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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. on CNN Re: Trump Obstruction of Justice Investigation
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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. on CNN Re Comey Firing
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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. Presenter at Maryland State Bar Association Program on Criminal Competency and Criminal Responsibilty
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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. - Presenter with Megan E. Coleman, Esq., Judge John Davey and Judge Joseph Wright at Prince George's County Bar Assocation Program on Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
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Bruce L. Marcus, Esq. (middle left) and Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. (middle right) at January, 2016 Reception by Washingtonian Magazine honoring it's "Top Lawyers" - both Mr. Marcus and Mr. Bonsib were again recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as among the region's best lawyers.

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As the following case summaries and recognitions illustrate, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. is one of the most active criminal trial and appellate lawyers in the area. Whether in the local trial courts handling a homicide, sexual assault, DUI or domestic assault case or in the federal court presenting a defense in a complex white collar or narcotics or before an appellate court, Maryland criminal lawyer Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. is at home in the federal and local trial and appellate courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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Probation for Judge In Federal Criminal Civil Rights Case (March, 2016)
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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. leaving the United States District Court in Greenbelt after sentencing of a Maryland Circuit Court judge who had pled guility to a federal criminal civil rights charge.  The judge received a probationary sentence.
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Involuntary Manslaughter & Leaving a Child Unattended charges dismissed (Feb. 2016)
After initially being charged with involuntary manslaughter in federal court, that charge was dismissed.  Following that dismissal, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq.'s client was then charged in federal court with leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.  After submitting extensive legal pleadings, the federal court agreed with defense position that this charge  was not a strict liability charge.  Faced with the judge's opinion the government then dismissed the final charge against Mr. Bonsib's client.
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Reduced verdict in federal murder prosecution (Jan. 2016)
Robert C. Bonsib,Esq.'s client was indicted for second degree murder, a charge that carried a sentence of 20 years to life, in a case where a fatal accident resulted from a 100 mph+ speed contest between Mr.Bonsib's client and another young driver.  The two vehicles collided and the other driver was killed when his car left the roadway, hit a tree and burst into flames.  Mr.Bonsib's client had acknowledged during the trial that he engaged in the fatal speed contest, essentially admitting to conduct that supported an involuntary manslaughter conviction - an  offense with a maximum punishment of 8 years.   After a week-long trial in federal court, the federal jury rejected the government's position, agreed with the facts admitted to by Mr. Bonsib's client, acquitted him of second degree murder and convicted him of involuntary manslaughter.  The trial involved expert testimony from accident reconstructionists and a toxicologist.  Sentencing is pending.
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Not guilty verdict in armed robbery prosecution (March, 2016)
In a prosecution of his client in the Prince George's County Circuit Court, sitting as a juvenile court, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. was successful in having his 17 year old client (whose case had earlier been successfully transferred from adult court to juvenile court) acquitted of armed robbery, use of a handgun and related charges.  His client is now on his way to college.
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MarcusBonsib, LLC hosts Department of State Delegations from 16 Countries for discussion of how the United States handles policital corruption cases  (March, 2016)
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Probation in 1000 pound marihuana prosecution in federal court (July, 2015)
Robert C. Bonsib, Esq.'s client was originally indicted in federal court in Baltimore and charged with conspiring to distribute over 1000 kilograms of marihuana, a charge that carried a 10 year mandatory sentence.    After many months of pretrial discussions, the government dropped the mandatory 10 year charge, accepted a plea to a mandatory 5 year count.  The client was "saftey valve" eligible and, therefore, the court was not required to impose the 5 year mandatory sentence.   The client had served two months in pre-trial detention before he was released pending the resolution of his case.  At sentencing, Mr. Bonsib successfully convinced the court to sentence his client to two months, time served, and probation.
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Reduced verdict and time served in 1st degree assault on police officer prosecution (December, 2015)
After a 4 day jury trial in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, a jury acquitted Robert C. Bonsib, Esq.'s client of first degree assault.  His client was accused of pointing a handgun at a police officer, resulting in the officer firing 4 rounds from his weapon.  Fortunately, no one injured.  A jury found Mr. Bonsib's client not guilty of first degree assault and guilty of a misdemeanor assault charge.  At sentencing, the client was sentenced to time served for the time he had served pretrial before being released on bond.
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Reduced verdict in home invasion prosecution (January, 2016)
Robert C. Bonsib, Esq.'s client was charged with home invasion/1st degree burglary, first degree assault and related charges on allegations that he forced his way in the home of the ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend and attacked the ex-boyfriend with a baseball bat.   If convicted of the original charges, Mr.Bonsib's client would have faced sentencing guidelines of 5-8 years.   After a multi-day jury trial, a Mongtomery County jury acquitted his client of all charges except for third degree burglary and misdemeanor assault.  His client received a 60 days sentence in the local detention center.
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C.  Bonsib, Esq. Discusses with 60 Police Investigators the Role of a Criminal Defense Attorney (May, 2015)
Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. was invited to address approximately 60 criminal investigators on the role of a criminal defense attorney.  This presentation included a discussion the importance of professionalism and fairness by criminal investigations, discussions of trial testimony and evidentiary principles important in preparation for court proceedings.
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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. Presented a Continulng Legal Education Lecture to Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Assocation (October, 2015)
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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. presented a lecture to members of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association discussing the legal and practical issues involved in proffer or cooperation discussions with prosecutors.
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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. and Megan E. Coleman, Esq. author articles on legal issues
Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. and Megan E. Coleman, Es . author, a continuing series of legal articles for the Prince George's County Bar Association Newsletter.  Links to these articles are found on the home page of this website.

