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The IRS brags it wins 90 percent of the time against the typical attorney. That is true — but not against Robert Barnes. Barnes has the highest known acquittal rate against the IRS, and he got national media attention for engineering the IRS’ most embarrassing defeats, including Wesley Snipes’ acquittal on all felony charges.


If you are choosing a Criminal Tax Attorney because you are facing tax evasion or federal charges you need to know: How to avoid prison, fines and penalties for tax fraud and tax evasion. Contact Barnes Law for the “A – Z IRS Criminal Investigation Defense Guide.” Call (213) 330-3341. Learn:

  1. How and why the IRS wins 90 percent of the time against the typical lawyer.
  2. Which criminal tax attorney has the highest known acquittal rate against the IRS. (Summaries of five high-profile clients’ cases, including Wesley Snipes and Joe Banister are available below.)
  3. How attorney Robert Barnes wins.
  4. Why hiring a “former federal prosecutor” or a “former IRS Special Agent” as your criminal tax attorney may be a horrible mistake.
  5. The unique tax-evasion defense strategies you can use to protect yourself and how you can get a FREE copy of Barnes’ book:

The IRS Criminal Investigation Process from A to Z: How to Overcome the IRS By Asserting Your Civil Rights


Has the IRS contacted your or someone you know? Have IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents contacted you, issued an IRS Summons, or searched your home or business? Be careful about talking to ANYONE other than your lawyer. The IRS agent’s goal right now is to trick you into making statements he can use against you. If this is happening right now…you can call us at (213) 330-3341 for a Free Consultation. Robert Barnes’ office is in Los Angeles, but he may be in other timezones in the United States or overseas so you can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will either answer or usually get back to you the same day.

Please note that as of today, IRS records indicate that more than 5,000 people are facing IRS criminal investigations for tax evasion or other federal charges. Dozens of people visit this site each day, and Robert Barnes can only represent a handful of them, because he does 100 percent of the lawyer work himself. This is one reason for his unmatched success rate on tax-evasion cases. Call now if you can. That said, you are about to discover some shocking statistics about the IRS and what the IRS, its agents and federal prosecutors won’t tell you… Robert Barnes is the attorney “who saved Wesley Snipes from growing old in prison” with a “remarkable acquittal record” in felony cases. Barnes’ “stunning” defense of Snipes was a deafening “defeat for the Justice Department.” – Condé Nast Portfolio, “Taxman Beware.”


Did you know – the IRS places at least one innocent individual under IRS criminal investigation for tax evasion or federal charges every day. Who says so? The statistics the IRS provides to Congress. How does the IRS get away with that? The IRS uses your lack of knowledge of your rights to railroad you through the criminal tax system.

  • Once the IRS gives a case to the grand jury, the IRS gets an indictment 99 percent of the time against most other tax-evasion lawyers;
  • Once the IRS indicts, it wins at trial more than 90 percent of the time against most other lawyers;
  • Once the IRS gets a conviction at trial, the IRS gets a prison sentence longer than a typical violent criminal will serve against most other lawyers;
  • Once the IRS secures a conviction, it wins on appeal more than 85 percent of the time against most lawyers;
  • Once the IRS issues fines and fraud penalties, the IRS makes you pay double and even triple the amount of tax alleged to be due against most other attorneys most of the time.

We will cover some possible reasons “WHY” this happens in a minute …but, first, let’s compare that record with Robert Barnes’ record of success and look at a few of his famous tax-evasion cases that resulted in “shocking defeats” for the IRS. Snipes faced “16 years in prison” until Barnes’ defense led the jury to “clear Snipes of serious tax charges.” He’s the third client of Barnes who obtained a stunning “major case” where the Department of Justice “failed to win convictions. – The New York Times, “Wesley Snipes Cleared of Serious Tax Charges”


Criminal Tax Attorney Robert Barnes has an unparalleled record of success in defending clients against tax-evasion charges – and for the “right” reasons which we’ll discuss later. While no past result can guarantee any result in the future, a resume of success in criminal tax cases is what you want from your criminal tax attorney.

