Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorney in New York

Jeffrey L. Emdin brings over 30 years of experience in the field of criminal law. As a former prosecutor, and now as a defense attorney, Mr. Emdin has tried hundreds of criminal cases, felonies and misdemeanors, throughout New York State.

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Services

To be a successful criminal defense attorney one must possess the ability to decipher police reports, have knowledge of police patrol guidelines, interview witnesses, and analyze evidence, both physical and testimonial. Mr. Emdin’s track record of proven success can be directly tied to his excellence in these areas. See the following links:

The following list contains some of the charges that Mr Emdin has successfully defended his clients against :

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    Burglary

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    Criminal possession of a forged instrument

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    Domestic violence

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    Drug crimes and drug sales

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    Endangering the welfare of a child

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    Grand larceny & petit larceny

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    Stalking, harassment

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    Juvenile crimes

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    Violent crimes, assault, manslaughter, murder

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    Sex crimes

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    Robbery, theft crimes, shoplifting, carjacking

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    Arson

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    Gang-related incidents of violence

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    Weapons charges, gun violence

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    White collar crimes

Difficult circumstances require attorneys with knowledge, compassion and expertise. We have that reputation and experience to represent you in all these cases. Call the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin for a free consultation.

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DWI – Driving While Intoxicated

In the event that you are accused of driving while impaired or intoxicated, we are here for you. We offer sound legal advice to defend yourself if you been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (also called Driving Under the Influence).

The lawyers and support staff at the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin have represented hundreds of individuals in Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Richmond, Queens, Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester and Rockland Counties who have been charged with driving while intoxicated.

We can provide meaningful advice concerning the best way to approach the charges filed against you. As a seasoned criminal defense attorney, Mr. Emdin knows the nuances of the New York Penal Law and Criminal Procedure Law, and is adept at determining which defenses are available in each particular case. No two cases are alike. Our staff has the experience necessary to determine the best course of action that will help you avoid a conviction for a crime that you are not guilty of, or avoid possible jail time if you did operate a vehicle while under the influence.

In the event you are guilty, we are here for you. A DWI arrest is either the result of a poor decision or a symptom of a more severe problem. Sometimes a drug or alcohol treatment program may be needed to address the problem and avoid a possible jail sentence. Once again, we are here to help. We want to make sure that the next step you take puts you on the road to better decisions and a better life.

Your decision on representation is an important one. It can affect your freedom, your ability to work, and have a great impact on your family. Whether it’s litigating the matter at trial, negotiating a reduced plea, obtaining a restricted license, or finding a program that fits your needs we will be there to assist you in all stages of the criminal process.

We have provided excellent legal services for those accused of DWI throughout lower New York State. Please call the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin for a free consultation. (212) 265-1350

Homicide

If you have been arrested for a homicide, you’ll need a reliable and seasoned attorney to help you navigate through the significant legal issues and defenses that these cases present.

To take a human life is to assume a terrible responsibility that will weigh on your conscious for many years to come. However, to be wrongly accused of taking someone’s life has equally significant ramifications. It is the job of your attorneys to correctly assess your case, present your options and defenses, and handle this matter with the utmost care and attention to detail that such cases require.

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We have many years of experience and can present the most comprehensive homicide defense possible. After extensive interviews with clients and /or witnesses, review of the evidence, and consulting with experts, we will have the information, knowledge and expertise to determine what defenses are viable in your particular case. In some cases, your defense may involve a case of mistaken identification; in others an insanity defense may be appropriate. Alibi defense, intoxication defense, and self defense also may offer possible defenses to the crime for which you stand accused. No two cases are alike, yet they all must be addressed with a high level of seriousness and sensitivity.

Our Approach

We will gather all the information and evidence available. Our legal team will examine every facet of the case and identify the pertinent facts that can help sway the judge and the jury to a favorable resolution. We coordinate our defense by consulting with experts in the medical field, crime scene reconstruction, and blood splatter experts to list a few. This approach leads to a consolidated, coordinated defense that creates a clear picture for the jury to understand and accept.

Our staff will delve into all available case law to construct a defense that will create an environment to deliver the best possible outcome for our clients. Through it all, our goal will be to present an argument that will offer the highest chance of success.

We understand that in a perfect world, our clients would not be in the situation of defending the actions that led them to be accused of this crime. We will seek to present a defense that will put our clients in the best possible position to achieve the most favorable outcome possible. For our firm, your case is not only about defending your actions; it is about defending your life.

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Drugs

The State of New York regulates the possession, use, and sale of controlled substances. Depending on the weight or quantity of drugs involved, you may face either felony or misdemeanor charges.

In either case, if you are arrested for the sale or possession of illegal drugs, you’ll need an experienced attorney to come to your defense in court. A conviction may result in jail time, loss of driving privileges, loss of employment and employment opportunities, and may even affect your visitation rights.

As a defense counsel with 30 years experience, Mr. Emdin can thoroughly analyze your case and offer meaningful sound advice concerning possible defenses to the crimes charged. Where appropriate, we seek to place our clients in alternative programs to incarceration.

Please call the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin for a free consultation. (212) 265-1350

Our Methods

We are realistic and compassionate in our approach to resolving drug cases. We recognize that illegal drug use and addiction is a disease and that the “crimes” of drug possession and sometime even drug sales are an unfortunate side effect of this disease. Our firm believes that our society needs to treat the disease to prevent the crime.

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We believe that a first step is to understand what is needed to overcome the addiction. Thus, we work with agencies to find treatment as an alternate to incarceration.

According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, commonly used illegal drugs include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and club drugs. Drug-related crime breaks down into three separate categories - trafficking, distribution, and illegal use.

For the first two, these are activities that are engaged in for profit. Committing these crimes is not looked upon sympathetically by society. Drug trafficking charges can be prosecuted in state or federal courts. We have experience in both courts throughout the State of New York.

Crimes related to drug use are perceived differently by the courts and by society. Drug possession crimes are often committed due to the grip of addiction that is hard to escape. For people being prosecuted for the use of illegal or illegally obtained drugs, the priority should be to treat them rather than pursuing incarceration. We are dedicated to this goal.

Your Defense

Sometimes a client is facing narcotics charges merely for being inside the same room or vehicle where the narcotics are found. This is called a presumption case. This presumption is rebuttable, and the client will need experienced attorneys like us to present this defense. Other defenses such as agency and misidentification may also be available to persons charged with a narcotics offense. It is important to obtain sound legal advice at an early stage of the proceeding.

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Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are offenses that are less serious than felonies and generally punishable by a fine or imprisonment in a county or local jail. NYPD statistics show that since 2000, the ratio of misdemeanors to felonies committed in New York City has risen from 2.35:1 to 3.26:1. Even with an overall reduction in crime during that period.

The Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin will look at the facts and merits of your misdemeanor case and present a defense that will lead to a favorable outcome. Many times, all charges are dismissed or the accused receives an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD) without a trial. A majority of our cases, if not reduced dismissed, result in a violation disposition with a community service requirement. The reality is that people make mistakes, and with that in mind we will seek an outcome that serves the best interests of all parties involved.

Please call the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin for a free consultation. (212) 265-1350

Misdemeanor Classifications

In New York State, misdemeanors care categorized based on the term to be served and the fine.

Class A

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    Possession of gun, (without a Permit in your home or place of business)

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    Assault in the 3rd degree

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    Resisting arrest

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    Petit larceny

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    Second-degree criminal impersonation

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    unauthorized radio transmission

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    Third-degree identity theft

Class B

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    Contempt of court (violating an order of protection)

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    Issuing a bad check

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    Fortune-telling

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    Prostitution

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    Unlawful assembly

Unclassified Violations

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    Aggravated unlicensed driving

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    Driving while intoxicated

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    Reckless driving

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    Disorderly conduct

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    Obstructing governmental administration

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    Harassment

While all crimes should be taken seriously, misdemeanors are mostly non-violent activities that occur because of a lack of forethought by the person committing them, a lack of knowledge of the law, or simply a lapse of judgment. With that in mind, we seek to resolve these matters to the satisfaction of our clients.

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Felonies

The lawyers and staff at the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin have extensive experience in providing reliable felony counsel on behalf of our clients. We examine every aspect of the case, which includes, but is not limited to interviewing all who can offer insight or testimony that will benefit our clients’ case or serve as a disadvantage.

Our Defense Process

Our “Leave no stone unturned” approach provides a complete view of not only the crime the client is accused of, but also of all the underlying facts and circumstances that arise in the case. Be assured that you are part of the team that is working towards the same common goal.

The education of our clients is of the utmost importance, because it helps determine how best to proceed in the unfortunate circumstances. You will get both your day in court, and the best possible outcome.

Please call the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin for a free consultation. (212) 265-1350

Felony Classifications

Like misdemeanors, there are a variety of categories of felonies with specific sentencing guidelines for each.

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    Class A Violent Felony – 20-25 years or Life

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    Class B Violent Felony – 5-25 years

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    Class B Non-Violent Felony – 1-3 years with a maximum of 25 years

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    Class C Violent Felony – 3 ½-15 years

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    Class C Non-Violent Felony – No Jail, Probation or 1-2 to 15 years

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    Class D Violent Felony – 2-7 years

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    Class D Non-Violent Felony – No Jail, Probation or 1-3 to 7 years

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    Class E Violent Felony – No Jail, Probation, 1 ½-4 years

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    Class E Non-Violent Felony – No Jail, Probation, 1 1/3-4 years

The United States Sentencing Guidelines governs the sentence of the accused in Federal prosecution. If prosecuted in federal court your sentence is determined by two factors.

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    Criminal history points-(prior convictions)

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    Offense level-(crime accused/committed)

The above factors establish your criminal history category, which translates to a term of incarceration.

Thus, having an experienced and competent defense team is vital to winning an acquittal or articulating to the court why a specific “Sentence is sufficient but not greater than necessary”, given our clients’ particular circumstances.

Please call the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Emdin for a free consultation. (212) 265-1350