New York Criminal Lawyer Case Results
I have been trying criminal cases since 1987 in both the federal and state courts with remarkable success. However, most satisfying are those cases in which I’ve either been able to have my client avoid any criminal charges by NY State or Federal authorities, and those in which charges were brought but were dismissed without the necessity of ongoing litigation and the emotional and financial costs to the client and his family.
Below is a representative sampling of some of my recent and/or more interesting successes.
- Hedge fund manager cleared in child-porn probe
- Insufficient and Improper Evidence Before Grand Jury Leads to Dismissal of Execution-Style Murder Charges Against Meat Executive
- Witness’ Recantation of Identification Leads to Dismissal of Murder Charges Against Bronx Youth
- Dismissal of Federal Charges Obtained in $200,000,000 Gambling/Money Laundering Case
- Dismissal of Federal Money Transmitting Charges Obtained
- Client Avoids Homicide Charges in Connection with Workplace Violations
- 10 Year Sentence For Three Murders
- Murder Charges Against Manhattan Woman Dismissed
- Client Indicted for Role in Plot to Kill Undercover Officer Pleas to Minor Charge
- Other Sensational Murder Cases
- Charges Dismissed in Upper West Side Homicide Attempt
- Charges Dismissed in Brooklyn Racial Attack
- Charges Dismissed in Brooklyn Shooting
- Not Guilty Verdict in Bronx Barroom Stabbing
- Not Guilty Verdict in Manhattan Nightclub Murder Try
- Client Acquitted of Attempted Rape in Nassau County
- Meat Plant Manager Cleared After Trial of Rape Charges
- New Trial Obtained for New Jersey Man Convicted in Shaken Baby Syndrome Case
- Child Abuse Investigation Closed Without Charges
- Long Island Mortgage Broker Cleared
- Road Rage Charges Dismissed
- The So-Called “Cybersex” Case of Oliver Jovanovic
- Sexual Abuse Charges Against Student Dropped
- Defense Uncovers Witness’ History of False Accusations, Molestation Case Dismissed
- Prison Contraband Charges Dismissed By Court Due to Improper Evidence
- Dismissal of Charges Against Manhattan Banker Who Threatened To Kill Neighbor
- Grand Jury Dismisses False Rape Charge Against Client
- Statutory Rape Charges Reduced
- Westchester Businessman Busted in Internet Sex Sting To Receive Misdemeanor
- Probation For South Jersey Man Found In Possession of Two Guns in Queens
- Probation Sentence For Unlicensed Operation of Health Insurance Plan
- Misdemeanor Plea Obtained in Phony Prescription Case
- Misdemeanor For Contractor Who Falsified Architectural Stamps
- Misdemeanor Plea for Parolee In Shooting Case
- Executive in Federal Multimillion Dollar Life Insurance Fraud Case Serves Only 11 Months in Jail
- Verdict of $8.3 Million Dollars Won
- Cases Where Government Threatens Arrest
- New Trial Ordered for Pakistani Man Convicted of Torture/Burglary
- Time Served For Narcotics Courier Carrying Over 60 Kilos of Cocaine From California to New York
- Dismissal of Federal Charges Against Jersey Businessman Accused of Providing Aid to Terrorist Organization
Mr. Sosinsky represented the manager of a prominent Hedge Fund, a married father of two, who came under federal investigation by the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office for allegedly possessing illicit child pornography discovered on his home computer. The man was cleared of all charges after an extended investigation.
One such case involved a client who was a principal in a prominent meat-packing business located on Manhattan’s Lower Westside. The client was accused of the gangland-style slaying of his partner who was discovered shot to death in the company’s offices after the close of business during the workweek. Based on a web of circumstantial evidence, including proof that the victim and client had recently taken out increased “key-man” life insurance policies on each other’s lives and that the client made a prompt claim for payment following the murder, the client was indicted on murder charges. Together with Jack T. Litman, Mr. Sosinsky successfully challenged the evidence that had been put before the Grand Jury, arguing both its insufficiency, as well as its improper introduction. The court agreed and dismissed the homicide charges. The client was never again charged with this murder.
Mr. Sosinsky represented a young man who was indicted in connection with the stabbing death of the son of a New York City police officer killed in the course of a clash between two large groups of youths in the northeast Bronx. The key witness against our client allegedly told police that he had seen him fatally stab the decedent and then dispose of the murder weapon in a nearby location. Based on the defense investigation, however, the circumstances surrounding the witness’ identification showed that it was borne out of police misconduct, not the witness’ actual observations. The witness recanted his identification at pretrial suppression hearings and the prosecutor was forced to dismiss the charges.
