Here are some of the Kokosa Law Firm’s recent results in criminal matters from the past few months. We will try to keep this regularly updated with recent and relevant results. Because each case is unique, please keep in mind that past performance is not indicative of future results and we encourage you to consult with us for a free analysis of your case.

 

NYS Workers Compensation Board v. E.H. (April 2017)

After allegedly failing to procure workers’ compensation insurance and disability insurance for a domestic worker, the State issued a fine to E.H. for more than $17,000.

Result: After negotiating with the WCB, the defendant received an amended fine of approximately $1100.

People v. D.B. (April 2017)

The defendant was originally charged with Robbery, Assault, Criminal Mischief, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child after an alleged domestic incident at his home.

Result: After extensively investigating the complainant, it was found that she was mentally unstable and had ceased taking her medications. It was further found that the complainant had assaulted the defendant on several occasions and likely was the instigator in this incident. After thoroughly discussing these revelations with the Court and an extremely patient prosecutor, the defendant pleaded to the non-criminal violation of disorderly conduct and received no fine. The order of protection was also quashed.

People v. D.F. (April 2017)

The defendant was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after being found by police passed out at the wheel of his car after he allegedly sideswiped another vehicle. There were no injuries.

Result: After it was shown that the prosecutor that they could not prove what drug the defendant had ingested, the charge was dismissed.

People v. G.T. (March 2017)

Usually I don’t post about speeding tickets but this individual was facing two tickets for speeding at over 100 mph. Either of the tickets could have resulted in the revocation of his license for 18 months.

Result: The defendant paid $250 in fines and agreed to take a safety course. He only received 4 points on his license.

People v. A.P. x 3 (March 2017)

The defendant was facing numerous charges in three different courts which all related his operation of a motor vehicle though his license was revoked due to multiple DWIs. His original attorney procured an offer which involved substantial jail time which would have resulted in the loss of his job and most likely his family. After coming to the Kokosa Law Firm, A.P. resolved all three matters with 75 hours of community service.

People v. G.D. (March 2017)

The defendant was charged with Criminal Contempt after being found in the same vehicle as his partner.

Result: After speaking with the prosecutor, it was clear that the original order of protection was procured by the officers in the case below who exercised extremely critical discretion when filling out the paperwork on the original charge. The defendant paid a $100 fine after having his charge reduced to disorderly conduct.

People v. D.F. (February 2017)

The defendant was charged with criminal possession of drugs after a buy-an-bust occurred in his vehicle while he transported 2 other individuals. After speaking with the prosecutor, it was made known that D.F. was driving the two subjects at the request of a friend and had no idea who his passengers were. After a further investigation, this information was confirmed by the other 2 occupants of the vehicle.

Result: The case was dismissed.

People v. G.D. (February 2017)

The defendant was charged with Assault and Criminal Mischief in a domestic incident. He was a prior felony offender who had previously been sent to prison for Assault. In this matter, his partner signed an affidavit that indicated the actions of G.D. did not occur as they were identified in the charging documents.

Result: The defendant pleaded to the non-criminal violation of disorderly conduct and agreed to perform 25 hours of community service.

People v. R.L. (February 2017)

The defendant was charged with criminal possession of drugs and possession of marijuana.

Result: The defendant pleaded to the non-criminal violation of disorderly conduct and paid a $100 fine.

People v. W.I. (January 2017)

The defendant was charged with 3 felony counts of Grand Larceny, Welfare Fraud, and Offering a False Instrument for filing.

Result: The defendant pleaded to a non-criminal violation of disorderly conduct and received no fine and no surcharge. $0.

People v. J.A. (January 2017)

The defendant was charged with DWI and a host of other charges after a car accident on the Northway. Normally, you don’t get reductions when there is a traffic accident and you are accused of being drunk.

Result: The defendant had her charged reduced to the non-criminal violation of driving while ability impaired and paid a $300 fine.

People v. M.R. (January 2017)

The defendant was charged with possession of marijuana and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Result: The marijuana charge was dropped and defendant pleaded to a vehicle and traffic violation of driving without his license in his possession. $100 fine.

