Victim Rights

Victims of federal crimes have substantial rights under the Crime Victims Rights Act (“CVRA”).  Under certain circumstances, the CVRA allows crime victims to obtain judgments for restitution against convicted defendants as well as influence the plea bargain process.

We pioneered use of the CVRA to protect consumers who were the victims of an antitrust crime.  Through our efforts, we were able to persuade the government to demand probation for a financially shaky corporate defendant.   The government attorney noted our value:

“We did listen to what they had to say. As a result of what they had to say, we ensured — and we took great order of time, of the Court’s time, …  — to ensure that probation was a portion of the plea agreement, which as Your Honor indicated at the time of the hearing, you did not believe was a part of it.  That was a critical issue on the part of the petitioners in this case: to ensure that probation was established.”

We will employ all tools available that allow us to maximize recovery for our clients in the least amount of time and with the least amount of expense.

Trouble does not come from words unspoken, particularly in this age of e-mails, tweets, cameras and recorders.
Fred Biery