Mr. Sosinsky was able to gain the dismissal of an indictment against his client, who was charged in one of the largest ($200,000,000) federal gambling prosecutions ever brought. The case drew front-page coverage at the time of the arrest of all 17 defendants.
Mr. Sosinsky successfully represented a partner in a Miami, Florida business accused of sending and receiving to various financial institutions what was claimed to be the proceeds of an international narcotics operation. After extensive motion practice, the charges in federal court in Manhattan were dismissed.
Mr. Sosinsky also was able to avoid homicide charges from being brought against a client who was the site manager for a City excavation company which came under federal criminal investigation after a series of mishaps at a jobsite lead to the death of a machine operator.
Mr. Sosinsky was able recently to negotiate a 10 year sentence in federal court for a client alleged to be a longstanding member of organized crime who was accused of committing three murders in the 1990’s.
Last year, Mr. Sosinsky represented a Manhattan woman who was arrested and charged with the murder of her common law husband. The woman had stabbed her husband to death in their apartment after he returned home intoxicated following yet another in a long line of extramarital affairs and, she claimed, began to assault and molest her. After a thorough investigation, Mr. Sosinsky grew convinced that his client had a bona-fide claim of self-defense and that this was the rare case in which his client should appear before the Grand Jury at this early stage of the proceedings to attempt to obtain dismissal of the murder charges. He appeared with the client who testified concerning the events. The Grand Jury dismissed the murder charges and the client was released.
Mr. Sosinsky represented a Dominican client charged with conspiring to torture and kill a man in Upper Manhattan who was suspected of stealing the proceeds of an alleged narcotics operation. The plot came to light when a police informant was approached by a second man also charged in the case. After Mr. Sosinsky filed a motion seeking the dismissal of all charges based on the inability of the state to prove his client’s involvement in the scheme, on the eve of trial, the prosecutor agreed to a plea to the lowest level crime in New York, a Class B misdemeanor, which allowed the client to avoid removal proceedings that might be brought by immigration authorities.
Over the years, Mr. Sosinsky has also represented many other individuals in murder cases that have garnered media attention, including a Rockland County garbage carter accused of murdering his business partner, a Miami man accused of killing five members of a Bronx family in a drug-related murder spree, a Brooklyn youth indicted in the fatal beating of a soccer player in a racially explosive case, and a number of other alleged organized-crime figures accused of complicity in mob murders.
A few years back, Mr. Sosinsky represented a Manhattan man who was arrested after stabbing his wife in the neck numerous times with a knife in their Upper West Side apartment. The client was indicted for attempted murder. However, after having the client examined by a forensic psychiatrist, it became evident that a compelling insanity defense was in order. Eventually, the prosecutors involved were unable to adequately prepare to counter this defense and the case was dismissed.
Mr. Sosinsky was able to gain the dismissal of attempted murder charges against a Brooklyn High School honor student who was one of several youths arrested in connection with what was claimed to be a bias-attack against several Asian men. Mr. Sosinsky located witnesses who had been ignored by the police investigation and convinced the prosecutor – who had obtained an indictment of the defendant – to drop the charges against the young man.
In another case in which attempted murder charges were dismissed, Mr. Sosinsky represented a Brooklyn man accused of shooting another man point black in the face as the victim sat behind the wheel of his car. The person shot allegedly owed Mr. Sosinsky’s client a significant sum of money. Through an aggressive investigation, Mr. Sosinsky learned crucial information about the background of the so-called “victim,” which, in the end, unraveled the prosecutor’s case. The charges were dismissed.
Earlier this year, Mr. Sosinsky won the acquittal of a Connecticut man accused of trying to murder a Yonkers’ construction worker following a dispute in a Bronx tavern. The victim had been stabbed through his abdomen with a butcher knife and after series of surgeries, was forced to wear a colostomy bag. Two other patrons of the bar testified for the prosecution. Notwithstanding these gruesome details, and without even calling his client to the stand, Mr. Sosinsky was able to convincingly argue that his client was justified under the law in stabbing the complainant.
Mr. Sosinsky also obtained an acquittal for a Queens man accused of attempted to kill another man at a crowded Manhattan dance club. His client was accused of, in full view of several witnesses, starting a confrontation with the man at the nightclub over a woman both had dated, smashing him over the head with a Champagne bottle and slicing his neck with the bottle shard.
