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Lawrence B. Shulman

Lawrence Shulman’s Legal Cases

11 total


  • People v KG

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Complete Dismissal of Charges after Trial
    Description:
    Our client was a physician charged with unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Health Care Fraud. Our client always maintained that he was properly prescribing medication. During the Jury Trial, the prosecutor introduced audio tapes which he thought made the case a "slam-dunk." After we used those same tapes during the cross-examination of the undercover officer, most of the jurors though otherwise. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and were declared deadlocked. The matter was ultimately dismissed entirely by the Court, prior to a retrial, based on a novel legal argument presented by the Defense. As a result, our client was spared the potentially devastating effects of a criminal conviction, and today still runs a successful medical practice.
  • People v FH

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissal of all Charges
    Description:
    Our client was charged with two counts of First-Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, which carried sentences of up to life in prison. After the cross-examination of the complainant at the preliminary examination revealed a number of inconsistencies, the charges were reduced to lesser felonies. After continued exhaustive investigation in which we were able to uncover the motivation for the complainant's actions, we were able to convince the prosecution to resolve the case with a plea to a single misdemeanor charge, which the Court took under advisement and dismissed entirely after a short term of probation. We were thus able to gain for our client the benefit of an acquittal without the risk of proceeding to trial. As a result, our client does not have a criminal conviction on his record, nor does he have to register on a sex offender registry. At sentencing the Judge said to our client, "You do realize that your life was over until you chose your attorney. You have received an incredible second chance."
  • People v AW

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty on All Counts
    Description:
    Our client was charged with First-Degree Murder and Felony Firearm Possession. The prosecution's witnesses included a person who claimed to be an eyewitness and another person who claimed that our client had confessed to the offense. Exhaustive investigation revealed that both witnesses had substantial credibility problems and strong reasons to fabricate their testimony. A conviction would have resulted in an automatic sentence of life without the possibility of parole; the jury found our client not guilty of all charges.
  • People v DS

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty on All Counts
    Description:
    Our client was a college student charged with the solicitation of a minor using the internet. The case had an unusual twist . Our client was actually chatting with an undercover deputy who claimed to be a fourteen year-old girl. The deputy, however, sent pictures to the client that did not look anything like an underaged girl. The prosecutor and the police officers, who were members of a well-funded elite internet crimes task force, refused to dismiss the case, stating that they had never lost a prosecution. The prosecutor was determined to send our client to prison and to have him register as a sex offender for at least 25 years. We convinced the jury to hand the government its first loss, as the client was found not guilty of each and every charge.
  • People v NJ

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty on All Counts
    Description:
    Our client was charged as a member of a six-person felony conspiracy to deliver marijuana. When the prosecutor refused to dismiss or reduce the charge, we proceeded to trial despite the fact that all five of the co-defendants had already pled guilty to the conspiracy and that we anticipated that police officers would testify that our client "confessed" to the crime. During the cross-examination of the officers, we were able to show how the officers' recollections were not accurate, thereby highlighting the danger of relying on an unrecorded "confession.". The jury was out for only forty minutes before they returned a not guilty verdict on each and every count.
  • People v FG

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty on All Counts
    Description:
    Our client owned a large hunting property. He was accused of assaulting his neighbor with several weapons. The neighbor -- who had a bitter property line dispute with our client -- had repeatedly made unfounded accusations to the police in the past. During opening statements, the prosecutor told the jury that the case was "simple" and presented six eyewitnesses to the alleged "assault." We proved that the case was anything but simple, and the jury returned with its not guilty verdict in half an hour.
  • People v FJ

    Practice Area:
    White Collar Crime
    Outcome:
    Complete Dismissal of Charges
    Description:
    Our client was charged with aiding in the fraudulent presentment of letters of credit to the State, which secured cleanup costs for a landfill operation. The prosecution and investigative officers brought incredible pressure on co-defendants in an effort to turn them into cooperating witnesses. Ultimately the other individuals were convicted and incarcerated. After 4 years of work that we poured into the case, the trial judge dismissed all charges against our client, prior to trial, after finding that the charges lodged against our client were completely baseless (even after the same judge handed out stiff sentences to those that had been convicted in the case.)
  • FBI Investigation

    Practice Area:
    White Collar Crime
    Outcome:
    Client Not Indicted
    Description:
    We represented a nationally prominent businessperson, who was the target of a federal investigation into improper bidding practices with a federal agency. At the time we became involved, the government had already stated that a federal indictment was imminent. We mobilized a multi-faceted defense team, and were ultimately able to convince the Department of Justice that there were serious problems with the proposed prosecution. The matter was resolved with no criminal charges being brought and no case ever being filed in court against the client.
  • People v BT

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissal of all Charges
    Description:
    We represented a well-established, successful businesswoman against assault charges brought by a disgruntled employee. Thorough investigation and an aggressive presentation convinced the prosecution that they could not win their case; the matter was dismissed in its entirety before trial.
  • People v DC

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Outcome:
    Complete Dismissal of Charges before Trial
    Description:
    Our client was charged with possession of images from the internet, which the prosecution deemed to be child pornography. We were ready to confront that conclusion, as to the nature of the photographs, at trial with the aid of a team of expert witnesses. We never had to implement that strategy, however. Instead, we struck two hard blows to the prosecutor's case right out of the gate: First, with the aid of several experts that we use in computer cases, we were able to convince the court that the prosecutor's computer expert was unqualified to render an opinion as the source of the photos, or when, how and who downloaded them (even though the witness had been recognized as an expert witness by other judges in the same court). Second, we were able to show that our client's computers were seized pursuant to a search warrant which contained multiple misleading statements, falsehoods, and omissions. As a result, the Court suppressed the evidence obtained from the computers, resulting in a complete dismissal of the charges. Often, a prosecutor would appeal such a dismissal. In this case, after showing the prosecutors the uphill battle they would face regarding their forensic expert, as well as our strategy in confronting the contents of the photographs head-on, the prosecution decided to let the dismissal stand without further challenge. A conviction on the charges would have resulted in a prison sentence and the lifetime branding of our client as a sex offender. Instead, our client was able to regain his life and provide for his family.