New York Criminal Defense LawyersKnowledgeable and Experienced New York Criminal Lawyers
Whether you are involved in an investigation, you are in custody subsequent to an arrest for alleged criminal conduct, or the eve of trial is drawing near, there is no substitute for experience, advocacy, and knowledge. Armed with the combined foundation of decades of service as prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Trial and Investigation Divisions as well as the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and Main Justice in Washington, D.C., the criminal lawyers at Crotty Saland, PC are prepared to guide you through what may be the most intimidating and unfamiliar legal process that you will ever encounter. Crotty Saland, PC’s experience in the practice of criminal law and related areas is equal to our dedication to the men and women whom we serve. We represent people in New York City and Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, and Orange Counties, as well as throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Crotty Saland, PC recognizes the magnitude of what is at stake for each and every client, including the potential of incarceration and a lifelong criminal record. The possibility of being saddled with an Order of Protection, stripped of your child’s custody, or attacked by an extorter or harasser cannot be ignored. The criminal attorneys at our New York firm will stop at nothing within the framework of the law to realize your ultimate goal. Regardless of the issue that you face, if it involves the criminal law or any related matters, Crotty Saland, PC is ready to provide you with the counsel that you need and deserve.Federal Crimes
Charges brought under federal law usually involve crimes that cross state boundaries or national borders or that occur on federal property. For example, federal law covers many types of white collar crimes, gun crimes, immigration crimes, and crimes against national security. Procedures in federal criminal courts are different from procedures in state courts, and often penalties for federal crimes are harsher than penalties for similar state crimes. In some cases, a federal crime may carry a mandatory minimum sentence, which means that the judge does not have discretion to sentence a defendant to a lesser prison term based on mitigating factors.
Our firm features counsel who as a former Assistant United States Attorney is familiar with the distinctive aspects of practicing in federal court. We represent people facing charges in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the District of New Jersey, and other federal courts. We can help you fight for bail, challenge the legality of arrests and indictments, and limit the penalties that you may face. Our criminal defense attorneys may even be able to resolve a matter on your behalf before it reaches the courtroom. If you are under investigation by the FBI, the Secret Service, or another federal agency, we can step into the process promptly and advocate for you.Theft and Larceny Crimes
New York prosecutors may charge a defendant with a theft crime if they take or withhold property from its rightful owner. These offenses range from shoplifting and other forms of Petit Larceny to complex crimes like Embezzlement or Extortion. Many theft crimes contain several elements, each of which must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. For example, a criminal lawyer in New York may be able to help you avoid a conviction if they can attack the prosecution’s ability to prove the intent element of a crime. Perhaps the defendant reasonably believed that they had a right to the property or that the owner had given it to them. No matter the nature of the theft arrest or the amount involved, misdemeanors and felonies can be mitigated or reduced with the assistance of the right legal counsel.White Collar Crimes
Similar to theft crimes, white collar crimes generally do not involve any violence or physical injuries to a victim. They are often motivated by the prospect of financial gain, and they may be charged under both federal and state laws. Some common examples of white collar crimes include Cybercrimes and Computer offenses, Grand Larceny, Scheme to Defraud, Insider Trading, Identity Theft, Money Laundering, Enterprise Corruption and Racketeering. At Crotty Saland PC, we are familiar with the nuances of these complex charges. We may be able to prove that you did not intend to commit the crime, that you were unaware other people at your organization were committing the offense, or no criminal enterprise existed at all. Other possible defenses in these cases include exposing the prosecution’s inability to establish all criminal elements, confirm you were the offender or an accomplice and other strategic avenues including entrapment, claim of right and mitigation.Fraud Crimes
Our New York criminal lawyers often represent people charged with credit card fraud and other types of consumer fraud, as well as Forgery and related crimes. In general, fraud occurs when someone intentionally deceives a victim and gains an advantage because the victim relied on the deception. These cases are a type of white collar crime, and often similar defenses apply. Whether the crime is one of Forgery, Criminal Possession of a False Instrument, Falsifying Business Records, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, or similar offense, we can investigate the details of your situation to determine the weakest areas of the prosecution’s case and use those weaknesses to pursue a dismissal or plea bargain.Drug Crimes
