Criminal Law

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Criminal Law

Mr. Bandas represents clients in matters involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), white collar government litigation and investigations, white collar crimes, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, social security fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, money laundering, as well as violent crimes,
such as, murders and voluntary manslaughter, drug related offenses, possession and distribution of illegal narcotics, possession of firearms and ammunitions, internet sex crimes, robbery, larceny, kidnapping, DUI/DWI, reckless driving, trial and appellate criminal litigation, grand jury investigations, anti-corruption internal investigations, criminal and civil environmental enforcement, among other criminal actions.

Mr. Bandas also represents federal government contractors in contested government-wide administrative federal debarment and suspension actions which prevent companies and individuals from participating in government contracts, subcontracts, loans, grants and other assistance programs. Similarly, he defends federal government contractors indicted in federal courts involving fraud to government procurement and acquisitions programs. 

Mr. Bandas served for several years as a panel member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 USCA Sec. 3006A, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Boston, Massachusetts. As a CJA panel member, he represented numerous indigent defendants in myriad highly contested and complicated felony cases.

He successfully represents his clients before bench or jury trials in federal and local courts, and favorably negotiates with government attorneys to either have criminal charges dropped or reclassify criminal liability to lesser included criminal offenses. Perhaps best known for his successful defense of a Soldier charged with bank fraud and wire fraud in connection with the US Army National Guard Recruitment Assistant Program (G-RAP), Mr. Bandas’ serious and steadfast approach to thorough pre-trial preparation, seamless planning legal strategies, and command of the rule of law resulted in the dismissal in federal court of 19 federal criminal counts against an innocent Soldier of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard.