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REPRESENTATIVE CASES*


UNITED STATES v. “JOHN DOE"
United States District Court 
for the 
District of Columbia
2017

Client charged with possession of child pornography as part of a government sting operation.  Mr. Balarezo successfully argued for a below guidelines sentence.    

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 30 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. ROSS
United States District Court 
for the 
District of Maryland
2017

Client charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Mr. Balarezo succesffuly argued that the government had violated the Speedy Trial Act.     

RESULT:  CASE DISMISSED 

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UNITED STATES v. “JOHN DOE”
United States District Court for the 
Middle District of Pennsylvania
2017

Client charged as part of an international cocaine trafficking conspiracy.  Evidence included drug seizures, cooperators and wiretaps.  The Client initially faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 120 months.       

RESULT:  COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 41 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. FLETCHER
United States District Court
for the 
District of Maryland
2017

Client charged as part of a cocaine trafficking conspiracy.  Evidence included drug seizures, surveillance and wiretaps.  The Client initially faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 60 months.  Mr. Balarezo negotiated a plea agreement and successfully argued for a below guidelines sentence.     

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 24 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. MUSIL
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2017

Client charged as part of a heroin trafficking conspiracy.  Evidence included drug seizures, surveillance and wiretaps. Although the Client initially faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 120 months, Mr. Balarezo negotiated a plea agreement that contemplated a mandatory minimum of 60 months.      

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 80 MONTH SENTENCE (Client’s sentencing guidelines were 100 - 125 months)

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UNITED STATES v. SOLIS
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2017

Client charged as part of an international heroin trafficking conspiracy.  Evidence included drug seizures, surveillance and wiretaps.  The client pled guilty without a plea agreement and Mr. Balarezo successfully argued for a sentence much lower than the guidelines sentence of 70 - 87 months.    

RESULT:  GUILTY PLEA WITH NO AGREEMENT - 30 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. SWAILS
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2017

Client charged as part of an racketeering conspiracy involving identity theft.  Mr. Balarezo successfully argued that the Pre-Sentence Report’s guideline calculation of 41 - 51 months was incorrect and the Court sentenced the client to 18 months.

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 18 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. BOYD
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2016

Client charged as the lead defendant gun running conspiracy.  Evidence included surveillance and wiretaps.  Mr. Balarezo successfully negotiated a plea agreement resulting in a sentence of time served.  

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - TIME SERVED

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UNITED STATES v. WEBB
United States District Court
 for the District of Maryland
2016

Client charged as the lead defendant in a cocaine distribution conspiracy.  Evidence included surveillance, drug seizures, wiretaps and informants.  After the government refused to make a reasonable plea offer to Mr. Balarezo's client, the client pled guilty without an agreement.   At sentencing, the government argued for a 15 year sentence.   Mr. Balarezo successfully argued for the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.    

RESULT: GUILTY PLEA WITH NO AGREEMENT - 10 YEAR MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCE IMPOSED (the government sought 15 years)

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UNITED STATES v. FERGERSON
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2016

Client charged along with several other defendants with participating in a cocaine distribution conspiracy.  Evidence included wiretaps, surveillance, seizures and informant testimony.  The client faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.  Mr. Balarezo successfully negotiated a plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm and the client was sentenced to 48 months.

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 48 MONTH SENTENCE (initial exposure was at least 10 years)

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UNITED STATES v. FUNDERBURK
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2016

Client charged with participating in a heroin distribution conspiracy and two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin.  At trial, the government presented surveillance videos, controlled buy videos, recorded jail calls, expert, law enforcement and cooperator testimony as well as seized narcotics.    