If you have been arrested for possessing, manufacturing, or trafficking in controlled substances, you may face years in prison and substantial fines. However, you should not assume that you have no options. For example, we may be able to raise a defense under the Constitution if the police or prosecution violated your rights in collecting evidence. The Fourth Amendment protects you from certain types of searches and seizures. If the police seized drugs from your home or car without a warrant or probable cause, we could potentially file a motion to suppress the evidence of the drugs. Whether the narcotics or drugs are of the prescription variety like Adderall or Oxycodone or illegal in any form such as cocaine or heroin, your options and defenses may be extensive. This could result in the evidence being excluded, which may severely hamper the prosecution’s ability to prove a drug crime case. No matter if your arrest is of a personal use and misdemeanor nature or a felonious crime involving the intent to sell, our attorneys have confronted these cases on behalf of clients with equal vigor and success.DWI & DWAI
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in New York can lead to serious penalties and the loss of your license. You can be arrested for DWI (driving while intoxicated) if you drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater. DWAI (driving while ability impaired) is a related violation that may be charged if your BAC is 0.07 or far less. Whereas DWI is a crime, DWAI is a traffic infraction. Someone who has been arrested for a DWI without an extremely high BAC may be able to plead down to a DWAI and receive reduced penalties. Our New York criminal attorneys can help you craft a strategy to fight a drunk driving charge, which may involve challenging the basis for the stop or the way in which tests of your BAC were conducted. From Aggravated DWI and Leandra’s Law to the Portable Breath Test and Ignition Interlock, there are numerous issues to examine and vet when implementing the best defensive strategies. Fortunately for many clients, whether before or after trial, our advocacy has allowed them to “walk away” without criminal records.Sex Crimes
If you are convicted of a sex crime, you may need to register as a sex offender, which can undermine your reputation and career opportunities. The high stakes in these cases make it critical to enlist a criminal lawyer in New York who can carefully investigate the events leading to the charges and best avoid SORA. Many sex crime cases hinge on the relative credibility of the accuser and the alleged perpetrator. We can identify any gaps in the accuser’s recollection of events and help you present a thorough account of what happened from your perspective and that of your witnesses. Consent also may be a valid defense in some cases involving interactions between adults. Other types of sex crimes, such as child pornography or other Internet sex crimes, may involve more sophisticated arguments. Even if you cannot defeat the charge entirely, we may be able to secure a favorable plea deal.Victims of Revenge Porn
We sympathize with victims of Online Harassment, Cyberbullying, Revenge Porn, and Sextortion. If you have been affected by any of these behaviors, you should know that you have legal rights. We can help you file a DMCA Takedown Notice to remove the offensive material from its original location, and we can also help you ensure that people cannot access it through search engines. In addition, we can explore the possibility of filing criminal charges against the perpetrator and getting an Order of Protection against them to prevent a recurrence of this conduct. Our attorneys also can help victims bring a civil claim for emotional distress and punitive damages when appropriate. Whether confronting your victimizer with a compelling cease and desist letter, presenting a case for prosecution directly to the District Attorney’s Office, or commencing some other action in our outside of the court system, our former prosecutors will pursue the legal avenues to end your abuser’s attempts at humiliation and shame.
Parallel to our representation of victims of revenge porn, we also assist victims of Harassment, Stalking, Extortion, and Blackmail (or threats of these) in assessing their legal options and taking action against a perpetrator. This may involve developing our own evidence to provide directly to the District Attorney in order to “remove” the police from the process to limit your embarrassment or exposure. Another course of action includes filing for an Order of Protection in Family Court when applicable. In other situations, to protect your privacy, you may want a Blackmail attorney and private investigator to gather evidence for your case efficiently and discreetly to then confront your extorter with a cease and desist memorandum or letter. At bottom, Crotty Saland PC, called the “A-Team” of ex-lawmen to extract victims of Blackmail from Extortion schemes, has assisted countless victims of Blackmail, Extortion and Harassment, inside and outside the criminal justice system. No matter your choice, our attorneys will best ensure that law enforcement responds promptly to your concerns when engaged and that your privacy is held in the highest regard.Domestic Violence
New York prosecutors take allegations of Domestic Violence very seriously. They can have a significant impact on not only your criminal record but also your relationship with your children and other family members. While many instances of Domestic Violence are physical, such as Assault or Strangulation, some of these crimes involve behaviors such as Aggravated Harassment or Stalking. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to learn that accusations of Domestic Violence and associated arrests are a product of improper motives including those related to matrimonial, financial or other interpersonal issues. The accuser may be trying to take revenge on a former partner or spouse due to the breakdown of a relationship, or they may be trying to get an advantage in a child custody dispute, among other reasons. No matter if a complainant exaggerated, misrepresented, or is being truthful, at Crotty Saland, our criminal defense lawyers can help New York residents protect their rights against wrongful accusations to best put you in the position to have your charges reduced, dropped or dismissed.Family Court Orders of Protection
