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Epstein & Conroy
David Epstein

410 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205
(718) 852-6763

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Epstein & Conroy


24hrs/7 days in all boroughs-State and Federal Courts
Using our over 35 years of combined experience to offer aggressive yet compassionate defense to those accused or under investigation

We have represented clients in every borough, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Albany counties, and Federal matters in Florida and Pennsylvania. More importantly we have proven results:

  • Trials: Have achieved acquittals in every borough of New York City
  • Homicides: Only one murder conviction in the last 7 homicide cases we handled to completion
  • Felonies: significant majority of acquittals in cases that proceeded to trial
  • Misdemeanors: Have never lost on the top count on any misdemeanor jury trial
  • White Collar: acquittal in the largest theft case in the history of Macy's Department store (New York County Supreme Court)
  • Domestic Violence: Numerous dismissals and acquittals including acquittal on all 18 counts after trial where a the nanny of a Hollywood celebrity testified against ex-husband
  • Narcotics: numerous acquittals on "buy and bust" cases, "observation Sale" cases, as well as successful challenges to search and Seizures, and search warrants
  • DWI: Never suffered a conviction after trial to the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
  • Grand Jury: 75 % success rate, when presenting defense in the Grand Jury including recent dismissals in weapons possession, drug Possession and assault (i.e. stabbing) cases

Epstein & Conroy are...

David B. Epstein attended Michigan State University where he graduated cum laude, he went on to attend law school at George Washington University where

he spent a semester practicing criminal law in the Washington D.C. court system as well as interned with the ACLU, Federal Defenders of Detroit, and Federal Defenders of New Orleans.

Since 1989 he has dedicated himself to the defense of those accused in New York City. Mr. Epstein believes in maintaining close ties to his clients and their families, and believes a successful defense is predicated upon teamwork of the defense team as a united front.

He is skilled in working with Judges and Prosecutors in trying to negotiate a resolution, or when necessary, in aggressively fighting cases- going to trial over 120 times in his legal career.

Gary R. Conroy grew up in a working class section of Queens, and went on to attend Harvard University on an academic scholarship. After graduating Cum laude from Harvard, Mr. Conroy attended law school at Rutgers University where he was the chairperson of the law school's moot court program.

Since beginning his practice of law in New York in 1990, Mr. Conroy has practiced extensively in the Criminal as well as Family courts of New York City.

Mr. Conroy believes that results are accomplished by hard work, and he never fails to demonstrate his strong work ethic. Notoriously the first lawyer in court each morning, Mr. Conroy dedicates all his energies in achieving the best result for his clients. His aggressive and intelligent tactics have resulted in near universally positive results on the cases he handles.

Together, Epstein & Conroy have a proven track record of results. The firm realizes that any criminal charge whether serious or petty can have a very negative effect on a client in the courts, or in their professional or personal life. This is why every case, large or small, is handled with the utmost care by Epstein & Conroy, who do their best to alleviate any negative consequences their client may face.

Call Epstein & Conroy now to discuss your matter, and see for yourself how quickly they put you at ease and we make it easy for you to see us in person. Feel free to make an appointment to see us at one of our three convenient locations in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau County.

Please Call: 718-852-6763

ATTORNEY DAVID B. EPSTEIN

Admitted:
1990, New York; 1995, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Law School:
George Washington University , J.D., 1989.

College:
Michigan State University , B.A., cum laude, 1984.

Member:
Brooklyn and New York State Bar Associations, New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Biography:
Public Defender, Brooklyn Legal Aid, Criminal Defense Division, 1989-1995.

Languages:
English, Spanish, Polish and Russian.

Practice Areas:
Criminal Defense, Juvenile Law, Drug Crimes, Felonies, Misdemeanors, White Collar Crime, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Theft, Driving While Intoxicated, Criminal Appeals, Parole and Probation, Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents and Injuries, Construction Accidents, Slip and Fall, Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights and Police Brutality.