A few years ago, Mr. Sosinsky won a trial in which his client, a limousine driver and part owner of a reputable car service company, was accused of attempting to rape and sodomize a young woman who had fallen asleep in his limousine after attending a Merrill Lynch holiday party in downtown Manhattan. The woman made a prompt report of the incident to her boyfriend and contacted the police the following day. However, with the assistance of his private investigator, Mr. Sosinsky uncovered evidence that the woman had had much more to drink than she admitted to, and had other issues with her credibility as well. A Nassau County jury found Mr. Sosinsky’s client not guilty of all charges.
Last year, the general manager of one of the nation’s largest meat distributors was accused of attempting to rape and abuse a female worker at the company’s plant. The employee called the police immediately after the incident and the manager was promptly arrested. Rejecting all plea bargains, Mr. Sosinsky demonstrated the holes and inconsistencies in the complainant’s account, and the financial motivation behind her complaint. The client was acquitted of all charges.
Earlier this year, Mr. Sosinsky was able to win a new trial on behalf of a New Jersey electrician who was convicted last year on charges of child abuse and assault stemming from his having, allegedly, violently shaken his seven-week old daughter.
Several years ago, the son of a prominent matrimonial attorney here in the City, was accused in a child-custody case in New Jersey of committing numerous acts of sexual abuse against his daughter both in New Jersey and in Manhattan. Fearing that there might well be criminal charges brought against the man here in New York, he retained Mr. Sosinsky to make contact with the authorities. Mr. Sosinsky worked closely with his client’s New Jersey lawyers and developed with them overwhelming proof that the client’s ex-wife had worked to fabricate the charges. As a result, although a criminal investigation of these allegations was indeed opened in New York, it was closed without any charges being brought.
Mr. Sosinsky’s Suffolk County client was accused of stealing a large sum of money from two of his business partners. After a thorough review of the financial evidence, and development of information demonstrating a motive for falsification by the DA’s witnesses, Mr. Sosinsky prevailed upon the prosecutor to drop the charges. He did so.
A month ago, Mr. Sosinsky represented a New Jersey man arrested following what the police and prosecutor termed an incident of “road rage”: an on-the-highway confrontation with another driver which resulted in damage to the latter’s vehicle. Mr. Sosinsky was able to gain the dismissal of all charges in this case.
In 1998, together with Jack T. Litman, Mr. Sosinsky represented Oliver Jovanovic in what was one of the most highly sensational trials of that decade. The case was hailed as the first prosecution in the City for a sexual assault in which the parties had met over the internet. Although Oliver was convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting the complainant, the conviction was overturned based principally upon the trial court’s erroneous exclusion of critical communications between the parties in which they discussed, among other things, what they planned to do with each other. The charges were later dismissed.
Earlier this year, Mr. Sosinsky represented a high-school student accused of sexually abusing his younger niece at their grandmother’s apartment. After interviewing a number of witnesses, we became convinced that the complainant’s account was patently untrue. We were able to convince the prosecutor that this was the case and charges were dropped.
Also earlier this year, Mr. Sosinsky was able to convince a Manhattan prosecutor to drop sex abuse charges against a Board of Education worker accused of molesting the daughter of his long-time girlfriend. By subpoenaing records, Mr. Sosinsky was able to show that the complainant and her mother had a documented pattern of fabricating allegations.
Last year, Mr. Sosinsky represented a Connecticut woman indicted in upstate New York after she and others were accused of a prison narcotics smuggling scheme. Mr. Sosinsky won the dismissal of all charges against his client based on an attack on the manner in which evidence was presented to the Grand Jury.
Charges were dismissed against a banker who had called a tenant in their mid-town Manhattan cooperative and threatened to kill her following a long-running dispute with the woman.
In yet another of his cases, Mr. Sosinsky provided a Brooklyn prosecutor with detailed information bearing on the credibility of the complaining witness in a rape prosecution of his client. Although, under these circumstances, one cannot know the actual thinking of the Grand Jurors, Mr. Sosinsky’s client was exonerated by the Grand Jury without his even appearing to testify before the body.
A 24 year-old accountant from New Jersey was under investigation for allegedly carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14 year-old Long Island high school student who he had met in an online chat room. The evidence showed that on five or six separate occasions, the man had traveled from New Jersey to Long Island and taken the girl to a local motel, where they engaged in sexual activities. After thoroughly investigating the background of the complainant, Mr. Sosinsky convinced the prosecutor that proceeding with the case on a felony level was unjust. He was able to arrange to have the client surrender to authorities and gain release by posting agreed-to nominal bail, and to resolve the case with a plea to a single misdemeanor charge and probation.
