Criminal Defense

Brooklyn Attorney Protecting the Rights of People Facing Charges

A criminal conviction in New York or New Jersey carries serious penalties. It also can bring collateral consequences that affect you for the rest of your life. Brooklyn criminal defense lawyer Peter Katz is a former federal and state prosecutor who uses his insights to help clients charged with crimes. He can handle a broad array of high-stakes charges, including federal and state crimes. He also can appeal a conviction or seek expungement. Peter Katz also provides assistance for witnesses and subjects or targets of federal or state investigations in New York or New Jersey.

The Law Offices of Peter Katz handles complex types of charges related to white collar crimes, as well as many other charges. In New York, Mr. Katz handles the defense of violent crimes, date rape and other sex crimes, DUI, domestic violence, computer crimes, drug crimes, probation violations, and weapons crimes, among others. In New Jersey, he handles matters such as blackmail and extortion, revenge porn, hate crimes, record sealing, asset forfeiture, college arrests and Title IX hearings, and orders of protection and restraining orders.

Federal Crimes

What must be proven and what the penalties for a conviction will be depend on the particular charge. Many federal crimes involve controlled substances, for example. Federal drug charges are governed by the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. section 801 et seq. This law places drugs in categories ranging from Schedule I to Schedule V. Schedule I drugs are those that are believed to have no acceptable use. Convictions for federal drug crimes can carry particularly harsh penalties, depending on the schedule into which the drug at issue falls. For example, cocaine is a Schedule II drug. If you are charged with a first cocaine offense in federal court, the penalty is up to 40 years of incarceration. If a death or serious injury occurred, you can face greater penalties. The high stakes of these cases make it critical to consult a criminal defense attorney in Brooklyn or the surrounding areas who can fight for your rights.

State Crimes

Each state also has its own statutes that govern criminal matters. In New York, some of the most harshly punished crimes are violent crimes like assault, manslaughter, or domestic violence. Often, it is possible to convince a prosecutor to drop the case, persuade the judge to dismiss the case, or obtain a plea bargain to a reduced charge. Prosecutors determine how to charge a defendant based on factors such as the extent to which someone was injured, whether a weapon was involved, the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator, and the alleged motives of the perpetrator. Sometimes police make an arrest without fully investigating the circumstances. An arrest is a long way from a conviction.

Defense Strategies

You should not assume that a conviction is assured simply because you have been charged in federal or state court. All crimes need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and a Brooklyn criminal defense attorney can help you construct a strategy to make it as hard as possible for the prosecution to meet this burden. Sometimes it is possible to defend by raising a reasonable doubt about one or more elements of a charge. Lack of intent may be a persuasive defense argument against charges that require intent. In other cases, there are procedural or constitutional defenses that your attorney may be able to raise. For example, if the police did not have a reasonable suspicion of criminal wrongdoing before detaining you, it may be possible to get evidence obtained during a wrongful search and seizure suppressed. There are also many charges for which there are substantive defenses, such as self-defense or defense of others.

Consult a Criminal Lawyer to Discuss Your Arrest and Charges

At the Law Offices of Peter Katz, each client is treated as if he or she were Mr. Katz’s most important client. Mr. Katz is available day and night, and he is dedicated to pursuing the best possible outcome for each client. He is a skillful, experienced advocate with a record of success in defending criminal charges in New York and New Jersey. He charges reasonable rates and provides flexible payment options. Call us for a free consultation at (212) 933-9323 or (609) 734-4380 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with a criminal defense lawyer in Brooklyn or the surrounding areas.