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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. named best criminal defense lawyer for 2014 by "Best Lawyers in America"

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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. representing FBI agent charged with tampering with evidence. (July, 2015)

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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. interviewed on NBC4 News

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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. Receives Award for Career as a Criminal Lawyer

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MARCUSBONSIB, LLC celebrates its 25th Anniversay

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VERY FEW SMALL FIRMS ARE ABLE TO REACH 25 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL LITIGATION PRACTICE.  MARCUSBONSIB, LLC WAS FOUNDED IN 1990 BY BRUCE MARCUS AND ROBERT BONSIB.  MARCUS BONSIB, LLC  AND ITS ATTORNEYS AND STAFF LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY REPRESENTATION TO ALL OF ITS CLIENTS
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Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. testifying before the Maryland General Assembly on behalf of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association in support of proposed legislation to reform Maryland's forfeiture laws.

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ROBERT C. BONSIB, ESQ. DISCUSSES MARYLAND'S ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE AND WIRETAPPING LAWS WITH MONTGOMERY COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY JOHN MCCARTHY ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY CABLE TV - FEBRUARY 28, 2014 - CABLE CHANNEL 21

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ROBERT C. BONSIB, ESQ. PRESENTS COURSE ON THE LAW OF CONSTRUCTIVE POSSESSION AT THE ANNUAL ALAN GOLDSTEIN CRIMINAL LAW SEMINAR - MARCH 29, 2014

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MarcusBonsib, LLC Attorneys at Holiday Dinner 2013
L to R - Megan E. Coleman; Robert C. Bonsib, Janine M. Evans, Bruce L. Marcus, Sydney M. Patterson, Joseph A. Compofelice, Jr.
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( Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. with his client outside of the United States District

Court in Greenbelt, Maryland after winning a mistrial in a four week

mail fraud and obstruction of justice prosecution.)

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EXPERIENCED IN ALL CRIMINAL MATTERS FROM MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC OFFENSES TO VIOLENT CRIME AND COMPLEX FINANCIAL CRIMES IN FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS

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This page reviews some of the more significant and interesting cases and activities of Maryland criminal defense attorney Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. These cases offer a glimpse of the breadth and type of criminal matters, educational programs, bar and court activities and other significant events and activities in which Mr. Bonsib has been involved.

In some these cases, Mr. Bonsib was successful in winning acquittals or the dismissal of charges for his clients. While an outright acquittal or dismissal is the best of all possible results, in some cases the evidence may be such that the likelihood of success at trial is minimal and that it is in the best interest of a client to seek the most favorable sentence. In many cases, success is measured by the degree to which a favorable disposition can be negotiated or by the extent to which a client's sentence was able to be minimized or modified. Mr. Bonsib has recently tried other cases in the federal and Maryland trial courts - not all of which have produced favorable results for his clients. The cases reviewed here represent the more successful outcomes. Mr. Bonsib takes pride in the fact that he is sought out to assist those who expect and demand a trial even in those instances where there is a recognition that the trial will be an uphill battle and the chances of success slim. In some instances, where the prosecution does not make an offer that provides a client a chance at a significantly better result that which might happen after an unsuccessful trial, Mr. Bonsib has demonstrated that he will fight those tough fights and not "roll over" simply to avoid a trial and he will fight for his client under the most challenging of factual circumstances. In 2010 alone Mr. Bonsib has tried three federal criminal jury trials and four state jury trials, in addition to handling numerous non-jury matters and appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In addition to his active criminal defense practice, Mr. Bonsib frequency writes and lectures other Maryand criminal lawyers and law enforcement professionals on recent developments in the area of federal and state criminal law. He is also often asked to serve on court and bar association committees and is regularly consulted by the local media on matters of public interest in the field of criminal law.

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Robert C. Bonsib's opinion sought by local media in matters of public interest

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December, 2013 - Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. again recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of its "TOP LAWYERS" in the Washington-Maryland area

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In its December, 2011 edition, Washingtonian Magazine recognized Maryland criminal lawyer Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. for the fifth consecutive time as one of the regions top criminal lawyers (2002, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011). From a list of Washingtonian Magazine's list of the top 800 lawyers in the area, it narrowed its list to the 30 "best of the best." Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. was included in this select group of Top 30 Lawyers in both 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. has also been repeated listed in SuperLawyers (twice listed in the top 50 Maryland lawyers section) and in its list of the top 100 lawyers in D.C.

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FELLOW, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. has been a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers for almost a decade. The American College of Trial Lawyers is a prestigious national organization of trial lawyers whose membership is limited to the top 1% of the nation's trial lawyers. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have master the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism.

