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U.S. ATTORNEYS DIRECTED TO PUSH FOR HARSHER SENTENCES

In a memorandum issued to federal prosecutors throughout the nation, Attorney General Sessions has ordered that all prosecutors seek to charge the most serious offense that they can prove. The memorandum included an order to use mandatory minimum laws and sentencing enhancements to seek longer sentences.  See the full memo here.

 

THE SIMMS FIRM PREPARES FOR U.S. COURT OF APPEALS ORAL ARGUMENT

Managing Partner Jonathan Simms, along with attorneys from Sidley Austin, LLP, will be appearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals on May 11, 2017, to present oral argument in support of an appeal that was filed on behalf of a client in a Wire Fraud matter. The case involved witnesses who testified about being swindled of out hundreds of thousands of dollars by a lottery scam scheme which involved international money transfers. The appeal is based on several legal issues including a claim of error with respect to a deliberate ignorance/willful blindness jury instruction.

 

PARTNER JONATHAN SIMMS SELECTED AS 2017 SUPER LAWYERS’ “RISING STAR”

Congratulations to Managing Partner Jonathan A. Simms on being selected as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine for Virginia and Washington D.C. This is the 3rd consecutive year that he has been named to this list of elite attorneys.

 

CLIENT FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES

Congratulations to Simms Firm Attorneys Stephanie Duran and Jonathan Simms for securing a not guilty verdict after a 4 day jury trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court. The client was charged with two counts of sexual object penetration. During the trial, Attorney Duran and Simms broke down the prosecution’s case by exposing over a dozen inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s version of events.  Text messages, medical records, and a mental health expert were all used as part of a successful defense strategy.  Medical records and experts were used to show that the source of blood was not from a violent attack. The jury acquitted the client of all charges after less than one day of deliberations. The not guilty verdict was returned on April 21, 2017.

 

JURY AWARDS PRINCIPAL $500,000 IN DEFAMATION CASE

A Patrick County jury unanimously ruled that a former principal at Stuart Elementary was entitled to a $500,000 award in a defamation lawsuit. The former principal had claimed that Patrick County Schools Superintendent William D. Sroufe maliciously made false statements against her in a performance evaluation letter when he removed as principal of Stuart Elementary on April 24, 2015, and reassigned her, which Waldron says hurt her reputation. Sroufe denied the allegations. Read more here.

 

 ATTORNEY SIMMS OBTAINS DISMISSAL OF FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES

Managing Partner, Jonathan Simms, negotiated the dismissal of a felony embezzlement charge for a client in Alexandria. The client was accused of embezzling funds from an area apartment community while employed at the location.

 

ATTORNEY SIMMS SECURES DISMISSAL OF THREE COUNTS OF FELONY DISTRIBUTION

Managing Partner, Jonathan Simms, successful secured the dismissal of there counts of distribution in Loudoun County during a preliminary hearing. Undercover Narcotic Task-force Officers claimed to have purchased narcotics from the client on three separate occasions.  The officers testified at the preliminary hearing and were cross examined about the alleged drug deals. After the hearing, all charges were dismissed.

 

THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION

An investigation has commenced into allegations that U.S. Attorneys have been listening to phone conversations between defense counsel and their clients who are in custody. If so, this is a direct violation of legal and ethical principals. Read more here.

 

GOOGLE CHALLENGES SUBPOENA IN CRIMINAL MATTER

Tech giant google has put a court on notice that it will be fighting a search warrant which orders them to turn over information on web users that searched a victim’s name using google. Read More

 

SIMMS FIRM CLIENT AVOIDS ABDUCTION & FIREARM CONVICTIONS AFTER JURY TRIAL

On March 19, 2017 a jury declined to convict our client of felony Abduction and Firearm charges in Fairfax County. The client avoided conviction on all of his charges and was able to return home to his family. The jury found credibility issues with the witnesses based on exposed inconsistencies.

 

ATTORNEY MATTHEW CRIST NEGOTIATES $300,000 SETTLEMENT

In March 2017, Attorney Crist reached final settlement in a premises liability matter in which our client was injured on a property while on his mail route.

 

JONATHAN SIMMS HONORED BY LITIGATION COUNSEL OF AMERICA

On March 14, 2017, Managing Partner Jonathan Simms was awarded membership into the fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America.  LCA is a Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.

