S.F., Inc. is a forestry company that was does business in New Mexico and other states. In February of this year one of its work vehicles, an expensive four-wheel drive van, was stopped by agents of the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The agents arrested several S.F. employees who were riding in the van as undocumented immigrants. The officers then seized the van and the agency moved to forfeit it. S.F. retained Attorney Dudley to defend the forfeiture and recover the vehicle. In a detailed Petition for Remission of Forfeiture, Mr. Dudley demonstrated that the company itself had not violated any laws whatsoever. Within days of receiving that Petition, Customs and Border Protection agreed to release the van.
In U.S. v. N.B., the defendant was indicted for allegedly assisting her husband in orchestrating a massive immigration fraud scheme involving dozens of sham marriages. Pursuant to the sentencing guidelines and the statutory maximum, she was facing a prison term of five years. Attorney Dudley prepared a written presentation to the United States Attorney’s office detailing the evidential weaknesses of the prosecution’s case against her and various mitigating circumstances which applied to his client. As a result of the letter, the supervising prosecutor in the unit that was handling the case approved a settlement of the matter pursuant to which the defendant would receive a form of deferred adjudication, allowing her to avoid prison time and leaving her with a clean record after satisfaction of the deferment conditions.