Attorney Sami Azhari of Azhari LLC was recently published in the American Bar Association’s semi-annual White Collar Crime Newsletter. The article focused on recent proposed amendments from the United States Sentencing Commission for the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Azhari teamed up with Professor Aliza Hochman Bloom of New England Law School.
The article discussed whether criminal defendants should be entitled to a downward departure for not taking a case to trial despite filing a motion to suppress on a constitutional issue. Currently, the guidelines do not address the split in the appellate courts and the proposed amendments from the Commission did not rectify the issue. Attorney Azhari also submitted his article to the Commission at the request of one of the attorneys sitting on the Commission.
Sami Azhari has been representing criminal defendants his entire career. Having practiced in large cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, he now has a boutique law firm focusing on federal and white-collar criminal litigation across the country. His clients are pleased with his results, which include acquittals, dismissals, and persuading the government not to bring charges.
He has been published numerous times on issues of white-collar criminal defense, including Law360 and The Champion, the journal for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Earlier this year, Sami Azhari was selected to the 2023 Illinois Superlawyers for White Collar Criminal Defense. Superlawyers is a trusted legal ranking guide that uses peer nominations and multistage vetting. Sami Azhari was a Rising Star in Illinois for 8 consecutive years from 2015 to 2022, an honor given to the top 2.5% of attorneys in the State of Illinois who are under 40.
He focuses his practice on financial fraud cases, including, wire fraud, bank fraud, as well as PPP fraud and SBA loan fraud. He is currently handling a multistate money laundering investigation and is representing a defendant in one of the largest cryptocurrency fraud cases currently filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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