 

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN PERSONAL INJURY MATTER

February 10, 2017
The Simms Firm is pleased to announce Attorney Matthew Crist successfully negotiated a settlement in our client’s personal injury matter related to injuries suffered in a car accident. The settlement was the result of hard work and aggressive negotiations on behalf of our client.

 

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN SLIP IN FALL CASE

January 28, 2017
Attorney Matthew Crist successfully negotiated the settlement of a slip in fall injury that occurred at a restaurant in Prince William County, Virginia. The client was already on crutches when she was injured further because of the establishment’s slick floor. Attorney Crist was able to negotiate the restaurant’s concession that it was liable for the injuries and then negotiated a settlement to compensate our client. Slip and falls can happen in various locations due to various factors. If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury due to a slip and fall, please don’t hesitate to contact us for representation.

 

OFFICE RENOVATIONS COMPLETE

November 10, 2016
The Simms Firm is proud to announce that renovations to our office are complete and we are moved in to the new space! We have doubled the space of our firm and added a second conference room!

 

VISA FRAUD CHARGES DISMISSED

October 26, 2016
Attorney Jonathan Simms won a victory in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria division. The Court dismissed the case against Simms’ client because of the government’s Brady violations in failing to properly disclose evidence. The client faced charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, identity theft, money laundering, and other serious charges.
Read more.

 

KIDNAPPING TRIAL VICTORY

October 13, 2016
Attorneys Melanie Wright and Jonathan Simms won a victory in the Fairfax County Circuit Court. The Client was charged with abduction and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The client was found not guilty by the jury.

 

ANNOUNCING NEW ATTORNEYS

October 10, 2016
The Simms Firm is proud to announce the addition of two attorneys. With the arrival of Stephanie Duran and Matthew Crist we have greatly increased our capacity of services provided to civil litigation clients.

 

ATTORNEY JONATHAN SIMMS AWARDED 2015 CLIENT DISTINCTION AWARD

Attorney Simms was awarded the Client Distinction Award for 2015 by Lawyers.com and Martindale.com. This award is received by attorneys who are recognized for excellence displayed in the following categories; quality of service, overall value, responsiveness, and communication ability.

 

JONATHAN SIMMS RECEIVES SUPER LAWYERS RISING STAR AWARD

Attorney Simms was selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in both Virginia and Washington D.C. The Award is sponsored by Thomson Reuters. This prestigious award is given to no more than 3% of attorneys in the entire state. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Since Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer, they limit the lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public, i.e., lawyers in private practice and Legal Aid attorneys. The Super Lawyers patented selection process involves three basic steps: creation of the candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by the research department; and peer evaluation by practice area. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. All attorneys first go through the Super Lawyers selection process. Those who are not selected to the Super Lawyers list, but who meet either one of the Rising Stars eligibility requirements, then go through the Rising Stars selection process. While up to five percent of lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than three percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

 

The Simms Firm is holding its First Annual School Supplies Drive!

We are collecting school supplies for less fortunate school students 1st grade – 12th grade.

We invite you to “build a back pack.” Select a back pack & fill it with school supplies OR bring any supplies that you wish to donate.

Please bring any supplies that you would like to donate to Suite 510 between 9:00 AM & 4:30 PM Monday – Friday. We will be collecting supplies until August 20, 2015.

 

JURY FINDS CLIENT NOT GUILTY OF ARLINGTON COUNTY KIDNAPPING

In a trial that was covered by various media outlets, Attorney Jonathan Simms successfully defended a client charged with kidnapping and malicious wounding in Arlington County. The prosecutor in the case alleged that the client had abducted an individual at knife point in the Clarendon area of Arlington, Virginia.  After two days of testimony from multiple witnesses and police officers, the jury returned a not guilty verdict.  The client was facing a possible 10 year jail sentence if he had been found guilty.

 

 

GRAND LARCENY CHARGE DISMISSED IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

Attorney Simms successfully litigated the dismissal of Grand Larceny charge in Fairfax County. The client was alleged to have taken over $200 in merchandise from a retail location in the Oakton section of Fairfax County. All charges were dismissed at the preliminary hearing.

 

 

FELONY PRESCRIPTION FRAUD CHARGE DISMISSED IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

Attorney Simms successfully litigated the dismissal of a prescription fraud charge. The client was alleged to have presented a fraudulent prescription of pain pills at a local pharmacy. All felony charges were dismissed at the preliminary hearing.

