Brooklyn Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being charged with committing a crime is one of the most jarring, stressful, and terrifying experiences a person can go through. The process of being arrested, fingerprinted, and photographed is completely dehumanizing, and the suspicion directed at you can be extremely upsetting and humiliating.

To make matters worse, the penalties if you are convicted could be very severe. While many people falsely believe that only felonies are serious, that simply isn’t accurate.  Even a misdemeanor can result in a lengthy sentence, thousands of dollars in expensive restitution fines, and other unpleasant consequences.

Then, in addition to incarceration and costly fines, you will also receive a criminal record. This record can continue to follow you around long after your time has been served and your fines have been paid, and may prevent you from obtaining certain types of employment, housing, or other important opportunities.

If you are facing criminal charges in New York City, a conviction could have repercussions that negatively affect the rest of your life.  You need to act fast to protect your legal rights.


Victor Knapp: Brooklyn Criminal Defense Attorney

New York City is serious about “cracking down” on crime, which means alleged offenders are subject to tough prosecution.  It is not in your best legal interests to try and represent yourself against prosecuting attorneys, who are trained to be overwhelming and intimidating.  To give yourself a fighting chance, you need the support and protection of an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Victor Knapp has been representing the people of Brooklyn and New York for more than 33 years, and has handled complex, high-profile cases such as the Howard Beach riots.  Victor Knapp has more than three decades of practical knowledge and courtroom success to bring to your case, and defends against a wide variety of charges including but not limited to:

  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges
  • Expungements
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Parole
  • Probation
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Weapons Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes

When you need a law firm with a reputation for excellence on your side, call on the law offices of Victor Knapp.

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Assault Defense

Assault is among the most commonly-charged criminal offenses in New York City and throughout the country.  According to NYPD reports, there were close to 20,300 cases of felony assault in 2013 alone.  Not even counting cases of misdemeanor assault, that averages out to roughly 56 felony assault arrests every single day.

The two basic forms of assault are simple assault, and aggravated assault.  Aggravated assault involves a more serious degree of injury to the victim, and/or the use, threatened use, or appearance of a deadly weapon.  As a result, aggravated assault carries harsher penalties.

While the consequences vary depending on the details involved, the sentences for assault charges can range from one year in jail, to 25 years in prison.

DUI / DWI / DWAI Defense

DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) are also very common charges in Brooklyn.  People often assume that because DWI/DWAI is so commonplace, it must not be a “big deal” — but in reality, the consequences can be severe.

If there are aggravating factors, such as having a high BAC (Blood Alcohol Content of 0.18% or greater) or a previous history of offenses, the penalties become worse.  If another motorist is hurt or killed, you may be facing felony vehicular assault charges.

In addition to being sentenced and fined, DWI/DWAI will also cause you to temporarily lose your license.  Depending on the charges, your license may be revoked or suspended for anywhere from 90 days to 18 months.

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DWI is defined by a minimum BAC of 0.08%.  If you are convicted of DWI in New York:

  • Minimum Fine: $500
  • Minimum Sentence: 1 year
  • Maximum Fine: $10,000
  • Maximum Sentence: 7 years


DWAI is defined by a BAC greater than 0.05%, but less than 0.07%.  If you are convicted of DWAI:

  • Minimum Fine: $300
  • Minimum Sentence: 15 days
  • Maximum Fine: $10,000
  • Maximum Sentence: 7 years

If you or one of your loved ones has been charged with assault, DWI/DWAI, or other offenses, the legal, financial, and emotional effects of a conviction could be devastating. You could lose your freedom, your career, and your future.  You need a dedicated attorney who will fight for justice on your behalf.

Call the law offices of Victor Knapp at (718) 263-9000, or contact us online to schedule a private case evaluation.