Criminal Defense

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When you're accused of a crime in New York City, you need more than a lawyer who's merely aggressive.

You need your criminal defense lawyer to use the law to your advantage.

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Ingredients of Criminal Defense

The outcome of your case depends on so many factors, including:

  • Evidence of innocence
  • Evidence of guilt
  • The range of possible jail time
  • Credibility of witnesses
  • Your rights under the Constitution
  • Your rights under the Criminal Procedure Law
  • Police misconduct
  • Suppression of evidence
  • Mandatory minimum prison sentences
  • The likelihood of jail if convicted at trial
  • Alternatives to jail
  • The judge presiding over your case
  • The prosecutor assigned to your case
  • The jury pool 
  • Previous criminal history
  • Eligibility for "judicial diversion"
  • "Mitigation"
  • Rehabilitation
  • Likelihood of re-offending
  • Restitution
  • Willingness to reject a plea offer
  • Immigration consequences of conviction
  • Employment and licensing consequences

Pursuing your best interests involves identifying how these factors apply to you.

Convictions Have Consequences

Even if you're not sentenced to jail, a criminal conviction can have enormous impact on your life.

For example, when choosing between two otherwise equally qualified employees, an employer will tend to hire a person with no criminal record over a person who's been convicted.

If you're not a US citizen, a criminal conviction can affect your immigration status.

A conviction can affect your eligibility for professional licenses, public housing, and student loans.

I help my clients do everything possible within the bounds of the law to avoid the negative consequences of a conviction.

Dismissal, Plea Bargain, Trial

There are three possible ways for any criminal case to be resolved: 1) dismissal; 2) plea bargain; 3) trial.

Dismissal is always the best outcome, but it's not always possible. Dismissal results in no criminal record. It avoids the risk of going to trial. For legal reasons, the case gets thrown out of court.

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If dismissal doesn't happen, then you need your lawyer to try to negotiate a favorable plea deal. However, what's "favorable" in a particular case depends on the combined effect of the factors described above. You're the one who decides whether a plea is favorable: you'll reject it if it's not; you'll accept if it is.

Trial is the final option. It means that a jury of fellow New Yorkers will decide your fate. No matter how strong your defense, the outcome never can be certain. It's always important to remember, though, the prosecutor faces the same uncertainty.

Preparing to win trial from Day One results in better plea offers and a better chance of dismissal. Most importantly, preparation gives you the best chance of winning trial.

I'm Here for My Clients

I'm devoted to defending people accused of crimes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

I believe that the best defense results from close collaboration with my clients. I want my clients to fully understand the law as it applies to them them. I want to fully understand the facts from each client's points of view.

This approach allows me to develop customized strategies that fit each client's unique situation.

I'm always very accessible to my clients – in person, by phone, by text, and by email. I'm here for my clients.

I'm here for you.

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Find out how I can defend you against criminal charges.

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Being charged with a crime is scary and overwhelming. I understand that you might be filled with anxiety about the future. That’s why I take the time to truly listen to you and to explain the law in a way that makes sense to you.

My commitment to you and to your case starts at the first consultation. It doesn't end until we've done all we can to reach the best possible outcome.

New York City Office

I represent clients in all of New York City's criminal courts, on a wide range of charges, from the simplest misdemeanors to complex felonies, including:

I also represent clients outside of court who are dealing with:

I pride myself on getting good results.

My office is located at 160 Broadway in Manhattan. Contact me now for a free consultation:

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