Exclusive legal representation for discerning clients.

Criminal & White Collar Defense

When your life and liberty are at stake, there is nothing more important than a superlative and aggressive defense. That is what I offer.

 

 
My son is home and he is enrolled in college and doing very well. We still thank you for all of your help from the bottom of our hearts.
— Mother of a Criminal Defense Client, 2009.
 

 

I am appalled by the way the overwhelming majority of Criminal Defense attorneys practice this area of the law - like knee-jerk Plea Bargainers rather than true defenders of their clients. 94% of criminal defendants accept Guilty plea “bargains” and are never provided an essential “trial on the merits”.

Over 90 percent of arrests convert to criminal charges without much scrutiny; getting arrested is tantamount to being charged with a crime ... [W]ell over 90 percent of defendants will plead guilty ... It turns out that simply being arrested and charged with a minor offense is a long and painful step toward being convicted of one.
— Prof. Natapoff, "When the Police Become Prosecutors", New York Times, 12/26/18

Evidence must be challenged. First, the police are infamously negligent in the way they do their work, often failing to follow correct investigative procedures, sometimes suffering from bias, and as we all know now, wrongfully using excessive force. Second, eyewitness accounts have been scientifically proven to be unreliable for decades, yet lazy lawyering has allowed them to remain a convincing bit of evidence in the courtroom. Third, this applies even more to the pseudo-science of forensics, particularly the kind employed by poorly trained field personnel working with the police department to collect and analyze hair samples, measurements of bite marks, handwriting samples, blood spatter marks, and other crime scene evidence. So much of forensics, not only in the way it’s practiced but in the foundations itself, is non-scientific, outdated, subjective, and thus deeply flawed. Yet due to poor legal representation, forensic conclusions are left unchallenged, thereby allowing this field of inquiry to stagnate rather than to progress. Finally, by merit of the fact that almost all criminal defendants are accepting plea bargains prior to any substantive legal defense, the erroneous if not fabricated testimony of witnesses, including so-called experts, is never sufficiently challenged. This must not stand, not when your life and liberty are on the line, and not when our justice system relies on the sincere adversarial nature of litigation. But as it is now, the Criminal Defense Bar appears to have almost entirely capitulated to Prosecutors who, along with conservative “law and order” politicians, are patting themselves on the back for their alleged victory ratios albeit gained by virtual forfeiture.

That is not the way I practice law. It may very well cost more than a flat rate plea-bargain lawyer, but you get what you pay for.

Of the 362 people who have been exonerated based on DNA tests in the United States, faulty forensics contributed to almost half of the underlying convictions. ... Jurors don’t understand when an expert is overstating findings or going beyond what can be tested and replicated.
— P. Colloff, "She Was Exonerated of the Murder of Her Son..." New York Times, 12/20/18

My Criminal Defense law practice espouses various matters including Violent Crimes, Robbery, Rape, Drug Crimes, and White Collar Crime. I offer aggressive and intuitive Criminal Defense representation in complex legal cases with persistence, cutting-edge research, and expedience for clients seeking the very best representation.

When Criminal cases also involve related Civil Lawsuits such as Investment Fraud or Corporate Law transactions, litigation, and arbitration, I am well-suited to deal with such matters in the courtroom. Few lawyers can provide such dynamic legal representation in both Criminal Defense and Civil Lawsuits. Having an attorney who can handle such related matters is not only a practical advantage but oftentimes a necessity. Your Criminal Defense attorney must fully understand these inter-related issues in order to provide you the best defense. In sum, I am thoroughly committed to protecting my clients.

I possess a potent ability to carefully choose high quality litigation support professionals such as forensic accounting professionals, private investigators, expert witnesses, psychologists, criminal justice consultants, jury consultants, information technology and software specialists, and biological forensic specialists to offer clients with cutting-edge legal representation and all the advantages they require in criminal investigations, lawsuits, appeals, and related civil lawsuits and public media relations.

When your life and liberty are at stake, there is nothing more important than a superlative and aggressive defense. That is what I offer.

 


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About the Attorney

Offering exclusive representation for discerning clients throughout CA, NY, MA, DC, and WA, Attorney Ali Shahrestani accepts individual, corporate, high-stakes, and high-conflict litigation and transactional matters in Divorce & Child Custody, Education Law, Business & Contracts, and Criminal Defense.

Serving bicoastal and international clientele, Mr. Shahrestani is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and Farsi. He offers clients his passionate advocacy, clear and consistent communications, and true professionalism.

 
 

Consult with the attorney today.

Mr. Shahrestani welcomes you to set-up an Initial Consultation during which you’ll discuss your case and a possible legal strategy that will seek to optimize your case’s strengths and work through its weaknesses. Mr. Shahrestani focuses on giving you the most aggressive and creative legal representation available, working hard to perform all the necessary tasks to help maximize your chances of success, while seeking to keep costs and fees affordable.

 
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