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ROBERT BONSIB RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF "THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA" (2005-2014)

Based upon the nomination of his colleagues, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. has been selected to be included in the 2014 Edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" as one of the best criminal lawyers in the areas of both white collar and non-white collar criminal defense.

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ROBERT C. BONSIB LISTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS AS ONE OF MARYLAND'S TOP 100 LAWYERS

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COMPLETE ACQUITTAL IN 3.5 WEEK FEDERAL CONSPIRACY PROSECUTION - UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT - GREENBELT, MARYLAND (DEC. 2012)

After a three and half trial in the United States District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland and after only five hours of deliberation on a single day a federal jury acquitted Mr. Bonsib's client of each count of a ten-count federal indictment. The client had been charged in a conspiracy indictment with conspiring with a doctor to have pain medication unlawfully prescribed so that the client could then distribute and sell the pain medication. The client was also charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. The client had consistently denied all allegations. The jury quickly rejected the testimony of the government's cooperating witnesses, tape recorded evidence and documentary evidence that the government contended supported its theory of the case. The defense produced a number of witnesses and documentary evidence to refute the government's allegation.

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ROBERT C. BONSIB, ESQ. PRESENTER AT MARYLAND CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL TRAINING SEMINAR

In October, 2012, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. and his associate Megan E. Coleman, Esq. presented a training program to members of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association on the issues relating the legal fees, forfeitures issues associated with legal fees and an attorney's obligation to ensure that legal fees and fee agreements do not run afoul of an attorney's ethical obligations and comply with federal money laundering and currency transaction reporting requirements.

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POST-CONVICTION RELIEF AND TIME SERVED SENTENCE IMPOSED IN 10 YEAR OLD RAPE CASE

After trial and after being sentenced to 30 years in prison in a ten-year old, DNA "cold hit" rape proseuction, Mr. Bonsib's client hired Mr. Bonsib seeking post-conviction relief and a new trial. After carefully reviewing the trial proceedings, Mr. Bonsib file a petition for post-conviction relief and was able to convince the prosecutor to not only grant his client a new sentencing hearing, but also to agree to a time served sentence. Mr. Bonsib's client was released after having served approximately 5 years on what had been a 30 year sentence.

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SUCCESSFUL REDUCED PLEAS IN A SERIES OF SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE PROSECUTIONS

With the draconian sentences now being sought in cases where there are allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly in those cases involving minors, securing a resolution in such cases that not only avoids incarceration but also seeks to avoid sexual offender registration. In a series of cases in 2010 and 2011 Mr. Bonsib was able to secure non-sexual assault dispositions in Prince George's County, Talbot County and Calvert County that not only avoided jail time for his clients but also avoid the requirement of sexual offender registration.

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DISMISSAL OF THEFT AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

Mr. Bonsib is often sought out by attorneys, law enforcement officials and other professionals when they face criminal law problems. In July, 2011 Mr. Bonsib won a dismissal of theft and conspiracy charges against his client, a lieutenant in a local law enforcement agency, accused of misappropriating union funds.

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PROBATION BEFORE JUDGMENT IN MULTI-POUND MARIHUANA PROSECUTION

Mr. Bonsib's client was charged for receiving two pounds of marihuana through a postal delivery service. The evidence against Mr. Bonsib's client was substantial and, therefore, the challenge in this case was to secure a dispositionthat would not only avoid jail time for Mr. Bonsib's client, but also seek to avoid a conviction and offord his client the future opportunity to have his record expunged. By securing a probation before judgment sentence in this, Mr. Bonsib secured the opportunity for his client to seek an expungement of his record if he successfully completes his probation and has no further legal difficulties for a period of three years.

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HUNG JURY IN PROSECUTION OF 30 YEAR OLD CHILD ABUSE/RAPE PROSECUTION

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. successfully thwarted the prosecution of his client, a 65 year old man, who was accused of raping and abusing an 8 year old child 30 years ago. After three days of pre-trial hearings and a week-long trial before a Montgomery County jury, prosecutors were unable to convince the jury to convict Mr. Bonsib's client. The pre-trial hearings focused on defense efforts to secure records and testimony regarding the complainant's extensive mental health history.

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN RAPE RE-TRIAL OF D.C. FIRE CAPTAIN - CALVERT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

Robert C. Bonsib was retained by a captain in the D.C. Fire Department after he had been convicted by a Calvert County jury of second degree rape in 2009. After successfully arguing for and winning his client a new trial, Mr. Bonsib represented the captain at his re-trial. After a week-long trial before a Calvert County, Maryland jury, Mr. Bonsib won not guilty verdicts on all counts for his client.

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT JURY TRIAL - PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

In August, 2010, after a three-day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland, Robert C. Bonsib successfully persuaded the jury that his client, a University of Maryland senior, acted in self-defense when he stabbed another young man who was in a group of four men who challenged, threatened and then attacked him a young woman who was with him. The prosecution unsuccessfully sought to convince the jury that the significant injuries sustained by the attacker established that unnecessary force was used in the act of self-defense.

