305 371-8101

01/25/2023 Roanoke, Virginia
United States v. Jeffrey Tharpe

Tax Evasion and Obstruction of IRS
Verdict: NOT GUILTY !!!!

Criminal Tax Lawyer
and Tax Defense Attorney

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Selecting a Winning Criminal Tax Lawyer is Crucial.  

A top criminal tax attorney may be the difference between success and failure. As a result, when a person learns that he or she is the subject of a criminal tax investigation they often seek to retain a top criminal tax lawyer to defend them. The best criminal tax defense attorneys have a great deal of knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and simultaneously are able to command the courtroom during a jury trial as a result of years of experience.

The best criminal tax attorneys will often:

  1. Be Board Certified as a Tax Expert;
  2. Have earned a LLM Master in Tax Law;
  3. Are also Certified Public Accountants (CPA);
  4. Have numerous Not Guilty verdicts in federal criminal tax cases; and
  5. Have been recognized by their peers for their tax knowledge and trial victories.

Our firm has represented and successfully defended clients in federal criminal and tax matters throughout the United States for over 40 years. As a tax lawyer in miami, the successes are well known amongst practicing tax lawyers as well as Department of Justice, Tax Division attorneys.

Why Choose us?

  • Board Certified Tax Attorney
  • Holds a master in law in taxation (LLM)
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • A sample of his remarkable trial victories are listed below

Criminal Jury Trials

Case Name

Case Number

U.S. v. J.T.20-CR-00020-UrbanskiNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. S.G.17-CR-00366-AdamsNot Guilty on all 30 Counts
U.S. v. N.M.15-CR-20258-LenardNot Guilty on all 11 Counts
U.S. v. A.P.15-CR-20096-ScolaIndictment Dismissed
U.S. v. J.R.13-CR-20346-UngaroNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. R.R.13-CR-20346-UngaroNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. J.M.12-CR-60025-WilliamsNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. T.P.09-CR-00038-CollierNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. H.C.08-CR-20916-GrahamNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. J.C.08-CR-20044-LenardHung Jury on all Counts
U.S. v. D.A.04-CR-20190-AltonagaNot Guilty on all Counts
State v. A.T.F 04-CR-26073-MurphyNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. T.E.98-CR-00511-LenardNot Guilty on all Counts
U.S. v. A.N.18-CR-20280-ScolaIndictment Dismissed
U.S. v. C.U.98-CR-00398-SeitzNot Guilty on all Counts
"I have done tax cases my entire career and I have co-defended dozens of them with everyone in town and I can tell you that David Garvin is THE man. There isn’t even a close second."

-- Alan S. Ross, partner Ross, Amsel, Raben, Nascimento, PLLC.  April 17, 2016.

Respected Reputation

A known reputation as being one of the nation’s respected criminal tax attorneys. He is a Florida Bar board-certified tax specialist and  concentrates his practice on white-collar crime and tax fraud defense, including tax evasion. He is a renowned criminal tax attorney who routinely represents clients with economic crime issues. This includes persons seeking a white collar crime defense lawyer, or tax fraud defense attorney. The results obtained for his clients have been remarkable, from grand jury investigations involving economic crimes and tax violations to full federal jury trials. The law firm offices are located in Miami, Florida; however, we represent clients all over United States.   

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Jeff Tharpe a year ago.

I was indicted for allegedly owning and running my x-wife's business and ultimately responsible for the companies payroll taxes. Every step of the way he walked through the ordeal beside me. He's brilliant, compassionate and a must by your side. Always had time to talk with me. When you are facing the IRS and DOJ you need more than attorney. You need David Garvin. I will never forget what this man has done for me.

Annie R a year ago.

We were extremely happy to have worked with David Garvin for handling a recent investigation. David and his team gave us clear and concise instructions for documentation, processes and priority actions. At certain stages we had a lot of informal communications, on large or small issues. David always took my call, answered all my questions and kept me calm through this process. If you are involved in an investigation or audit, put your trust into David and his competent team. They will walk you through the whole process for a successful outcome... and I could not recommend them highly enough.

Igor Kasyanenko 2 years ago.

