state criminal law
If you are charged with a state crime, your case will be heard in the District or County Courts of Nassau and Suffolk or the Criminal Court of the City of New York. Examples of state penal law criminal charges are:
- Domestic Violence
- Probation and Parole Violations
- Sale and possession of illegal drugs
- Vehicular Manslaughter
- Weapons possession
A conviction to any of these crimes is punishable by prison or jail time, probation, fines, license revocations and other penalties. A conviction can also result in the loss of civil rights such as the right to vote, right to hold public office, right to serve on a jury and the inability to obtain certain licenses, certificates and other privileges. Mr. Nadel is highly skilled and experienced in speaking with law enforcement officials to prevent an arrest, speaking with prosecutors once there is an arrest, negotiating serious charges to less serious charges and convincing judges to levy less onerous sentences. The firm investigates every case, often finding witnesses and evidence that the prosecutor and police have overlooked and prepares every case as if it will go to trial. In so doing, the firm has had major success in winning cases outright as well as achieving better dispositions.
Mr. Nadel obtained a verdict of "not guilty" on a vehicular homicide case where a driver killed a pedestrian while operating his vehicle with a blood alcohol reading of .16%. The critical testimony was his cross examination of the State’s accident reconstruction expert which raised doubt in the prosecution’s case.
In another case, he convinced a Grand Jury to dismiss manslaughter charges against an abused woman who stabbed her husband with a knife resulting in his death. Mr. Nadel convinced witnesses, including a relative of the deceased husband, to testify in his client’s behalf.
Another Grand Jury dismissed a rape first degree charge against his client when the client testified in his own defense. Meticulous preparation of that client resulted in his providing convincing testimony to the Grand Jury.
Finally, a jury found another client "not guilty" of burglary and larceny charges in the alleged theft of thousands of dollars of jewelry from the victim's home. Cross examination of the victim and other prosecution witnesses was critical to winning that verdict.
Mr. Nadel has also obtained dismissals before trial of serious charges in numerous cases where clients were falsely or improperly charged of crimes they did not commit.