Michael Levine

Trial Consultant / Expert Witness
P.O.Box 533
Stone Ridge , NY 12484
Mobile: 845-430-3930
Office: 845-687-9642
Fax: 845-687-4916

Introduction

Michael Levine, during his now five decades of trial experience has qualified as an expert witness, for both prosecution and plaintiff as well defense, in federal and state courts in 19 states, Puerto Rico and 8 foreign nations. He offers full trial consulting and investigative services in both criminal and civil matters as follows: Expert Witness File Review and Strategy Assessment; Case Particular Design of Cross-Examination "menus" for law enforcement officers; Investigative and Technical and Research Support; Expert Witness Report and/or Affidavit Preparation; and utilizing his extensive experience as a Supervisory Internal Affairs Investigator, the identification of elements of probable cause indicative of false reporting, cover-up and the concealment of Brady materials. Mr. Levine was the first US law enforcement procedures expert whose testimony was accepted in a Japanese court. He is currently active as a police instructor for the US State Department as well as conducting police-involved shooting reviews for the Atlanta and DeKalb County District Attorneys Offices.

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Michael Levine is a highly-decorated, retired federal agent, fluent in Spanish, with service in four federal agencies. He is the only US law enforcement expert ever admitted to testify before a Japanese court, (Japan v Goldstein) and used the Blind Mule Defense which resulted in an acquittal. He is a best-selling author, media consultant, lecturer and police instructor with 50 years experience as court-qualified expert witness and trial consultant in civil and criminal matters.

Since his retirement from the Department of Justice in 1990, he has been retained in excess of 500 occasions as a trial consultant/expert witness throughout the United States, Canada, England and Japan. Mr. Levine has also remained active as a police instructor in the US, Canada and Australia. In January of 2008, his police instructional manual "Undercover Tactics and Informant Handling" previously written for the Department of Justice, was published by the New York State Department of Justice Services and utilized as an instructional manual for New York State law-enforcement. The manual was subsequently edited and republished by the US State Department for the instruction of Brazilian Federal Police which was conducted by Mr. Levine and his team of US-based experts. The manual was subsequently republished via academia.edu from where it is now among the top .05% of Global downloads by police agencies, attorneys and researchers.

Mr. Levine specializes in full trial consulting services in criminal and civil matters in the following areas of expertise:
-Undercover Operations
-Police Misconduct
-Informant Management Control and Corroboration
-Investigative Procedures
-Use of Force
-RICO
-Asset Seizures
-Narcotic/Drug Enforcement
-Informant Entrapment
-Internet Drug Trafficking
-Blind Mule Defense
-Undercover Entrapment
-Smuggling
-Money laundering
-International drug traffic
-Police Misconduct
-Official Corruption
-Arrest tactics
-Cooperation deals.

A listing of his cases may be found on his website http://www.policetrialexpert.com

Services Offered:
1. Expert Testimony
2. Detailed and case specific design of cross-examination of law enforcement officers and, when permitted, in-court assistance
3. Court quality Expert Witness Reports and Affidavits
4. Investigative and Planning Support
5. Detailed cross-examination menus and, when permitted in-court assistance
6. identification of elements of probable cause indicative of: false reporting, concealment of Brady materials and cover-up


Areas of Expertise

  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Informants
  • Police Procedures
  • RICO/Racketeering

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: LANGUAGE: Spanish (bilingual) Italian (conversant)

EXPERIENCE:

1990 - Present: Expert Witness and Trial Consultant
Since 1990, as a civilian, I have been retained in more than 500 criminal and civil matters relating to the below topics, 90 percent resulting in out-of-court resolution (see details below).
1. Use of Force.
2. Interrogations/Interviews.
3. Human Intelligence (Informants) recruitment, evaluation, corroboration, management and control.
4. Law Enforcement Investigative Procedures (local and federal).
5. Due Diligence in Obtaining Probable Cause.
6. Undercover & Surveillance Tactics.
7. Entrapment (Undercover & Informant).
8. Controlled Delivery Operations.
9. Domestic and International Narcotic Enforcement Procedures, including RICO/Conspiracy investigations, Money Laundering and other related matters.
10. Physical and Plant Security.
11. Official and Police Corruption & Misconduct.
12. Law enforcement hiring practices & background investigations.
13. Internet Narcotics Trafficking
14. Reverse Undercover Sting Tactics

1990-Present: Law Enforcement Instructor
Currently a Law Enforcement Instructor with US State Department, Lecturing Federal Police in Brazil on Undercover Tactics and Informant Handling. This DEA vetted course is based on DEA and DOJ standards.

Since my retirement from the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1990, to date, I have lectured on a contractual basis for many local enforcement agencies on Human Intelligence, Undercover/Covert Operations, Narcotics Investigations [from street level to international], International Operations and more (details on request). I served as a regular instructor of Undercover Tactics and Informant Handling for Ontario Provincial Police Academy for 7 years. I am currently working as an Instructor of Undercover Tactics and Informant Handling for the US State Department.

