The Bronx criminal defense lawyers you want in your corner
Being charged with a serious crime can have serious consequences. If you're convicted, you could be fined thousands of dollars and sentenced to years in prison. You could also lose your job, your home and everything else you worked so hard to attain.
The stakes are high in criminal defense cases in New York City. That's why we take these cases so seriously at Giampa Law. In the Bronx and throughout New York, Giampa Law stands as the voice of reason to protect and defend the accused.
Founded by former prosecutor, Richard L. Giampa worked in the Bronx County District Attorney's homicide bureau before leaving to pursue his passion for the rights of the accused. Giampa Law has handled some of the highest profile criminal defense cases in the state. We know how the legal system works - and we know how to get results.
If you or a loved one have been accused of committing a crime, you need legal representation from a Bronx criminal defense lawyer committed to protecting your legal rights. The attorneys and support staff at Giampa Law are dedicated to protecting our clients from unreasonable and overbearing prosecution.
Criminal defense cases we handle
Our experienced, skilled attorneys defend clients charged with a wide range of crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, including, but not limited to:
- White Collar Crime
- DWI and DUI
- Theft and Property Crimes
- Sex offenses
- Vehicle and Traffic Infractions
- Administrative Code Violations
- Constitutional Law Violations
- State and Federal Writs
- Criminal Appeals
We understand that our role as your defender is serious. That is why every decision we make on your behalf and every action we take reflects this understanding. We will always stand before the government as your representative and prevent unjust harm.
When an arrest has been made, we use every legal tool available to protect our client's constitutional rights. We do not allow any constitutional violations of your rights by law enforcement to go unnoticed or unchallenged. We are experienced in preparing written papers and orally arguing the following constitutional issues:
- Huntley or Miranda hearings: The Huntley hearing is a hearing about statements that prosecutors claim an accused made. At the Huntley hearing, the accused challenges the way the police obtained the statements. The accused can argue that the statements were obtained as a result of actual physical violence, or, the accused can argue that the statements were obtained from him or her without having been warned of his or her rights (commonly known as Miranda rights). Also, the accused can argue that the statement was obtained as a result of an illegal arrest. If the prosecutors do not claim the accused made any statements, then there is no reason to have a Huntley hearing.
- Mapp hearings: The Mapp hearing is a hearing about physical evidence recovered by the police. At the Mapp hearing, the accused challenges the way police obtained evidence. For example, if a police officer randomly selected someone and performed a search, the accused could argue that any evidence obtained during such a search was acquired illegally. If a judge agrees that the search was conducted illegally, the prosecutor would then not be able use the evidence obtained during the search against the defendant. If the police did not recover any physical evidence from the defendant, there is no reason to have a Mapp hearing.
- Wade hearings: The Wade hearing is a hearing about identification evidence. In many cases, a Wade hearing involves a police lineup. During a Wade hearing, the accused challenges the fairness of the identification. The accused might argue that the lineup was unfair based on who participated in the lineup. For example, the police might place a 6-foot-tall black defendant next to a 60-year-old, 5-foot-tall white person. We can also challenge the Wade hearing itself if prosecutors do not intend to use identification evidence as part of the prosecution's case.
- Dunaway hearings: The Dunaway hearing is always held in conjunction with a Mapp, Huntley, or Wade hearing. The Dunaway hearing is used to determine whether evidence has been seized from a defendant as a result of a search conducted without probable cause. If there was not probable cause for the search, then the evidence is suppressed and cannot be used against the defendant. Therefore, if it can be proven that you were searched and or arrested illegally, any statements, property, and/or identification evidence taken from you will also be suppressed and cannot be used against you.
Why choose us
When our clients are headed for court, we guide them fluently through all criminal procedures with one goal in mind - win every victory that can be won for the accused. Our goal is to protect your rights by representing you to the fullest through every stage of the proceedings - from arrest through prosecution.
Don't underestimate the seriousness of your criminal charges. Get the experienced, legal representation you deserve in the Bronx and throughout New York. Contact Giampa Law and schedule your free case evaluation.