An adept lawyer with a reputation for excellence, DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. embarked on a career in criminal law upon completion of a judicial clerkship. He is a former member of the elite Enhanced Narcotics Defense Unit within the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan where he represented clients charged with major narcotics crimes and homicides. He is a former Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles and the Virgin Islands and represented clients charged with an array of federal crimes. As an attorney in private practice he has extensive experience and success representing his clients in numerous federal courts. The variety of cases in which he has appeared as counsel include complex white-collar criminal cases, racketeering offenses, conspiracies, mail frauds, bank frauds, wire frauds, tax evasions, homicides, drug offenses, as well as complex civil cases. He has obtained acquittals for his clients in most of the cases he has tried during his career as a criminal defense attorney and has achieved success in the vast majority of his clients’ complex civil litigation cases. He combines knowledge, preparation, diligence, and skill to ensure the best possible result for each client.
On the basis of peer recognition and professional achievement, DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. has been selected by Super Lawyers in multiple consecutive years as one of the top 5% of attorneys practicing white-collar criminal defense in the New York Metro Area and he has lectured on federal criminal law issues. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is admitted to practice law in New York, California, Pennsylvania, the Virgin Islands, many federal courts, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States Bar.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from American University in Washington, DC and a law degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia.
New York Post news story reported the dismissal of charges against a respected Midtown plastic surgeon the Manhattan District Attorney accused of sexual abuse of a patient. The doctor “was only cleared after intensive detective work by [his] defense lawyer,” DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ., who persuaded the prosecutor to dismiss all charges.
New York Post news article quoted DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. in reference to the revocation of bail for his client charged with mail fraud as part of a labor racketeering indictment pending in Brooklyn federal court.
Gang Land news article quoted DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. in connection with his representation of a client charged with capital murder in Brooklyn federal court.
United States v. Anonymous, No. 01-56; Honorable Reena Raggi, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; Assistant U.S. Attorneys: John Kroger, Amy Walsh, Noah Perlman, and Daniel Dorsky. The indictment charged a total of sixteen defendants with Racketeering, Racketeering Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Hobbs Act Extortion. It alleged that they were part of a criminal enterprise known as the Colombo Organized Crime Family. The client rejected the prosecutors’ offer to plead guilty pursuant to a plea agreement that called for a 24-30 month sentence calculated under the U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines. He proceeded to trial facing a possible 20-year sentence before an anonymous jury empanelled by the Court over defense objection. Despite the testimony of several cooperating witnesses, DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. secured the only acquittal in the case for his client.
United States v. Anonymous, No. 00-13; Honorable Raymond L. Finch, U.S. District Court, Division of Saint Croix; Assistant U.S. Attorney: Tracey Christopher. The defendant was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The latter offense carried a mandatory consecutive five-year sentence. According to the agents, he confessed to growing the marijuana in his backyard and owning the firearm seized inside his home. After replacing the defendant’s former attorney on the eve of trial, DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. filed a belated motion to suppress the confession, which the Court granted after an evidentiary hearing. The case proceeded to trial, which ended with a judgment of acquittal on the firearm count. The Court later dismissed the remaining counts in the indictment with prejudice. Consequently, the client avoided mandatory incarceration and deportation from the United States.
United States v. Anonymous, No. 98-96; Honorable Arthur D. Spatt, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; Department of Justice Tax Division Trial Attorneys: Barry Jonas and David Bloch. What began as a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Defense and Internal Revenue Service into fraudulent billing by Royce Aerospace, a subcontractor of the Department of Defense, resulted with an indictment that charged the defendant and several other men with Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Conspiracy to Obstruct the Internal Revenue Service. Although four of the conspirators cooperated with the government and testified at trial, DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. secured an acquittal for his client.
United States v. Anonymous, No.97-413; Honorable I. Leo Glasser, U.S District Court, Eastern District of New York; Assistant U.S Attorney: Noah B. Perlman. DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. secured an acquittal for a client charged with Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and related crimes as detailed in the Press Release below.
People v. Anonymous, Docket No. 2005NY015782; Hon. ShawnDya L. Simpson, Criminal Court of the City of New York; Assistant District Attorney: Michael Dougherty. The defendant, a prominent Manhattan plastic surgeon was charged with sexual abuse of a female patient. According to the prosecutor, he made admissions to the complaining witness during a conversation monitored and recorded by the assigned NYPD detective. DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. conducted a comprehensive investigation of the complaining witness and after exposing substantial evidence of her uncharged criminal conduct, including perjury in connection with a civil lawsuit, Mr. Smith convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the criminal charges against his client.
People v. Anonymous, Docket No. 2005NY077559; Hon. Herbert J. Adlerberg, Criminal Court of the City of New York; Assistant District Attorney: Ehren Reynolds. The defendant, a New York City physician, was charged with possession of a forged instrument. The case proceeded to trial and DALE LIONEL SMITH, ESQ. secured an acquittal for his client.