Recent Case Results

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  • Legal Residency After 20 Years
    Immigration Law

    A Cohen Forman Barone client who has spent over twenty years in fear of being deported back to Peru is finally a lawful permanent resident. Christian Levis was first placed in removal proceedings in 2017 when ICE detained him after dropping his daughter off at school. While Mr. Levis had first arrived in the United States at the age of 16 on a tourist visa and later in life married a U.S. citizen who he has built a family with, his attempts at obtaining his green card always fell short due to a 1993 arrest. After years of litigation, Mr. Levis finally had his case heard by an immigration judge, who granted his application for legal residency. He is now a lawful permanent resident and will be eligible to apply for naturalization in three years.

  • All Criminal Charges Dismissed

    A CFB client had been accused of a felony fraud from 20 years ago. Law enforcement said he was on the run and issued a warrant for his arrest. Despite living a law abiding life for the last two decades, he felt law enforcement was closing in on him. When he came to CFB his hopes of avoiding the charges, a criminal conviction and potential jail time were thinning. He was scared and his wife was overcome with anxiety and the resulting sleep deprivation. After spending several weeks collecting information from the client’s past the lawyers at CFB were able to present to the district attorney’s office a package highlighting the devastation that any conviction would hold for the client. With a mitigation package submitted to the prosecutor’s office outlining client’s exemplary lifestyle since the warrant was issued over two decade ago, CFB was able to obtain the best possible result for the client. All charges were dismissed the warrant vacated and his wife had finally gotten a good night’s sleep.

  • Won Lawful Permanent Residence
    INTERPOL Cancellation of Red Notice Is the Final In A Series of Firm Successes For CFB Client

    CFB successfully persuaded the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to cancel the Red Notice/Diffusion Request by the Russian government against the firm’s client. CFB had been representing client before INTERPOL since September of 2018 after previous efforts by client’s prior attorneys had proven unsuccessful in swaying the international law enforcement body. The firm had initially been retained by the client after Immigration Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) placed the client in removal proceedings in early 2018 as a result of the Russian Federation’s INTERPOL action. After being detained by ICE, the client’s family retained CFB. As an initial step, CFB attorneys filed for a bond hearing and successfully convinced an immigration judge to release the client from custody. Eight months later the firm successfully won the client his lawful permanent residence. And in July of 2019, after a year of negotiations, INTERPOL agreed to cancel and delete all derogatory information in their files concerning the CFB client. The INTERPOL decision was the final in a series of successful outcomes CFB was able to generate for its very relieved and grateful client.

  • Judge Granted Application
    2009 Theft Conviction That Rendered Him Inadmissible to the United States

    A Cohen Forman Barone client was detained in March upon his arrival at Newark International Airport from a trip overseas. The basis of his detention was a 2009 theft conviction that rendered him inadmissible to the United States, despite his status as a lawful permanent resident. Additionally, he was not legally eligible for bond and, therefore, spent the next four months in a detention center. The attorneys at CFB applied for relief from removal under Section 212(h) of the Immigration Nationality Act (“INA”), which is available as a “standalone” application to lawful permanent residents deemed inadmissible after a trip abroad. The hearing was conducted on July 26, 2019 at the Elizabeth Immigration Court, and after reviewing the evidence submitted in support of the application, as well as hearing from the client and his witnesses, the Immigration Judge granted the application. The client was released from detention that day and is now back home in New Jersey with his family.

  • Approved Citizenship in NJ
    Crimmigration CFB client was approved for U.S. Citizenship in Newark, New Jersey after appearing at his second interview in a naturalization case where client had significant criminal and tax payment issues. With CFB’s careful and resolute guidance, client soldiered on and continued to pursue his naturalization despite the complications and was both approved and sworn in on the very same day after satisfying USCIS of his worthiness for U.S. Citizenship.
    Not Guilty

    The prosecutor demanded client (JT) plead guilty and accept an 18-year sentence for allegedly slashing another man (KB) in the face.

    At trial, KB, with a 6-inch scar running from down his cheek to his neck, pointed to JT in front of the jury and said, “JT slashed me and caused this scar”. When it was time for cross examination the CFB criminal defense team was armed and ready. The jury was shown KB’s prior inconsistent statements, his questionable character was unearthed and his credibility undone. When David Cohen’s cross examination was over the jury was nodding their heads in disbelief. Twenty minutes after beginning deliberations the jury came back with a not guilty verdict on all counts and JT was a free man.

    Client facing 25 years for allegedly slashing a childhood friend’s face. CFB criminal defense team successfully argued to the jury that the victim was unbelievable. Client is a free man.

