Notable Accomplishments

Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Harassment, False Imprisonment, Larceny

The owner of a Queens real estate office was involved in a confrontation with four youths. He was charged with a total of 18 counts including Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Harassment, False Imprisonment, and Larceny. He faced up to a year in jail. No acceptable offer was made by the District Attorney's Office and the matter proceeded to trial. After a jury trial the defendant was acquitted on all counts.

Menacing

A New York City Department of Corrections officer with 17 years on the job was accused of threatening his father-in-law with a .38 revolver. The defendant was charged with Menacing and faced up to one year in jail. In addition, due to the nature of the offense the defendant was placed on restricted duty. Despite the statements of witnesses to the alleged confrontation as well as character references provided on behalf of the defendant no acceptable offer was made by the District Attorney and the matter proceeded to trial. On the first day of trial the District Attorney dismissed all charges and the defendant was restored to regular duty.

Assault (Domestic Violence), Harassment

A director of a major financial firm was accused of repeatedly punching his wife's face and body and throwing her to the ground, causing her bruises and lacerations. The defendant was charged with Assault, Attempted Assault, and Harassment. He faced up to one year in jail. After investigation and presentation to the District Attorney of evidence that the defendant acted in self-defense -- photographs of the defendant's injuries, phone records and surveillance video that was subpoenaed -- as well as evidence of the defendant's good character, all charges were dismissed.

Robbery, Gun Possession, Menacing, Possession of Stolen Property

A 26-year-old Brooklyn man, licensed as a security guard and about to enter the New York City Police Academy, was accused with two others of robbing a store at gunpoint and leading police in car chase. The defendant was charged with a total of 13 counts including Robbery, Possession of a Weapon, Menacing, and Possession of Stolen Property. He faced up to 25 years in prison. In addition, due to the arrest, the defendant's security guard license was suspended. The police claimed to have the defendant's fingerprints at the scene and in the getaway car as well as surveillance video showing the defendant participating in the robbery. Furthermore, in exchange for a plea deal one of men also accused testified that the defendant participated in the robbery with him. The defendant maintained his innocence and claimed he was mistakenly identified. After investigation and presentation to the District Attorney of a polygraph examination and DNA evidence that exonerated the defendant, all charges were dismissed and the defendants security guard license was reinstated. This matter was reported in the New York Post and El Diario.

Fraud Investigation Target

A New York businessman was investigated for taking part in a million-dollar scheme to defraud customers and evade taxes. He, his business partner and his accountant were served with several subpoenas and threatened with prosecution. After an extensive record review and thorough preparation with the businessman, a proffer was held with the District Attorney, pursuant to which no charges were brought against the businessman.

Double Sexual Assault

A popular New York City chef was accused of sexually assaulting two women on separate occasions, each time in the back of an automobile. The defendant was charged with three counts Sexual Abuse and faced up to seven years in prison for each victim. Thorough investigation of the scenes of both incidents, interviews with witnesses, and records subpoenaed from the District Attorney and a hotel revealed inconsistencies and exaggerations in each of the victim's statements. After demonstrating to the court that the District Attorney did not have the jurisdiction to prosecute the charge related to the first victim in Manhattan (because the victim alleged the crime was committed in Brooklyn) the court dismissed the charge related to the first victim. The second victim brought a civil lawsuit against the defendant's restaurant wherein she made allegations that contradicted earlier statements she made to police. After exposing the credibility gap of the second victim the District Attorney agreed to dismiss the remaining charges related to the second victim. All criminal charges were dismissed and the defendant did not get a criminal record.

Rape, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Assault, Promoting Prostitution

A 23-year-old Brooklyn man was accused of raping a young woman and forcing her into prostitution. The defendant was charged with a total of 12 counts including Rape, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Abuse, and Promoting Prostitution. He faced up to 25 years in prison. After the young woman was placed under extensive surveillance, her medical records subpoenaed and her voicemail records captured, several inconsistencies in her story were discovered. In view of the serious doubts which were raised as to the young woman's credibility the District Attorney was compelled to dismiss all charges.

