Blog Posts

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

Securities Litigation: What to Expect in 2019

The statistics on securities class-action lawsuits for 2018 are in and, though some numbers will come as no surprise, there are some trends to watch for in 2019. According to the New York Law Journal, the total number of securities-related class-actions decreased slightly in 2018…

Topic: Securities Litigation

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)….

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,…