People v. A.S. (December 2016)

The defendant was charged with felony Grand Larceny and could have also been charged with Falsifying Business Records.

Result: The defendant pleaded to the non-criminal violation of Disorderly Conduct and was sentenced to a $150 fine.

People v. K.P. (December 2016)

The defendant was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (misdemeanor) after a traffic stop where certain illicit substances were allegedly found in his vehicle.

Result: The defendant was given an offer where he pleaded to the non-criminal violation of unlawful possession of marijuana and he paid a $100 fine. Coming from another State, his gas and tolls literally cost more than his fine.

People v. C.M. (November 2016)

The defendant was arrest for Driving While Intoxicated after she failed to use a turn signal while driving home.

Result: The charge was reduced out of the drinking and driving laws and the defendant pleaded to an alternative infraction and paid a fine of $200 which she was happy to pay. This defendant was not subjected to the license suspensions or revocations that accompany a DWI or DWAI conviction.

People v. G.G. (November 2016)

The defendant was arrested for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree while he was on felony probation. The defendant was facing up to 7 years in prison if he was found guilty of the charge due to the probation violation.

Result: All charges have been dismissed against the defendant.

People v. S.R. (October 2016)

The defendant was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Mischief, and a host of other vehicle and traffic charges after it was alleged that he intentionally rammed another car, driving it off the road.

Result: The defendant pleaded guilty to a vehicle and traffic ticket and paid a $300 fine.

People v. D.N. (September 2016)

The defendant was charged with three crimes and three traffic tickets after he allegedly ran into four cars and sent two people to the hospital. The police alleged that the defendant was impaired by drugs at the time of the crash.

Result: All charges have been dismissed against the defendant.

People v. K.A. (September 2016)

The defendant was charged with Robbery and faced up to 7 years in prison after an altercation between two men at a local truck stop.

Result: The defendant pleaded guilty to the non-criminal violation of Disorderly Conduct and was sentenced to a $50 fine.

People v. J.A. (August 2016)

The defendant was charged with several misdemeanors after her car was stopped by police and she blew a .34 breath alcohol content.

Result: The defendant was given a reduction and conditional discharge directing her to pay a $400 fine.

People v. B.H. (July 2016)

A defendant with two prior DWIs was charged with DWI after he was allegedly viewed by police swerving in his lane in the late afternoon.

Result: The defendant pleaded guilty to the non-criminal violation of Disorderly Conduct and did not face any suspension of his driver’s license. He was given a $25 fine which he was more than happy to pay.

People v. O.W (June 2016)

The defendant was facing up to 36 years in prison as a second felony offender after being indicted on numerous counts of Class B felony drug sales.

Result: The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and is scheduled to be released from prison in 15 months.

People v. C.S. (June 2016)

The defendant was charged with multiple criminal counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as possession of marijuana. The substances were allegedly schedule 1 narcotics (not marijuana).

Result: The defendant pleaded guilty to a non-criminal violation of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and paid a $100 fine.

People v. C.L. (June 2016)

The defendant was charged after allegedly selling alcohol to minors during a local sting operation conducted against dozens of local merchants.

Result: The charge against the defendant was dismissed.

People v. J.R. (May 2016)

The defendant was charged with multiple domestic violence charges including Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment.

Result: The charges against the defendant were dismissed.

People v. R.V. (May 2016)

The defendant was charged with felony Grand Larceny and under investigation for other acts of larceny by trick.

Result: The defendant pleaded to attempted petit larceny with the condition that if she stay out of trouble for one year, the charge would be further reduced to the non-criminal violation of Disorderly Conduct.

People v. L.W. (May 2016)

The defendant was charged with the crime of Criminal Mischief after defacing a fence.

Result: The case was dismissed.

While these results constitute just a few of our criminal cases, please keep in mind that, again, past performance is not indicative of future results. This also goes for traffic tickets where we have received a plea reduction in 100% of our cases this year, with more than 75% being reduced to parking tickets.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please call the Kokosa Law Firm, P.C. at 518-907-4694 or send an email to: MKokosa@albanylawgroup.com