practice areas

CRIMINAL LAW

ASSaULT

When someone is involved in a physical altercation, they can either be faced with a misdemeanor or a felony charge depending on the degree of the assault. Each degree of assault is based on the type of harm committed and the extent of harm committed.

ATTEMPTED MURDER

When an individual comes close to causing the death of another, death does not have to actually occur. There must be intent to commit the murder and the charge can carry a minimum of 20 years in prison.

BANK FRAUD

Receiving money, funds, assets, securities, credits, or other property owned/under the custody of a financial institution; by means of false/fraudulent pretenses/representations.

BANK ROBBERY

The taking of any property or money that is under the control of a bank or credit union by use of force, intimidation, or violence.

CONSPIRaCY

When an individual conspires with another to commit an offense and commits an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.

DWI

A driving violation that is both a criminal violation and an administrative violation with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Someone is charged with a DWI when they are operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Crimes of violence committed by either a current or former spouse or intimate partner. When charged with domestic violence, one can either be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

DRUG CHARGES

Drug charges involving drug distribution, manufacture or possession can results in a prison sentence. Drug possession in excess amounts can lead to federal charges.

EMBEZZLEMENT

The theft or taking of property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner and without the permission to do so.

Extortion

When a defendant compels or induces another person to obtain his/her property. Coercive tactics can include threats or intimidation of violence.

Forgery

An individual creates or alters a written instrument with the intent to defraud another.

Gun Charges

Gun charges include either the possession, use, or sale of weapons.

HOBBS ACT

The Hobbs Act punishes anyone that commits robbery or extortion to the level where it affects interstate or foreign commerce. This charge is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

Identity Theft

Unlawfully obtaining another individual’s identifying information and using that information to commit theft or fraud.

Kidnapping

When an individual restrains or holds a person within a confined location without their consent. This charge can be punishable for up to 25 years in prison.

Murder

Intentionally causing the death of another individual. Prosecutors will try to prove that the defendant in fact intended to cause the death.

Obstruction of Justice

Preventing a witness from testifying is taken very seriously in court. Depending on the act/behavior of the defendant against the witness, charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Perjury

When an individual swears under oath but knowingly makes a false statement. This charge is related to making a written false statement as well. Both charges of Perjury and making a Written False Statement are misdemeanors that can result in up to one year of jail time.

Prostitution

A person engages, accepts, or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another individual in exchange for a fee. Prostitution is a class B misdemeanor that can land someone in jail for up to 90 days.

RICO Charges

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This charge focuses on organized groups that conduct business through illegal activity. Some crimes that fall under this act are; money laundering, fraud, bribery, gambling offense, and economic crimes.

Robbery

Threatening or using immediate physical force against another individual in order to forcibly steal. The level of the charge can differ if a dangerous instrument/weapon was used during the commission of the crime.

Theft

When a person wrongfully takes or withholds property from its rightful owner, along with the intent to deprive the owner of such property.

Violent Offense

Can include murder, kidnapping, assault, battery, burglary, strangulation, harassment, etc. Repeat offenders can be subject to harsher penalties as New York does not often expunge violent offenses from your record.

White Collar Crimes

A wide range of offenses that involve financial motivation such as; securities fraud, credit card fraud, tax violations, insurance fraud, and more! Private individuals, companies, and/or government employees can be charged with a white-collar offense.

Administration Agreement

With an administrative agreement, the artist retains the right to any publishing/ownership rights from their work and contracts with a third party to serve as their administrator. Administrators register musical composition with PROs, register any songs with the U.S. copyright office, issues licenses to other parties and collect royalties.

Collaboration Contracts

When two or more individuals are writing or composing a song together, a collaboration agreement is in order. This agreement lays out publishing information, administrative rights, compensation of each collaborator, and licensing information.

Distribution Agreement

This agreement connects artists with different networks of consumers and retailers. It lays out how an artist’s album(s) will be manufactured or distributed by a distribution company/record label. It also discusses how revenue will be earned from record album sales.

Management agreements

A manager is there to help an artist with their career by obtaining work for the artist. A management agreement will help establish the terms of the relationship such as compensation/commission and even an exclusivity provision.

PRODUCER AGREEMENTS

Artists typically hire a producer to produce various tracks, therefore any royalties or money earned from the track is usually given out of the artist's own income. A producer agreement ensures that anything produced is original work that is properly licensed.

PUBLISHING AGREEMENTS

Marketing your music for distribution or licensing, creating a music publishers agreement will allow music publishers to add your music to their catalogue by giving up a part of the copyright to the song (for a period of time).

SYNCH LICENSES

When anyone wants to use a part or the whole of any of your music, a Synch License allows for permission by the copyright holder to use the song. The agreement sets out the terms of which the music can be used.

 

ATHLETE REPRESENTATION AGREEMENTS, AGENCY, AND MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS, COACHING CONTRACTS

An agreement between an Athlete and an Agent/Coach is essential because this contract establishes the terms of the Agent’s/Coach's representation. Including fees, the scope of representation, payment schedule, and how to handle any disputes.

ENDORSEMENT AGREEMENTS, SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENTS, MARKETING AGREEMENTS, APPEARANCE AGREEMENTS

Contracts between Athletes and third parties that help Athletes get additional revenue.