Criminal Defense: In any criminal case, success is rarely left to chance. Instead, Anton Vialtsin’s clients quickly recognize that it’s a product of his diligence and personal commitment. This means thoroughly investigating the evidence against an individual and engaging some of the best experts in the business to discredit prosecution’s theory of the case.
Anton Vialtsin, Esq., E.I., handled over one hundred federal criminal cases from initial client interviews through sentencing. These cases required an in-depth knowledge of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the Federal Criminal Codes and Rules. Over two dozen of the federal cases he managed involved individuals charged with the importation and distribution of controlled substances all punishable by ten-year minimum mandatory sentence (21 USC §§ 952, 960, 963). Considering that the Southern District of California is a border district and one of the busiest in the country, he defended many individuals charged with transportation and harboring of illegal aliens (8 USC §1324), misuse of a passport, and illegal entry into the United States (8 USC §1326). Further, he worked on several transportation-of-illegal-aliens cases where the transportation resulted in death, triggering the possibility of the death penalty. These cases required negotiation with AUSAs and hours of witness depositions and interviews. Additionally, he worked on a number of cases involving individuals charged with complex wire and mail fraud violations, aggravated identity theft, and theft of public property.
While handling federal cases, Anton Vialtsin also runs a successful California state practice. He handled misdemeanor and serious felony cases ranging from DUIs to gang-related violent assaults and attempted murder. Through motion practice, he recently negotiated a one-year jail term on an attempted murder charge. [People of California v. K.M.] Mr. Vialtsin also defended the chief marketing officer of a bank facing a twenty-two count fraud indictment with losses of nearly one million dollars. The government’s offer and the probation department’s recommendation was over eight years in prison. Anton Vialtsin prepared a convincing sentencing memorandum outlining alternative dispositions to the Court, which later imposed a probationary sentence without any custody. People of California v. K.P. A member of NORML Legal Committee, Anton Vialtsin is often the first choice for individuals facing felony drug-related offenses in the states of California and Nevada.
Anton Vialtsin also recently convinced an Assistant United States Attorney to drop the charges and dismiss the case against a client charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute approximately 34.5 pounds of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21 USC Sec. 841(a)(1). United States of America v. J.A.
Mr. Vialtsin has a very diverse occupational experience that includes working for private employers and the state government. Prior to opening his own firm in San Diego, Mr. Vialtsin worked for attorney Jeremy Delicino at the Salt Lake City law office. While there, he had the privilege of assisting Mr. Delicino prepare for a death penalty trial. That case resulted in the first acquittal in a police shooting in the state of Utah since 1973.
Before entering the legal profession, Mr. Vialtsin received a civil engineering degree and a Nevada engineering license. Anton Vialtsin worked for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, where he was responsible for water plan development and hydraulic network analysis review. Mr. Vialtsin has always had strong analytical skills, which are as important in engineering as in law. Anton Vialtsin often takes a common sense and an “engineering” approach to solving criminal cases.
Business Litigation: From an early age, Mr. Vialtsin opened and managed a number of businesses. Enjoying helping others succeed in the business world, Anton Vialtsin takes a limited number of business litigation cases. It is always exciting to resolve complex business disputes between sophisticated individuals.
In his most prominent case, the bank filed suit in California seeking enforcement of a $30 million judgment from Russia under the Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition Act. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of his client because the bank failed to establish sufficient service of the Russian lawsuit as required by California law. This case was unique because the bank’s employees and experts on Russian jurisprudence resided in Russia and were unable to come to the United States for depositions. Hours were spent deposing individuals with the assistance of interpreters over internet-based video conferences. Over the course of litigation that lasted nearly two years, Anton Vialtsin became deeply familiar with Russian banking laws and local civil procedure rules. The bank appealed the ruling in the California Court of Appeals. Anton Vialtsin was the lead attorney at all stages of the case. OAO Alfa-Bank v. Yakovlev
Education: Anton Vialtsin graduated law school Summa Cum Laude, finishing in the top 5% of Whittier Law School. While there, he was awarded the prestigious International and Comparative law fellowship. Mr. Vialtsin received a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is an alumni member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and held several executive positions at the Las Vegas Delta Lambda Chapter.
PANELS: Southern District of California, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney
MEMBERSHIPS: Federal Bar Association
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