Brooklyn and Queens Violent Crimes Defense

People charged with violent crimes could face significant prison time and other penalties such as loss of child custody and visitation rights. When the stakes are this high, it is important to have an experienced attorney to defend against the charges.

Lead attorney Howard A. Schwartz, Esq., has been defending people against violent crime charges for years. As a public defender and as an attorney in private practice since 1990, he has developed significant experience in investigations, oral arguments and motions. As a result, our firm is able to provide clients with a vigorous defense that seeks the most favorable outcome possible.

Examples of Our Cases

Our attorneys defend people against all types of violent crime charges, including:

  • Violation of orders of protection
  • Assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Battery
  • Carjacking
  • Weapons charges
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Unlawful imprisonment
  • Menacing

Demonstrating Ignorance Rather Than Criminal Intent

Clients charged with violent crimes sometimes have no understanding of their situation or awareness that their actions were criminal. This is especially the case in domestic violence matters. A person with an order of protection against them may not understand that this usually means there can be absolutely no contact with the alleged victim. Our firm has been successful at demonstrating that violations of orders of protection are sometimes due to ignorance rather than criminal intent.

Seeking Treatment Instead of Punishment

Many of our cases stem from incidents in public places such as in bars and taverns and in the street. Our clients in such matters are often not career criminals. Rather, they are people with short fuses and anger management problems. For clients such as these, treatment for their underlying emotional issues is usually a better alternative than punishment. Our law firm is often successful at having clients admitted to courses that will help them address their mental health issues and, upon successful completion of the programs, have their cases dismissed.

To secure admission to treatment programs, our lawyers negotiate with prosecutors to have our clients evaluated by psychologists. We also obtain educational histories, affidavits of good moral character and employment records to strengthen the case for treatment rather than punishment.

Contact Our Law Firm

To schedule to discuss any matter related to a violent crime charge, contact our Brooklyn law firm online or call Schwartz & Krysinski, L.L.P., at 718-643-9333. We can be reached 24 hours a day at 718-208-6094 or 917-309-3678.