Victories

Our victories speak for themselves. We take pride in knowing that we have changed lives through fighting for these successful outcomes.

United States v. Uri Ammar

Uri Ammar was sentenced to life in prison for his alleged involvement in the armed robbery of a Brinks truck at Calder Casino. Mr. Ammar has maintained his innocence throughout. Seitles & Litwin successfully argued to the the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Ammar’s convictions must be dismissed because the trial judge violated his right to a speedy… Read More

United States v. Segundo Gregorio Enriquez Guerrero

Mr. Enriquez Guerrero, a Colombian national, was charged with conspiring to import hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into the United States.  Mr. Guerrero was also charged with the same offense in Colombia for which he was sentenced to 87 months.  Prior to the completion of his sentence in Colombia, Mr. Enriquez Guerrero was extradited to the United States. Prior to… Read More

United States v. Nicolas Peribonio

Mr. Peribonio was charged with failing to declare currency while entering the United States and structuring.  Mr. Peribonio maintained his innocence upon arrest and detention without bond and demanded a Speedy Trial. The government’s theory of prosecution was that Mr. Peribonio sought to smuggle U.S Currency into the United States with the use of company employees.  Mr. Seitles presented evidence… Read More

State Of Florida v. Daniel Enrique Guevara Vilca

Mr. Vilca was convicted at trial of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Mr. Vilca was a 22 year old first-time offender. Mr. Seitles was then hired to represent Mr. Vilca on appeal. With the assistance of Ashley Litwin and Marcia Silvers, the defense team persuaded the Second District Court of Appeal that the States’s use… Read More

United States v. Dr. Ali Shaygan

Dr. Shaygan was charged with 141 counts of illegally prescribing medication outside the scope of his medical license. He was also facing a minimum mandatory 20 year sentence because of the death of one of his patients who died of an alleged methadone overdose. Mr. Seitles was part of the defense team led by nationally recognized defense attorney, David Oscar… Read More

United States v. Carlos Antonio Ortega Bonilla

Carlos Antonio Ortega Bonilla was charged in a multi co-defendant indictment accused of coordinating airplane flights to import cocaine from Colombia to the United States. Mr. Ortega Bonilla was the former head of the Colombian Aeronautic Civil, and a whistleblower who condemned Colombia’s aviation safety standards. With the assistance of former customs agent Edward Kacerosky, Mr. Seitles was able to… Read More

United States v. Evelio Conde

Mr. Conde was charged with several counts of money laundering and drug trafficking. The government presented evidence that Mr. Conde and his co-defendant were previously arrested in traffic stops with more than $600,000 and on recorded conversations with a confidential government informant discussing a 100 kilogram cocaine deal. The government arrested Mr. Conde two days later in a co-defendants home… Read More

United States v. Carla Lima Silva

Ms. Silva was accused of attempting to enter the United States with a false American visa. Agents testified that Ms. Silva admitted that she had previously entered the United Stated illegally and had worked without legal documents. Mr. Seitles was able to demonstrate that Ms. Silva reasonably relied on the promise of a Brazilian attorney that he could secure her… Read More

United States v. Kenneth Golding

Mr. Golding, a cruise ship employee, was accused of attempting to possess and distribute ten kilograms of cocaine. While exiting a service elevator Mr. Golding was arrested by DEA agents as he stood next to a box containing cocaine. Mr. Golding provided a written confession. Mr. Seitles demonstrated through the cross-examination of Government agents that the DEA agents’ stories were… Read More

United States v. Jose Luis Rojas Sarabia

Mr. Sarabia was accused of smuggling a large sum of United States currency into the country by lying on a customs declaration form and providing false information to border patrol agents. The Government alleged that Mr. Sarabia lied five different times. Mr. Seitles demonstrated through the cross-examination of Government witnesses that the United States Customs Agents’ stories were inconsistent and… Read More

United States v. Cesar Alonso-Bernate

Mr. Alonso-Bernate was charged with attempting to enter the United States with a false passport and visa. Mr. Seitles persuasively argued to the Government that Mr. Alonso-Bernate arrived to the United States with a false document for the sole purpose of seeking poltical asylum. Mr. Seitles provided the Government with documentation to support his client’s cause, including evidence that Mr…. Read More