  • Most Robert Barnes clients facing an IRS Criminal investigation never spend a day in prison;
  • Most Robert Barnes clients facing a jury trial on tax evasion charges win not-guilty verdicts at trial;
  • Most Robert Barnes clients facing a sentencing from a tax evasion conviction never serve a long prison sentence;
  • Clients who hire Robert Barnes to appeal a tax-evasion conviction and sentence win release pending appeal or win their appeals to higher courts;
  • Most Robert Barnes clients facing fines and penalties from an IRS criminal investigation pay far less what the IRS tries to take from them.

*Note that to be accurate we have to say “most clients” since specific statistics would require us to reveal confidential details of cases and clients. But, as you will see in the public record of famous cases – even when the IRS threw everything it had at our clients – Barnes still won. Against tax-evasion attorney Robert Barnes, the IRS has faced “shocking” defeats in cases legal observers were “positive” the IRS should have won. Here are the details on just five of Barnes’ famous cases… Why did Wesley Snipes choose Robert Barnes? Snipes wanted lawyers “with a high success rate in criminal tax cases.” – The Hollywood Reporter, “Snipes Tax Trial Delayed”


There is no question that Robert Barnes has been responsible for winning more high-profile tax evasion-related cases in the last 10 years than any other tax-evasion attorney. Here are just five of them that made national news. (Note that full details including news coverage and court documents are available on this site.) Criminal tax attorney Robert Barnes thanked by Wesley Snipes following the “not-guilty” verdicts on all felony charges. Contact Robert Barnes directly at (213) 330-3341 if you’ve been contacted by the IRS CID, indicted, arrested or convicted of tax evasion charges.

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes faced 16 years in federal prison, fines of more than $40 million and the end of his career. Most pundits and tax attorneys called it the “unwinnable case in the impossible place.” It was — until Robert Barnes devised a “unique” and “ingenious” legal strategy. The result? Wesley Snipes was acquitted on all felony charges, all fraud charges and all conspiracy charges.

Joe Francis

Hollywood producer Joe Francis was indicted on multiple tax-evasion counts and faced a 10-year federal prison sentence with $20 million in fines. Robert Barnes changed the playing field by fully investigating, discovering and documenting the government witnesses’ lies. Barnes sued the former CFO of the company who had allowed mistakes on the tax returns. The result? Joe Francis faced NO prison time and a $2,500 fine. TMZ called Barnes “Shakespeare Gone Wild” in his “must read” trial court complaint in a suit “that reads like a novel.” – TMZ, July 28, 2008

Hollywood Tax Lawyer

A Hollywood tax lawyer who represented many stars was himself accused by the IRS of fraud and hiding millions in offshore accounts. He faced a 15-year federal prison sentence and bankruptcy. Robert Barnes unveiled the government’s complicity with a well-connected billionaire political insider and launched a full attack. The result? The Hollywood tax lawyer was freed on bail.

Joe Banister

When IRS agent Joe Banister turned against the corruption of the IRS – the IRS turned against him charging him with conspiracy and fraud. Facing 10 years in prison, Banister hired Robert Barnes who relentlessly attacked the corruption of the IRS and crafted a brilliant closing argument inspired by the movie The Sting. The Result? Joe Banister gained his freedom and cleared his good name. Attorney Robert Barnes representation was “superb” in defending me. – Joe Banister, former IRS agent acquitted of all felony charges.

Jerry Marchelletta

Jerry Marchelletta and his father had just been convicted of multiple tax fraud-related charges and were facing the tearing apart of their close family and the bankruptcy of the drywall business they built from scratch. They faced the toughest, most pro-government federal appeals court in the country. Robert Barnes’ appeal detailed the way these two innocent men were railroaded by a perjured government agent and a campaign of lies. The result? They were awarded complete and full reversals of all charges and got their lives back.