RESULT:  JURY DEADLOCKED - MISTRIAL DECLARED; MR. BALAREZO SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATED A NON-COOPERATION AGREEMENT TO A 48 MONTH SENTENCE FOR CLIENT; SENTENCING GUIDELINES WERE 151 - 188 MONTHS

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UNITED STATES v. WIGGINS
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2015

Client charged along with several other defendants with participating in a heroin distribution conspiracy.  Evidence included wiretaps, surveillance and cooperator testimony.  After the government refused to make a reasonable plea offer to Mr. Balarezo's client, the client pled guilty without an agreement.  At sentencing, the government sought a role enhancement and argued for a 15 year sentence.  Mr. Balarezo argued for the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

RESULT:  GUILTY PLEA WITH NO AGREEMENT - 126 MONTH SENTENCE, SIX MONTHS MORE THAN THE MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCE OF 120 MONTHS (the government asked for 180 months)

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UNITED STATES v. ATTAR

United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2015

Client charged along with several other defendants with participating in a cocaine and marijuana distribution conspiracy.  Evidence included wiretaps, surveillance and cooperator testimony.  Mr. Balarezo negotiated a very favorable non-cooperation plea agreement for the client, who was sentenced to less time than requested by the government.

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 40 MONTH SENTENCE (client’s original exposure was at least a 120 month mandatory minimum sentence)

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UNITED STATES v. “JOHN DOE"
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2015

Client charged along with several others with conspiracy to defraud the United States.  Mr. Balarezo negotiated a very favorable pre-indictment plea agreement for the client, who was sentenced to less time than requested by the government.

RESULT:  COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 10 MONTH SENTENCE 

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UNITED STATES v. JONES
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2015

Client charged with participating in a narcotics distribution conspiracy, use of a telephone in furtherance of a narcotics conspiracy and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Evidence included wiretaps, surveillance and cooperator testimony. Mr. Balarezo negotiated a very favorable plea agreement for the client that resulted in the lowest sentence in the case.     

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 45 MONTH SENTENCE (client’s original exposure was at least a 120 month mandatory minimum sentence)

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UNITED STATES v. BROOKS
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2015

Client charged along with over 40 other defendants with participating in a racketeering conspiracy, narcotics distribution conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.  Evidence included wiretaps, surveillance and cooperator testimony.  Mr. Balarezo negotiated a very favorable plea agreement that resulted in the lowest sentence in the case.

RESULT: NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 18 MONTH SENTENCE 

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UNITED STATES v. “JOHN DOE"
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2015

Client charged with participating in an international cocaine trafficking conspiracy that allegedly transported tons of cocaine from Colombia to Central America and then to the United States.     

RESULT: COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 72 MONTH SENTENCE (original guideline sentencing range was 262 - 327 months)

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UNITED STATES v. CAMARILLO
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2014

Client charged with possession with intent to distribute hundreds of pounds of marijuana.  Evidence included video surveillance and the seizure of several hundred pounds of marijuana and over $100,000 in cash.  Mr. Balarezo was able to obtain a very favorable sentence for the client.     

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 18 MONTH SENTENCE (Guideline sentencing range was 30 - 37 months)

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UNITED STATES v. SANDIDGE
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2014

Client charged with drug trafficking conpiracy and weapons possession.  Evidence included wiretaps and seized cocaine and weapons.  The client’s prior counsel had negotiated a plea to 9-11 years, which the client accepted.  After the client pled guilty and was pending sentencing, he decided the plea agreement had not been in his best interest.  Mr. Balarezo entered the case, successfully moved to withdraw the guilty plea and then negotiated a new plea agreement that called for a much lower sentence than originally contemplated.    

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 72 MONTH SENTENCE (guideline sentencing range was 130 - 147 months)

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UNITED STATES v. HERRERA
United States District Court
for the Eastern District of VA

2014

Client charged with conspiracy to import thousands of kilos of cocaine into the United States.  Evidence included cooperators, wiretaps and the seizures of thousands of kilos of cocaine.      

RESULT:  PLEA AGREEMENT - 87 MONTH SENTENCE (Guideline sentencing range was 135 - 168 months; government requested sentence of 125 - 136 months)

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UNITED STATES v. JACKSON
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2014

Client charged with conspiracy to pass counterfeit currency as part of organization that manufactured hundreds of thousands of dollars in counterfeit bills.     

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 15 MONTH SENTENCE (Guideline sentencing range was 27 - 33 months)

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UNITED STATES v. GARCIA
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2013

Client charged with distribution of a half kilo of cocaine to an undercover officer.  Evidence included recordings, cooperators and the undercover officer himself.   