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PROBATIONARY SENTENCE IN HOMICIDE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE PROSECUTION - MONTGOMERY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. secured a probationary sentence for his client, a young man who had been driving a vehicle in which a passenger was killed when the vehicle drove off the road and struck a utility pole. Mr. Bonsib's client's blood alcohol limit was well above the legal limit at the time of the accident.

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SUCCESSFUL APPEAL BEFORE THE MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS IN ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER CASE

After a trial in which his client was convicted of attempted second degree murder based upon allegations that he sliced his wife's throat with a knife, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. won a new trial from the Court of Special Appeals. Mr. Bonsib based his appeal on the trial court's refusal to permit the introduction of witness testimony that would have contradicted the statements of one of the State's crucial witnesses as to the manner in which the injuries occurred. A re-trial is pending.

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PROBATIONARY SENTENCE IN FEDERAL FIREARMS PROSECUTION - UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND

In a matter where the Grand Jury for the District of Maryland had indicted his client for possession and sale of a part used to convert a firearm into a machine gun, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. obtained a probationary sentence for his client. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines called for a sentence of two years, however, the federal judge agreed to impose a sentence well below the Guideline range and placed Mr. Bonsib's client on probation.

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DISMISSAL IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY RAPE PROSECUTION

After a series of pre-trial hearings, the Prince George's County prosecutor dismissed allegations of gang rape against Mr. Bonsib's client. At the initial hearing, questions were raised about the manner in which a pre-trial identification procedure was conducted. Mr. Bonsib challenged the representation made by the detective who obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Bonsib's client - an arrest warrant that lead to a statement being made by Mr. Bonsib's client. That statement was then challenged as improperly obtained as a result of allegedly false or recklessly inaccurate representations made by the investigating detective to support the issuance of an arrest warrant for Mr. Bonsib's client. Prior to the third pre-trial hearing, the prosecution dismissed the case against Mr. Bonsib's client.

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PROBATION IN BANK FRAUD PROSECUTION

Mr. Bonsib's client and his client's wife were indicted in the United States District Court in Baltimore, Maryland and alleged to have participated in a bank fraud that the government contended resulted in a 2.6 million dollar loss to an area bank. After 2 days of trial, the government backed away from its allegations - allegations that it had relied upon to seek a multi-year sentence of incarceration of Mr. Bonsib's client. After 2 days of vigorous cross-examination of the government's witnesses, the government offered Mr. Bonsib's client a plea to a single count alleging a $56,000 false statement, which Mr. Bonsib's client accepted. At the sentencing hearing, Mr. Bonsib's client received probation.

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DISMISSAL IN ST. MARY'S COUNTY MARYLAND RAPE PROSECUTION

Nearly a year after an alleged rape, Mr. Bonsib's client was charged with rape, based upon a DNA "hit." After aggressively challenging the validity of the government's case, including an extensive cross-examination at the preliminary hearing - the prosecution elected not to indict Mr. Bonsib's client and to dismiss all charges against his client.

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NEW TRIAL ORDERED IN CALVERT COUNTY RAPE CASE

A D.C. fire fighter, after having been convicted by a Calvert County jury of second degree rape, retained Mr. Bonsib to handle his motion for a new trial and, if necessary, to represent him on appeal. After a lengthy two-hour hearing on Mr. Bonsib's motion for new trial, a Calvert County judge agreed with Mr. Bonsib's arguments that a number of errors had occurred during the original trial and concluded that it was in the interests of justice to grant Mr. Bonsib's client a new trial. The new trial is pending.

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SUCCESSFUL RE-SENTENCING HEARING IN FEDERAL TAX PREPARER PROSECUTION

After being retained to handle an appeal of a tax preparer conviction for tax fraud, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. won a reversal of the sentencing decision by the trial. His client had originally been sentenced to 78 months in jail. After convincing the appellate court that the trial court erred in its methodology for determining tax loss, which the trial court and the government had originally calculated at over 4 million dollars, the appellate court ordered a new sentencing hearing. At the re-sentencing hearing, the tax loss was reduced to approximately $550,000 and Mr. Bonsib's client received a reduced sentence of 48 months.

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REDUCED SENTENCE IN FEDERAL LACEY ACT PROSECUTION

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. represented a rockfish dealer and Southern Maryland waterman who had pled guilty in federal court to violations of the Federal Lacey Act, which includes federal fish and wildlaw laws. While Mr. Bonsib's client admitted that he had participated in the falsification of certain records regarding rockfish, he contended that the government had grossly exaggerated the nature and extent of his conduct. As a result, Mr. Bonsib and his client demanded that issues relating to the nature of his conduct be resolved by the United States District Court at a contested sentencing hearing. The government sought a sentence of 70 months in the Bureau of Prisons for Mr. Bonsib's client. After a 3 day sentencing hearing, the District Court rejected the government's excessive sentencing recommendation and, instead, imposed a sentence of only 18 months.

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SUCCESS IN ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING RE CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY

A client of Robert C. Bonsib's was advised that the Department of Social Services proposed to list him on the Department's Child Abuse Registry. Mr. Bonsib appealed the proposed action. After a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, the Administrative Law Judge rejected the proposed action by the Department of Social Services to list the client as an "indicated child abuser" and directed that Department to remove from its records the client's name as one who had been alleged to have committed child abuse and "ruled out" the Department's proposed finding.

