Experienced New York Criminal Defense Attorney
Committed, Aggressive Representation for People Charged With Violent Crimes
Even though the penalties for some drug crimes may be higher, being charged with a violent crime can be one of the most stressful events you will ever experience. Beyond the potential prison time, being convicted of a crime considered violent can have major repercussions.
A violent crime conviction limits your employment prospects and access to housing. If you have children, it can hurt your chances for custody. If you are an immigrant — even a green card holder — you could be deported.
If you have been charged with a crime of violence in New York, you cannot afford an inexperienced defense lawyer. Attorney Michael D. Horn has been defending people against state and federal criminal charges for 25 years, and he is committed to fighting for your rights. Contact us now to set up a free consultation. We serve clients in Queens and throughout New York City.
What Do Arson, Assault and Domestic Violence Have in Common?
Under New York law, arson is defined as recklessly or intentionally burning another party’s building without their consent. Depending on the circumstances, it can be charged as anything from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class A-1 felony.
Depending on a number of factors including your age, your relationship to the alleged victim and whether you injured the person, an assault-related crime may also be charged as anything between a Class A misdemeanor to a Class A felony.
Domestic battery, too, can be charged as a misdemeanor, although the events themselves may call for a felony charge. Under some circumstances, prosecutors have attempted to enhance these allegations by claiming the defendant either temporarily abducts or “restrains” the “victim’s” movement. These enhancements can lead to charges of unlawful imprisonment or kidnapping under Penal Law Article 135.
What these crimes have in common is that they illustrate an important point: Just because a crime is considered violent does not mean it should be charged as a felony This principle could be critical to the defense strategy in your case because prosecutors have the power to choose what degree you are charged with and when to reduce the charges.
Whether you have been accused of one of these offenses or another violent crime such as rape, understanding how the system works can be invaluable. This is why having a defense lawyer with decades of experience is such an advantage. Sometimes, the prosecution’s enthusiasm to over-charge a crime can be a benefit to defendants who can generally show the untruth of part of those unduly harsh allegations. Like using an opponent’s size against him, we argue that liars are inherently untrustworthy and highlight the law that allows a jury to disregard all testimony from a witness that does not tell the truth about a material fact.
Mr. Horn understands why prosecutors choose the charges they do and what could convince them to reduce those charges — or, if they refuse, how to exploit their exaggeration of the facts.
He has obtained innumerable positive outcomes through plea negotiation because he has the experience to know what plea bargains are realistic and which cases are best served by going to a jury. If the best option for you is to take your case before a jury, he is a confident, effective trial lawyer.
Contact Us Now for a Free Violent Crime Defense Consultation
It costs you nothing to discuss your case in a free consultation with attorney Michael D. Horn, so set one up now through our online contact form or by calling 718-777-7717. Our main office is in Astoria, Queens, and someone is available 24/7 to respond to your call or email promptly. If you are in jail, we can meet with you there. Our staff speaks Spanish and credit cards are acceptable. Contact us today and let us get started on your defense.