  • Special Note: Did you see news coverage of how hip hop artist, Lauryn Hill was indicted on tax-evasion charges? She hired a former federal prosecutor as her attorney and “settled” very quickly with the IRS. Her lawyer was one of the attorneys that Robert Barnes beat in the Wesley Snipes’ case. Remember this story when you get to section four of this article on “Why to avoid hiring a Former Federal Prosecutor or IRS special agent as your defense attorney.”

These and many other tax-evasion cases are not necessarily won “on the facts” or “on the law” as you will see next…


You stay out of jail only when you and your attorney are tougher than the IRS. You can call tax-evasion attorney Robert Barnes at (213) 330-3341 now. So why did these clients win with Robert Barnes as their tax-evasion attorney? Every case is different, but there are a several aspects to be aware of right now. First, as you will see later on in this article, Robert Barnes has literally “written the book” on IRS criminal investigation defense from the perspective of a criminal tax attorney who has actually won cases covered by national news media — cases where the IRS had its credibility at stake and poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into trying to obtain big convictions and decade-long prison sentences. Second, unlike many lawyers who do not focus upon criminal tax cases or tax-evasion cases, Robert Barnes concentrates on criminal tax cases and comprehensive defenses to tax evasion charges. As Barnes says in an educational video series available soon on this website and his book,
“The IRS Criminal Investigation Process from A to Z: How to Overcome the IRS By Asserting Your Civil 

Rights,” even if you are early in the civil tax court or IRS criminal investigation stage, if you can lay out to all the government officials that need to approve a tax-evasion investigation, indictment, and trial — exactly how the IRS may lose your case at trial — then the IRS is much more likely to decline prosecution. Remember, the IRS hates losing more than it hates anything else. Third, Robert Barnes doesn’t prejudge his clients as guilty, because he doesn’t come from a background of working for the government. Not only do journalists and commentators call Robert Barnes’ strategies “brilliant” and “outside the box,” Barnes understands that you can only defend yourself against the IRS successfully when you are tougher than the IRS and don’t think like the IRS, but think instead like a juror. This is in direct contrast to what typically happens when you hire a “former” IRS special agent or federal prosecutor.


You’ve probably seen the ads on Google or websites where lawyers tout themselves as “former IRS special agents” or former federal prosecutors or as being “certified by the IRS.” But former IRS special agents and former prosecutors too often make it easy for their longtime friends and allies in the government to convict their clients. The problems clients often face with former prosecutors turned defense lawyer:


The former prosecutor too often assumes you are guilty because he or she still thinks like a government lawyer.


The former prosecutor too often does not want to “offend” his friends and colleagues in the IRS or the Department of Justice by documenting their misconduct or showing how they violated the rules. In fact, the former prosecutor often ignored those rules himself when he was in office, so he has no interest or incentive in seeing those rules enforced now.


The former prosecutor also too often does not want to offend any of the federal judges, as many of them often want to become judges themselves someday. The problem is judges are human like everyone else, and when they misuse their power or are wrong about your case, you need someone to stand up to the judge, not defer to the judge wrongly. As Robert Barnes says in his book,”The IRS Criminal Investigation Process from A to Z: How to Overcome the IRS By Asserting Your Civil Rights,” what happens when you hire a former IRS agent to defend you against the IRS? You get an IRS perspective. You don’t get your perspective. That leads to them NOT asserting rights that you have, not asserting remedies you have and not seeking relief that you would be entitled to because they don’t have your perspective and don’t see the case through your civil rights. They see the world through IRS’ eyes. The same thing happens with a government or former government prosecutor turned criminal defense lawyer. Too many of them see the world through the government’s eyes. The effect of that is that when it comes to accusing the government of misconduct, they don’t see it, don’t want to see it, or even if they do see it they won’t bring it up because they don’t rock the boat. They don’t want to upset their former allies or offend people they used to work with. The government is not going to do them any favors simply because they used to work for the government,  but these government-lawyers-turned-defense-lawyers too often will do the government favors against you because they used to work for the government. They see the world through government eyes and not your eyes leading to problems that inhibit their ability to effectively defend you and get you the best outcome that you need and deserve. Have a question? You can contact Robert Barnes now at (213) 330-3341 If not, let’s go back specifically to the case of Jerry Marchelletta and his father which is a good example… 1. Why were the Marchellettas – who were completely innocent – convicted in the first place, and how did Barnes ensure their convictions were reversed on appeal? The first lawyers the Marchellettas hired were former government lawyers. What did these former government lawyers NOT do?

