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Federal Criminal Defense

Defending a federal criminal case is significantly different from defending a New York State criminal case. Federal law and procedure is unique and complicated. If you or a loved one is the target of a federal investigation or prosecution, it is imperative to hire an experienced lawyer capable of representing you effectively with the federal authorities and courts.

Federal prosecutions are often characterized by long investigations, which may go on for several years before an indictment is filed. Meanwhile, unwitting targets of the federal authorities are vulnerable to making unguarded, imprudent statements or answering questions that often paint them in an unclear or unfavorable light.

Individuals and corporations targeted by federal authorities should seek legal representation at the first sign of an investigation. An experienced federal criminal defense attorney can often help clients avoid indictment.

New York State Criminal Defense

DWI & Vehicular Homicide

If you or a loved one have been charged with DWI, Vehicular Assault, or Vehicular Homicide you will need an experienced DWI attorney who understands the law, science, and practices of local District Attorney's Offices.

Experience matters.

As a former senior vehicular homicide prosecutor and supervisor, Mr. Ahern has been recognized nationally as a leading authority on DWI and vehicular homicides. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Ahern was the Deputy Chief in charge of all DWI prosecutions in Nassau County District Court, as well as a senior homicide prosecutor in charge of investigation and litigating vehicular cases ranging from DWI, Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Homicide, to Murder. Mr. Ahern was an instructor on DWI, Vehicular Homicides, and Narcotics Investigations for Assistant District Attorneys in Nassau County and throughout New York State through the New York Prosecutor's Training Institute (NYPTI), where Mr. Ahern was routinely sought out as an Instructor. Mr. Ahern continues to teach criminal defense attorneys and members of the judiciary on the science and law surrounding DWIs and Vehicular Homicides. Additionally, Mr. Ahern has been trained on the technical aspects of Field Sobriety Tests, the intricate science of breath, blood, urine, and saliva testing for both alcohol and drugs, as well as training alongside experts in accident investigation and reconstruction. As a result, Mr. Ahern has the capability to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your case both from the perspective of a prosecutor and your criminal defense attorney. Mr. Ahern has the knowledge, experience, and skill to zealously defend you against DWI and Vehicular Homicide charges.

If you are charged with DWI or Vehicular Homicide, you will face the significant possibility of one or more of the following sanctions:

  1. Jail and/or Probation;
  2. Loss of Driving License through the Courts and DMV;
  3. Imposition of an Ignition Interlock Device;
  4. Seizure and Forfeiture of your car by Suffolk and Nassau County;
  5. Significant Fines; and,
  6. Permanent Criminal Record.

Recent DWI/Vehicular Homicide Awards:

  • Top 10 DUI/DWI Attorneys in New York State, American Institute of DUI/DWO Attorneys (2015)
  • National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) (2015)

Narcotics Crimes

Drug offenses range from misdemeanors to felonies. Misdemeanor charges typically involve possession of small quantities of a controlled substance. Authorities typically pursue felony drug charges for possession of substantial quantities of drugs. Other felony drug crimes include sale and distribution of narcotics, conspiracy to distribute, trafficking, manufacturing and prescription drug fraud. If an accused is suffering from a drug dependency, several supervised treatment diversion programs are available and often result in favorable outcomes.

Violent Crimes

Violent offenses typically involve the use of force and/or a weapon and physical injury against another person. Violent crimes include: homicide, assault, sex offenses, arson, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, sale and use of a firearm and child pornography. In New York, most violent crimes are charged as felonies.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes are non-violent offenses committed through business dealings, transactions or commerce for the purpose of financial gain. Examples include various types of fraud, such as Medicaid, mail, insurance, wire, mortgage, securities and welfare fraud. Authorities also investigate alleged white collar crime activities such as embezzlement, bribery, racketeering, conspiracy, illegal gambling, official misconduct and filing a false instrument. Political corruption cases involving elected or appointed officials and state, county or town employees are also considered white collar crimes.

Much like federal criminal defense, white collar crime is often characterized by longer term investigations. Individuals and corporations targeted by state authorities should seek legal representation at the first sign of an investigation.

NCDD National College for DUI Defense: Brendan M. Ahern