As a lecturer/consultant, on the subject of International Narcotic Enforcement and related subjects, I have appeared before a wide variety of audiences, from the United Nations and the World Presidents Organization to the New York City Council, and The Cato Institute. I lecture frequently at colleges and universities across the US and Canada. In 1993 I was voted the Canadian College Speaker of the Year. I have also been invited as a lecturer/consultant to international drug conferences sponsored by the French, Spanish and Dutch governments. (complete list available on request).

Significant speaking engagements: New York University forum on the Intelligence Failures Leading to 9-11; Crimes of Deceit conference at Melbourne, Australia (topic: Informant handling and its relationship to the intelligence failures leading to 9-11); Informants (Human Intelligence) Lecture at MIT.

1993-1994: Named as member of the Mayoral and City Council Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Task Force at the special request of Mayor David Dinkins. The work of this task force resulted in new laws increasing security at the 25,000 automated teller machines in the City of New York.

1992-1993: Drug Bureau Chief Barnstable County, Mass. (Cape Cod) Sheriffs Department.

1973-1990: Drug Enforcement Administration.
During this period, I was considered one of DEA's top Undercover/Deep Cover and international narcotic trafficking specialists. I was charged with design and orchestration of some of the government's most significant national and international Deep Cover and conspiracy investigations.
Highlights: Some of my international RICO and Conspiracy investigations were considered among the most significant in drug war history (see publications) and were featured on the History Channel's "Twentieth Century."

1973-1990 DEA Positions held:
- Country Attache, Argentina and Uruguay. I was the senior US law enforcement officer in the Southern Cone (1979-1982);
- Special Operations Officer, worldwide
- Inspector of DEA field Operations, worldwide, Office of Professional Responsibility;
- Desk Officer, Cocaine Desk and Heroin Desk, DEA Headquarters, Washington, DC;
- Miami Airport Supervisor, Vice President's South Florida Task Force;
- Instructor/Lecturer, Public Affairs and Training Office. As part of my duties I lectured federal and local law enforcement agencies on Human Intelligence (Informant Handling), Undercover & Deep Cover Tactics, Narcotic Investigations, Conspiracy and more.
- Group Supervisor, New York City Field Division;
- Group Supervisor, New York City Joint Federal State Task Force;
- Acting Group Supervisor, International Group, New York City Field Division.
- Assistant Group Supervisor FBI/DEA Task Force.
- Acting ASAC (Division Leader), New York Field Division.
- Liaison Officer with government of Israel.
Expert Witness:
During my career as a DEA supervisory officer, I qualified as an Expert Witness testifying as to Undercover Tactics, Controlled Delivery operations, Narcotic trafficking, Informant Handling, Organized Crime, Conspiracy,Corruption, Use of Force, investigative procedures and other matters directly and/or peripherally related to violations of US Narcotic and conspiracy laws, on more than 170 occasions.

1970 - 1973: Assistant Group Supervisor, Hard Narcotics Smuggling Division, US Customs. Also held positions of Special Agent and Special Agent/Sky Marshal.
Highlights: Deep Cover investigation in South East Asia during Vietnam conflict resulting in Special Act US Treasury Award, for taking down one of the most significant international heroin smuggling organizations of the time.
Expert Witness:
During my career as a Customs officer, I qualified as an Expert Witness testifying as to Narcotic trafficking, Informant Handling, Undercover Tactics [International and within the US], Controlled Delivery Operations, Organized Crime, RICO, Conspiracy and other matters directly and/or peripherally related to violations of US Customs laws, informant handling and other enforcement investigative procedures on more than 25 occasions.

1966 - 1970: Special Agent, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (BATF).
Expert Witness:
During my career as a BATF officer, I qualified as an Expert Witness testifying as to all matters related to weapons, narcotics trafficking, Organized Crime, Conspiracy and other matters directly and/or peripherally related to violations of laws enforced by BATF on more than 35 occasions, including but not limited to informant handling.

1965-1966: Special Agent, Intelligence Division of the Internal Revenue Service, OCD (Organized Crime Division)

EDUCATION:

-BBA degree in Accounting with a Minor in Economics, June 1965, Hofstra University.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT TRAINING AND BACKGROUND RELATED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT:

US Air Force (1958 -1961):
-Military Police School
-Sentry Dog Handling School

IRS Intelligence Schools
-Special Agent School
-(Tax Fraud Investigations)
-Tax Law School

US Treasury Schools
-Treasury Law Enforcement Academy

BATF Schools
-ATF Investigator School
-Bomb Investigation and Weapon Schools
-Executive Protection School
-Seminars on Crime Scene Investigation
-Seminars on Gun Crimes

US Customs Schools Customs
-Special Agent Academy
-(Enforcement of all US Custom laws).
-Conspiracy Investigations Seminar
-Sky Marshal Training Course.

DEA Schools
-Senior and Mid Level Management Schools
-Police Instructor School
-(Multiple Seminars given by various US Attorneys offices and DEA - Conspiracy/RICO).
-Two seminars on money laundering investigations.
-Numerous seminars on Title III investigations given by U.S Attorneys offices, as well as DEA Training Division.
-Drug Related Homicide seminar
-Drug Related Death Seminar (Dr. Michael Baden)
-Methamphetamine Investigations Seminars
-Seminars on Crime Scene Investigations given by NYPD
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: - COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors), an organization of families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
- Survivors of the Shield, an organization of families of New York City police officers killed in the line of duty.
- New York State Shields (Lifetime membership).
- National Organization of Police Concerns.
- American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers.
- The New York State Shields Inc., a police fraternal organization.
- Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
- Association of Former Federal Narcotic Agents.
- Geopolitical Drug Watch.
- ASLET, Association of Law Enforcement Trainers.
- Police One, Internet Association of serving and retired law enforcement
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: As a lecturer/consultant, on the subject of International Narcotic Enforcement and related subjects, I have appeared before a wide variety of audiences, from the United Nations and the World Presidents Organization to the New York City Council, and The Cato Institute. I lecture frequently at colleges and universities across the US and Canada. In 1993 I was voted the Canadian College Speaker of the Year. I have also been invited as a lecturer/consultant to international drug conferences sponsored by the French, Spanish and Dutch governments. (complete list available on request).

Law Enforcement Instructor
Since my retirement from the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1990, to date, I have lectured on a contractual basis for many local enforcement agencies on Human Intelligence, Undercover/Covert Operations, Narcotics Investigations [from street level to international], International Operations and more (details on request). I served as a regular instructor of Undercover Tactics and Informant Handling for Ontario Provincial Police Academy for 7 years. I have also worked as a police instructor for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, for whom I authored the manual "Undercover Tactics and Informant Handling." I am currently working for the US State Department lecturing the Brazilian Federal Police on International Narcotics enforcement with a focus on Undercover Tactics and Informant Handling. I have also authored a student manual for the State Department. I was a specially invited instructor for the FBI's advanced course in Undercover Tactics and Informants at Quantico.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: Never
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: EXPERT WITNESS TESTIMONY AND CASES:
Since my retirement from the United States Department of Justice on 1/1/1990, I have been retained as an Expert Witness and trial consultant on more than 500 occasions on matters relating to Drug trafficking, Money Laundering, Use of Force, Corruption, Undercover Tactics, RICO, Use of Criminal Informants, Investigative Procedures and other related criminal and civil matters. Most cases have resulted in plea-bargaining arrangements and/or out-of-court settlements. A complete list is available on request.

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Since 1990, as a civilian, I have been retained in more than 500 criminal and civil matters relating to the below topics, 90 percent resulting in out-of-court resolution (see details below).
1. Use of Force.
2. Interrogations/Interviews.
3. Human Intelligence (Informants) recruitment, evaluation, corroboration, management and control.
4. Law Enforcement Investigative Procedures (local and federal).
5. Due Diligence in Obtaining Probable Cause.
6. Undercover & Surveillance Tactics.
7. Entrapment (Undercover & Informant). Including Sentence Enhancement Entrapment.
8. Controlled Delivery Operations.
9. Domestic and International Narcotic Enforcement Procedures, including RICO/Conspiracy investigations,(civil & criminal), Money Laundering and other related matters.
10. Medical Marijuana.
11. Physical and Plant Security.
12. Blind Mule (unwitting participant) defense
13. Official and Police Corruption & Misconduct.
14. Investigative process and investigative report writing. (adherence to search-for-truth doctrine).
15. Due Diligence in the handling of Informants (all types)
16 Analysis of Complicated sting operations.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: It is now approximately 60% for Plaintiff.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 95 percent (criminal)
25 percent (civil)
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: In excess of 50 depositions, including my career in federal law enforcement and as a Trial Consultant.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Anthony Hill Civil Case - Deposition October 2018
Estate of Charles Burns v Concord CA Police Department et al - Deposition January 2018
Joshua Skinner v Michael DeFiore et al - Deposition November 2017
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: In excess of 500 times in Federal and state courts in 19 states and Puerto Rico, and 8 foreign nations during total 50 year career in both law enforcement and as a trial consultant.

Most recent testimony was given on behalf of the plaintiff at federal trial for Benny Warr v Rochester New York Police Department on January 23rd-24th 2019.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Never.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 1990 to present (29 years).
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: SPECIFIC SERVICES PROVIDED:
As relates to the above, I have provided the following specific services:
1. Provided Expert Testimony.
2. Designed extensive and specific cross-examination menus for civil and criminal trials as well as depositions.
3. Filed expert witness reports and affidavits.
4. Provided, trial preparation, investigative and research support.
5. Provide Investigative support through my company SENTAC INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIONS.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $200 per hour for research, review, telephone consulting, investigations and reporting. $300 per hour for testimony and face-to-face consultation.

see fee agreement.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $200 per hour... see fee agreement/. Special rate for Police, Municipalities and CJA cases.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $300 per hour plus expenses...see fee agreement
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $300 plus travel and expenses...see fee agreement for specifics...
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses, as well as other case-related expenses i.e. reenactment of use-of-force scenarios, etc.


References

A complete list of all cases and attorneys worked for is available at http://www.policetrialexpert.com or by request