  • They did not investigate whether government misconduct had taken place.
  • They did not accuse the special agents or prosecutors of doing bad things even when they had reason to believe they were doing bad things.
  • They did not bring it before the jury’s attention.
  • They did not bring it before the judge’s attention.
  • They did not bring it before the appeals court’s attention.

2. What was the result of this inaction by “former government lawyers?”

  • A father and son who were completely innocent of any criminal conduct were charged, indicted, convicted and almost sent to prison for multiple years with their business bankrupted and fines in the tens of millions.
  • Their business lost hundreds of millions of dollars overtime.
  • Hundreds of ordinary families and individuals lost their jobs.

3. When Robert Barnes recognized government misconduct, investigated the government agents’ misconduct and presented that misconduct in the right way at the right time to the appeals court… …the most pro-prosecution circuit court in the country reversed all the charges – freeing Jerry and his father from facing prison time and paying enormous fines and penalties.


Don’t let yourself be convicted because of government misconduct and an attorney who has been indoctrinated for most of their professional life by the government’s perspective. Carefully consider whether you should take the advice of a former federal agent or prosecutor no matter how nice they might seem. Beware claims that “we know the system” and “the people in it” and “how to get you a deal.” You will never ever get a break from the government because they like you or your attorney. If you hire a “former,” your chances of being investigated, prosecuted and convicted will very likely increase until you may become one of that 90 percent of those convicted by the IRS. Ready to protect yourself? Call (213) 330-3341. Or continue reading to discover the specific strategies that can help you win. Note that Robert Barnes’ success rate as a tax-evasion attorney is also because he does ALL of the lawyer work on his clients’ cases – himself. His firm employs forensic investigators and forensic accountants under the “attorney-client privilege”  — which by the way does NOT apply to your relationship with your CPA — so Barnes Law is a one-stop firm for all your IRS criminal investigation defense needs. And, by choice, Robert exclusively represents only a handful of the 5,000+ people who are under IRS Criminal Investigation at this time. Obviously, a quick phone call to Robert does not mean you will be subjected to any pressure like you might with a “churn and burn” firm where your case ends up with a young associate or paralegal — but it might save your life.


This “tax-evasion attorney” website page gets dozens of visitors per day. Some visitors are facing criminal charges and time in prison, bankruptcy and the loss of their reputation. Many of them are either in the IRS audit or tax court processes and are worried about possible tax fraud investigations. Are you? Other visitors are concerned about their family, friends or colleagues — or are law students and other tax fraud attorneys who are seeking the best possible expert education and advice. For a limited time, Robert Barnes is offering FREE Access to a downloadable 100+ page PDF or the online version of “The IRS Criminal Investigation Process from A to Z: How to Overcome the IRS By Asserting Your Civil Rights.” You can call (213) 330-3341 for a copy. If you need advice from the top criminal tax attorney in the country, you can call Robert now at (213) 330-3341 or email him here Here are the topics…


Avoid Prison, Fines and Penalties for tax fraud and tax evasion. Contact Barnes Law for the A – Z IRS Criminal Investigation Defense Guide at (213) 330-3341. 

