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Federal Sentences and the Stacking of § 924(c) Charges

Attorney Harlan Protass co-authored a piece with a federal inmate about the effects of stacking § 924(c) charges.

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Protass Law PLLC Client Walks Out of Prison After Serving 27 Years of a Life Sentence

A man convicted of running a large-scale crack cocaine distribution organization in the late 1980s/early 1990s turned to an appeals and post-convictions attorney at Protass Law PLLC for help in seeking a reduced sentence. Because parole does not exist in the federal criminal justice system, a successful outcome was truly a matter of life and death. After getting involved in and conducting a thorough investigation of the case, NY criminal defense attorney Harlan Protass found grounds to get the client back in front of a judge for resentencing. And, at that resentencing hearing, the judge resentenced the client to time served. He walked out of prison that very day a free man for the first time in close to 27 years.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

Assault Case Resolved with Reduced Charges

Recently, a licensed securities industry executive was charged with assault after a fight with his girlfriend. Shortly after the charges were filed in New York County Criminal Court, he violated the order of protection that was issued upon his arrest and arraignment. Wanting to avoid the statutory and professional consequences that would stem from a conviction on either of those charges, and desperate to have the situation behind him, he reached out to a New York criminal defense attorney at Protass Law PLLC for help.

Harlan Protass immediately got to work on the client’s case, and was able to resolve it with a guilty plea to a charge of disorderly conduct – which is a violation, not a crime, under NY law. As such, neither the charge nor the conviction will impact on the client’s securities license and will be sealed entirely after a year.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.