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Thanks to Chuck Gallagher November 24, 2010

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Just a quick thanks for Chuck Gallagher for the link at


Check out his blog!

New Websites August 1, 2010

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New Jersey IRS Audit Attorney & CPA Help June 23, 2010

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Are you facing an IRS tax audit in New Jersey?  Criminal and civil penalties arising from the audit can devastate you life.  A criminal tax attorney can help you stay out of prison and avoid high civil penalties.  A CPA can manage the audit and reduce liability for a low cost.  When an attorney and CPA team up to defend you against the IRS, you increase the chances of success so you can move on with your life.

I have teamed up with a great CPA that specializes in IRS tax audits.  Together, we can help you avoid criminal charges of tax evasion, failure to file tax returns, willfully failing to pay estimated tax or keep records and tax fraud.  We can also lower any civil penalties and money owed to the government. 

Responding to an Income Tax Examination

A letter from the IRS indicating that you are subject to an income tax examination, otherwise known as an audit notice, may be one of the worst letters you ever receive.  Seeking professional help right away can make the difference between success and disaster.  An audit does not have to be scary and expensive when you have the right help.  Call my team today to fight back against the IRS.

Selecting the right team to represent you for an IRS audit

The “person” that always handles your tax returns may not be the right person to go to.  After all, can this person represent you if you are arrested on criminal tax charges?  Not quite.  What about that lawyer on TV that promises to settle your tax debt for pennies on the dollar?  Why don’t you google IR-2004-130 to see what the IRS has to say about that?  It may be a scam.  Regardless, do you want to deal with someone who you can never meet?

I think a team approach of local people you can trust can provide you with total protection which can drastically increase your chances of success.  As a criminal defense attorney that handles tax evasion and fraud charges, I know what it takes to fight for my clients and keep them out of trouble.  The CPA works with specializes in audits and has a great track record of reducing liabilities.  Together, we will fight for you to provide a cost effective solution and total piece of mind for you and your family.  If this IRS criminal tax lawyer-CPA team approach sounds like the right team for you, call us today to discuss your case.

Client gets ripped off and sold out June 14, 2010

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I am representing a client now on a non-criminal matter but we began discussing his recent criminal case.  I got so upset that I just had to write about it.  I’ve heard many stories about people getting sold out from free or cheap attorneys.  That is nothing new.  What’s even worse though is when you pay out the nose and still get sold out.

This client had a business dispute with his family member who pressed criminal charges against him.  His family hired an attorney for him.  The attorney charged the client and the family almost $10,000.  So you think that this guy would get great service right?

While these charges were felonies, they were not that serious.  Thus, a $10,000 retainer was rather steep, especially for this attorney who was not known as a heavy hitter.  Instead of fighting for the client, this attorney had him plea out and take probation.  Guess what would have probably happened if he had a free attorney, went to trial and admitted to everything on the witness stand? Probation.

So, this client and his family paid almost $10,000 to do what he could have done for free.  Not only do you have to make sure that you don’t get a cheap attorney that will sell you out, but make sure you don’t get an expensive attorney that will also rip you off in the process.

For much less money (and I am far from a cheap attorney) I probably could have gotten the felony charges dismissed or I would have taken the case to trial.

NJ US Attorney Paul Fishman discusses his office’s priorities March 17, 2010

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the New Jersey State Bar Association Criminal Practice meeting with special guest, Paul Fishman who is the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey. I found him to be a real nice guy who seems to have a practical and realistic approach to his job. It was no surprise that the focus of his office will be on frauds involving mortgages, finances, and securities. He also wants to reorganize his office to focus on health care fraud; which is likely in anticipation of a wave of health care fraud in the next few years due to the current state of politics.

 Since the new State Attorney General of New Jersey, Paula Dow, is a friend and former co-worker, he expects to have a good working relationship between the two offices. He also demonstrated that he is clearly up on the latest trends as he mentioned that our country must also focus protecting our cyber infrastructure instead of just focusing on physical infrastructure.

I also was happy to hear that he would be forming an ad hoc group of defense attorneys and others to discuss the “system”, i.e. how his office is doing and how it can serve the defense bar better, vice versa and how they can both work together to attempt to improve the court system.

Another attorney asked his opinion about whether or not a civil attorney should seek assistance from a criminal defense attorney with experience in white collar crime if they are representing a company that receives a subpoena from his office. He said that it was a mistake for that civil attorney to not seek guidance from someone with experience. In fact, he suggested that this be done sooner rather than later. Took the words right out of my mouth!

I certainly enjoy working with his office. In fact, I just had a meeting with one of his assistant US attorneys a few minutes ago. So, I look forward to watching his progress in his office and I hope that he continues to do new things like that ad hoc group that will benefit everyone.

Great Pensacola Criminal Defense Attorney March 10, 2010

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Meeting great criminal defense attorneys is one of the best parts of my job.  Through various conferences, I’ve met attorneys from around the country that have given me great idea, tips, strategies, etc.  Through this blog, I also get to come across some great attorneys as well. 

I was able to review a child pornography case that was handled by Pensacola based Criminal Defense Attorney M. James Jenkins, Esq.  I was really impressed by the amount of work he put into this case.  He really went above and beyond for his client and it paid off.  He was able to secure a great sentence for his client. 

You can view his website at http://www.jenkinslaw.net/  If you are looking for a Criminal Defense Attorney in Florida, I suggest you look him up.  Besides being AV rated, he has also attended the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (which my partner has also attended).