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JURY ACQUITS PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VICE-PRINCIPAL AFTER 1 WEEK JURY TRIAL

In April, 2009 after a one-week jury trial in the Prince George's County Circuit Court, Robert C. Bonsib's client was found not guilty of all charges. Mr. Bonsib's client, a vice-principal at a local elementary school was accused of having sexually abused a student at the school. The jury, after a brief period of deliberation, returned a quick verdict of not guilty on all counts.

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POST-CONVICTION RELIEF GRANTED - NEW TRIAL ORDERED - PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

7 YEAR SENTENCE REDUCED TO TIME SERVED

A new trial was granted to Mr. Bonsib's client based upon a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief that was filed alleging that Mr. Bonsib's client received ineffective assistance of counsel. The Circuit Court agreed with Mr. Bonsib's argument that his client was mislead regarding the sentence that he was to receive as a result of his guilty pleas to burglary and theft. After a new trial was ordered, Mr. Bonsib was able to negotiate a time served disposition for his client. His client who, prior to Mr. Bonsib taking over representation, had been sentenced to 7 years in the Maryland Department of Corrections and had served 1 year of that sentence, was given a time served sentence, thus ending the prosecution and reducing the client's sentence from 7 years to 1 year time served.

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN CALVERT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT PROSECUTION FOR VIOLATION OF SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

After a half-day trial in the Calvert County District Court, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. won an acquittal for his client, an person required to register under the sex offender registry statute, on both charges which alleged that he violated the restrictions imposed on one who is required to register pursuant to the Maryland Sexual Offender Registry statute.

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN STALKING, HARASSMENT, IMPERSONATION AND ASSAULT PROSECUTION - (Montgomery County District Court)

In April, 2009 Robert C. Bonsib represented a young man accused of assaulting a woman after she left a Gaithersburg bar after impersonating a police officer. He was also charged with stalking her with respect to an incident alleged to have occurred two days after the initial incident. After a day-long trial in the Montgomery County District Court, Mr. Bonsib's client was found not guilty of each of the charges of stalking, harassment, impersonating a police officer and assault.

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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS REMANDS FOR RE-SENTENCING IN TAX FRAUD CASE

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. won a re-sentencing hearing in a tax fraud matter which Mr. Bonsib handled on appeal. The Court of Appeals agreed with Mr. Bonsib's argument that the United States District Court erred in determining that his client was responsible for more than a 4 million dollar tax loss to the government. The re-sentencing hearing is pending.

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1 YEAR HOUSE ARREST IN VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CASE (Prince George's County Circuit Court)

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. was able to successful negotiate a sentence of 1 year house arrest for his client who was accused of being intoxicated when his vehicle collided with another vehicle resulting in the death of one individual and injuries to another. Mr. Bonsib's client pled guilty to homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated, but will not have to serve any time in jail. This case is an example of the importance of careful evaluation of the evidence in each case. In certain prosecutions, where the evidence is strong, the most important role for a criminal defense attorney is to seek as lenient and fair a sentence as possible for an accused person.

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MISDEMEANOR PLEA IN FEDERAL IMMIGRATION/HARBORING PROSECUTION

Mr. Bonsib's client had been indicted for harboring an alien and for related federal felony immigration violations. Initially faced with the government demanding at least 24 months of imprisonment, Mr. Bonsib was ultimately able to negotiate a misdemeanor plea and a sentence of probation that limited the client's punishment to a period of probation and 90 days of house arrest with work release.

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT AFTER 3 1/2 WEEK TRIAL IN 5.5 MILLION THEFT AND SECURITIES TRIAL (Mongtomery County Circuit Court)

In September, 2008 after a three and a half week trial in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, Robert C. Bonsib's client was found not guilty of all nine counts against him. Mr. Bonsib's client had been accused of participating with others in a securities fraud and theft scheme in which investors were told that they were investigating in a salvageable goods business that, in fact, was non-existent. Investors ultimately lost approximately 5.5 million dollars. Mr. Bonsib's client was charged with theft, conspiracy, securities fraud and identity theft. Mr. Bonsib presented evidence and successfully argued that his client, like many others, was a victim of the scheme and not a co-conspirator in the charged fraudulent scheme.

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT - 1ST DEGREE ASSAULT (Calver County Circuit Court)

In January, 2009, in the Calvert County Circuit Court, Robert C. Bonsib's client was acquitted of 1st degree assault and theft. Mr. Bonsib's client had been accused of theft from a Calvert County retail business and of driving her vehicle at a store employee as she sought to leave the parking lot of the business.

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DISMISSAL OF ATTEMPTED RAPE / SEXUAL OFFENSE INDICTMENT (Montgomery County Circuit Court)

In October, 2008 Mr. Bonsib's client obtained a dismissal of an indictment in which Mr. Bonsib's client had been indicted for attempted rape and for a third degree sexual offense. Earlier in the proceedings, Mr. Bonsib was successful in convincing the Court that his client's video taped statement to investigators was unlawfully obtained and was the product of unlawful promises and inducements. The Court agreed and ruled that the statement would not be able to be used by the prosecution during the trial. The statement would have been a critical piece of evidence for the prosecution. Shortly before the scheduled October jury trial, the prosecution notified Mr. Bonsib that it would be dismissing the indictment against his client.