    Not Guilty

    CFB’s criminal defense team was up against video evidence from 2 different altercations, a 911 call describing their client as the perpetrator and a point out of CFB’s client by the victim. The prosecutor’s office smelled blood and refused to make any plea offer to SP. A trial was inevitable.

    At trial, David Cohen reenacted the alleged crime and identification of SP by the victim. Cohen used the courtroom as his stage and methodically demonstrated to the jury the circumstances of the “identification” of SP by the government’s witness. He challenged the witness on the witness’ ability to see what happened or to recall the event after the blow to the head. The jury deliberated less than two hours coming back with a not guilty verdict on what would have been a life sentence for SP.

    A CFB client facing a life sentence was found not guilty after trial by jury on what CFB argued was a misidentification.

  • Acquittal & Lawfully Residing in U.S.
    Green Card Holder Arrested & Charged for Burglary Juan Carlos had been living in the United States as a green card holder for the past ten years. His world was rocked when he was arrested for allegedly burglarizing his ex wife’s apartment. The judge set an excessive bail, which Juan Carlos’s family could not afford. The District Attorney’s Office was offering to dismiss the burglary charge, which carried a minimum sentence of three and a half years in state prison. In exchange Juan Carlos would have had to pled guilty to attempted burglary and be sentenced to five years of probation. He rejected the offer because a guilty plea would have resulted in his deportation from the United States. After a ten-day trial a jury acquitted Juan Carlos of the charges. He was released from criminal custody and is still living lawfully in the United States.
  • Cancellation of Removal Granted
    Green Card Holder Arrested for Past Drug Convictions Nazir has been living in the United States as a green card holder since he was brought here as a child. While waiting in traffic court to pay a fine, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, (“ICE”), agents arrested him because of two old drug convictions. Nazir was brought to a detention facility where he was held without bond. The government served him with papers, seeking to have him deported back to his home country. Cohen Forman Barone, LLP represented Nazir throughout all phases of his immigration court proceeding and were successful in winning his claim for Cancellation of Removal. Nazir is back home with his family and grateful to have a second chance in this country.
  • Detainer Lifted & Bond Posted
    Unlawful Resident Arrested for Assault Angel has been living in the United States without any lawful status for the past fifteen years. He was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting a coworker. While the criminal court judge set a reasonable bail that Angel could afford, ICE had prevented his release by issuing a detainer because he was here unlawfully. Angel’s family hired Cohen Forman Barone, LLP who helped get the detainer lifted and had Angel’s case scheduled in immigration court for a bond proceeding. Despite the government’s objection, Cohen Forman Barone, LLP, persuaded the immigration judge to set a reasonable bond. Angel posted the bond and is now able to fight his case while at liberty.
  • Waiver Secured & Green Card Received
    Tourist Visa Holder Arrested on Simple Possession Sara visited the United States on a tourist visa in the early 2000’s. She overstayed her visa and went on to live in the country for the next four years. While here, she was arrested on a simple possession drug offense. Soon after that she married Max, a United States citizen and life long resident of New York. The couple decided to move to Sara’s home country for a few years. While there they had a son, who they wanted to raise in the United States, thinking all Max had to do was sponsor Sara for a green card. Unbeknownst to either of them, Sara was barred from entering the United States for ten years because she had previously overstayed her visa; she was also barred for life because of her drug case. After Sara’s green card application was denied, the couple hired Cohen Forman Barone, LLP who went back to the criminal court to clear up Sara’s drug case and helped secure a waiver from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, (“USCIS”), for her unlawful presence in the United States. Sara, Max, and their young son Larry are now back in the United States, where Sara is a proud green card holder and looks forward to one day gaining her citizenship.
  • No Jail Time & Lawful Status Remained
    Green Card Holder Charged with a Felony & Facing Deportation Victor had been living in the United States as a green card holder for the past ten years. He was arrested on charges that constituted an aggravated felony under the immigration law and if convicted would have faced mandatory deportation from the United States. Because of their experience in immigration and criminal law he hired Cohen Forman Barone, LLP. Victor did not want to risk going to trial, but could not imagine being forced to leave the United States. In the end the attorneys at Cohen Forman Barone, LLP were able to negotiate a deal with the District Attorney’s Office that kept Victor out of jail and also preserved his ability to keep his green card and remain lawfully in the United States.
  • Granted Relief from Deportation
    Charged with Multiple Criminal Convictions

    On December 17, 2018 Cohen Forman Barone client was granted relief from deportation ending a case that lawyers for CFB have been fighting for more than 5 years. Client had numerous criminal convictions that provided significant procedural and substantive hurdles for the immigration court proceeding. Despite client’s most recent arrest of a violent felony just a couple months before his immigration hearing; CFB successfully argued that the client was fully rehabilitated and he merited a second chance to remain in the United States. There were tears of joy by lawyers, client and client’s wife and children. At CFB we fight to show the human side and consequences of potential deportation. We are very grateful for this result.