David Garvin, had an amazing knowledge and expertise in tax related issues that I had to deal with. I recommend contacting him as soon as possible and not to speak to anyone prior consulting with David. Mr. Garvin is familiar with prosecutors and judges, that highly speak about him. David was able to get the best possible outcome in my situation. I recommend him to anyone who is faced with any kind of IRS related issues, especially when things can get stressful and unfair at times.

Rick Roe 3 years ago.

A family member got wrapped up in a tax fraud situation and was suddenly facing federal charges. Imagine that your accuser has an endless team of lawyers and unlimited financial resources. In such a case you hope and pray to find the best possible defense attorney to help you. We didn’t know it at the time, but the answer to our prayers was David Garvin. From day one he was there for us during the several years that our case lasted in the courts. He is experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate. We always felt he was looking out for us, and it became clear when everything ended even better than we expected. Our entire family will always be grateful for his dedication and commitment to our well-being. He has my full recommendation without hesitation.

Zeb Seidel 4 years ago.

David Garvin is a well versed criminal tax attorney with extensive experience that helped me in a serious state tax matter. Although David’s office is located in Miami Florida he represents clients like myself in many states. I recommend David because he is very knowledgeable with the process of tax cases. He has a unique skill to see the evidence in a case and will work for his client to find the best path for preservation of the client. Not only does David Garvin care about his clients reputation and their well being, he is also the hardest working attorney I have ever met. It is a pleasure to have David as my attorney and the work he is doing for me in California. If you are being threatened by a taxing authority, you need legal counsel, and there is no better tax attorney than David Garvin. Thank You, David for what you have done to preserve my freedom.

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A criminal tax attorney with an AV Peer Review Rating (the highest available rating) by Martindale Hubbell. Lawyers are rated for their skills and ethics. Recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers as both a criminal defense and tax attorney and has been recognized as one of our nation’s premier criminal tax lawyers on multiple occasions. He has an AVVO rating of "Superb" and has been recognized and quoted by major publications throughout the United States.

Designated by SuperLawyers as among the top 5% of lawyers for the past 12 years. Best Lawyers have also selected him in America for federal white collar crime defense. As a white-collar crime defense lawyer and a criminal tax defense attorney, Mr. Garvin has won numerous jury trials in which his clients have obtained a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all counts. He is the lawyer other attorneys and CPAs turn to when facing criminal tax issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. While most tax attorneys have a great deal of knowledge regarding tax matters, most tax lawyers have little to no experience with criminal cases. The overwhelming majority of tax attorneys handle civil issues such as tax planning, tax return preparation, civil tax appeal meetings and tax collection.

These lawyers rarely go to federal court and generally have virtually no experience conducting a criminal trial of any kind. A criminal tax attorney is a lawyer that concentrates his law practice on defending taxpayers from charges of criminal tax violations. Actual criminal tax lawyers have a great deal of knowledge regarding tax laws and, simultaneously, have experience conducting criminal trials before a judge and jury.  Unfortunately, due to a large number of lawyers, the internet reflects more and more criminal lawyers holding themselves out to be criminal tax lawyers despite a lack of knowledge of tax law. Also, more and more tax lawyers are holding themselves out to be criminal tax lawyers when they have little to no experience with conducting a federal criminal jury trial.

There are a lot of competent criminal attorneys that practice in federal court. These lawyers usually have experience conducting criminal trials. However, most criminal lawyers have no knowledge whatsoever about income tax laws and the complex rules that are contained in the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. 

A criminal tax attorney is a lawyer that has extensive knowledge of the tax laws as well as extensive experience conducting criminal cases, including criminal jury trials.  The combination of both tax and criminal defense experience provides the criminal tax attorney a distinct advantage in defending criminal tax cases as opposed to the average criminal lawyer without any training or experience in the tax laws.

No.  The majority of tax lawyers only handle civil tax matters. These matters may include tax planning, tax audits, tax appeals, civil tax controversies and tax collection work.  The United States Tax Court does not handle criminal tax cases. Further, tax cases held before the United States Tax Court do not have a jury and are limited to civil tax controversies.

Perhaps the one goal that most all criminal tax defendants seek to achieve is an acquittal of all charges. During the process of selecting a criminal tax attorney the defendant should ask the lawyer for the name of each tax case that lawyer has tried before a jury on behalf of a taxpayer and the outcome of the case. The taxpayer should ask for the case numbers of each case. The case number can be searched by using PACER. 

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