Please Call: 718-852-6763

About Us

Brooklyn, New York Criminal Defense Attorney David B. Epstein
Professional Biography

Whether the criminal charges filed are minor, major, or catastrophic, each case receives Attorney David B. Epstein’s undivided attention and service. Attorney David B. Epstein understands that certain criminal charges carry severe consequences for individuals and their families. Attorney Epstein is committed to providing criminal defense clients with aggressive and dedicated legal representation, while simultaneously treating clients with genuine courtesy and respect.

Please call the Law Office of David B. Epstein today to set up your initial consultation at (718) 852-6763 or complete the contact form on this site.

FIRM ADDRESS:

Law Office of David B. Epstein
410 Myrtle Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Phone: 718-852-6763

FAX: 718-834-7631

ATTORNEY DAVID B. EPSTEIN

Admitted:
1990, New York; 1995, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Law School:
George Washington University , J.D., 1989.

College:
Michigan State University , B.A., cum laude, 1984.

Member:
Brooklyn and New York State Bar Associations, New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Biography:
Public Defender, Brooklyn Legal Aid, Criminal Defense Division, 1989-1995.

Languages:
English, Spanish, Polish and Russian.

Practice Areas:
Criminal Defense, Juvenile Law, Drug Crimes, Felonies, Misdemeanors, White Collar Crime, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Theft, Driving While Intoxicated, Criminal Appeals, Parole and Probation, Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents and Injuries, Construction Accidents, Slip and Fall, Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights and Police Brutality.

Practice Areas / Services

Criminal Defense Attorneys David B. Epstein Practice Areas

New York laws and procedures related to criminal defense are complicated and require a skilled criminal defense lawyer to properly navigate through the process. Criminal defense Attorney David B. Epstein fights for the rights of alleged criminal defense offenders in the city of Brooklyn, New York, and surrounding New York cities and counties. Attorney Epstein delivers personalized attention to his clients by keeping case information detailed and accessible, and provides criminal defense legal solutions related to the following matters:

CRIMINAL DEFENSE:

Individuals found to violate a criminal law whether through their own admission of guilt or through the determination of a jury are subject to fines, imprisonment, probation and community service, among other penalties. The outcome of any criminal case depends upon the facts surrounding the crime charged, the strength of the evidence, the legal validity of law enforcement and courtroom procedure, and the goals and strategy of the government and defense. Attorney David B. Epstein will navigate you through this complicated legal process.

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ARRAIGNMENTS:

After your arrest, booking and initial bail phases of the criminal process, the first stage of courtroom-based proceedings is the arraignment. During a typical arraignment, a person charged with a crime is called before a criminal court judge, who reads the criminal charges against the defendant, assigns a court-appointed attorney if the defendant cannot financially afford their own defense, asks the defendant how he or she pleads, i.e. guilty, not guilty, etc., alters the bail amount or releases the defendant on his or her own recognizance and announces dates of future proceedings in the case, such as the preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions, and trial date.

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DUI/DWI:

“DUI” stands for Driving under the Influence. “DWI” stands for Driving While Intoxicated. These two similarly related charges occur when someone is operating or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substance, to the extent that their mental faculties are impaired and/or their Blood Alcohol Content is above the legal limit. Even for a first offense, penalties can include license suspension, substantial fines, mandatory attendance at a state or DMV approved alcohol program and mandatory overnight incarceration. In addition, a DUI/DWI conviction stays on a DMV record for at least 7 years; it typically results in higher insurance premiums, and an offender may become ineligible for credit. A criminal conviction could also jeopardize your employment opportunities.  

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WHITE COLLAR CRIMES:

High-tech professionals, corporate executives and clergy who are criminally charged for offenses such as corporate theft, embezzlement, forgery, hacking, or fraud are often referred to as “white collar” offenders and are prosecuted for white collar crimes. In some cases, first-time offenders are convicted and sent to prison, even with no prior criminal history.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

Domestic violence is any physical, emotional, sexual or other violence that takes place between people who may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.  Domestic violence can be criminal and include physical assault: hitting, pushing and shoving, etc., sexual abuse: unwanted or forced sexual activity, and stalking.