 

ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER CHARGES DISMISSED IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

Attorney Simms successfully litigated the dismissal of felony assault charges.  The client was alleged to have assaulted a police officer who was attempting to arrest her husband in their home.  The client, if convicted, would have been sentenced to a mandatory six months in jail.  The felony assault charge was dismissed prior to trial.

 

CLIENT ACQUITTED OF FELONY DISTRIBUTION OF CRACK COCAINE CHARGES

Attorney Simms successfully defends client charged with three counts of distribution of narcotics in Staunton County, Virginia. The client faced what some called “a no win case”. A narcotic task force had employed two confidential informants to testify against the client. The informants were equipped with wires and were followed by narcotic agents to a meeting with the client. Following the meeting, the informants met with the agents and claimed that they purchased crack cocaine from the client. Attorney Simms successfully exposed the confidential informants as unreliable witnesses. Moreover, Attorney Simms cross examined the narcotic officers and revealed several gaps in the evidence. Following the conclusion of the trial, the Jury found the client NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES.

 

 

ABDUCTION CHARGE DISMISSED IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

Attorney Simms successfully litigated the dismissal of felony abduction charge in Fairfax County. The client was accused of abducting his former co-worker from a job site and then transporting them to an unknown location.  After extensive pre-trial investigation, it was determined that the charge was completely unfounded.  All charges were dismissed.

 

REPRESENTATION OF F.B.I.’S MOST WANTED

Attorney Simms was retained to represent one of the F.B.I’s 10 Most Wanted, Tobechi Onwuhara. Mr. Onwuhara was hunted by Federal Agents for several years and was also featured on the television show, America’s Most Wanted. Federal Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Onwuhara’s crimes had resulted in the theft of over 10 Million Dollars. Mr. Onwuahra was facing a life sentence. As a part of a multiple firm legal defense team, Attorney Simms succesfully litigaged the dismissal of several felony charges. Attorney Simms’ representation resulted in Mr. Onwuhara’s sentence being negotiated down from a life sentence to less than six years to serve. More information about this case can be found here.

 

MARIJUANA POSSESSION IN FAIRFAX COUNTY DISMISSED

Attorney Simms successfully defended a client by securing the dismissal of a marijuana possession charge in Fairfax County. The client was a minor who was alleged to be in possession of marijuana. The officer’s stop, during which he profiled the client, was legally invalid and done without reasonable suspicion.

 

FELONY COCAINE CHARGES DISMISSED IN LOUDOUN COUNTY

A client’s felony Drug Distribution charges were dismissed at the preliminary hearing. The officers claimed to have witness the client engage in a hand to hand drug transaction with another person. The client was charged with felony distribution of cocaine. Attorney Simms successfully litigated the dismissal of these charges at the client’s preliminary hearing, as it was determined that there was not enough evidence for the matter to proceed.

 

FELONY CRIMINAL STREET GANG AND BATTERY BY MOB CHARGES DISMISSED IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

Attorney Simms defended a client who was a minor alleged to be a member of a criminal street gang in Prince William County. The Commonwealth alleged that he participated in assault and battery by a mob as a part of his gang activities. The allegations were covered by local television news stations. At the hearing, all felony charges were dismissed.

 

FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES DISMISSED IN ALEXANDRIA CIRCUIT COURT

The client was alleged to have embezzled money from their employer, a high profile agency in the city of Alexandria. The company claimed that the client had taken in excess of $50,000 for her own personal use. All charges were dismissed before her trial in Alexandria Circuit Court.

 

CREDIT CARD FRAUD DISMISSED IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

Attorney Simms successfully represented a client who was accused of felony credit card fraud and identity theft charges in Prince William County. The client had 4 four felony charges in relation to this case and all four were Nolle Prosequi; dismissed, after he aggressively defended the client in court.

 

PETIT LARCENY IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY REDUCED TO TRESPASSING

Attorney Simms successfully represented another client in Prince William County. The client was charged with a petit larceny. The offense can result in up to 12 months incarceration and a $2,500 fine. The charge was amended to a mere trespass with the hopes of saving her career.

 

TESTIMONIALS

The Simms Firm, PLC offered guidance and support throughout my trial. Their experience and
superior respresentation resulted in reduced charges, ultimately saving my career.
-Fairfax VA