Trials

Mr. Eaman has tried cases in state courts throughout the  State of  Michigan  and in federal court.  He has tried cases  that were four  months long (acquittal of his client), three months long  (acquittal of  all clients), six weeks long (acquittal of all clients), and   shorter.    He has tried cases  successfully against the Strike Force  (special prosecutors) of the United  States Attorney’s Office in  Detroit, the Criminal Tax Division of the Justice  Department from  Washington, and other prosecutors specially assigned to  prosecute his  clients.  He has also  represented clients being prosecuted in New York  and South Dakota.


Ms. Gabbara has assisted Mr. Eaman in two federal trials  and  one state court trial throughout the last two years, gaining  valuable  experience that now permits her to represent clients at trials  in both state  and federal courts.  Mr. Eaman supervises  all her work  in all her cases.  Ms.  Gabbara, in the opinion of three professors who  graded her (including Mr.  Eaman) was the best student in her trial  skills class at Cooley Law School.


 

Mr. Eaman’s experience teaching trial skills to law students  and  other lawyers has resulted in his trial skills remaining sharp and   growing.  The teacher always learns as  much as the student.

Many of Mr. Eaman’s cases have been high publicity cases,   where the press dogs his trail for months and harasses his clients.   He has become an expert at coping with media  attention, and has  lectured other attorneys on problems in high-publicity  cases.


Trial work does not only mean representation of a client   before a jury.  It is a fact of the  criminal justice system that most  cases (usually about 85% of the cases in  state court, 97% in federal  court) result in a negotiated plea of guilty.  Because prosecutors know  Mr. Eaman will try  any case, and can win a trial, he is able to  negotiate favorable pleas in cases  where trial is not an option.  He  has  successfully negotiated pleas that were satisfactory to his clients  in many  cases.  He knows the effects of a guilty  plea can be long  lasting, and he will attempt to negotiate a plea that may  allow you to  clear your record at a later date.

While Ms. Gabbara does not have the experience of Mr.  Eaman,  she has shown skill in negotiating pleas for her clients, where  there is no  defense, securing resolutions which do not leave her  clients with a criminal  record.  As an immigration attorney, Ms.   Gabbara is aware that for clients that are non-citizens, there may be   deportation consequences to what seem like favorable dispositions of  their  criminal cases.


 The first goal of representation in a criminal case is  to avoid charges  or seek dismissal of charges, so you can resume your normal  life  without the stigma of a criminal conviction.  Where avoidance or  dismissal of charges is  not possible, the second goal of representation  in a criminal case is to avoid  a sentence of incarceration, or, where  that is not possible, to minimize that  incarceration.  Trial  representation must  include effective representation at sentencing,  either because of a negotiated  plea of guilty, or because there has  been a conviction at trial.  Mr. Eaman and Ms. Gabbara have represented   clients successfully at sentencing in both state and federal court.   With Ms. Gabbara’s assistance, Mr. Eaman has  obtained sentences for  clients in recent cases that are half what the  government is asking  for.  Mr. Eaman  early in his career pioneered the use of a sentencing  memorandum, filed with  the sentencing judge to provide extensive  background information as to the  client and his or her situation.  Both   Mr. Eaman and Ms. Gabbara are familiar with the sentencing guidelines,  both in  state and federal court, which strongly influence the sentence  you may face.  They work with the probation officer who prepares  the  pre-sentence investigative report that is sent to the judge, which  usually  influences the sentence you receive.  Mr.  Eaman and Ms.  Gabbara will prepare you for meeting with the probation officer,  and  for speaking to the court at your sentencing.