United States v. Angel Aybar

Mr. Aybar, designated as an Armed Career Criminal, was accused of being a felon in possession of a weapon. He faced a minimum mandatory of fifteen years to life imprisonment. Mr. Seitles filed a motion to suppress and argued to a federal magistrate judge that Mr. Aybar’s Miranda rights were violated. On cross examination, Mr. Seitles demonstrated that the arresting… Read More

United States v. Frank Jesus Onetti

Mr. Onetti was sentenced in absentia to six months in jail for misuse of a social security card as he failed to appear at his sentencing hearing. Mr. Onetti was arrested for failing to appear at his sentencing just weeks before his son’s Bone Marrow Transplant. Mr. Seitles explained that Mr. Onetti’s son, Brenertt Onetti was diagnosed with Leukemia in… Read More

United States v. Bryan Henry Green

Mr. Green was charged with smuggling more than $45,000 of US currency into the United States. The Government alleged that Mr. Green purposely sought to evade the United States currency reporting requirements. Mr. Seitles argued that Mr. Green was a legitimate businessman who was working in Saudi Arabia and traveling in transit to Brazil where he owned a home. Mr…. Read More

United States v. Kevin Dunn

Mr. Dunn was charged with knowingly possessing and distributing child pornography. Mr. Dunn, a citizen of the United Kingdom, was working as a crew member on a Carnival Cruise Line’s ship. When the ship arrived at the Port of Miami, law enforcement searched Mr. Dunn’s belongings after a tip from London, England that he was in possession of child pornography…. Read More

United States v. Harold Daniel

Mr. Daniel was charged with smuggling almost $20,000 into the United States. The Government alleged that Mr. Daniel purposely sought to evade the currency reporting requirements. Mr. Seitles argued that Mr. Daniel, of Haitian descent, did not fully understand the customs form he erroneously filled out and that he had no intent to defraud the United States. Mr. Seitles proved… Read More

State of Florida v. Richard Rodriguez

Mr. Rodriguez was charged by the perjury, possession of a stolen driver’s license, and making false statements. Essentially, the State argued that Mr. Rodriguez was committing identity theft. Mr. Seitles vehemently argued to state prosecutors that the arresting agent was mistaken and that his client had no intent to commit any fraud. Rather, Mr. Rodriguez sought to clear up prior… Read More

State of Florida v. Dr. Gabriel Cubillos

In a case covered by Channel 4 news in Miami, Florida, Dr. Gabriel Cubillos, a well-known Colombian plastic surgeon, was charged with the unlicensed practice of medicine. The case stemmed from complaints from a disgruntled patient who traveled to Bogota, Colombia for plastic surgery procedures. Mr. Seitles was able to demonstrate that the criminal charges lodged against Dr. Cubillos by… Read More

United States v. Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela & Miguel Rodriguez-Orejuela

Mr. Seitles represents the 28 family members of the former heads of the Cali Cartel. Mr. Seitles negotiated an unprecedented agreement for his clients resulting in immunity from prosecution in the United States and Colombia for several family members. In addition, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) will remove all 28 family members from the infamous Clinton list and… Read More

United States v. Barbara Walden

Ms.Walden was charged in a multi-defendant crack cocaine conspiracy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Walden faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years if convicted because she had a prior drug conviction. The government alleged that Ms. Walden traveled with the lead defendant to retrieve multiple kilograms of cocaine and that she paid for his wireless service which was used… Read More

United States v. Dr. C. Francis

Dr. Francis was charged with defrauding the Flint Michigan School District out of thousands of dollars. He was employed as a manager of several departments and employed dozens of persons. His guideline range recommended a federal prison sentence of two to three years. Mr. Seitles explained that Mr. Francis admitted to his participation in the offense even prior to the… Read More

United States v. Abraham Sanabria

Mr. Sanabria was charged with cargo theft, which included stealing merchandise valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mr. Sanabria was a long-haul trucker who was charged with other truckers, many of whom were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences. Mr. Seitles argued that Mr. Sanabria’s role in the offense was limited and that he did not profit in the sale… Read More