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 12 MONTH AND 1 DAY SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. "JOHN DOE”
United States District Court for (Redacted)
2013

Client charged in large-scale cocaine trafficking conspiracy responsible for distributing hundreds of kilos of cocaine. Evidence included wiretaps, cooperators and the seizure of over 50 kilos of cocaine and over one million dollars.  

RESULT:  PLEA AGREEMENT - 18 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. EDWARDS
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia 
2012

Client charged with cold-case (1998) double homicide. Evidence included 5 witnesses and cooperators.

RESULT:  PRE-INDICTMENT DISMISSAL

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UNITED STATES v. NINO
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2012

Client charged with participating in multi-defendant international cocaine trafficking conspiracy responsible for importing large amounts of cocaine from Jamaica into the United States.    

RESULT:  INDICTMENT DISMISSED FOR VIOLATION OF SPEEDY TRIAL RIGHTS

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UNITED STATES v. HAYES
United States District Court
for the District of Maryland
2012

Career Offender Client charged with participating in multi-defendant cocaine trafficking conspiracy responsible for distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in the Baltimore area.  The investigation involved the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and millions of dollars.  

RESULT:  NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 15 YEAR SENTENCE (Guideline sentencing range was 30 to life)

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UNITED STATES v. “JOHN DOE”
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2012

Client charged with violent sexual assault and related offenses.  Mr. Balarezo handled the matter on a pro bono basis and secured a very favorable pre-indictment plea agreement and sentence.    

RESULT:  PRE-INDICTMENT PLEA AGREEMENT - 26 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. "JOHN DOE"
United States District Court
for the District of Massachusetts 2011

Client charged with money laundering as part of a Colombian cocaine trafficking conspiracy.  Mr. Balarezo was  successful in negotiating a very favorable plea agreement.

RESULT:  PLEA AGREEMENT - 30 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. TORRES
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2011

Client charged with participating in multi-defendant international cocaine trafficking conspiracy that allegedly transported over 9 tons of cocaine from Colombia bound for the United States.  The investigation included the Colombian National Police, the DEA, informant testimony and resulted in multi-ton seizures of cocaine, in addition to the 1, 700 kilos of cocaine dumped from go-fast boat piloted by the client.  Upon the client's extradition from Colombia to the United States, Mr. Balarezo was able to negotiate a very favorable non-cooperation plea agreement with credit for the time served pending extradition.

RESULT: NON-COOPERATION PLEA AGREEMENT - 12 YEAR SENTENCE (JUST 2 YEARS ABOVE THE MANDATORY MINIMUM REQUIRED BY LAW)

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UNITED STATES v. DIAZ
United States District Court
for the District of Columbia
2010

Client charged with participating in multi-defendant international cocaine trafficking conspiracy that allegedly transported over 12 tons of cocaine from Colombia bound for the United States.  The investigation included the Colombian National Police, the DEA, wiretaps and informant testimony and resulted in multi-ton seizures of cocaine.  Upon the client's extradition from Colombia to the United States, Mr. Balarezo was able to negotiate a very favorable non-cooperation plea agreement calling for 42 months of incarceration with credit for the time served pending extradition.

RESULT: NON-COOPERATION PLEA - 42 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. PATIÑO
United States District Court 
for the Eastern District of New York
2010

Client charged in a multi-defendant, multi-count indictment alleging membership in Colombia’s North Valley Cartel (NVC).  The government alleged that the NVC imported over 100,000 kilos of cocaine worth over $1 billion from Colombia to the United States.  The investigation included Immigration and Customs Enforcement,  the Colombian National Police, dozens of cooperators and resulted in multi-ton seizures of cocaine. 

Client was the only defendant to go to trial.  During a three-week trial prosecuted by the United States Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of New York, the government presented evidence obtained through seizures as well as the testimony of  experts and multiple cooperators seeking reduced sentences in exchange for their testimony.

RESULT: JURY DEADLOCKED, MISTRIAL DECLARED

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UNITED STATES v. MONTERO
United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia
2010

Client charged with participating in multi-defendant international cocaine trafficking conspiracy.  The government alleged that client participated in transporting over 1000 kilos of cocaine from Colombia to the United States.  The investigation included the Colombian National Police, the DEA, multi-kilo seizures of cocaine, wiretaps and informant testimony.  Upon the client's extradition from Colombia to the United States, Mr. Balarezo was able to negotiate a very favorable non-cooperation plea agreement calling for 36 months of incarceration with credit for the time served pending extradition.