  • Granted Protection
    Charged with Drug Convictions is Granted Protection under the Convention Against Torture

    On January 24, 2019 the Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed an appeal filed by ICE/DHS after a win by CFB attorneys in immigration court. ICE/DHS appealed an immigration judge’s finding that CFB’s client was granted protection under the Convention Against Torture. Despite client’s lack of status and prior drug convictions here in the United States, CFB attorneys were able to successfully convince an immigration judge that client faced imminent danger at the hands of dangerous individuals in his native country of Dominican Republic. CFB represented client in both immigration court in front of an immigration judge as well as successfully defending client’s case against the appeal by the government.

  • Dismissed
    Felony Weapons Possession Charge

    Client charged with felony weapons possession and intent to use unlawfully. 1 loaded firearm with serial number defaced and second firearm found in client’s possession.

    We Prepared mitigation package, showed lack of intent to use, argued against the need for any supervision and secured detailed information regarding employment consequences to client.

    Argued potential 4th amendment violation and extrajudicial police actions.

    Ultimately all felony weapons charges were dismissed and client was ordered to pay a nominal fine.

  • Reduced to a Misdemeanor
    Charged with Medicaid Fraud

    Client was charged with Medicaid fraud. She had been convicted for a very similar crime many years earlier and now, as a licensed professional, she faced severe collateral consequences beyond those of the criminal justice system if she were convicted of these charges or if she had to spend any time incarcerated.

    Client came to us after meeting with and paying her prior counsel.

    Because the client had the prior misdemeanor conviction, also negotiated off a felony from years before, she was told by her first counsel on our case that she would have to plead guilty to this felony and probably do some jail time as well.

    Attorney Cohen put together a mitigation package, supported by letters from friends, proof of charity work, proof of employment, letters from employers and other “good deed/character” letters and documents that I submitted to the prosecutor’s office.

    The prosecutor’s office expressed their admiration of the mitigation package, calling it the best they had seen, and allowed my client to plead to a misdemeanor and dismissed the felony. Client risked losing her license, losing her opportunity for future employment and being unable to continue her payments for rent. She was distraught and close to breakdown when we met. She was elated, hysterically happy and very thankful.

  • CFB Gained Results and Liberty in Criminal Immigration Case
    Crimmigration CFB successfully secured a monetary bond for client previously detained in removal proceedings in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Client had a complex immigration and criminal history, including a pending warrant and open criminal case in two different states. Nevertheless, CFB devised a litigation strategy that successfully navigated client through these many challenges and ultimately resulted him regaining his liberty and returning to his loved ones.
  • Immigration Process Guidance
    Immigration Law

    On April 17, 2019, a South African CFB client was granted lawful permanent residence at his adjustment of status interview in Holtsville, Long Island (NY).The client had entered the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program in June of 2018 with the intention of visiting for the summer with his longtime U.S. citizen girlfriend. Their plans changed and he decided to propose. The young couple came to CFB to learn their options and were successfully guided through the entire immigration process without a hitch.

  • Granted Green Card
    Armenian/Russian Client Facing a Criminal Prosecution in Russia

    On April 23, 2019, an Armenian/Russian national CFB client facing a criminal prosecution in Russia was granted adjustment of status as relief in removal proceedings. The client was initially detained by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). A contentious bond proceeding was conducted in July of 2018, in which the government adamantly argued that the client should remain detained. The Immigration Judge ultimately agreed with CFB's argument that the client should be released and granted bond. CFB continued in its zealous representation of the client in his pursuit of a green card. After a contested hearing, the Immigration Judge ultimately granted him his green card and he is now a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

  • The Immigration Judge Granted the Waiver
    Drug Charges

    After a contested removal hearing an immigration judge granted cancellation of removal to a CFB client. The client, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, was first placed in removal proceedings seven years ago due to a 1992 drug sale conviction. The conviction was classified as an aggravated felony and rendered the client ineligible for relief from deportation. CFB’s initial step was to bring a post conviction motion into criminal court, seeking to vacate the conviction, which was granted by the criminal court judge. While the client was still removable due to another drug possession offense, he was no longer barred from relief because unlike a drug sale, a drug possession offense is not an aggravated felony. The litigation continued in Immigration Court until a trial was conducted on May 8, 2019. The immigration judge granted the waiver and the client finally has his green card back and is free of the stresses of planning for a possible future separated from his family outside of the United States.

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