Criminal Defense

Hamilton Clarke’s Criminal Defense practice represents c-suite executives, politicians, professional athletes, entertainment industry stakeholders and others in high-stakes criminal defense matters. Many of our attorneys hail from some of the leading legal defense organizations, where they have defended thousands of clients.  The depth of our team’s experience and our knowledge of the court and judicial system, government prosecutorial offices and judiciary is crucial to obtaining the best possible outcome no matter how dire the situation. 

We have extensive experience representing clients on Federal and state criminal charges, including but not limited to violent crimes, domestic violence, sex crimes, and drug crimes.  Our criminal defense attorneys are known for their remarkable track record of vigorously and successfully defending clients, including in jury trials, bench trials, administrative proceedings and suppression hearings.

Representative Experience:

  • Full jury acquittal before the Hon. Jed S. Rakoff in the Southern District of New York for client indicted for witness retaliation and witness tampering. Granted a pretrial Daubert Hearing after extensive briefing regarding the government’s proffered use of an expert on historical cell-site data. Post-hearing and briefing, Judge Rakoff issued one of the nation’s few defense-favorable decisions precluding the government from presenting cell-site expert testimony
  • Mistrial after three days of jury deliberations in the Southern District of New York for client indicted for attempted murder of a federal officer
  • No arrest or prosecution of the Chief Executive Officer of a Fortune 500 company despite an active felony arrest warrant
  • Dismissal of charges for a hedge fund Chief Financial Officer who was charged with assault
  • Dismissal of charges for a New York City Public Education teacher who was charged with a sex crime
  • Dismissal of charges for a United States Military officer who was charged with assault
  • Dismissal of charges for a United States Federal Prosecutor who was charged with obstruction
  • Dismissal of the federal indictment for a client who was indicted with a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence
  • Dismissal of federal smuggling charges for a client who was charged in a multi-national smuggling and fraud conspiracy
  • Acquittal after a jury trial for a client who was charged with burglary, where the client’s DNA was recovered at the scene
  • Acquittal after a jury trial for a client who was charged with a robbery where eyewitness testimony and surveillance footage captured someone matching the client’s description running from the scene at the time of the robbery
  • Mistrial on the count of attempted murder of a Federal Officer that was allegedly caught on film
  • Achieved a sentence of time served for a client who was charged with international money laundering and smuggling
  • Negotiated a prison sentence of three years for a client who was arrested with 20 kilograms of heroin and over $500,000 in cash in a multi-national drug conspiracy
  • Achieved a sentence of time served for a client who was initially facing a minimum of 20 years for drug conspiracy, which resulted in the overdose death of two people