United States v. Niurka Luaces-Ferray

Ms. Luaces-Ferray was charged conspiring to import hundreds of pounds of marijuana into the United States by boat. She was arrested on the high seas with her co-defendant who was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence. Mr. Seitles persuasively argued that his client was the sole breadwinner and caretaker of her family, that she survived an abusive and traumatic adolescence,… Read More

United States v. Carlos Pujol

Mr. Pujol was charged along with 21 other co-defendants with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. All of the co-defendants were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences. Mr. Seitles persuasively argued that the crack guidelines were too severe, that his client was a first-time non-violent offender who supported his wife and disabled child, and that he remained gainfully employed before and after… Read More

United States v. Michael Mincy

Mr. Mincy was charged with a Hobbs Act robbery for conspiring with others to rob a Winn Dixie Supermarket. Several other individuals were sentenced to significant federal prison terms because of the robbery and the theft of thousands of dollars. Mr. Mincy’s guideline range was 46 to 57 months imprisonment. Mr. Seitles successfully argued that Mr. Mincy was a minor… Read More

United States v. Roger Shutts

Mr. Shutts, a Vietnam veteran, was charged with attempting to travel to Costa Rica to engage in sex with a minor, a charge with a mandatory ten-year prison sentence. Days before trial, Mr. Seitles convinced the government to waive the minimum mandatory sentence. The government instead offered Mr. Shutts a lesser charge with a federal guideline imprisonment range of 46… Read More

United States v. Arturo & Armando Reyes (Acambaro Restaurants)

Mr. Seitles’ convinces federal prosecutors to drop alien smuggling and money laundering charges against the owners of Acambaro Mexican Restaurant chain. Case resolves in misdemeanor pleas and no mandatory deportation for his clients. As a result, Acambaro remains a successful Mexican Restaurant chain in Northwest Arkansas and Missouri.

United States v. Dwayne Eason

Mr. Seitles wins re-sentencing for client! Former counsel was deemed ineffective by federal judge after hearing Mr. Seitles’ arguments in 2255 habeas motion. Judge agrees that prior conviction for carrying a concealed firearm should not be used to enhance defendant’s sentence. Motion to vacate prior sentence granted.

United States v. Terrance Frederick

Marc convinces federal magistrate judge to vacate his client’s sentence on a 2255 motion and order a new sentencing hearing. Marc challenged the sentence under the “actual innocence” doctrine in light of Begay and Archer. Motion to vacate prior sentence granted.

United States v. Michael Cates

Mr. Seitles convinces federal judge to vacate aggravated identify theft conviction which client pled guilty to when represented by former counsel. Cates is re-sentenced to time-served saving him more than two additional years in federal prison. Motion to vacate prior sentence granted.

United States v. Juan Polanco

Mr. Polanco was charged with bulk cash smuggling. He was arrested at Miami International Airport with almost approximately $200,000 while traveling from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic. Mr. Seitles proved that he did not provide a false statement to law enforcement, and that any misstatements were not material misrepresentations under the law. In addition, Mr. Seitles proved that Mr…. Read More

United States v. Yamilko Gumaris

Mr Gumaris is charged with cargo theft of merchandise worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Through investigative efforts, the defense team determines that law enforcement’s detailed reports were not accurate. Days before trial, Mr. Seitles requests the GPS records which will prove that the government’s theory of prosecution lacks merit. Case was soon dropped. The Judge dismissed all criminal charges… Read More

In The Matter Of The Extradition Of Ram Nandwani

Indian businessman Ram Nandwani was accused of bankruptcy fraud with his brothers when their once successful electronics business failed in 2002. Panama alleged that the Mr. Nandwani defrauded multi-national banks out of millions of dollars. Mr. Seitles and co-counsel David Oscar Markus successfully argued that the the statute of limitations had elapsed and that Panama was seeking extradition for a… Read More

United States v. Sigifredo Villada

Mr. Villada was accused of transporting more than ten kilograms of cocaine in his truck. Mr. Seitles used the famous phrase from the Wendy’s commercial “where is the beef” to successfully defend his client. Mr. Seitles explained to the jury that Mr. Villada was innocently helping a friend and was otherwise employed as a furniture mover. The jury’s verdict was… Read More