RESULT: NON-COOPERATION PLEA - 36 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. YE GON
United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia
2009

Client charged with conspiracy to aid and abet the manufacture of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, knowing that it would be imported into the United States. The government alleged that from December 2005 until March 2007, client conspired with methamphetamine manufacturers who imported methamphetamine into the United States by diverting precursor chemicals to those drug manufacturing and trafficking organizations.  The indictment arose out of Mexican investigation that netted tons of chemicals and the seizure of more than $205 million in U.S. currency from client’s home in Mexico City. 

RESULT: INDICTMENT DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE

Related Articles:

Federal Judge Dismisses Ye Gon Case with Prejudice, The BLT: Blog of the Legal Times, August 28, 2009

Stevens Judge Blasts Justice Department in Drug Case, USA Today, June 22, 2009

Mexico, the DEA and the Case of Zhenli Ye Gon, The Washington Post, October 29, 2008

Not Your Average Drug Bust, The Washington Post, July 25, 2007

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UNITED STATES v. TORRES
United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia
2009

Client charged in same indictment as in United States v. Micolta (see below), alleging a conspiracy to import 5 kilograms or more of cocaine into the United States.  Indictment resulted from "Operation Twin Oceans," a multi-national investigation that targeted an alleged Colombian drug trafficking organization, believed to be responsible for transporting more than 15 tons of cocaine per month from Colombia to the United States and Europe.  The investigation included the Brazilian National Police, Panamanian Judicial Police, Colombian National Police and the DEA.  The three-year long investigation resulted in over 100 arrests and the seizure of 47,555 kilograms (52 tons) of cocaine, and nearly $70 million in assets.  Upon the client's extradition from Colombia to the United States, Mr. Balarezo was able to negotiate a very favorable non-cooperation plea agreement calling for 36 months of incarceration with credit for the time served pending extradition.

RESULT: NON-COOPERATION PLEA - 36 MONTH SENTENCE

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UNITED STATES v. BYERS
United States District Court 
for the District of Maryland
2009

Federal death penalty prosecution of client charged with ordering the murder of a witness to a prior murder with which the client was charged in state court.  The hit was purportedly ordered from jail using a contraband cellphone.  Evidence presented at trial included informant testimony and extensive records of electronic communications.  Case tried to a jury over six weeks.  Although the client was convicted of 8 counts and acquitted of one, the defense was able to persuade the jury to spare the client's life and instead impose a mandatory life sentence.

RESULT: CLIENT'S LIFE SAVED; MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE IMPOSED

Related Articles:


Jury Spares Byers' Life in Witness Killing, Baltimore Sun, May 5, 2009

Witness Murder Trial Case Headed to Jury in Baltimore, The Daily Record, April 16, 2009

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UNITED STATES v. PARRA
United States District Court 
for the Southern District of New York
2009

Re-trial of client charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.  Jury deadlocked at first trial.  During a week-long trial, the government presented evidence obtained through wiretaps, searches and seizures, as well as testimony from DEA Agents and three cooperators, including one who did not testify at the first trial.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

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UNITED STATES v. BURUCA
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2008

Client charged with Assault and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon with Intent to Use Unlawfully.  Charges stemmed from an alleged assault with a knife on a coworker.  Government presented testimony of the purported victim, who claimed that defendant assaulted him without provocation.  Additionally, government presented photographic evidence of alleged assault.  After a thorough cross-examination of the prosecution witness, Mr. Balarezo presented evidence from defense witnesses that demonstrated that the assault never took place.  After a multi-day bench trial, the Court acquitted defendant. 

RESULT:  VERDICT - NOT GUILTY 

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UNITED STATES v. CAMPBELL
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2008

Client charged with Assaulting a Police Officer.  Charge stemmed from police invasion of family's cookout.  Government presented testimony of police officers who claimed that defendant assaulted them after her son was arrested.  Additionally, government presented photographic evidence of alleged assault.  After a thorough cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, Mr. Balarezo presented evidence from defense witnesses that demonstrated that the police instigated the incident and assaulted  client.  After a multi-day bench trial, the Court found the police officers not credible and acquitted client. 