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN MISDEMEANOR DRUG CASE (Howard County District Court)

As noted above, Mr. Bonsib has successfully defended complex financial crime cases, but he is equally comfortable with and active in representing individuals who find themselves charged with misdemeanor criminal offenses and traffic offenses in the District Courts of Maryland and the federal Magistrate's courts. As an example, in September, 2008 Mr. Bonsib represented a woman charged in the Howard County District Court with possessing marihuana in her home. The marihuana was seized during the execution of a search at the woman's home. A number of other individuals were also present in the home at the time of the execution of the search warrant. Mr. Bonsib successfully argued that the evidence was insufficient to establish that the marihuana that was found at the residence was in the actual or constructive possession of his client and she was found not guilty.

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40 MINUTE NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN RAPE CASE (Prince George's County Circuit Court)

In February, 2008 after a 3 day jury trial in Prince George's County and after only 40 minutes of deliberation, Robert C. Bonsib won not guilty verdicts for his client who was charged with second degree rape and second degree assault. The prosecution alleged that a woman was sexually assaulted while unconscious after an evening of drinking. Mr. Bonsib's client flatly denied the woman's allegations. The jury concluded that the prosecution's allegations were not proven.

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GOVERNMENT FAILS - MISTRIAL IN HIGH PROFILE PUBLIC CORRPUTION PROSECUTION (United States District Court - District of Maryland)

In the fall of 2007, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland described its prosecution of the former chief executive officer of the Prince George's County Public Schools as one of its most important prosecutions. Despite offering video taped evidence allegedly showing Mr. Bonsib's client engaged in criminal conduct, Mr. Bonsib was successful in derailing the government's prosecution. Despite four weeks of government evidence, the jury was not able to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the 16 counts which charged mail and wire fraud and obstruction of justice. A mistrial was declared after 7 days of deliberations and over 55 hours of deliberations. For a description of the trial and the significance of the mistrial in this case, see the WUSA report on the mistrial ( Click here to see story and video WUSA report of mistrial ) and the NBC 4 report on the mistrial ( Click here to see NBC 4 report of mistrial).

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY DISTRICT COURT NOT GUILTY VERDICTS

While Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. handles complex matters in the federal and state courts, he also regularly appears in the Maryland District Court and United States Magistrate Courts handling misdemeanor cases such as DUI, theft, drug possession, domestic violence and weapons violations. In April, 2008 Mr. Bonsib was successful in two District Court trials in winning acquittals for his clients. In one matter, a client was charged with stealing merchandise from a local retail business. In the other matter, a client, a college student, was accused of disorderly conduct and failing to obey the orders of a police officer after the client left a college town bar at closing time and became involved in a verbal altercation with a police officer.

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DISMISSAL IN FEDERAL IMMIGRATION FRAUD PROSECUTION (United States District Court - District of Maryland)

In March, 2008 Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. was successful in convincing local prosecutors to dismiss all charges against his client, who had been indicted last year in a multi-defendant case, for engaging in what the government contented was an conspiracy to defraud the immigration authorities by submitting fraudulent labor cert applications that, if approved, would permit non-U.S. citizens to enter and work in the United States. After a number of meetings with the government, Mr. Bonsib was able to convince the government, shortly before the scheduled trial date, that the indictment against his client should be dismissed.

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DISMISSAL IN FEDERAL TAX PROSECUTION (United States District Court - District of Maryland)

In the Spring of 2008, the United States Attorney's Office dismissed all charges against Mr. Bonsib's client who had been indicted for federal income tax violations. Throughout the course of the investigation and prosecution of this matter, Mr. Bonsib aggressively asserted the position of innocence maintained by his client and made it clear to the government that his client would fight the allegations, through trial if necessary. While others in the case pled guilty, the indictment against Mr. Bonsib's client was dismissed shortly before the scheduled trial date.

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT AFTER 3 MONTH FEDERAL CONSPIRACY,

MAIL FRAUD & FALSE STATEMENT TRIAL

(United States District Court - District of Columbia)

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(Photo from Metro edition of Washington Post of Mr. Bonsib and his client leaving federal court in Washington, D.C. after his client's acquittal)

After a three-month trial in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Mr. Bonsib's client was acquitted of all charges. Mr Bonsib's client had been indicted for conspiracy, mail fraud and a series of false statement charges arising out of a prosecution of a number of officials of the Washington Teachers' Union for the embezzlement of approximately 5 million dollars of union members' funds.

This highly publicized federal white collar prosecution resulted in the conviction, in the same trial, of two union officials. Others pled guilty before the trial. Mr. Bonsib's client, an accountant and tax preparer, who was accused of preparing false financial statements, was the only defendant not convicted in this series of prosecutions.

