Getting Effective Criminal Defense From An Established Attorney
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. I am Peter Katz, and as a Manhattan criminal defense lawyer with decades of experience and a former federal and state prosecutor, I use my insights to help clients who have been charged with crimes.
I handle a broad array of high-stakes charges, including federal and state crimes. I also appeal convictions and seek expungements. I provide assistance for witnesses and subjects or targets of federal or state investigations in New York or New Jersey. At the Law Offices of Peter Katz, I offer prospective clients free and confidential initial consultations. Call 609-900-2648 to arrange to meet with me.
The Types Of Charges With Which I Can Assist You
At the Law Offices of Peter Katz, I handle complex types of charges related to white collar crimes as well as many other charges. I serve clients in New York and New Jersey.
I defend clients charged with crimes involving:
- Date rape and other sex offenses
- Domestic violence, orders of protection and restraining orders
- Probation violations
- Blackmail, extortion and embezzlement
- Revenge porn
- Hate crimes
- Record sealing
- Asset forfeiture
- College arrests and Title IX hearings
As a former prosecutor and a seasoned defense attorney, I have a profound understanding of criminal law and offer defense for many other crimes as well.
Defense For Federal Crime Charges
What must be proven and what the penalties for a conviction will be will depend on the particular charge. Many federal crimes involve controlled substances, for example. Federal drug charges are governed by the Controlled Substances Act (Title 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 in addition to the drug offense for which you’ve been charged, you can face greater penalties. The high stakes of these cases make it critical to consult a criminal defense attorney in Manhattan or the surrounding areas who can fight for your rights.
Defense For State Crime Charges
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.
Sophisticated And Proven 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 I 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 I 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 that was 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 With Me To Discuss Your Arrest and Charges
At the Law Offices of Peter Katz, I will treat you and your case as my top priority. Because I know what the stakes are, I strive to be available to my clients day and night. I am dedicated to pursuing the best possible outcome for each client. I have a record of success defending criminal charges in New York and Jersey. My rates are reasonable, and I offer flexible payment options. Call 609-900-2648 or connect with me via my website contact form. I help clients in New York and New Jersey.