Robbery, Assault, Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Stolen Property, and Harassment

A 22-year-old Long Island man was accused in the Bronx of repeatedly beating a man with a bat causing several broken bones and teeth, and lacerations to his head and body. The victim also claimed that the defendant stole his money and car keys. The defendant was charged with a total of 10 counts including Robbery, Assault, Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Stolen Property, and Harassment. He faced up to 15 years in prison. The defendant claimed that he was at a movie theater with two friends in Long Island. After thoroughly reviewing his actions that night the defendant recalled making a withdrawal at an ATM before going to the theater. The bank's ATM and surveillance records were subpoenaed and revealed that the defendant did have an alibi. Therefore the District Attorney agreed to dismiss all charges.

Assault (Domestic Violence), Harassment

A prominent New York City attorney was accused of causing a deep laceration his girlfriend's hand during an argument. The defendant was charged with Assault, Attempted Assault, and Harassment. He faced up to one year in jail. After presenting additional facts to the District Attorney concerning the circumstances of the altercation and securing an affidavit from the girlfriend stating that she did not want to cooperate in the prosecution of the matter and that she was not in fear of the defendant, all charges were dismissed.

False Personation, Drug Possession

A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was stopped while driving for failing to signal a turn. The defendant, whose license was suspended, gave the officer false identification. He was also found in possession of 43 ecstasy pills. The defendant was charged with False Personation and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He faced up to one year in jail. The legality of the search and the admissibility of the drugs found pursuant to it were called into question. In addition proof that the defendant was enrolled in school full-time and worked part-time demonstrated to the District Attorney the impact a criminal conviction would have on his future. After the defendant completed a court-supervised drug treatment program the District Attorney agreed to dismiss all criminal charges in exchange for a plea to unlicensed driving, which is a traffic infraction, not a crime. The defendant served no jail time and did not get a criminal record.

Harassment, Contempt

A New York physician who headed a multi-national pharmaceutical company was accused of harassing a former girlfriend and then violating an order of protection by continuing the harassment. The defendant was charged with Aggravated Harassment and Contempt. He faced up to one year in jail. Although the girlfriend signed an affidavit which amounted to pressing charges there was an issue as to whether she was coerced by police into signing it. There was also an issue of whether the defendant's statements were sufficient to constitute harassment as defined by law. After raising these and other concerns the District Attorney agreed to dismiss all charges.

Driving While Intoxicated

A Manhattan accountant was stopped while driving erratically in Nassau County. The defendant was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal of a Breath Screening Test, and three related traffic infractions. He faced up to one year in jail. Despite providing statements from witnesses that the defendant was not intoxicated and evidence of his medical condition, no acceptable offer was made by the District Attorney and the matter proceeded to trial. After a jury trial the defendant was acquitted on all counts.

Grand Larceny

A jewelry dealer sold several rings on eBay which were falsely purported to be diamonds. The defendant was charged with Grand Larceny and Attempted Grand Larceny. He faced up to seven years in prison. After demonstrating that the defendant was himself unaware that the subject stones were not diamonds, providing extensive evidence of the defendant's good character, and more than a year of investigation and negotiation with the District Attorney all criminal charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to disorderly conduct, which is a violation, not a crime, and restitution. The defendant served no jail time and did not get a criminal record.

Rape, Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child

A 19-year-old man was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl. The defendant was charged with Rape, Sexual Misconduct, and Endangering the Welfare of a child. He faced up to four years in prison. Witnesses to the alleged incident were found and sworn statements were obtained from them. After presenting to the District Attorney the witnesses and additional facts of alleged incident, all criminal charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to disorderly conduct which is a violation, not a crime. The defendant was released from jail and did not get a criminal record.

Gun Possession

An 18-year-old woman from Westchester County was stopped while driving in the Bronx. Her automobile was searched and a .40 caliber pistol was found in the glove compartment. The defendant was charged with Possession of a Weapon and Possession of Ammunition and faced up to seven years in prison. After investigating the facts surrounding this stop and prior stops of the defendant which were without cause or suspicion, the legality of the search and the admissibility of the gun found pursuant to it were called into question. In addition facts were presented to the District Attorney which rebutted the presumption that the defendant was aware that there was a gun in her automobile. In light of these facts the District Attorney moved to dismiss all charges.

Driving While Intoxicated

A New Jersey man was stopped on the West Side Highway in Manhattan for speeding (over 100 miles per hour). Furthermore, his license was suspended and a breathalyzer test showed double the legal limit of alcohol in his system. The defendant was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Impaired, and Aggravated Unlicensed Driving. He faced up to one year in jail. Discrepancies were found in paperwork completed by the police and a video of the defendant performing sobriety test. In addition a breathalyzer expert retained to assist in the matter was prepared to testify that the breathalyzer was not properly administered. After several appearances in which the District Attorney was unprepared for pre-trial hearings a motion was made to dismiss the charges on the ground that the defendant's right to a speedy trial was violated. The court granted the motion and all charges were dismissed.

