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Case Results

  • Not Guilty Robbery
    In this 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.
  • Case Dismissed Drug Crime
    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.
  • Charges Dismissed Assault
    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.
  • In-Patient Treatment DWI/Violation of Probation
    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.
  • Lesser Sentence Robbery
    A 45-year old Ronkonkoma man was charged with participating in a gunpoint 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.
  • License Not Revoked Breath Test Refusal

    In this case, the client was in an accident in front of a firehouse. Police responded immediately, claimed he smelled of alcohol and arrested him. Police then claimed he refused to take the breath test. At the hearing, the burden is on the police to prove, among other things, that the motorist had a clear and unequivocal understanding of the warnings read to him that state if he refuses, his license will be revoked for 1 year.

    The client is Spanish-speaking. The police could not articulate that the client understood the ramifications of his refusal, or whether he understood anything. Additionally, they could not prove that his refusal was consistent over time (3 or more opportunities to blow but refused each time).

    So, the result is that the client gets to keep his license without fear of revocation due to the refusal itself.

  • No Conviction, No Sex Offender Registration Rape of a Minor
    Client is an undocumented immigrant from Central America. He was charged with the Rape of a minor, and other sex crimes. The prosecution's evidence included an hour and a half long videotaped confession. Determined to ensure minimal impact on his immigration status, attorney Andrew Karpf reached a plea agreement that included a plea to a low-level sex crime that is NOT a registered sex offense, Youthful Offender status, which means the conviction is vacated and sealed, timed served (4months incarceration), and 10 years of probation (minimum on a sex crime conviction). The end result is NO CONVICTION and NO sex offender registration.
  • License Not Revoked DWI

    We had a recent DWI client come in with the following basic facts: he was in an accident, police requested that he take the breathalyzer test, and refused to take the breath test.

    The first order of business was the Department of Motor Vehicles' refusal hearing. If we like the hearing, the client’s license is revoked for one year. Only a very low percentage of these hearings result in funding for the motorist. Attorney Andrew Karpf won the hearing, resulting in the recital of the client’s driving privilege.

    Next, we negotiated what will result in driving while an impaired conviction for the client, a non-criminal offense that for the present time, has minimal impact on his immigration status.

  • Plea Deal for Lesser Sentence Attempted Murder and Assault in the First Degree

    Our client was charged with Attempted Murder and Assault in the First degree. Both carry a maximum sentence of 25 years, and they can run consecutively. Our client was previously charged with a stabbing in 2013.

    The charges stem from a New Year's Eve argument with the brother of his girlfriend. The argument turned violent, resulting in the multiple stabbing of the victim. His injuries included damage to internal organs and his intestines coming through the open wounds. The entire incident was captured on video, from beginning to end. Upon arrest, the client confessed and surrendered the weapon.

    We successfully negotiated a plea wherein the defendant will serve a total of 5 years, 11 months on both charges.

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