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FELONY CRIMES:

Felony Crimes involve drug and narcotics charges, burglary, robbery, homicide, assault, arson, kidnapping and sex crimes. A felony conviction is a serious matter that can result in a substantial state prison sentence and the potential loss of certain privileges and Constitutional rights of U.S. citizenship, such as the right to possess a firearm or the right to vote.

If you or someone you know in Brooklyn, New York, or within the surrounding cities and counties of New York, needs the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact Attorney David B. Epstein at (718) 852-6763 or complete the contact form on this site to begin your consultation with a seasoned criminal defense trial attorney.

F.A.Q.'s

Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions of Brooklyn, New York Attorney
David B. Epstein

The following information includes frequently asked criminal defense questions. The answers stated are general in nature and are not intended to apply to every criminal defense situation. Each case is different and carries its own set of circumstances which must be taken into consideration by competent legal counsel. By contacting criminal defense Attorney David B. Epstein, you can receive a personal consultation regarding your specific criminal defense case.

What happens if I am arrested for breaking a criminal law?

If you are arrested for breaking a criminal law, the case is taken before a magistrate who issues a warrant if necessary and sets a bond for appearance in court. If the defendant cannot post bond, he or she may be incarcerated pending appearance in court. If bond is posted, he or she will remain free pending appearance at an arraignment. An arraignment usually occurs within 24 hours of the arrest, or the first date available if on a weekend or holiday. The arraignment is held before a judge who formally tells the defendant the offense in which he or she is being charged and informs the defendant of their constitutional rights and of the possible penalties involved. The defendant enters a plea of guilty or not guilty at this time, the bond or bail may be reviewed, and a date for the next hearing is scheduled.

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Is domestic violence a crime punishable under criminal law?

Whether the domestic violence is a crime depends upon the particular circumstances, as well as the laws of New York. Often domestic violence is both a crime subject to criminal punishment and a civil wrong subject to restraint upon personal conduct and award of monetary damages.

It is a frequent pattern in domestic violence cases for the victim to be abused, call the police, press charges, then reconcile with the abuser and seek to have the charges dropped, only to have the entire process repeated. Because of this, in some local communities and states, domestic violence is now prosecuted as a crime by city and district attorneys, even without charges being filed by the victim.

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Can police officers use force to arrest me?

A police officer may use as much force as necessary for a criminal arrest, as long as it is reasonable and lawful.  After an arrest is made, a police officer may apply handcuffs to a defendant if the officer thinks that it is necessary to prevent injury or escape. If the defendant claims an unlawful application of force was used by the arresting officer, a judge will hear the defendant's argument and decide whether or not the force used was reasonable for the circumstances.

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Will I be fingerprinted or have to be in a line-up?

If you are arrested, the police have the right to take your fingerprints and photographs. You may also be required to participate in a line-up, to provide a sample of your handwriting, to speak phrases associated with the offense, and/or to have samples of your hair taken. However, you may insist that an attorney be present during this time.

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What is the role of the judge in a criminal trial?

The judge in a criminal trial controls all legal proceedings in the courtroom. The judge determines whether certain evidence is admissible or not, and rules on preliminary matters and discovery issues that the defense and prosecution may have. And before the jury decides a case, the judge instructs the jury as to how they must be lawfully guided through the decision process.

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What is the role of the jury in a criminal trial?

The jury in a criminal trial considers all aspects of the case for as long as is needed in order to come to a unanimous decision. Once a verdict is reached, it is presented to the defendant in court. A jury may find a person guilty of all, some, or none of the crimes charged in a criminal trial. In some cases, depending on the evidence presented and the nature of the instructions given by the Court to the jury, a jury can convict a defendant of a lesser crime than initially charged. If the jury presents a not guilty verdict, the proceedings are over and the jury verdict may not be overturned. If the verdict is guilty, however, the defense may proceed with an appeal.

