Being charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs (including marijuana) can be incredibly frightening, costly and inconvenient at best.Read More
No matter how simple or complex and challenging your case might be, rest assured that I will fully assess and analyze the available facts, exposure and possible defenses. For over thirty years, I have worked diligently to defend against pending or potential charges for my clients. Read below about some of my more high-profile results.
Eyewitness identification by victim of a violent robbery/push-in burglary who was a police employee (trained 911 operator) who testified that she was 100% certain that client was one of the perpetrators and previously identified client in a photographic and lineup identification procedure. Client was found not guilty of all counts.
The victim of a savage robbery/assault testified and identified my client in court at trial as one of the perpetrators, with him being 100% certain of his identification. He also previously identified the client at what was claimed to be a confirmatory photographic identification procedure and in court at a prior Wade Hearing. He also testified that he had seen my client in the neighborhood previously and identified two rings that were stolen from him and which were in the client’s possession the next day. Client was found not guilty of all counts.
Anonymous call to 911 operator reporting a male with yellow shirt and blue shorts at a sidewalk location threatening a woman with a gun. The police arrive within 3 minutes and observe my client (wearing yellow shirt and blue shorts) standing next to a woman on the sidewalk. Police approach and allegedly observe a gun sticking out of the client’s waistband. The police grab the client, put him against the wall and recover the weapon from his waistband. The client\’s case was dismissed.
After 1 year of tedious litigation and negotiations in the face of a strong prosecution recommendation of upstate jail time for my client who had 3 prior convictions (including a prior felony DWI conviction where he had already received a 5 year probation sentence), I was able to advocate for and negotiate a plea to a second felony DWI with straight probation (no jail). The client also had a pending Violation of Probation in Suffolk County as a result of his new arrest and I was able to convince that Court to restore him to probation. The client received no jail time.
The complainant testified that the client utilized strong arm tactics to sell his CDs to him and took money from him without his consent. The defense called one witness to testify as to the client’s connection to the music world as an artist/producer and the dynamics of creating a “buzz” on the streets for a new artist by the self- promotion of one’s own music. Otherwise, the defense relied upon cross-examination of the complainant to undermine his accuracy of the details reported. The client was found not guilty on all counts.
Client was convicted at the age of 19 of participating in two brutal felony (robbery) murders involving two separate store robberies in 1980. He was originally sentenced to an indefinite term of imprisonment of from fifteen (15) years to life. After being denied nine separate times for parole release and after serving 33 years in jail, the client’s family retained me to advocate for his release. Citing the recent changes to the Executive Law and the Division of Parole’s regulations pertaining to the proper focus for release consideration, we were able to establish to the Board’s satisfaction that the client no longer posed a substantial risk to the community and was not likely to violate the conditions of his release. He has been released to live with his family.
In the minutes after your arrest it's critical you contact your attorney.
A judicial officer reviews your allegations, charges, and whether you should be released.
The counsel can request a conference to discuss the case and early resolutions.
A neutral body of jurors review the evidence submitted and possibly warrant an Indictment.
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I have more than 33 years of experience providing aggressive legal representation for the people of Queens and the New York City area. I have worked with thousands of adult and juvenile clients facing a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony charges, including complex and high-profile cases. Some of my legal achievements have received media coverage, such as my representation in the Howard Beach riots case, and have also been as cited as precedent-setting cases reported in legal journals and casebooks.
I bring the same tenacity to every case I handle, taking a strategic approach to address each and every matter as comprehensively and effectively as possible. I understand that even the smallest criminal matter is critically important to my clients and their families, because during this difficult time, you deserve the support and compassion of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will work tirelessly to fight your charges and protect your rights.
You can rest assured that whether your case gets negotiated, plea bargained, dismissed or proceeds to trial, that I will vigorously pursue the best possible outcome on your behalf.
Whether you are in need of lawyer for drug possession, DWI, assault, domestic violence, or another charge, I am available 24 hours a day to help get your life back on track. To set up your confidential legal consultation, call today at (718) 263-9000.
As their families wept, three youths were convicted last night of second-degree riot in the Howard Beach racial attack in which one man died. A fourth defendant was acquitted. … When Jury foreman Jose Terazas read the verdict ex-onerating Saggese, the youth hugged his attorney, Victor Knapp. His father and Farino’s embraced.Stewart Ain and Joseph McNamara - Daily News Writers