RESULT:  VERDICT - NOT GUILTY 

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UNITED STATES v. BROWN
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2008

Client charged in triple shooting at popular D.C. nightclub.  Mr. Balarezo was the fifth and final attorney to represent the defendant during the more than four years he was detained pending trial.  The government's evidence included multiple eyewitnesses.  Mr. Balarezo's trial preparation and investigation revealed that government eyewitnesses' identification of client were not credible and extremely weak.  No other evidence linked client to the shooting. 

RESULT:  INDICTMENT DISMISSED DAYS BEFORE TRIAL

Related Article:

Case Dropped After Inmate Waits 4 Years for Trial, The Washington Times, August 20, 2008

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UNITED STATES v. MICOLTA
United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia
2008

Client charged with conspiracy to import 5 kilograms or more of cocaine into the United States.  Indictment resulted from "Operation Twin Oceans," a multi-national investigation that targeted an alleged Colombian drug trafficking organization, believed to be responsible for transporting more than 15 tons of cocaine per month from Colombia to the United States and Europe.  The investigation included the Brazilian National Police, Panamanian Judicial Police, Colombian National Police and the DEA.  The three-year long investigation resulted in over 100 arrests and the seizure of 47,555 kilograms (52 tons) of cocaine, and nearly $70 million in assets.  During a three-week trial prosecuted by the Department of Justice, the government presented evidence obtained through wiretaps, as well as the testimony of DEA Agents, Brazilian law enforcement agents, experts, civilians and cooperators.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

Related Article:

Drug Trafficking Suspect Released After Acquittal, The Washington Times, July 24, 2008

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UNITED STATES v. PARRA
United States District Court 
for the Southern District of New York
2008

Client charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.  During a week-long trial, the government presented evidence obtained through wiretaps, as well as testimony from DEA Agents and cooperators.

RESULT: JURY DEADLOCKED, MISTRIAL DECLARED

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UNITED STATES v. SAMUELS
United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia
2007

Client charged in a 58-count federal indictment with narcotics  and RICO conspiracy, murder, weapons offenses and distribution of narcotics, making client eligible for federal death penalty.  After persuading the government not to seek the death penalty, Mr. Balarezo tried the case over a period of eight months.  Evidence presented against client included multiple informants, eyewitnesses and recorded informant narcotics buys.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY OF CONSPIRACY/RICO AND DISTRIBUTION CHARGES  (mistrial declared as to murder and weapons charges; client subsequently pled guilty to one count of manslaughter and sentenced to 84 months with credit for time served, the lowest sentence of any of the codefendants)

Related Article:

Juror Skewers Prosecution's Case in Drug Gang Trial, The Washington Post, January 2, 2008

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UNITED STATES v. TOATLEY
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2007

Client charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.  Evidence presented during jury trial through police officer testimony was that client was alone in his own car in which 50 ziplock bags of heroin and hundreds of dollars were seized after a traffic stop.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

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UNITED STATES v. JONES
United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia
2007

Client charged as leader of federal narcotics conspiracy involving the largest seizure of drugs in District of Columbia history - 97 kilos of cocaine powder; 1/2 kilo of "crack" cocaine; and over $800,000 in cash. The investigation of this case involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Metropolitan Police Department. During a two month jury trial, the government presented evidence obtained through wiretaps, pen registers, GPS trackers, video surveillance and cellular tower signals. Additionally, the government presented the testimony of "supplier" and "customer" cooperators who testified against client.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY ON 19 COUNTS (mistrial declared as to remaining 12 counts.  Client convicted on retrial and sentenced to mandatory life sentence.  D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction based on GPS tracking issue preserved at trial by Mr. Balarezo.  On January 23, 2012, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government's use of a GPS tracking device without a warrant  was unconstitutional and affirmed the reversal of Mr. Jones‘ conviction.)

