However, the dream turned into a nightmare on November 16, 2011, when Federal agents came to Ben Amini’s home in the early morning to serve an arrest warrant. While in custody, DEA agents and local authorities were posted outside of his businesses, causing the community to question Mr. Amini’s character and intentions. “I was shocked”, Mr. Amini recalls. “I have always strived to do everything in life the right way. When the agents informed me why they were at my door, I simply couldn't believe it. I thought there must be some mistake.”
Mr. Amini and an employee had each been indicted on money laundering charges. Both were being accused for their role in selling cars to undercover agents who purchased the vehicles in exchange for purported “drug money”. Despite a statement issued by Department of Justice Public Information Officer Davilyn Walston confirming that this case involved no terrorist allegations whatsoever, those exact rumors began to circulate throughout the community and Internet.
As the nightmare continued to unfold, Mr. Amini was forced to confront the cold facts: his reputation was severely damaged and that he was facing decades in federal prison without parole if found guilty.
The months immediately following his arrest were especially hard for Mr. Amini and his family. The community that he had so proudly supported now viewed him as a drug dealer and a terrorist. The business that he had built was crumbling right in front of his eyes. "The hardest part was seeing the stress it put on my wife, kids, and close family and friends. All I could do was tell them to trust in my innocence. And they did. They supported me the entire way. Without them, I could not have made it through."
In the months that followed, Mr. Amini took Jason Zendeh Del of The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC as his lead counsel. Mr. Zendeh Del immediately put together a team of lawyers and experts to zealously defend Ben Amini’s good name. Mr. Amini believed in the justice system and wanted the opportunity to clear his name. On August 2, 2012, nearly nine months later, all charges against Mr. Amini were dismissed.
Rebuilding the Dream
Now that the charges have been dismissed, Mr. Amini is focused on rebuilding his business and reputation. Before that disruptive November day, Dallas Roadster had employed over 40 hardworking people. In December of 2011, Dallas Roadster was forced to file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and downsize to one location with only five employees. Once known as one of the fastest growing luxury car dealerships in Texas, Dallas Roadster now struggles to overcome the challenges that accompany the now dismissed indictment charges.
When asked about this chain of events, Mr. Amini stated, "When you live in the land of opportunity like we do, the government has to make judgment calls to protect us. Many times they are correct in their prosecutions. Sometimes, however, they are very wrong. I am glad that I was able to hire a good legal team, and ultimately they persuaded the Department of Justice that, in this case, they were very wrong."
Today, Mr. Amini and Dallas Roadster are picking up the pieces, rebuilding their reputation and business as they have always done…the right way. Attorney Jason Zendeh Del, of the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC practices criminal defense all throughout the state of Texas. The firm specializes in all types of criminal charges ranging from DWI and drug crimes to federal crimes, murder and everything in between. To contact the firm, call toll free at (800) 906-6452 or go online at http://www.Zen-