2 NOT GUILTY VERDICTS IN ONE MONTH
With a not guilty verdict in a felony jury trial yesterday in Riverhead,
the senior associate in my office, PETER BARK, won his second felony jury
trial in less than one month.
Imagine you are facing a criminal charge for which you could go to prison.
Q: Who would you trust with your future?
A: The lawyer with the most experience and a consistent winner.
And that lawyer is Peter Bark, the senior associate in my office.
In yesterday's case, involving a person who was charged with attempted
robbery, the accused was found
not guilty after two days of jury deliberation. He was facing 7 years in prison if
he had been convicted, but he walked out of court a free man.
Earlier this month a Hispanic client, facing an all white, non-Hispanic
jury, was found
not-guilty of all charges. He was facing 25 years and had rejected a plea deal in
which he would have had to serve 8 years in prison.
Mr. Bark has now won 4 felony jury trials in a row in Suffolk County and
that doesn't happen often. In addition, Mr. Bark won his last four felony jury trials in Brooklyn
Mr. Bark is now in his 45th year as a criminal defense trial attorney.
He has conducted hundreds of jury trials and is a brilliant trial lawyer
whose knowledge of the law is second to none. Mr. Bark's genius is
his ability to spot a winning defense under almost every circumstance.
Remember the saying: THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE.
We're experienced WINNERS.
You are looking for a Long Island criminal defense attorney who can obtain
the best result for you. Sometimes your case must go to trial and you
will need a criminal defense lawyer with proven trial skills. At Laurence
A. Silverman & Associates, we have defended more than 100 criminal
jury trials and we have an excellent record of acquittals and victories.
Most cases can be settled with a plea bargain and never require appearance
at trial. To get a good plea bargain, you will need a smart, resourceful
Long Island criminal defense lawyer to devise a plan to successfully resolve
your case without a trial. The lawyer might convince the prosecutor to
dismiss your case if you participate in an alcohol program, go for psychological
counseling, or do some community service. Your attorney may be able to
obtain a dismissal by convincing your accuser to go to mediation outside
of the court as well.
Here are just a few examples of how Laurence A. Silverman & Associates
have succeeded for our clients:
A client with no prior criminal record was unfairly being held on high
bail, $50,000. Our firm took the unusual step of appealing the case to a
higher court and, on May 29, 2015, we convinced the Appellate Judges to reduce the
bail to a much lower amount that the family could afford. Our client is
now out of jail.
A 45-year old Ronkonkoma man was charged with participating in a gun point
robbery of a coin shop. He faced 7 to 10 years in an upstate prison. We
learned he was a marine combat veteran, suffering from post-traumatic
stress syndrome. The client was taken advantage of by others posing as
marine veterans who urged him to accompany them on an errand. We waged
a 2-year battle with the district attorney, finally convincing the DA
and the judge that our client deserved a break.
A 21-year old substance abuser from Roslyn was accused of committing his 4
th DWI while still on probation for his 3
rd offense. Because we understood the nature of our client's alcohol
and drug dependence, we were able to successfully plan a strategy that
included long-term, in-patient treatment, and we convinced the judge that
treatment was a better alternative than upstate jail.
A 30-year old man with a history of severe alcohol abuse entered his neighbor’s
house after a fight with his wife (without realizing it) and did a lot
of damage to the property while intoxicated. We fought the case and got
it dismissed within a week.
A 30-year old from Huntington Station was accused of his 3
rd DWI after crashing into a tree. The client was a dedicated family man
and hard worker who suffered from alcohol dependence. He faced a long-term
jail sentence and possible deportation. The U.S. Immigration Department
got involved and held the client, but our firm was able to engineer the
client's release from immigration custody. We kept our client from
returning to jail by having him participate in a special treatment program
favored by the judge.
A 30-year old heroin addict was charged with burglarizing his girlfriend’s
home on 3 occasions. He faced several years in prison if convicted. Our
team was able to convince the district attorney and the judge that the
client should participate in a court-approved drug treatment program to
be followed by probation. The plan worked. The client, however, had a
difficult time beating his addiction. He began using drugs again and was
arrested for violating his probation. We were able to convince the district
attorney and the judge to allow our client to return to treatment, helping
him to ultimately avoid jail.
A 47-year old man was arrested by a Suffolk County jail correction officer
after an argument at the jail. The client insisted that the officer was
the aggressor. At trial, we convinced the judge that the proof was insufficient.
The judge agreed and dismissed the case. Our client went home a free man.
A man was on probation for his 2
nd DWI and his driver’s license was revoked. He was a passenger in
his girlfriend's car when she got sick and could not drive but needed
medical care. The client took over the driving and got pulled over and
was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree.
He faced jail, job loss, and financial ruin. We were able to effectively
demonstrate the special circumstances to the district attorney, who agreed
to dismiss the most serious charge.
A 29-year teacher was accused of having an illegal sexual relationship
with a 15-year student in his school. The evidence of the client's
guilt was overwhelming. The client faced 4 or more years in upstate prison.
We succeeded in having the client's confession suppressed and the
case went to trial. Our strong cross examination of the prosecution witnesses
created doubt and the result was a hung jury.
A 32-year man was arrested for DWI with a high blood alcohol reading. He
was an army veteran of the Iraq war who suffered from post-traumatic stress
syndrome. He was also studying to become a lawyer. We appealed to the
district attorney for special consideration and submitted details of our
client's service to our county. The case ended successfully and our
client continued his studies to become a lawyer.
A Suffolk County man was charged with selling drugs to an undercover law
enforcement officer. The client absolutely denied the charge and had suspicions
that it was his brother who made the sale. We told the district attorney
that our client would not take a plea under any circumstances. After 18
months of standing firm against the district attorney, the case is dismissed.
A 40-year old El Salvadoran man from
Brentwood faced his first charge of DWI. He came to us after no luck with a different
lawyer. He told us that he had already gone to court, entered a guilty
plea to the charge, and agreed to go on probation for 3 years. However,
he was very unhappy about the probation. We were able to get the client
screened by an approved Alcohol Counselor and we then convinced the judge
to eliminate the probation.
After Attorney Silverman successfully defended a teenage client charged
with assault on a neighbor, the dispute between the parties continued
and more charges against our client seemed likely. Willing to think outside
the box, we came up with a solution. With the help of a local law enforcement
officer, we arranged to go the neighborhood, bring the two families together,
and work out an agreement so both sides could live in peace. No further
charges were pressed by either side.
For aggressive defense against your charges, call Laurence A. Silverman
& Associates at (631) 816-2684.