Related Articles:

Cash & Cocaine, But No Conviction, The Washington Post, March 5, 2007

The Facts in a Criminal Case, The Washington Post, March 16, 2007

Court Says GPS Surveillance Requires Warrant, The BLT: Blog of the Legal Times, August 6, 2010

Supreme Court:  Warrants Needed in GPS Tracking, The Washington Post, January 23, 2012 (quoting Mr. Balarezo)

Justices Say GPS Tracker Violated Privacy Rights, the New York Times, January 23, 2012

United States v. Jones  (opinion)

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UNITED STATES v. SIMMONS
United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia
2006

Client charged with narcotics/RICO conspiracy and murder, making client eligible for federal death penalty. After persuading the government not to seek the death penalty, the case was tried to a federal jury over ten weeks. Evidence presented against client included multiple informants, wiretaps and videos.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY OF MURDER AND RELATED VIOLENT CRIMES (defendant spared mandatory life sentence; convicted of drug counts and received lowest sentence of all trial codefendants)

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UNITED STATES v. OLIVARES
United States District Court 
for the District of Columbia
2005

Client charged as part of violent RICO/armed bank robbery conspiracy that netter over $300,000.  Mr. Balarezo successfully negotiated a non-cooperation plea agreement for client.  Co-defendants found guilty at trial and sentenced to life-plus sentences.

RESULT: SENTENCED TO LESS THAN 5 YEARS

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UNITED STATES v. MILLER
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2005

Client charged with murder and conspiracy. Evidence presented against client during five-week trial included multiple eyewitnesses and ballistic evidence.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY OF MURDER, CONSPIRACY AND RELATED WEAPONS OFFENSES  (found guilty of lesser offenses)

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UNITED STATES v. VEGA
United States District Court  
for the District of Columbia
2005

Foreign national client extradited to United States and charged in large-scale narcotics conspiracy responsible for importing and distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine. Mr. Balarezo negotiated a non-cooperation plea agreement for client.

RESULT: CLIENT SENTENCED TO LESS THAN 7 YEARS

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MARYLAND v. GRAHAM
Circuit Court of Maryland
for Prince George's County
2004, 2005, 2006

Client charged with first degree murder and related weapons offense.  During the initial trial and two retrials, the government presented eyewitness and ballistics evidence implicating client in murder. Case tried three times, ending in deadlocked jury/mistrial each time.

RESULT: JURY DEADLOCKED, MISTRIAL DECLARED 3 TIMES
(client eventually pled guilty to one count of manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years with credit for time served and concurrent a another sentence he was already serving)

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UNITED STATES v. MONTALBAN
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2004

Client charged with attempted murder of wife's alleged lover, and with various weapons offenses. Evidence presented against client included eyewitnesses who testified that client shot victim in the head.  

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

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MARYLAND v. GRAHAM
Circuit Court of Maryland
for Prince George's County
2004

Client charged with armed robbery, assault and weapons offenses. Evidence presented against client at trial included eyewitness testimony.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

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UNITED STATES v. PRESTON
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2004

Client charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Evidence presented against client included police witness testimony that client had multiple ziplock bags of crack cocaine and large amount of cash in his car.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

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UNITED STATES v. JOHNSON
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2005

Client charged with introduction of contraband into penal institution.  Evidence at trial included the testimony of the jail employee who allegedly introduced the contraband for client.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

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UNITED STATES v. VILLATORO
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2004

Client charged with first degree theft and destruction of property.  Evidence at trial included eyewitness testimony and video evidence.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

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UNITED STATES v. VILLATORO
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2003

Client charged with assault with intent to kill while armed.  Evidence at trial included testimony from victim who claimed client shot him.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY

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MARYLAND v. RANDALL
Circuit Court of Maryland
for Montgomery County
2002

Client charged with theft and auto theft.  Evidence at trial included arresting police officer testimony.

RESULT: MOTION FOR JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL GRANTED; CASE DISMISSED

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UNITED STATES v. MILLINE
Superior Court
of the District of Columbia
2001

Client charged wtih domestic violence assault.  Trial evidence included police officer eyewitness testimony.

RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY


These cases are representative of the matters handled by BALAREZO LAW and are provided solely for illustrative purposes and not as a guarantee of future results.  The cases or matters referenced do not represent the BALAREZO LAW's entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its owns merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or a law firm's past results.

 

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