General Criminal

From case to case, the facts may be different, but it always takes hard work, research and preparation to tailor the right defense.

At Bozorgi Law PLLC, we have experience representing individuals across a wide range of general criminal cases. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience. Susan Bozorgi has tried well over 75 jury trials as lead counsel. Susan Van Dusen has tried well over 40 complex and lengthy jury trials in 23 federal courts throughout the country.

Knowing how to represent a client in a trial is not something that can be taught in a day, a month, or even a year. Developing criminal trial skills, instinct, and experience is something that grows out of years and years of handling multiple criminal cases at trial. Susan Bozorgi has been defending individuals accused of criminal offenses for more than 25 years. Susan Van Dusen has been defending the criminally accused for more than 40 years. They bring invaluable experience and knowledge to every case they handle as a team.

There is no substitute for experience, especially when a person’s liberty is at stake. Each case is unique, each set of facts is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all defense. There are no short cuts and there is no substitute for hard work. We thoroughly investigate, research, and prepare each case for trial. We strive to achieve the best outcome we can for each client with an attitude and methodology that leaves no stone unturned.

General criminal defense cases can be charged in either federal court or state court.

General Criminal Offenses in Federal court include:

  • Narcotics/drug offenses
  • Identity theft offenses
  • Theft schemes
  • Hobbs Act violations
  • Firearm offenses
  • Immigration offenses
  • False statement charges

General Criminal Offenses in State Court include:

Thefts and property crimes

  • Theft offenses
  • Grand theft auto
  • Grand theft
  • Petit theft
  • Burglary of a conveyance (car)
  • Burglary of dwelling (occupied or unoccupied)
  • Burglary with assault and battery
  • Forgery
  • Bribery offenses
  • Organized scheme to defraud

Crimes of violence

  • Murder
  • Aggravated assault
  • Aggravated battery
  • Strongarm robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Battery on a Law enforcement officer
  • Resisting with violence
  • Arson

Crimes involving sex

  • Sexual assault (rape)
  • Lewd & lascivious assault on minor
  • Capital sexual battery on a minor
  • Sex with a minor
  • Stalking

Firearm and narcotics

  • Carrying a concealed firearm
  • Aggravated assault with a firearm
  • Discharging a firearm
  • Possession of controlled substance
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Purchase of controlled substance
  • Sale of controlled substance
  • Drug trafficking

Criminal traffic

  • DUI
  • Leaving scene with accident
  • Leaving scene with property damage
  • Criminal mischief
  • Solicitation
  • Possession of marijuana

Title IX and Student Defense

We have experience defending students facing criminal accusations and/or disciplinary violations involving their university or college. We also have experience defending students who have been charged under Title IX, which affords the student with certain rights, including the right to counsel.

When a student gets arrested and faces criminal charges, it sets off a domino effect of consequences. Whether a student is accused of a criminal offense occurring on campus or off campus, it will likely trigger a parallel disciplinary violation through the student’s university or college.

In addition, often even minor incidents that occur on campus can trigger criminal investigations and result in criminal charges. For one, a student living on campus often gives up certain rights and protections when they choose to live in student housing. Also, regardless of housing arrangements, more than ever universities and colleges are under a microscope and subject to ever stricter guidelines by the Department of Education and federal statutes, such as the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), which recently amended the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) to impose stricter reporting requirements of incidents that occur on college campuses.

When a student is accused of wrongdoing in a highly scrutinized and regulated environment, where every incident has to be reported and catalogued, both the student’s criminal record and educational record can be affected. Getting advice from a professional advocate that has the experience to defend the student’s rights in court and advise the student about their options to defending disciplinary actions is critical.

In addition to allegations of criminal violations, there are many non-criminal disciplinary charges that can have far-reaching consequences on a student’s educational career and future.

A student who has been subjected to an investigation on campus, has had their dorm room searched, are being questioned by university staff or police, or has received a notice of a disciplinary charge should seek advice from a student-defense lawyer as quickly as possible. Investigations and disciplinary proceedings at universities and colleges often move very quickly and options often are presented in a way that can make a student feel that a decision must be made on the spot. Seek advice from a lawyer before making any decisions about the disciplinary process, agreeing to participate in any investigation or have received a notice of a disciplinary charge or Title IX.

Here is a list of some of the allegations and violations that the lawyers of Bozorgi Law PLLC can help with immediately:

  • Being arrested on campus or off campus
  • Assault or sexual assault allegations
  • Threats or stalking allegations
  • Cyber crimes
  • Cheating accusations
  • Plagiarism accusations
  • Alcohol and drug policy violations
  • Search of dorm room
  • Fake ID found and taken
  • Hazing allegations

Your defense is serious business.

When you need a defense lawyer, you want someone as concerned as you are about the outcome. Over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting clients with a strategic, thorough approach and resolute engagement.
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