Ali is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts and in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, handling criminal cases at every stage, from pre-indictment investigations through trial, and sentencing and appeal. Ali can provide representation in any type of federal or state criminal case, including:
- Child Pornography
- Computer and Internet Crimes
- Criminal Copyright Infringement
- Drug Possession and Distribution
- Export Violations
- Firearms Violations
- Wire and mail fraud
- Medicare Fraud
- Murder Homicide
- Immigration Offenses
- Money Laundering
- Perjury and False Statements
- Postal Crimes
- Public Corruption
- Sexual assault cases
- Tax Crimes
- Terrorism and Terrorism Funding
During the pre-indictment stage of a criminal investigation an attorney can successfully present evidence that may dissuade the government or state from seeking charges; including but not exclusive to the handling of subpoenas from government agencies. Generally, in this stage an attorney undertakes an investigation of the facts, interviews witnesses and makes preparations to present an argument to the grand jury or the authorities who are investigating or seeking to charge a citizen. The primary purpose of pre-indictment representation is to avoid indictment. Even when it is impossible to stave off indictment entirely, effective pre-indictment representation can limit the scope of the indictment. Finally, work product obtained as a result of pre-indictment representation may be useful in negotiating a favorable plea or defending a case at trial.
Ali is an effective and respected trial lawyer. Preparation is the key to an effective defense at trial. No stranger to multi-week, high profile litigation, Ali prepares exhaustively for each trial. He identifies and interviews witnesses, gathers and analyzes documentary and other evidence, selects and prepares expert witnesses and files all the appropriate legal motions and memoranda. Ali has taught trial skills both to law students and to experienced military and civilian criminal attorneys.
Sentencing in federal court and state court are vastly different. In federal court the judge handles all sentencing matters and a voluminous amount of litigation in undertaken by federal practitioners to review and object to the Presentence Investigation Report. Ali is an experienced and highly regarded federal sentencing attorney. Representation for sentencing purposed includes attendance at presentence interviews, management of all interactions with the assigned United States Probation Officer, preparation of objections to the Presentence Investigation Report (“PSR”), addenda to the PSR and departure or variance motions, compilation of mitigating sentencing materials and argument at sentencing.
Conversely, state court sentencing is like a mini trial that may be held before the jury that convicted the citizen or the judge who heard the trial. This is often a critical stage of criminal proceeding. Having been involved in hundreds of trials and sentencing proceedings, Ali is well aware of what it takes to prepare an appropriate presentation to the court or jury and convince them to sentence the citizen compassionately and justly, taking into account all mitigating factors that warrant consideration.
Ali is a practiced legal researcher and brief writer. Appellate representation includes the identification of issues for appeal, drafting of appellate briefs and oral argument, if necessary. Ali has argued before the First and Fourteenth State Courts of Appeals as well as Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal and has filed Petitions for Discretionary Review to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals as well as Petitions for Writs of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court. Appellate law is extremely complex and it is critical to be represented by a seasoned and qualified professional who understand the time restrictions and the law.
Ali provides representation and assistance with other issues arising in criminal cases. Examples of related matters with which he can provide representation include: motions to seal, expunctions, sealing of juvenile records, motions for new trial, asset forfeiture proceedings, motions for post-sentencing sentence reductions under Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and select civil matters, particularly as they relate to criminal cases.