Hobbs Act Prosecutions
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                have successfully represented private individuals and politicians charged with Hobbs Act violations, including some of the most significant trials in Massachusetts, and are currently involved in one of the highest profile “Hobbs Act” prosecutions in Massachusetts. If you or a family member is the subject of a Hobbs Act investigation or prosecution, we invite you to contact us to learn more about the depth of our experience, skills and knowledge in this area. The Hobbs Act criminalizes the taking of property by force or by color of office (meaning by an elected state or federal official who uses the cloak of his or her office to extract money from a constituent in exchange for the performance of some official act). The government uses this statute as a tool to prosecute a diverse range of conduct, from armed robberies of banks or other financial institutions to politicians who extract money from constituents in return for the performance of official acts. It has become a particularly important prosecutorial tool for the government given the current uncertainty regarding the “honest services” statute, the constitutionality of which is presently being considered by the Supreme Court, and the government has begun charging violations of the Hobbs Act as an alternative to “honest services” charges in their political prosecutions.

Defenses to these prosecutions are often factually and legally complex, and it is therefore imperative that you obtain legal representation as early as possible if you or a family member is the subject of such an investigation or prosecution, such that your attorney can immediately begin his investigation. The goal of any such investigation is often twofold: acquire information essential to persuading the government that you have not committed any federal offense and, if necessary, begin to prepare a defense to a federal prosecution in the event the government ultimately decides to seek an indictment. We have the resources, experience and skills to effectively defend Hobbs Act investigations or prosecutions, and invite you to contact us to learn more.

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Testimonials

That was the best closing argument I have ever seen.

~ Co-Counsel to Attorney Goldstein after federal trial

Goldstein pounced!

~ Boston Magazine, November 2003 (Describing cross-examination of federal agent)

Mr. Goldstein, I practice federal criminal defense in Oklahoma City. Last week I had the pleasure of watching you in action...I saw some of your cross examination on Thursday and your closing argument on Friday. You were absolutely phenomenal and I was very impressed with your trial skills. You are one hell of a trial lawyer!

~ Federal criminal defense attorney (in unsolicited email), February 2015

Mr. Goldstein, I practice federal criminal defense in Oklahoma City. Last week I had the pleasure of watching you in action...I saw some of your cross examination on Thursday and your closing argument on Friday. You were absolutely phenomenal and I was very impressed with your trial skills. You are one hell of a trial lawyer!

~ Federal criminal defense attorney (in unsolicited email), February 2015

This has been an extraordinary case. It's not hyperbole to use that word. It raised absolutely state-of-the-art legal issues and serious factual issues as well. I think it's appropriate to recognize and commend Mr. Goldstein . . . for working so energetically and effectively on your behalf. This is in the best tradition of the legal profession and it's really made a difference. You're going to get out of prison many years earlier than you would have absent his skill and dedication.

~ Federal Judge, August 7, 2008, re-sentencing hearing

Your argument was the only (defense argument) that made me uncomfortable. I kept hoping it would end.

~ Federal Prosecutor to Attorney Goldstein after multi-defendant federal trial