September 26, 2017

Success Stories

Mortgage Fraud
Mr. Taback’s client was involved in numerous instances of submitting false loan documents to a bank in order to secure mortgages for people he worked for.
The Venue:
United States District Court, San Francisco, California
The Result:
Mr. Taback’s client admitted guilt to one instance and at sentencing, Mr. Taback convinced the court to grant his client probation without having to serve a single day in jail.

A Member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Charged with Acts of Violence in Aid of A
Racketeering Enterprise
A club member was charged with committing various acts of violence that included murder and assault
in order to advance or facilitate the interests of the club.
The Venue:
Federal Court in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Result:
After nearly three years of fighting the government its case fell apart and the government agreed to
dismiss the case entirely against Mr. Taback’s client.

Rape
A man in Fort Bragg, California, was accused of raping his own wife, from whom he was separated.
He allegedly broke into her home on his birthday and raped her.
The Venue:
Fort Bragg, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback’s defense strategy resulted in a complete dismissal of this case.

Conspiring to Manufacture and Distribute Marijuana
Mr. Taback’s client was charged with conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana.
The Venue:
U.S. District Court, San Francisco, California.

The Result:
After more than two and a half years of fighting the government Mr. Taback convinced the government
to dismiss the entire case against his client.

Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs and Participating in a Racketeering Enterprise
The charges against Mr. Taback’s client called for a mandatory ten-year sentence.
The Venue:
U.S. District Court, Oakland, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback convinced the United States Attorney that his client’s true role in the offense should be
resolved by an admission to using a phone to facilitate one drug transaction. At sentencing, Mr.
Taback convinced the court to give his client probation.

Statutory Rape With Great Bodily Injury
Mr. Taback’s client was charged with having intercourse with a teenage girl and causing her to
become pregnant.
The Venue:
Barstow, California.
The Result:
DNA analysis left no doubt that his client had intercourse with this girl. Mr.Taback convinced the
prosecutor that his client had no knowledge of the girl’s true age and produced witnesses to verify that
information. The District Attorney dismissed the case before trial.

Trading With The Enemy
Mr. Taback’s client had sold thousands of Cuban cigars to undercover Customs Agents over a long
period of time. These sales violated the United States trade boycott with Cuba.
The Venue:
United States District Court, Sacramento.
The Result:
Mr. Taback’s client entered a guilty plea after Mr. Taback convinced the United States Probation Officer to recommend a sentence that did not include any jail time. Mr. Taback also convinced the court to not impose any jail time.

Vehicular Manslaughter
Mr. Taback’s client already had two strikes on his record when he was charged with vehicular
manslaughter. If convicted, he was looking at a sentence of 25 years to life.
The Venue:
Hayward, California.

The Result:
Mr. Taback convinced the court to dismiss the charged strikes and to sentence his client to probation.
At the sentencing hearing, Mr. Taback had already convinced the court to give his client probation, but
the court wanted to hear from the victim’s family. The mother of the young driver who died was
devastated and let the judge know that her family would never get over this, that her life would be
empty without her son, and that she had no idea how her family would survive this loss.
Mr. Taback spoke directly to the mother in open court and explained how devastated his client was to
have been the cause of her grief, that no matter how happy he ever is in a moment of his life, it will
always be weighed down by the fact that he killed her son.
Mr. Taback added that his client was viewed as a Holy man in his Native American community and
that people had come to him with their troubles so he could provide spiritual guidance.
When Mr. Taback finished speaking, the victim’s mother asked if she could approach and hug the
client because she wanted closure for the whole ordeal. They both started crying uncontrollably while
holding on to each other.
Bringing these two people together was an unprecedented ending to a case and one of the most
touching moments of Mr. Taback’s 28-year career. The judge gave his client probation instead of a
sentence of 25 years to life.

Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine
Mr. Taback’s client was charged in Federal Court with transporting cocaine from Sacramento,
California, to Seattle, Washington. While represented by other counsel, she unsuccessfully tried to get
the court to suppress the cocaine because the defense argued it was unlawfully seized. The judge
denied that motion. She pled guilty and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
The Venue:
United States District Court, Sacramento, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback and his co-counsel, David Nickerson, represented the client in the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals and convinced the court the seizure of the cocaine violated the client’s Fourth Amendment
rights. The case was dismissed in its entirety and the client was released from prison.