Get out of your fantasy world and face the truth February 17, 2010

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I recently had a client that came into my office with a letter from a Government agency.  He/she is not in any trouble yet.  In fact, the letter doesn’t even say that the client will be charged, sued or anything.  However, from my trained eye, I was able to piece together the entire situation in about 2 minutes.  Unless a good lawyer really pulls off some magic here, this person will be in prison in a few years.  How do I know all of this from looking at a letter?

Well I also spoke to the client of course about what he/she does for a living which is directly related to the letter.  While the letter doesn’t tell me that the client is under investigation, it is clear that he/she is.  It is also clear as to what this Government agency is looking for.  Of course, the client thinks that this is all a big nothing and that he/she did nothing wrong.  When I told the client my fee, which was not equivalent to a speeding ticket but at the same time, was nothing ridiculous for this type of work, his head nearly popped off which is really ironic if you saw the website for his business.

After he left I did some research and I confirmed what I had suspected.  Within minutes, I found information on the Internet that is almost certainly fraud that was most likely committed by the client and it has been going on for quite some time.  The sad thing is that this client has convinced himself/herself that he/she did nothing wrong.  As a result, the client may wind up hiring a cheap attorney that will do nothing.  Worse yet, the client may not even hire an attorney.  As a result, I am pretty sure that I will be doing a blog post about this person within a couple years about the arrest, indictment and sentencing.   The sad thing is, if this person had any chance to avoid all of that, that chance may already be gone unless this client hires a good attorney and fast.

While you never know what will happen in any given case, your best chance for success is early intervention.  Its one of the main reasons I love white collar crime.  With “street crime” you almost never get to come in before the arrest.  Its always afterwards.  With white collar crime, you have the chance to end it all before it really begins.  While you may make much less money as a result (in some cases anyway) the enjoyment of a great win is priceless. 

While no attorney wins every case, my firm has racked up a nice little track record of cases where it looked like our clients were going down hard but due to our early intervention, they were never even arrested even though various government officials issued all types of threats.  On the other hands, I have met with many people who have came into my office only to convince themselves that they don’t need an attorney; which begs the question “why are you here?”.  And then, a few months or even a year or two later, I am reading about their arrest, indictment and prison time in the paper.  In fact, I even blogged about a few of them (withing pointing out that they came in to my office). 

So if you or anyone you know is under any type of investigation from any type of law enforcement agency and they have convinced themselves that they did nothing wrong, please stop them and have them hire a good attorney that is actually going to work to protect them and not just take a small fee to do nothing but open a file.  You have to assume the worst.  Prison is filled with people who convinced themselves that they are innocent and the Government will clearly see that so there is nothing to worry about.  Trust me, several have walked out of my office just in the past few years.

NJ Credit Card Theft & Fraud Lawyers February 10, 2010

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New Jersey Credit Card Theft & Fraud Lawyers

Even though more people are protecting themselves against identity theft, credit card theft and fraud is still a common problem in New Jersey.  As a result, our lawyers have seen that it can be treated as a very serious offense.  If you have been arrested for credit card fraud, it is important to call a NJ credit card fraud lawyer right away.  This is because our team of tough, smart fraud attorneys have found that early intervention can lead to great results.

Credit Card Fraud Lawyers prevent man’s arrest

To demonstrate why it is so important to call a New Jersey lawyer right away, consider this example from our firm.  Jef Henninger’s client was accused of about $150,000 in credit card fraud.  Before the defendant was arrested, Jef worked the case for two weeks which ended in the charged being torn up.  While every case is different and results may be different in your case, it would be almost impossible to get this result if the client would have not called the credit card fraud attorney Jef Henninger, Esq. months after his arrest.

Our credit card theft and fraud attorneys are easy to reach from  anywhere in New Jersey.  Call our lawyers at any time to discuss your case or set up an appointment.  You can meet with one of our tough, smart attorneys at any one of our ten New Jersey offices including Newark, Jersey City, Toms River, Eatontown, Red Bank, Freehold, New  Brunswick, East Brunswick, Woodbridge and Princeton.

NJ Insurance Fraud Lawyers February 10, 2010

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New Jersey Insurance Fraud Attorney

Our attorneys have found that insurance fraud in New Jersey is an increasingly common, yet serious offense.  A large number of insurance fraud cases in New Jersey are started by insurance companies and their lawyers who investigate the case before turning it over to law enforcement authorities.  Thus, it is important to the defense of your case to call a New Jersey insurance fraud attorney at the first sign that you are suspected of insurance fraud.

Insurance Fraud Lawyers that are easy to reach

Our insurance fraud lawyers are easy to reach.  Call our lawyers at any time to discuss your case or set up an appointment.  You can meet with one of our tough, smart attorneys at any one of our ten New Jersey offices including Newark, Jersey City, Toms River, Eatontown, Red Bank, Freehold, New  Brunswick, East Brunswick, Woodbridge and Princeton.

NJ Forgery Attorney February 10, 2010

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New Jersey Forgery Attorneys

In New Jersey, our lawyers have seen that forgery can either be a stand alone offense or part of a group of offenses.  Forgery is often a white collar crime involving checks or other financial issues.  However, our attorneys have seen that forgery can also be related to prescription drug fraud when the defendant is accused of forging a doctor’s name on a prescription blank. 

If you are charged with forgery in any court in New Jersey, call the tough team of forgery defense  lawyers.  With 10 offices in New Jersey, our forgery defense attorneys are easy to reach from anywhere in New Jersey.  Call our lawyers today to meet with us in Newark, Freehold, Jersey City, Red Bank, Toms River, Woodbridge, New Brunswick, East Brunswick, Eatontown or Princeton.