If you or a loved one is facing a criminal charge, no matter how minor, you should seek a qualified criminal defense attorney for sound legal advice. Even if you decide not to hire an attorney to represent you in court, a free consultation with our criminal defense team will absolutely help you better understand the charges against you and what your next steps should be. In the privacy of our conference room, you will be treated with dignity and respect.  We will assess your case, explain the defenses available to you, what plea bargains might be offered to you, and what to do if you are convicted.

To be Considered When Seeking Representation

  • If you are facing a serious charge, it is highly recommended that you have a defense attorney represent you in court.
  • For a minor charge, you can consider simply consulting an attorney before your trial.
  • To determine how serious the charge is, learn what sort of charge you are facing. A felony is the most serious type of crime. Murder and armed robbery are examples of felonies.
  • A misdemeanor is a less serious charge. Shoplifting is a common example.
  • Infractions are the least serious charge. Examples include traffic violations.

Our Representation

  • Our defense attorneys will help you with every legal issue related to your case. For example, even if you have not yet been arraigned, we will identify key pre-trial issues.
  • Immediately, our office will issue various motions that can improve your situation or possibly get your case dismissed.
  • If your case goes to trial, the attorneys at the law office of Robert P. Santoriella, P.C. will zealously represent you in court and do everything possible to obtain a favorable outcome in your criminal matter.

State vs. Federal Cases

  • State Law cases include traffic violations, broken contracts, robberies, and family disputes. Federal cases include, but are not limited to, cases involving violation of the US Constitution, cases in which the United States is a party, bankruptcy cases, copyright cases, and patent cases.
  • One difference between breaking state and federal laws is that when you break a federal law, you are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s office. A prosecutor from this office has more time and resources to dedicate to prosecuting the case against you.

Public Defender vs. Private Defense Counsel

It is important to understand the difference between a privately retained defense attorney and an attorney assigned from the public defender’s office. Public defenders are generally reserved for people who cannot afford private counsel. You will be asked to produce financial documentation in order to qualify for public defender representation.  Many public defenders have limited time and limited resources to work on your case.

  • If you have limited resources and the charges against you are not serious, a public defender may be a viable option.
  • Ask your assigned attorney for an honest assessment of your case.
  • Ask for copies of all documentation they currently have in their possession; and
  • Obtain the business card of the attorney that is appearing at your arraignment, as well as the business card of the senior attorney that will be assigned to your case.
  • Then schedule a free consultation with our firm to explore all options available to you.


Please contact The Law Office of Robert P. Santoriella, P.C, at (718) 923-0690 to obtain a free, no-obligation consultation if you are seeking advice of an attorney for your legal options.

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