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WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE NAMES ROBERT C. BONSIB, ESQ. AS A "TOP CRIMINAL LAWYER" [2002, 2004, 2007]

Washingtonian Magazine, for the third time, acknowledged Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. as one of the area's top criminal lawyers, In its most recent issue recognizing the top area lawyers, Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. was listed in its "Top 30 Lawyers" category. Washingtonian Magazine has observed that if you or a relative is under arrest that Robert C. Bonsib is one of the top "lawyers who know the criminal law and their way around area courtrooms." It further noted that selection for its list of top lawyers was made only after it contacted "hundreds of attorneys" in the field of criminal law and "asked which lawyer in their field-other than themselves-they would trust with their business. Lawyers with the most recommendations made the [Washingtonian's] list."

Washington 2004

Robert C. Bonsib was first honored by the Washingtonian Magazine in 2002 when it recognized him as one of the area's top 75 lawyers.

Washingtonian - 2002

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN RAPE PROSECUTION (Prince George's County Circuit Court)

In September, 2007 a Prince George's County jury returned a not guilty verdict after 80 minutes of deliberation in a case where Mr. Bonsib's client, a former municipal police officer, had been charged with misconduct in office and with second degree rape based upon an allegation that he raped a woman with whom he had contact while on-duty. The misconduct in office charged was dismissed by the trial court in the middle of the trial and the jury returned a not guilty verdict at the conclusion of the entire case.

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DISMISSAL IN CHILD ABUSE PROSECUTION - (Prince George's County Circuit Court)

In September, 2007 in the Prince George's County Circuit Court the prosecution was forced to dismiss a child abuse indictment filed against Mr. Bonsib's client when the Court denied the prosecution's request for a further postponement of the trial date. Mr. Bonsib's client had been accused of improper sexual contact with his niece. Mr. Bonsib had prepared an alibi defense based upon witness testimony and through the reconstruction of his client's activities on the evening of the alleged incident. The reconstruction, through a time line supported by telephone records, payroll records, credit card and other receipts conclusively demonstrated that his client was at least 15 miles away from the scene of the alleged event on the date and at the time that his client was accused of committing the crime.

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ROBERT C. BONSIB, ESQ. RECOGNIZED IN "WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW"

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. has been repeated recognized in "Who's Who In American Law."

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NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT PROSECUTION

In August, 2007 a Prince George's County jury returned a not guilty verdict after just 45 minutes of deliberation in a case where Robert C. Bonsib's client had been charged with leaving a firearm and ammunition in a location where a minor child could readily obtain the firearm and ammunition. The minor child was fatally wounded when the firearm discharged. Mr. Bonsib's argued successfully to the jury that the death was an accident and that his client had done all that was reasonably appropriate under the circumstances to keep the firearm out of the hands of the minor.

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SUCCESSFUL SENTENCING IN FEDERAL COCAINE CONSPIRACY CASE - (United States District Court for the District of Maryland)

In many cases, success is measured by the nature of the punishment received by the client. In cases where the evidence is compelling, the responsibility of a criminal defense attorney is to seek the most favorable sentence for an accused.

In June, 2007 Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. convinced the United States District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland to impose a sentence of 12 months home detention in a cocaine conspiracy case where the government had argued for a 10 year sentence. Mr. Bonsib' s client had pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and unlawful possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

At a lengthy sentencing hearing, Mr. Bonsib initially convinced the trial court that his client was eligible for treatment under the "safety valve" provisions of the federal sentencing laws and federal sentencing Guidelines and that his client should not receive an upward adjustment of his Guidelines as a result of the presence of three handguns in his residence. The ruling that Mr. Bonsib's client was eligible for the "safety valve" meant that the court was not bound by the 10 year mandatory sentence and that his client's Guidelines sentencing range was reduced to 78-97 months.

In the second phase of the sentencing hearing, through the use of video presentations illustrating the compelling need of the client's disabled daughter for his presence and through the use of many testimonials, both in written and oral form, Mr. Bonsib then convinced the trial court to depart downward from the Guidelines range of 78-97 months to a sentence of 12 months of house arrest.

NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN D.C. VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER PROSECUTION

After a week-long trial in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, Mr. Bonsib was successful in convincing a Superior Court jury to return verdicts of not guilty as to the charges of vehicular manslaughter and negligent homicide. Mr. Bonsib's client was charged with fatally striking a pedestrian who was walking across the street in the middle of the block in the evening hours. The government alleged that Mr. Bonsib's client was speeding and under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Bonsib persuaded the jury that any evidence of speed and any evidence relating to the consumption of alcohol did not substantially contribute to the causing of the accident and, further argued that it was the conduct of the pedestrian that caused the fatal accident.

ROBERT C. BONSIB, ESQ. INSTRUCTS MARYLAND JUDGES REGARDING THE CRIMINAL TRIAL

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. was again asked to participate as an instructor at the Judicial Institute of Maryland. Together with two Circuit Court judges, he conducted a day-long training program - "The Conduct of a Criminal Trial" - for Maryland Circuit and District Court judges. This is the second time that Mr. Bonsib has been invited to present the day-long seminar to Maryland judges.

ROBERT C. BONSIB INVITED TO ATTEND JUDICIAL CONFERENCE FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. has been invited by the United States District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland to attend, as a lawyer member, the annual judicial conference held by the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. This year's conference with be held at the Wintergreen Resort. The featured speaker is Chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court.

