Criminal Defense

I represent clients in all stages of criminal matters including: arraignments, calendar appearances, pre-trial hearings and trial. I am an experienced trial attorney, adept at challenging police officer misconduct. 

I believe it is essential to counsel clients on the merits of their case and explore possible collateral consequences. My first goal is always a quick dismissal. I also fight tirelessly for dispositions that will have least impact on my clients' lives, such as minimal community service, programs, or restitution.

Types of Cases:

  • Summons Tickets (Including Park and MTA infractions, Suspended licenses, and Open containers) 
  • Misdemeanors (Including Harassment, DWI, Drug Possession, Domestic Violence, and Petit Larceny)
  • Felonies (Including Burglary, Felony Assault, Drug Sales, Robbery, and Possession of a Weapon)

 

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Representative Cases

Over the years, I have represented more than 5,000 clients and assisted with hundreds more.

People v. McLaren: Charged with Possession of Gun. Police officers responded to a 911 call alleging there was a violent brawl in an apartment. After arriving on the scene, an officer claims he found a gun in Mr. McLaren's bedroom. I argued the officer had no legal right to be in his room and the gun should be thrown out. The Judge agreed. Case dismissed.

People v. Romo: Charged with Attempted Assault of a Police Officer. Mr. Romo was accused of trying to punch a police officer to get out of a drug arrest. After cross examination, it was clear that the cops' stories were inconsistent and implausible. Full acquittal.

People v. Carrasco: Charged with a DWI. At a pre-trial hearing, I convinced the Judge that the bottles of beer found in the car should be thrown out because the police did not follow proper procedure. Full acquittal.

People v. Perkins: Double Shooting. Mr Perkins was accused of shooting two youths in broad daylight. I was the second attorney on the case. I cross examined key witnesses, including a shooting victim and the Supervising Prosecutor who offered a deal to get the star witness to testify. Full acquittal.

People v. Mays: Charged with a DWI. A sympathetic case where an elderly client crashed into a church and sent a pedestrian to the hospital with a broken leg. My advocacy led to a creative plea deal; the client plead guilty to a mere traffic infraction (i.e. no criminal record) and agreed to stop driving. 

People v. Bowers: Charged with Burglary, Arson and Attempted Felony Assault. Mr. Bowers was charged with several felonies for breaking into his ex girlfriend's apartment, assaulting her, trashing the place, and trying to set it on fire. He was facing over 20 years in prison. Through my advocacy, we were able to convince the Judge and Prosecutor that Mr. Bowers' mental health and alcohol abuse were to blame. After completing a 1 year program, he walked away with a misdemeanor trespass conviction and probation.