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Monday, August 14, 2017

Remaining Silent: Why it's Never a Good Idea to Speak to the Police

I’m often asked, “what is the one thing you wish you could have advised your clients before they hired you?”  The answer to that question is easy, DO NOT SPEAK TO THE POLICE.

Time and time again, after I am retained in a criminal defense matter, I learn that my clients spoke to the police about their cases before hiring me.  Those conversations take many forms, ranging from short “informal” discussions to formal interrogations. With very few exceptions, it is never in someone’s best interest to speak to the police if there is any chance whatsoever the police are investigating them for a crime.  By speaking to the police you are providing them with a significant amount of evidence that can be used against you at trial (remember, statements given to police by a criminal defendant are admissible in any prosecution brought against them).


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sean J. Farrelly Named to Super Lawyers for Second Consecutive Year

Farrelly PC founder Sean J. Farrelly has been named by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the area of criminal defense in Washington, D.C.  for a second consecutive year.  


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Farrelly PC Founder Sean Farrelly Named to National Trial Lawyers Top 100 for a Second Consecutive Year

For a second consecutive year, Farrelly PC founder Sean J. Farrelly has been named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for criminal defense in Washington, DC.  The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.

The NTL Top 100 membership includes some of the nation's most renowned criminal defense lawyers.  NTL Top 100 lawyers represent individuals in the nations most high profile criminal defense cases.  In addition, world famous athletes and celebrities often turn to the NTL Top 100 membership ranks to represent them when facing criminal charges.  

Mr. Farrelly is honored by his inclusion in this elite group of criminal defense lawyers.  He strives to ensure that all of his clients receive the best criminal defense in Washington, DC and being recognized by the National Trial Lawyers will only serve to motivate Mr. Farrelly to fight even harder on behalf of his client.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Farrelly PC founder Sean J. Farrelly has been named by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the area of Criminal Defense in Washington, D.C.

Less than three years after opening his practice, Farrelly PC founder Sean J. Farrelly has been named by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the area of criminal defense in Washington, D.C.  Prior to forming Farrelly PC, Sean Farrelly served as an Assistant Attorney General in the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General.  As an Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Farrelly prosecuted various criminal offenses committed within the District.  Prior to his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Farrelly served as a Judicial Law Clerk in the District of Columbia Superior Court.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Farrelly PC Client Found NOT GUILTY of Criminal Contempt

Washington, DC Superior Court Judge finds Farrelly PC client NOT GUILTY of criminal contempt following 3 day bench trial.  The judge ruled that the government failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Farrelly PC client willfully or intentionally violated court orders and thus was not guilty of criminal contempt.  Criminal contempt is charged under D.C. Code Section 16-1005(f) and carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Sean J. Farrelly Named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Farrelly PC founder Sean J. Farrelly has been named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for criminal defense in Washington, DC.  The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.

The NTL Top 100 membership includes some of the nation's most renowned criminal defense lawyers.  NTL Top 100 lawyers represent individuals in the nations most high profile criminal defense cases.  In addition, world famous athletes and celebrities often turn to the NTL Top 100 membership ranks to represent them when facing criminal charges.  

Mr. Farrelly is honored by his inclusion in this elite group of criminal defense lawyers.  He strives to ensure that all of his clients receive the best criminal defense in Washington, DC and being recognized by the National Trial Lawyers will only serve to motivate Mr. Farrelly to fight even harder on behalf of his client.

 

 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Farrelly PC Client Acquitted After Being Originally Found Guilty

On October 21, 2014, a DC Superior Court judge found a Farrelly PC client not guilty of misdemeanor threats.  The not guilty verdict came after the court had already found the client guilty of the alleged offense.

The case involved allegations of a threat made over the telephone.  The government presented testimony that the Farrelly PC client was speaking to a family friend by telephone when he made threats toward the family friend's sister.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Will Police Misconduct in DC Finally Be Addressed?

As reported in the Washington Post, on January 24, the D.C. City Council will hold an oversight hearing to address issues related to police misconduct in the District.  Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), chairman of the D.C. Council’s public safety committee said he wants Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) Chief Cathy L. Lanier to answer questions about whether police officers who are engaged in unsavory behavior are being identified. 

Wells, who is running for mayor, stated “[i]t is very important to me that residents have confidence in our police officers to be upstanding citizens who are on the side of angels and not people who commit crimes.” 


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Monday, December 30, 2013

What is Diversion? -- Part Two

By: Sean Farrelly

This blog post is the second of a two part series discussing the various forms of "diversion" offered for most DC misdemeanor crimes.  

When an individual is charged with a criminal offense in Washington, DC, in most cases a plea offer is made by the prosecutor.  For a majority of misdemeanor offenses and occasionally in felony matters, the plea offer made by the government will be an offer of what is known as “diversion.”

Diversion is a method by which an individual can resolve his or her case short of conviction.  There are many different types of diversion, including, DC Traffic Diversion, STET Agreements, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Deferred Sentencing Agreements, Drug Court and Mental Health Court.  Each type of diversion comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. DC Traffic Diversion, STET Agreements and Deferred Prosecution Agreements were discussed previously in Part One.  Deferred Sentencing Agreements, Drug Court and Mental Health Court are discussed in detail below.


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Friday, December 27, 2013

What is Diversion? -- Part One

This blog post is the first of a two part series discussing the various forms of "diversion" offered for most DC misdemeanor crimes.  

When an individual is charged with a criminal offense in Washington, DC, in most cases a plea offer is made by the prosecutor.  For a majority of misdemeanor offenses and occasionally in felony matters, the plea offer made by the government will be an offer of what is known as “diversion.”

Diversion is a method by which an individual can resolve his or her case short of conviction.  There are many different types of diversion, including, DC Traffic Diversion, STET Agreements, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Deferred Sentencing Agreements, Drug Court and Mental Health Court.  Each type of diversion comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. DC Traffic Diversion, STET Agreements and Deferred Prosecution Agreements will be discussed in detail in this blog post.  Deferred Sentencing Agreements, Drug Court and Mental Health Court will be discussed in Part Two.


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Friday, December 6, 2013

What Happens After I am Arrested in DC?

The answer to this question greatly depends on the particular facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest.  At the outset, if you are arrested for a criminal offense in Washington, DC, that means that the law enforcement agency arresting you believes there is “probable cause” to place you under arrest.  Whether or not probable cause exists depends on whether in the particular circumstances, a police officer who is conditioned by their observations and information, and guided by their experience, reasonably could believe that a crime has been committed by the person who is arrested.

Once an officer has probable cause for an arrest, the officer can then formally arrest you and take you into custody.  This means that you are now subject to the control of the police, are no longer free to leave and you would most likely be constrained by handcuffs or by some other means. 


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