Defending State Felony Charges
The firm’s New York criminal defense lawyers defend clients from criminal charges brought against them by both the Attorney General’s Office and the District Attorneys’ Offices in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester and Staten Island. The majority of our state practice focuses on major felonies including white collar crimes, financial crimes, violent crimes, drug crimes and computer crimes. Some of the more specific state crimes we deal with regularly include:
The firm and its criminal attorneys defend clients against organized crime charges on the state and federal level. At the state level, New York has repackaged the federal RICO statute into its own version known as Enterprise Corruption. This charge is an especially complicated area of substantive criminal law as it is similar to conspiracy charges in some ways but poses more obstacles to the prosecution. A defendant in New York charged with Enterprise Corruption must have committed three independent criminal acts. Conspiracy charges may not operate as one of the criminal acts. Also, falling under the category of New York state organized crime are charges brought under theories involving criminal conspiracy and certain industry specific crimes involving illegal business practices such as promotion of gambling.
Blue Sky Securities Violations
Violations of New York’s Blue Sky laws are prosecuted and enforced by the Attorney General’s Office, through the branch known as The Investor Protection Bureau (IPB). The IPB is designed to root out fraud against shareholders by monitoring securities sales in New York. Its powers are derived under The Martin Act. The AG’s office ensures that brokers, dealers, salesmen and investment advisors register with the state. Where appropriate, the Bureau’s attorneys undertake investigations, criminal prosecutions and civil litigation on behalf of the investing public. The Bureau’s other major responsibilities include the enforcement of laws which regulate the financing of theatrical ventures, the sale of franchises, and corporate take-overs in New York State.