Rape Investigation
Mr. Taback’s client had sexual intercourse with a woman who reported the encounter as a rape to San
Francisco Police. DNA evidence left no doubt that the sexual intercourse took place.
The Venue:
San Francisco, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback directed a thorough investigation of the relationship between the two parties and
convinced the District Attorney to not file a single charge against his client.

White Collar Crimes
Mr. Taback has represented accountants, mortgage brokers, and corporate executives charged with a
variety of White Collar crimes.
The Venue:
Federal Court, San Francisco, California.
The Result:
The results obtained have been for either probation or significantly reduced prison sentences.
Furthermore, Mr. Taback successfully represented a businessman in Fairfield, California, charged with
a massive check-kiting scheme. The result in that case was probation with not a single day in jail.

Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Mr. Taback’s client was charged with distributing millions of dollars worth of marijuana through a
medical marijuana dispensary that was not in compliance with California law.
The Venue:
United States District Court,

Oakland, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback convinced the government to recommend probation with no jail time and the court
accepted this proposed sentence. Mr. Taback’s client served not a single day in jail for this offense.

Transportation of Marijuana
Mr. Taback’s client was arrested by law enforcement after finding approximately 100 lbs. of marijuana
in the client’s vehicle.
The Venue:
El Centro, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback persuaded the judge to convince the District Attorney to reduce the charge from a felony to
a misdemeanor and the court agreed to sentence the client to probation with no jail time.

Assault With a Firearm That Caused Great Bodily Injury
Mr. Taback’s client discharged her firearm toward her boyfriend and the bullet severed his spinal cord.
This crime would typically carry a sentence in excess of ten years in prison.
The Venue:
Red Bluff, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback convinced the court to impose a sentence of probation without prison for his client.

Terrorist Death Threats
Mr. Taback’s client was a corporate executive who was charged with making death threats against his
brother and the client’s alleged mistress. Further, the client was charged with violating stay away
orders against these individuals.
The Venue:
San Francisco, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback convinced the District Attorney to dismiss the charged terrorist death threat counts (both
are serious strike felonies) and the client entered a no contest plea to the stay away order violation,
which was a misdemeanor. He received probation with no jail time as part of this negotiated
disposition.

Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm With One Charged Strike
Mr. Taback represented a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club who was charged with being
an ex-felon in possession of two firearms. The District Attorney filed a prior strike conviction, which
would make the client ineligible for probation.
The Venue:
Napa, California.
The Result:
Mr. Taback convinced the jury at trial to find his client not guilty of possessing one of the charged
firearms. At sentencing, Mr. Taback convinced the court to dismiss the charged strike and to sentence
his client to probation with no jail time.

Aiding and Abetting Homicide
Mr. Taback’s client was charged with encouraging her husband to flee after he killed a man with his
firearm. Further, she was alleged to have hidden the weapon from law enforcement.
The Venue:
San Francisco, California.
The Result:
At trial, Mr. Taback convinced the jury to acquit his client of all charges.

Attempted Murder and Assault With a Deadly Weapon
Mr. Taback’s client was accused of planning to commit murder with a firearm. Moreover, Mr. Taback’s
client fired at least five shots at an individual in a vehicle.
The Venue:
San Jose, California.
The Result:
At trial, the jury convicted Mr. Taback’s client of attempted murder with a gun enhancement and
assault with a firearm. The client was then facing a sentence of over 25 years to life in prison. At
sentencing, Mr. Taback convinced the court to not sentence on the attempted murder conviction and to impose a greatly reduced sentence on the assault conviction.

Attempted Murder with a Deadly Weapon
Mr. Taback’s client was charged with attempting to murder an individual who was having an affair with his wife. Mr. Taback’s client fired two shots at this individual. Both shots caused significant physical harm.
The Venue:
Lakeport, California
The Result:
At trial, Mr. Taback convinced the jury to find his client not guilty of attempted murder.