Our attorneys also can help you secure an Order of Protection or fight back against an unwarranted Restraining Order issued by a Family Court. A limited or full Order of Protection can shield an individual against someone who is harassing them or committing an offense under the Family Court Act. It can be issued on a victim’s behalf against someone whom they were dating as well as a former spouse or a sibling. While a full Stay Away Order prevents any contact at all by the subject, a limited Order of Protection allows ordinary and reasonable contact but will result in a criminal charge if harassment, violent, or other prohibited conduct occurs. We can help you understand which type of order may be appropriate in your case, draft the petition to file with the Family Court in a complete and accurate manner, represent you in court and engage the other side’s counsel to efficiently resolve what is no doubt a stressful and anxiety filled experience.College Arrests, Disciplinary Hearings and Title IX
A college student who has allegedly engaged in misconduct may face not only a criminal investigation by the local District Attorney and resulting charges, but a Dean’s disciplinary hearing or Title IX investigation as well. Many of these hearings involve incidents related to sexual interactions and gender based misconduct and harassment between students. Other disciplinary cases and code of conduct infractions may involve alcohol, drugs, assault or even cheating on exams. Whether or not you are not convicted of any charge, you may be found to have violated Title IX and university code of conduct rules. Further, the standard of proof is lower than in criminal proceedings and without the benefits of Due Process. At Crotty Saland, we have represented many college students whose future has been at risk in these hearings as well as those who are the victims of campus wrongdoing. Because we understand the central importance of preserving your education and career path in school and well beyond, we will fight and advocate on your behalf to best protect you in the moment and in the future.Record Sealing and Conviction “Expunging”
A criminal record can have a serious impact on your ability to get an educational degree or a job, as well as your social standing. While you cannot have your criminal record completely expunged in New York, you can have it sealed so that the public generally does not have access to it. For example, with the passage of Criminal Procedure Law 160.59, experienced counsel may be able to seal convictions for any eligible misdemeanors and felonies as long as, among other requirements, you are not facing any further charges. We can draft and file a compelling petition with the court to seal your record and respond to any challenges by the District Attorney opposing the same.Family Law
Crotty Saland can assist you in going through a divorce or revisiting arrangements made during matrimonial and related matters. We are experienced in Family Court proceedings and can help you fight for your rights to child custody or visitation, pursue child support, and resolve other family law matters. New York courts make child custody decisions based on the best interests of the child, but judges can take a broad range of factors into account. We can help you present your arguments for why your preferred arrangement suits your child’s best interests, or we can help you seek a modification to an existing custody order based on a substantial change in circumstances.Asset Forfeiture
Although an arrest is not necessary to seize property and money, if a defendant commits a theft crime or another crime in which they receive property, law enforcement may start the asset forfeiture process. Even if the alleged criminal conduct does not involve a larceny, federal and state prosecutors and law enforcement can confiscate any assets and proceeds obtained through the criminal activity, as well as instrumentalities used in committing the crime. Certain limits apply to this process, however, such as certain protections against the forfeiture of real estate in most cases other than drug crimes. Our criminal attorneys can help New York defendants, as well as those in other states, fight back against improper or excessive asset forfeiture so that their property is preserved.Immigration
Many people from countries around the world come to the United States to join their family members or explore career opportunities. We recognize that the contributions of immigrants have played a role in making this nation strong, and we can assist you in seeking legal status in the U.S and protecting the same if you are arrested for or accused of a crime. This may involve getting a temporary visa or pursuing a green card, which would make you a permanent resident in the U.S. If you are already living in this country and want to establish deeper roots here, we can guide you through the citizenship process as well. As criminal attorneys, meanwhile, we are keenly aware of the potential consequences of an arrest or conviction on your immigration status. We will make sure to explain those to you and bear them in mind if we are defending you against charges.Retain a Criminal Attorney in New York to Start Fighting for Your Rights
Whether you are a defendant accused of criminal wrongdoing, a target of extortion, or a foreign national starting a new life in the U.S., Crotty Saland, P.C. is conscious of the countless dangers that lurk ahead. Irrespective of your legal issue, you need to take the steps today to protect yourself today as well as tomorrow. You may have only one chance to properly defend or protect yourself. With your liberty, name, career, future, and family on the line, there is no substitute for experience, advocacy, and knowledge. Contact Crotty Saland, PC online or at 212-312-7129 for a free consultation so that we can identify your strongest defense or strategy.