In another recent matter, Mr. Sosinsky was able to negotiate a misdemeanor conviction with counseling for a client accused in an internet sting operation of planning to and showing up to meet a person he believed to be a 12 year-old girl for the purpose of having sex with her. These type of internet stings are have gained widespread attention recently due to a series of specials that have appeared on NBC-TV’s Dateline series. The misdemeanor conviction means that his client will not have to register as a sex offender under New York’s Sex Offender Registration Act and will avoid an extended period of probationary supervision.
Mr. Sosinsky negotiated a probationary sentence for a South Jersey man indicted on charges that he had two illegal handguns in the trunk of his car after a car stop in Queens.
Last year, Mr. Sosinsky represented a Manhattan woman who was indicted in connection with her unlawful operation of an unlicensed health insurance provider for many years in the New York metropolitan area. She was convicted of collecting premiums from unsuspecting customers for medical/hospital/pharmacy coverage that was seldom, if ever, provided and failing to pay for the customers’ bills. Mr. Sosinsky was able to obtain a sentence of probation for the client.
Mr. Sosinsky represented a former longtime employee of a prominent physician here in Manhattan who was accused of forging the doctor’s signature on a large number of prescription forms, obtaining quantities of pain-killing medications and selling these pills to others. Although the evidence against her was overwhelming, Mr. Sosinsky convinced the prosecutor to drop all felony narcotics and forgery charges and allow his client to plead to a single misdemeanor charge.
Mr. Sosinsky was able to obtain a misdemeanor plea for a City contractor convicted of systematically submitting plans to the NYC Department of Buildings which had been fraudulently certified as having been reviewed and approved by a licensed architect.
Mr. Sosinsky’s client was indicted for criminal possession of a firearm found in his home after a shooting was reported. The client was on parole at the time of the arrest. Due to the questionable circumstances surrounding the search of his residence, Mr. Sosinsky was able to resolve this case with a plea to a misdemeanor weapons’ charge and the client served minimal additional time for the parole violation.
Mr. Sosinsky represented an executive of a company which arranged for the sale of life insurance policies to investor groups across the country. He and others were arrested and charged by the feds with mail and wire fraud stemming from a scheme to procure and then sell off more than $13,000,000 worth of fraudulently obtained policies. Mr. Sosinsky’s client served only 11 months in prison.
In 1998, Mr. Sosinsky was retained as trial counsel to work with noted attorney Scott Tulman in the trial of a case involving competing claims to a winning $8.3 million dollar New York State Lottery ticket. The dispute centered on a contention that the uncle of our client had secretly stolen the winning ticket from his niece, and had, unbeknownst to her, claimed the huge jackpot. By demonstrating that the numbers selected were personal to our client, that they were part of a pattern of betting and that the uncle was a deceitful and untrustworthy person, we were successful in winning a jury verdict and in having the multi-million dollar jackpot paid to our client.
Quite often, Mr. Sosinsky is retained to represent individuals who have been contacted by state or federal investigators and told that they will likely be arrested if they do not agree to meet and cooperate with law enforcement. Many times, these individuals have retained prior counsel who have told them they probably will be charged if they do not accede to these requests. More often than not, after learning all that can be learned in these situations, Mr. Sosinsky has been able to avoid arrest and prosecution for these clients. These cases have included federal tax, narcotics, money laundering, mail fraud, trademark and counterfeiting investigations, and state investigations of misconduct by attorneys and other legal professionals.
Mr. Sosinsky recently convinced a Brooklyn judge to grant his client a new trial after uncovering evidence that the client’s previous attorney had been affected by a conflict of interest which impacted upon his representation of the client at the trial. Mr. Sosinsky’s client, who had been in jail following his conviction along with three other Pakistani-Americans of torture/burglary, was released from custody and is preparing for a new and fair trial.
Through skillful negotiation and effective sentencing advocacy, Mr. Sosinsky was successful in persuading a federal judge to impose a sentence of time served upon his client’s conviction for transporting more than 60 kilograms of cocaine across the United States.
Mr. Sosinsky secured the dismissal of federal charges which alleged the unlawful transnational shipment of communications devices to an individual believed to be an operative of a Middle East terrorist group.