faced a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence with substantial Title III wiretap evidence against him, Attorney Dudley was able to use the safety valve provisions of the federal sentencing guidelines and a number of mitigating circumstances personal to his client to obtain a disposition under which the district court ultimately imposed a sentence of only 30 months.

Two Drug Trafficking Counts Dismissed

In P. v. D.E., the defendant was arrested after allegedly helping to load over 400 pounds of marijuana into a mini-van.  Charged with two drug-trafficking counts, he was facing years of jail time.  At preliminary hearing, however, Attorney Dudley was able to decimate the prosecution’s case resulting in an immediate DISMISSAL of all charges.

David Successfully Prosecutes Search & Seizure Motion, Gets Sentence Reduced

In S. v. W.R., the defendant was charged with possessing for distribution almost half a kilogram of cocaine in Houston, Texas.  Although he had no felony record, the defendant was out on bond for a murder case in Dallas at the time of his drug arrest.  The district attorney’s initial settlement offer was for eight years in state prison.  After Attorney Dudley successfully prosecuted a search and seizure motion that led to the suppression of an important part of the case against his client, the case was resolved for an actual sentence of only six months.

David Helps Client Avoid Deportation & Jail Time

In P. v. D.E., the defendant was accused of participating in a scheme to transport hundreds of pounds of marijuana from California to Florida.  Because he was a Jamaican national residing in the United States on a green card, he faced mandatory deportation if convicted of the marijuana trafficking charges filed against him.  For months, the district attorney would not entertain any disposition of the case other than a guilty plea to a felony drug-trafficking offense with punishment to include two years of jail time.  When the case was set for trial, however, Attorney Dudley previewed his defense to a more experienced prosecutor who was brought in to try the matter.  After Mr. Dudley’s presentation, the new prosecutor agreed a settlement under which the defendant would plead no contest to a non-deportable felony with NO JAIL TIME.  As a result of that favorable disposition, the defendant remains in this country with his wife and children.

Deportation Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor Upon Completion of Probation

In P. v. G.M., the defendant was arrested in possession of two pounds of marijuana.  Because he was citizen of Mexico and a permanent resident of the United States, he faced mandatory deportation if convicted of either of the two felony drug-trafficking counts filed against him.  Attorney Dudley was eventually able to secure a plea bargain to a non-deportable felony that was reduced to a MISDEMANOR upon the defendant’s successful completion of a probationary term.

No Contest Plea Results in 60 Days Community Service

In P. v. L.C., the defendant was charged with unlawfully possessing a large quantity of promethazine cough syrup to be shipped from California to Texas.  The district attorney would not move from its original offer that the defendant, who had no criminal record and a serious medical problem, would have to serve two years in jail as part of any plea bargain.  After a new judge was assigned to the case, Attorney Dudley convinced the court that jail time was inappropriate for this defendant.  The court agreed, accepting the defendant’s open no contest plea and sentencing her to probation with 60 days of community service and NO CUSTODY TIME.

10-Year Minimum Sentence Reduced to 9 Months

In U.S. v. B.T., the defendant was facing a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence for allegedly conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.  After it was discovered that the government’s primary investigating agent had engaged in misconduct in other cases, though not that one, Attorney Dudley was able to negotiate a settlement of the matter which ultimately resulted in his client receiving a sentence of nine months, followed by nine months of house arrest.

David Helps Client Avoid Prison Time

In U.S v. D.A., the defendant was accused of participating in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of pharmaceutical drugs unlawfully from California to Washington and Alaska.  The defendant faced a potential federal guideline sentence of over ten years, despite her youthfulness and lack of criminal record.  To protect her from such a draconian sentence, Attorney Dudley worked out a disposition under which she faced a maximum penalty of approximately 33 months, for which the government in fact argued at sentencing.  Directing the district court to the defendant’s very unstable and almost tragic upbringing, along with an older co-conspirator’s manipulation of her, the sentencing judge imposed NO PRISON TIME, placing the defendant instead on an 18-month term of house arrest.

Client Attains David’s Counsel After Arrests & Avoids Having Charges Filed

A.D., a Chinese citizen in the United States on a green card, was arrested allegedly in possession of several hundred marijuana plants under illegal cultivation.  Through a series of e-mail communications, Attorney Dudley persuaded investigating officers that his client had nothing to do with that cultivation, that he was simply at the wrong place with the wrong people at the wrong time.  Consequently, the officers did not present the case against his client to the district attorney and NO CHARGES were filed.  This was another case in which that client might have been charged had he not retained counsel immediately after his arrest.