Robinson Kardon is the Torrance criminal defense firm responsible for the landmark case of United States v. Poehlman, 217 F.3d 692 (9th Cir. 2000), which sets forth the standard for the defense of entrapment. Entrapment is a defense to criminal charges. In Poehlman, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed our client’s conviction in a child exploitation case, on the grounds that he was legally entrapped.
The law on entrapment is evolving rapidly. Defenses to charges that contain mandatory minimums based upon things like drug quantity, and certain sentencing factors in Internet crimes, are now taking the form of hybrid entrapment and outrageous government conduct defenses. Our Torrance criminal defense attorneys have successfully presented these cutting-edge defenses through the use of experienced investigators and expert. We have been able to present the unique and specific types of evidence to establish that the government’s conduct in investigating our clients was both an unlawful inducement to get our clients to commit crimes they otherwise would not have or that the government conduct was so outrageous that the charges muse be reduced or dismissed.
In order to successfully present these types of defenses, it is mandatory that the attorney be an expert in motion practice, the drafting of defense-oriented jury instructions, and arguing these issues on appeal. At Robinson Kardon, we dedicate our time, experience and energy to pursuing these types of cutting-edge defenses in an effort to achieve the most favorable results for our client.
Law enforcement tactics have become more aggressive in the last 20 years. The use of undercover agents, sting operations, and wiretaps has exploded. Police detectives and federal agents will view Internet usage and social media postings in an effort to target suspects for investigation. Recent court decisions have established a trend across the United States that indicate federal judges are concerned with this aggressive law enforcement behavior. With this in mind, it is critical that your criminal defense attorney in both state and federal investigations and prosecutions is thoroughly knowledgeable and current on the laws concerning entrapment, outrageous government misconduct, search and seizure law, and wiretap law. These defenses and constitutional claims, if intelligently, creatively and aggressively presented, can result in acquittals, motions to dismiss, reduced sentences, and successful appeals.
As mentioned above, the Poehlman case is an example of the extraordinary success of the criminal defense attorneys at Robinson Kardon. In that case, Mr. Poehlman was the victim of a parallel prosecution involving the State of California and the United States Attorney’s Office. Mr. P0ehlman pled guilty in the Los Angeles County Superior Court for violation of attempted child molestation. On the last day of his probationary period, he was arrested on a federal indictment charging him with the crime of enticement. Both prosecutions arose out of the same set of facts, where a joint state and federal task force, directed by an FBI agent, found Mr. Poehlman posting on an adult website looking for adult legal companionship. Mr. Poehlman went to trial in federal court and was convicted and sentence to 10 years in prison.
Robinson Kardon, using top forensic experts and relying on his experience as a trial attorney, created a record on appeal that caused the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse Mr. Poehlman’s federal conviction and order him released from federal prison immediately. Robinson Kardon immediately went to the state court and had the Los Angeles Superior Court reverse Mr. Poehlman’s state conviction using a writ of habeas corpus.
Through Robinson Kardon’s extraordinary efforts, the Poehlman case represents the law of entrapment in the Ninth Circuit. Before you obtain counsel to represent you in a federal or state investigation, you should insist that the lawyer you are interviewing establish proof of experience and results and demonstrates a level of knowledge and mastery of these constantly evolving and very useful types of defenses, as demonstrated by Robinson Kardon.
The Torrance criminal lawyers at Robinson Kardon have tried over 150 state and federal criminal jury trials. Our results, as set out on the Results page of our website, speak for themselves. In this day and age, with a greater public concern for the behavior of law enforcement, defenses like entrapment and legal theories concerning outrageous government conduct are more widely favored in the criminal courts.
Contact Robinson Kardon today to discuss your case.