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What is bail?

Bail is money or other property that is deposited with the court in order to ensure that the person accused returns to court when he or she is required to do so. However, if the defendant does not come to court when required, or violates his or her bail conditions, the bail will be forfeited to the court and will not be returned.

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What happens during a bail hearing?

Upon arrest, the accused appears before a magistrate or judge for a violation of a criminal law. The magistrate or judge will conduct a pre-trial bail hearing resulting in four possible results:

  • Recognizance - This is the defendant’s written promise to appear in court on the date set and abide by the terms set by the magistrate or judge. No monetary pledge, cash deposit, or security by property or professional bondsman is required.

  • Unsecured Bond - This release, pending court appearance, is based on the defendant’s written agreement to appear in court on the date set and abide by the conditions set by the magistrate or judge. It is backed by an agreement by the defendant to forfeit money to the court if she or he does not appear in court on the date set.

  • Secured Bond - This is secured by either a cash deposit, a pledge of real or personal property, or a pledge by a third party that the defendant will appear in court on the date set and abide by the conditions of the release. The judge may forfeit any type of security in the event the defendant does not appear in court on the date set.

  • Ineligible for Bail - The defendant is denied a release pending court appearance.

The bail decision may be appealed to a judge who will re-examine the evidence. A violation of any agreement of release pending court appearance can result in the issuance of an "Order to Show Cause" why the release should not be revoked.  

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What happens at an arraignment?

A suspect has the right to be arraigned without unnecessary delay, usually within two court days, after being arrested. He or she appears before a judge who will read the offenses in which the suspect is officially being charged, they are informed of their constitutional rights, and advised of applicable penalties. At the arraignment, an attorney is appointed in the event of financial hardship, and bail can be raised or lowered.  A suspect may also ask to be released on personal recognizance at this time, even if bail was previously set.

If charged with a misdemeanor, a suspect pleads guilty or not guilty at the arraignment. Or, if the court approves, a suspect can plead nolo contendere, meaning the charges will not be contested. Legally, this is the same as a guilty plea, but it cannot be used against the suspect in a non-criminal case.

If misdemeanor charges are not dropped, a trial is held later in court of law. If charged with a felony, however, and the charges are not dismissed, the next step is a preliminary hearing.

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Why Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Any person who is facing a criminal charge, no matter how minor, will benefit from consulting a qualified criminal defense lawyer. Unlike civil court cases, where money or property may be at stake, a person suspected of committing a criminal act is in jeopardy of losing their fundamental freedom. Act quickly to protect your rights by contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can identify important pretrial issues and bring appropriate motions which might significantly improve a defendant's case.

Unlike civil law, which involves private law suits between two or more private entities, criminal law involves defendants who are being prosecuted by the state or federal government. Criminal defense Attorney David B. Epstein represents individuals who are being prosecuted by the state of New York for an act that has been classified as a crime. Crimes are generally classified as:

  • Misdemeanors- less serious offenses that are normally punishable by a fine like some traffic violations, petty theft cases, or possession of a small amount of marijuana, or

  • Felonies- more serious offenses that warrant imprisonment of one or more years, such as rape, grand theft, assault with a deadly weapon, or homicide/murder.

Criminal defense Attorney David B. Epstein has successfully negotiated and litigated both misdemeanor and felony crimes and is experienced in defending New York clients against state criminal charges.

Another important distinction between civil law and criminal law is the standard of proof that is required by the law. In order to prevail in a civil case, the plaintiff must demonstrate by 51% that the defendant is responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries. In criminal law, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged with the crime actually committed the crime. This standard is much higher than the civil standard, and requires the skilled legal representation of a qualified criminal defense Attorney to fight for a defendant’s exoneration.

If you or someone you know in Brooklyn, New York, or within the surrounding cities and counties of New York, needs the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact Attorney David B. Epstein at (718) 852-6763 or complete the contact form on this site to begin your consultation with a seasoned criminal defense trial attorney.


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