BARTOW, Fla. - Polk County prosecutors dropped all charges yesterday against a store owner who was charged with distribution and possession of obscenity with intent to sell after detectives purchased 10 adult movies at a Sunoco gas station and convenience store in Dundee, Fla. "There will be no jail time, no conviction and no fines" for Minakashiben Patel, adult industry attorney Lawrence Walters told XBIZ. Walters and another adult industry attorney, Corey D. Silverstein, represent Patel and worked together to strike a deal with prosecutors. A total of 20 misdemeanors and one felony charge were filed against Patel, relating to adult DVDs sold from her gas station and convenience store in Polk County. Patel also was charged with sale of drug paraphernalia, based on selling Detox brand energy drink. Those charges were dismissed early on. "The obscenity charges have now been dismissed per an agreement with the state, where Ms.…
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Since the inception of the firm and since the beginning of his career, Corey D. Silverstein, has represented countless individuals and businesses that have been the subject of criminal investigations and charges. These individuals and businesses have been inside and outside of the adult entertainment industry and the alleged crimes have included obscenity, racketeering, conspiracy, cybercrimes, prostitution, violent crimes including but not limited to assault and battery, and controlled substance related offenses. Mr. Silverstein is always ready to aggressively defend his clients in the event of a criminal investigation or charges.
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This includes a wide range of activities, from counseling concerning “preventive maintenance”, to limiting the scope of an investigation through negotiations with the U.S. attorney or prosecutor. Often the most effective representation is that which results in the matter not reaching the stage of a criminal charge, indictment or grand jury investigation.
Responses to Investigative Problems
Upon receiving a request for an interview from a law enforcement agent, a subpoena to appear at a hearing or to produce business records or other documents, or an arrest warrant, our office, through investigation and negotiation, is often able to narrow the investigative process, reduce the proposed or contemplated charges, and/or convince the prosecutor not to bring a charge.
Responses to Invasive Criminal Procedures
An arrest, the execution of an arrest or search warrant, or service of a Grand Jury Indictment are frightening and invasive experiences to persons not accustomed to dealing with criminal enforcement authorities. Our prompt response and advice can make this process more understandable. We have vast experience in matters of bond and release pending trial, which are critical to secure freedom pending court appearances. Additionally, we advise and can provide support to clients with respect to minimizing collateral damage to reputations and business interests.