Street Crime Defense

Have you or a loved one been charged with a crime?  If so, you need a lawyer with the proven ability to fight for you.

Nathaniel Burney has an impressive record of defending individuals charged with a wide variety of offenses, ranging from the simplest marijuana possession to the most serious crimes of violence.

With a decade of experience as a prosecutor in the Manhattan DA’s office, he knows how to find the weaknesses in the government’s case, and how to persuade prosecutors to re-evaluate their case.  In his years as a defense attorney, Mr. Burney has earned a reputation for getting cases dismissed or dramatically reduced.

If the case cannot be resolved, Mr. Burney has proven himself a fierce trial lawyer.  He loves being on trial, and he’s good at it — whether he’s getting a police officer to admit that he’d just committed perjury (don’t laugh, he’s done it more than once), making a learned legal argument to the judge, or persuading a jury with his plainspoken common sense.

If you are prepared to invest in a serious defense, then feel free to contact Mr. Burney for a confidential consultation.

 

 

RECENT SUCCESS STORIES

Burglary
Client charged with breaking and entering a home, and leaving his wallet and ID at the scene.
DISMISSED.

Hate crime/Gang assault
Client charged with multiple hate crimes and gang assault.  At jury trial, cross examination revealed police perjury and undermined both victims’ stories.  Unanimous jury found client
NOT GUILTY on every count in the indictment, convicted on lesser assault.

Narcotics sale - UCMJ
Military academy cadet investigated for involvement in narcotics trafficking ring.
NOT PROSECUTED.

Narcotics possession
Client charged with possession of 100 grams of cocaine and paraphernalia seized during car search.  DNA evidence on the paraphernalia.  Convinced the prosecution that they would probably lose a suppression hearing, and if it went to trial the DNA evidence would be demolished under cross examination.
REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR with time served.

Narcotics possession
Client charged with felony drug possession.  Convinced prosecutor to dismiss the case.
DISMISSED.

Reckless endangerment
Client charged with trying to run down police officers at roadblocks during a high speed chase which ended with a shooting.  Cross examination at trial revealed that police had fabricated their allegations.
NOT GUILTY on every disputed count.

Marijuana
Represented several clients, ranging from students to government officials, charged with various forms of marijana possession, whose cases were
DISMISSED.

Domestic violence
Client charged with assaulting former girlfriend, and then brawling with the police.
DISMISSED.

Domestic violence
Client charged with assaulting his wife.
DISMISSED.

Larceny
Client charged with theft of property from a golf course.
DISMISSED.

Larceny
Client charged with theft of software.
DISMISSED.

Harassment
Client charged with multiple counts of harassing public servants.
DISMISSED.

DWI / DUI
Client charged with trying to avoid a sobriety checkpoint and driving while intoxicated.  Convinced the prosecution that client was not the driver, and that the car was merely parking.
DISMISSED.

Social Host Law
Client charged with permitting underage drinking.  Successfully moved to have case dismissed on legal grounds, prosecution re-filed charges, argued again for dismissal.
DISMISSED.

False accusation
Client accused of making false allegations of rape against several fellow students.
NOT PROSECUTED.

Gun possession (New Jersey)
With prior counsel, client had spent a month in jail on $100,000 bail.  Successfully argued to bail reduction below the $50,000 minimum, to $5,000.  Succeeded in getting one year of out-of-state probation.
NO JAIL, NO FINE.

Aggravated harassment
Client charged with multiple-count felony harassment, assault and knife attack on ex-girlfriend.  Convinced prosecution to dismiss the felony allegations and accept a plea to a non-criminal violation.
CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED, NO JAIL, NO FINE.

Parole Violation
Client charged with gun possession in violation of parole, faced mandatory imprisonment of 12 to 15 months.
REDUCED penalty to a 90-day program.