United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Cases

Harboring of Illegal Aliens

Description

Client was convicted at trial of conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to come to, enter, and reside in the United States and to conceal, harbor, or shield aliens from detection and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Result

Four hours after Samuel Ansell argued in front of the panel of Judges at the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Court decided to overturn her conviction on count one and ordered the client immediately released from prison. The Court remanded as to count two, and the government declined to retry her. Count two was DISMISSED.

Distribution of Cocaine

Description

Client was convicted at trial and was facing a 20 year federal prison sentence for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base.

Result

Due to relentless advocacy from Samuel Ansell during the pendency of the two year appeal, she was released from prison after serving less than five years.

Federal Cases

Unlawful Posession of a Firearm

Description

Client was charged with: unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien illegally in the United States.

Result

ICE agents arrived at the client’s residence looking for another individual. The officers detained the client and searched the home. Samuel Ansell fought the search and seizure, arguing a Fourth Amendment violation in a motion to suppress evidence. The government filed a motion to dismiss, which the judge granted. The case was, therefore, DISMISSED.

Falsely Representing Identity to Employer

Description

Client was charged with: knowingly deceiving his employer by falsely representing the social security number of another person and knowingly possessing and using a permanent resident card that the defendant knew to be falsely made.

Result

There was a traffic stop that led to the charges against the client, however once Samuel Ansell got involved and pressed for details of the traffic stop, no record of the stop was found. He maintained a lively dialogue with the government, pushing the government to file a motion to dismiss the indictment. The judge granted the motion and the indictment was DISMISSED.

Unlawful Transfer of Social Security Numbers

Description

Client was charged with: knowingly transferring, without lawful authority, the social security numbers of 2 victims, with the intent to commit an access device crime, a crime punishable with a sentence of up to 15 years in jail.

Result

Samuel Ansell exposed weaknesses in the government’s case and was able to negotiate a plea, where the client pled to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to fines and 2 years probation.

Harboring of Illegal Aliens

Description

Client was charged with: conspiracy to induce aliens to come to the United States and to conceal, harbor, or shield them from detection and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Result

The client worked for someone that helped immigrants register their cars in the state and was charged as part of this federal indictment. Samuel Ansell’s cross-examination of the government’s star witness at trial brought the flimsiness of the government’s case to light and the client was ACQUITTED.

Distribution of Cocaine

Description

Client was charged with: knowingly conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and knowingly possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Result

The constitutionality of the search done at the client’s house was questionable and Samuel Ansell filed a motion to suppress the evidence uncovered at the search. Rather than respond to the motion, the government ultimately moved to dismiss the indictment. The judge granted the motion and the indictment was DISMISSED.

Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun

Description

Client was charged with: possession of a short-barreled shotgun and conspiracy to transfer a short-barreled shotgun.

Result

Samuel Ansell launched a relentless investigation, locating witnesses, subpoenaing law enforcement and corporate executives and litigating applicable law to the elements of the charged crime. After an evidentiary hearing before the judge, the government moved to dismiss the indictment. The judge granted the motion and the indictment was DISMISSED.

Distribution Cathinone

Description

Client was charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute cathinone (aka “khat”), a Schedule 1 Narcotic, a crime punishable up to 20 years.

Result

Samuel investigated the highly unknown “drug” and pressured the government on holes he found in their discovery and charges filed. The client received a twelve month executed sentence.

Distributiion of Methamphetamine

Description

Client was charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Result

He was facing a possible prison sentence of 10 years to life. Through fierce sentencing advocacy, Samuel secured a 4 year prison sentence for his client, who has since been released from custody and has moved on with his life in a positive direction.

State Cases

Rape, Sexual Misconduct, & Criminal Confinement

Description

Client was charged with rape, a class B felony, sexual misconduct with a minor, a class C felony and criminal confinement, a class D felony.

Result

After deposing all witnesses and conducting a thorough investigation, Samuel Ansell discovered several significant inconsistencies in the story of the alleged crime. After arguing those discrepancies to the State, they agreed to DISMISS all charges.

Three Separate Cases

Description

Client was charged in three separate cases; the first alleged synthetic identity deception, a class D felony, driving while suspended, a class A misdemeanor, and false informing, a class A misdemeanor; the second case alleged driving while suspended, a class A misdemeanor; the third case alleged operating a vehicle, never received a license, a class C misdemeanor.

Result

Samuel Ansell transferred all the cases into one court. After going through the evidence and deposing the officers, Samuel was able to convince the prosecutor that the identity deception and false informing charges didn’t hold weight. The prosecutor moved to dismiss all but 2 misdemeanor charges, to which the client pled. His license was suspended for 6 months and he was put on probation for a year.