INTRODUCTION  by ROBERT BARNES 1. One Innocent Person Daily 2. Risks You Face ALLEGED CRIMES AND POSSIBLE PUNISHMENTS3. What Is Tax Evasion? 4. What is Tax Fraud 5. What Is a False Return 6. Conspiracy to Defraud 7. Felony and Misdemeanor Charges & Penalties Summary IRS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION PROCESS 8. IRS Criminal Investigation Introduction 9. IRS Criminal Investigator Contacted Me 10. IRS Criminal Investigation Process Summary 11. How to Find Out Now If Are You Under Criminal Investigation HOW DOES AN IRS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BEGIN?12. Sources of an Investigation Summary 13. Review of Your Tax Returns 14. Fraud Referrals 15. IRS Whistleblowers 16. Grand Jury 17. CPA – Sells You Out 18. Special Agent WHO IS INVOLVED & WHAT MOTIVATES THEM? 19. IRS Special Agent 20. Supervisory Special Agents 21. Special Agent in Charge 22. Criminal Tax Counsel 23. Who Is United States Attorney 24. Assistant United States Attorney 25. Department Of Justice 26. IRS Tax Division IRS INVESTIGATIONS SECRET BEGINNINGS 27. Secret Audits 28. IRS Secret Criminal Investigations 29. IRS Criminal Investigations Disguised as Audits YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS 30. IRS Criminal Investigation & Your Civil Rights 31. How to Assert Your Right to Privacy DEFENDING YOURSELF DURING THE PROCESS32. How to Keep the IRS Agent Honest 33. Immediately: Did the IRS Act Too Soon? 34. Did the IRS Break the Rules in Getting Information 35. What to Do During First Contact from an Agent 36. IRS Required Warnings and What They Really Mean 37. How to Challenge an IRS Summons 38. IRS Subpoenas 39. Computer Record Seizures 40. Asset Seizures 41. IRS Informants 42. Special Agent Witness Interviews 43. How to Protect Yourself During the Grand Jury Process 44. What to Do If You Are Called As a Grand Jury Witness 45. How to Use Process Privileges to Defend Yourself 46. Marital Privilege 47. Attorney Client Privilege 48. Joint Defense Privilege 49. Fifth Amendment Privilege 50. If Your or Someone Else is Offered Immunity STOPPING THE INDICTMENT 51. IRS Criminal Investigation Can I Stop an Indictment? 52. Can a Special Agent Indict You? 53. How to Assert Your IRS Criminal Investigation Process Conference Rights 54. Special Agent Conference 55. Special Agent Report 56. Special Agent in Charge Conference 57. Tax Division 58. Will I Get Charged or Will I Get Indicted IF YOU ARE INDICTED 59. Arrest 60. Extradition – Overseas Arrest 61. How to Get Bail and Stay Out of Jail STRATEGIES FOR WINNING IN COURT 62. What is the Jury Trial Process 63. How Avoiding Taxes Is NOT a Crime 64. Attack Government Misconduct & Prove Your Innocence 65. Attack IRS Agent Misconduct 66. Challenge the Legality of the Search Warrant 67. Assert Your Right to Discovery 68. Assert Your Right to Reliance 69. Good Faith Defense 70. Make the IRS Prove Beyond a Reasonable Doubt AFTER THE JURY TRIAL 71. If Innocent: How to Sue the IRS 72. If Found Guilty: How to Avoid Harsh Sentencing 73. How to Appeal Your Conviction 74. Asserting Your Right to a New Trial WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW? 75. What You Should NOT Do Right Now 76. How to Choose an Attorney  


Robert Barnes works exclusively with a very limited number of clients. When you call Barnes Law’s office about an issue related to tax evasion or fraud, criminal tax attorney Robert Barnes will personally review your situation, often during a 30-minute phone call. If accepted as a client, you can expect the entire Barnes Law team to be available to do whatever it takes to protect you and your family from tax-evasion charges.