Attempted Rape, Sexual Assault, Forcible Touching

A 28-year-old Queens man who recently immigrated from Bangladesh was accused of attempting to rape a woman in a Manhattan subway station. The defendant was pointed out to police by the victim as a worker at a newspaper stand inside the subway station. The defendant was charged with Attempted Rape, Sex Abuse, and Forcible Touching. He faced up to fifteen years in prison. The defendant's work records were obtained and revealed that he was working inside a different subway station on the alleged date. Those records also revealed the identity of the true perpetrator who did look similar to the defendant. After providing this alibi and other exculpatory evidence to the District Attorney all charges were dismissed.

Drug Possession

A 44-year-old California resident was accused of purchasing over half a gram of cocaine inside a New York nightclub. The defendant was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and faced up to two and a half years in prison. The defendant voluntarily enrolled in a 60-day inpatient drug program in California. After presenting proof of the defendant's enrollment and progress in the program as well as a psychologist report the District Attorney agreed to dismiss all criminal charges in exchange for a plea to disorderly conduct, which is a violation, not a crime. The defendant served no jail time and did not get a criminal record.

Animal Cruelty

A Brooklyn man whose pug dog had died was accused of starving the dog to death. The condition of the dog and its death were brought to the attention of the ASPCA and police by a veterinarian. The defendant was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and Failing to Provide Proper Sustenance for Animals. He faced up to four years in prison. A veterinary expert reviewed the medical records and opined that there was a good possibility the dog suffered from a disease that prevented it from absorbing nutrients. After presentation of the expert's findings and demonstration of the defendant's good character and the care with which he treated his other dog, all criminal charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to disorderly conduct which is a violation, not a crime, and twenty days of community service. The defendant served no jail time and did not get a criminal record.

Menacing, Possession of a Weapon, Assault, Harassment

A 22-year-old Columbia University senior was accused of leaving several messages threatening to kill a classmate and racially insulting him. The defendant also personally confronted the victim, threatened him with a knife and punched him. The defendant was charged with a total of eight counts including Menacing, Possession of a Weapon, Harassment, and Assault. He faced up to one year in jail. Thorough investigation of the scene, interviews with witnesses, and records subpoenaed from Columbia revealed inconsistencies and exaggerations in the victim's statements. The victim's credibility was further impugned by photographs and statements by the him posted in an online profile. After documentation of the defendant's heretofore unblemished reputation and in light of the victim's character, all criminal charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to disorderly conduct which is a violation, not a crime, and six days of community service. The defendant served no jail time and did not get a criminal record.

Assault (Domestic Violence), Possession of a Weapon

A Queens taxi driver was accused of choking his wife with a computer cord, cutting her, and threatening her. The defendant was charged with Assault and Possession of a Weapon. He faced up to seven years in prison. In addition, the defendant's taxi (TLC) license was suspended. Thorough investigation of the incident revealed that the defendant acted at least partly in self-defense and that the victim was not motivated to pursue the matter. Furthermore, medical records demonstrated that the victim's injuries were not as serious as initially alleged. After extended negotiation with the District Attorney the defendant entered counseling for a limited time and all criminal charges were dismissed in exchange for a plea to disorderly conduct which is a violation, not a crime. The defendant did not get a criminal record and his TLC license was immediately reinstated.

Filing a False Instrument (Fraud)

A Queens man was accused of filing an application for a driver's license with the Department of Motor Vehicles under a fictitious name in an attempt to create an alternate identity. The defendant was charged in Albany with Offering a False Instrument for Filing and faced up to four years in prison. In addition, the defendant's taxi (TLC) license, which he had in his legitimate name, was suspended. Evidence that the defendant did not have any malicious intent in obtaining the fraudulent license along with letters attesting to the defendant's good character were provided to the District Attorney. As part of the deal arranged with the District Attorney the defendant agreed to voluntarily appear in Albany to face the charge. The criminal charge was dismissed in exchange for a plea to disorderly conduct which is a violation, not a crime. The defendant did not get a criminal record and his TLC license was immediately reinstated.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.