HUNG JURY IN EXCESSIVE FORCE PROSECUTION

In June, 2007 after a week-long trial in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, the prosecution was unsuccessful in attempting to persuade a jury that Mr. Bonsib's client, a police officer with an area municipal police department, used excessive force during the detention of an individual. After two days of deliberations a mistrial was declared when the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

DISMISSAL IN CHARLES COUNTY FEDERAL ARSON CASE

In December, 2004 over 40 homes were burned in Charles County, Maryland in the largest case of arson in Maryland's history. Six individuals were charged with arson after an extensive federal and state investigation. Mr. Bonsib represented one of the six defendants. After an expedited and careful investigation, Mr. Bonsib and his investigator were able to reconstruct the activities of his client during the even before and on the morning of the arsons and convince federal prosecutors that his client was not involved in the arsons, despite his having been implicated in the arsons by two of the other individuals charged in the case. Each of the other five defendants either pled guilty or were convicted after trial. by using cellular telephone tower records and other records and receipts, Mr. Bonsib was able to track the location of his client during the evening of the arsons and demonstrate that his client was in Rockvlle and at other locations in Maryland at the time when others involved in the arsons were allegedly setting over fourty homes on fire. Mr. Bonsib's client was the only one of the original six defendants who was not convicted and sentenced to imprisonment.

DISMISSAL IN DNA "COLD HIT" RAPE PROSECUTION

In January, 2007 Mr. Bonsib successfully convicted a judge in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County to deny the prosecution's request for a postponement in a 1992 rape case. Mr. Bonsib's client was identified, according to the prosecution, by comparison of his DNA taken while he was incarcerated on an unrelated matter to DNA in an data base that contained the DNA obtained during the investigation of the 1992 incident. Through the filing of various pre-trial motions, Mr. Bonsib won a ruling from the trial judge that the prosecution failed to properly and timely provide to the defense the materials and information regarding the DNA testing and results and that, therefore, the prosecution would not be permitted to use the DNA results unless the trial date was continued to a later date. Only by a delay of the trial would the defense have been afforded an adequate opportunity to analyze the DNA testing process. Because the case had been pending for a lengthy period of time and because of the adverse employment and other consequences suffered by his client during that period, Mr. Bonsib was then able to convince the court that the prosecution's request for a further delay in the case was not supported by good cause. When the postponement request was denied, it also had the result of preventing the prosecution from using the DNA evidence. When those two events occurred, the prosecution had insufficient evidence to proceed to trial and had to dismiss the indictment.

HOME DETENTION IN AUTOMOBILE MANSLAUGHTER CASE

In May, 2007 Mr. Bonsib secured a sentence of home detention for his client who had pled guilty to automobile manslaughter. Mr. Bonsib's client had been indicted for manslaughter by automobile and driving under the influence of alcohol. His client was accused of operating a motor vehicle at a high rate of speed, failing to negotiate a curve and running off the road, striking a tree with the result that one passenger in his vehicle died and the other was seriously injured and remained in the hospital for a number of weeks. Mr. Bonsib's client had a blood alcohol level of .16.

In addition to convincing the trial court to permit Mr. Bonsib's client to serve his sentence on home detention, Mr. Bonsib was also successful at hearing before the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration in convincing an administrative law judge to reject a recommendation by the Medical Advisory Board that his client's driving privileges should be suspended. Mr. Bonsib's client was permitted to retain his driving privileges.

REVERSAL OF ATTORNEY'S OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CONVICTION

Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. successfully argued before the Maryland Court of Appeals that the conviction of a local prominent criminal defense attorney for obstruction of justice should be reversed because of a denial of the attorney's constitutional right to a speedy trial. In May, 2007 the Court of Special Appeals issued an opinion agreeing that the attorney's speedy trial rights had been violated and directed that the conviction be reversed.

PROBATIONARY SENTENCE IN FEDERAL FIREARMS CASE

In May, 2007, at a sentencing hearing in a case where his client had pled guilty to unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun, Mr. Bonsib convinced a federal judge to impose a below Guidelines sentence. Mr. Bonsib's client. formerly a police officer with an area police department, had faced a recommended sentence of 3 years under the federal sentencing Guidelines. Because of the unusual circumstances surrounding his client's involvement in this offense, Mr. Bonsib persuaded the federal judge to grant his client a downward departure from the Guidelines range for "aberrant conduct" and to grant his client a probationary sentence.

$127,000 DEFAMATION VERDICT AFFIRMED BY MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS

Although Robert C. Bonsib, Esq. handles primarily criminal matters, on this occasion Mr. Bonsib handled a defamation matter for a client who had been wrongfully accused of being convicted of theft while a teenager. As a result of the allegation, his employer fired him. After Mr. Bonsib successfully convinced a Montgomery County, Maryland to award his client $127,000 for lost wages and mental anguish, he then persuaded the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to affirm the judgment in a reported opinion. See Montgomery Investigative Services, Ltd. v. Horne , 173 Md. 193, 918 A.2d 526 (2007).