Battery

Description

Client was charged with battery, a class C felony.

Result

The immigration consequences of a C felony conviction would have been devastating for the client, with his deportation an almost certain outcome. Samuel Ansell’s diligent negotiations with the prosecutor led to the State agreeing to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. The client was sentenced to 180 days of probation.

Criminal Confinement & Strangulation

Description

Client was charged with: criminal confinement, a class C felony, and strangulation, a class D felony.

Result

Samuel won a motion to suppress due to improper protocol by police. The prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and dismiss the felony charges. The judge granted the motion and the felony charges were DISMISSED.

Posession & Driving While Suspended

Description

Client was charged with: possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony and driving while suspended, a class A misdemeanor.

Result

Samuel interviewed a witness, who admitted that she had been with the client and spilled the controlled substance in question. After Samuel presented the State with what he uncovered in his own investigation, they moved to dismiss the charges. The judge granted the motion and the case was DISMISSED.

Criminal Confinement, Child Solicitation, Battery, & Strangulation

Description

Client was charged with: criminal confinement, a class C felony, child solicitation, a class D felony, battery, a class D felony, and strangulation, a class D felony.

Result

Samuel Ansell set depositions and diligently worked through the discovery in the matter. The State was unable to get the witness to cooperate with them and ultimately moved to dismiss the charges. The judge granted the motion and the case was DISMISSED.

Resisting Law Enforcement & Operating a Vehicle without a License

Description

Client was charged with: resisting law enforcement, a class D felony and operating a vehicle, never received a license, a class C misdemeanor.

Result

A conviction would have profound immigration consequences for the client. During the deposition with the officer, Samuel Ansell’s rigorous questioning made it clear to the prosecutor that the resisting law enforcement charge was going to be difficult to prove. The state offered a diversion agreement and upon successful completion the case was DISMISSED.

Posession & Operating a Vehicle without a License

Description

Client was charged with: possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, possession of marijuana, c class A misdemeanor, and operating a vehicle, never licensed, a class C misdemeanor.

Result

Samuel Ansell was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the possession of methamphetamine charge and offer a diversion agreement for the other charges. The state agreed to dismiss the methamphetamine charge and upon successful completion of the diversion agreement, the State moved to dismiss the other charges, the judge granted the motion, and the charges were DISMISSED.

Receiving Stolen Property

Description

Client was charged with: receiving stolen property, a class D felony.

Result

Investigation by Ansell law firm brought questionable facts to light and the state moved to dismiss the case. The judge granted the motion and the case was DISMISSED.

Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury

Description

Client was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, a class D felony.

Result

Samuel Ansell was hired on the case just one week before the jury trial date. After a request for a continuance was denied, Ansell law firm immediately went to work on how to attack the case, putting together exhibits, jury instructions and motions in limine. Samuel’s excellent cross examination of one of the responding police officers highlighted a major issue in the state’s case. The jury ultimately returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY.

Robbery, Criminal Confinement, & Burglary

Description

Client was charged with 3 counts of robbery, class B felonies, 5 counts of criminal confinement, class B felonies, 2 counts of burglary, class B felonies and 2 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, class B felonies.

Result

Samuel Ansell intervened and began advocating for his client the minute he was charged. Through negotiations with the state, as well as dedicated and thorough sentencing advocacy, the client pled guilty to the conspiracy charges only. He was sentenced to ten years probation, avoiding spending any time in prison and allowing the client to move forward with his life in a more positive direction.

Bank Robbery

Description

Client was charged with robbery, a class C felony, punishable up to 8 years in prison for a role he was alleged to have played in a bank robbery.

Result

Through steadfast negotiations with the State and hard fought sentencing advocacy, the client received 2 years home detention.

Dealing & Possession of Methamphetamine

Description

Client was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony and possession of methamphetamine, a class C felony.

Result

Samuel Ansell mounted a Fourth Amendment challenge to the stop and subsequent arrest of his client. After reading the memorandums of law and hearing oral argument, the Judge granted Samuel’s motion to suppress evidence. The State was forced to DISMISS.

Immigration Cases

Immigration Proceedings After Operating a Vehicle without a License

Description

Client had immigration proceedings initiated after being arrested for operating a vehicle without a license. The client did not qualify for cancellation of removal because he had not lived in the US for 10 years prior to the notice to appear being issued by the immigration court.

Result

Samuel Ansell argued that the government should close the case since the client had no other criminal history, had 3 US citizen children and was married to a citizen of a differing Latin American country. The government (ICE) attorney agreed to close the case, the immigration judge granted the motion and the case was CLOSED.