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Coming Reforms to New York’s Criminal Justice System

The New York State legislature recently passed sweeping reforms to the operation of the state’s criminal justice system. Those reforms, which become effective in January 2020, will profoundly transform how criminal cases are litigated in the state. Among other things, cash bail has been eliminated…

Topic: Criminal Defense

What is a Nebbia Hearing?

A Nebbia hearing is an important part of the federal criminal justice process. If you have been arrested and charged with a federal crime, you will need to post bail to remain free while your case makes its way through the system. A Nebbia hearing,…

Topic: Criminal Defense

What to Do if You’re Being Investigated for a White-Collar Crime

White-collar crime is often viewed as victimless. But that is not exactly true. Financial frauds such as embezzlement, money laundering, securities fraud, insurance fraud and tax evasion can have significant consequences for businesses, their clients and partners and consumers. That is why white-collar crime is…

Topic: Criminal Defense

Press & Publications

Detroit Free Press

Federal Sentences and the Stacking of § 924(c) Charges

Attorney Harlan Protass co-authored a piece with a federal inmate about the effects of stacking § 924(c) charges.

Case Results

Protass Law PLLC Clients Avoid Decades in Prison and Preserve Millions in Assets

A husband and wife who operated IDTFs (Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities) were recently charged in state and federal court for having operated a large-scale Medicaid fraud, submitting more than $42 million in fraudulent claims for various diagnostic tests (sonograms, neurological tests, and other diagnostic exams). If convicted, they faced decades in prison and the loss of tens of millions of dollars in assets. So they reached out to Protass Law PLLC for help.

NYC criminal defense attorney Harlan Protass was retained as counsel, and immediately got to work on the case. With experience in both New York state courts and the federal criminal justice system, attorney Protass negotiated aggressively on behalf of his clients, who sought to both minimize the risk of long prison sentences and protect their assets from the government’s reach. After leaving nothing on the table during negotiations, attorney Protass reached a pre-trial disposition involving principally four or five years – total – in prison and the forfeiture of $7 million of assets, thereby preserving more than $10 million in client assets.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

Protass Law PLLC Client Walks Out of Prison After Serving 27 Years of a Life Sentence

A man convicted of running a large-scale crack cocaine distribution organization in the late 1980s/early 1990s turned to an appeals and post-convictions attorney at Protass Law PLLC for help in seeking a reduced sentence. Because parole does not exist in the federal criminal justice system, a successful outcome was truly a matter of life and death. After getting involved in and conducting a thorough investigation of the case, NY criminal defense attorney Harlan Protass found grounds to get the client back in front of a judge for resentencing. And, at that resentencing hearing, the judge resentenced the client to time served. He walked out of prison that very day a free man for the first time in close to 27 years.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.