Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyers
Law Firm OverviewCollins, McDonald & Gann, PC is a dedicated team of Nassau County criminal lawyers defending clients charged with all types of criminal offenses.
Our dedicated team begins by investigating exactly what happened, explaining the applicable law and advising you on your options in the situation. Our goal is to get your case dismissed or to have you acquitted. When this is not possible, we use all available legal means to minimize the consequences for you. If a plea agreement is available, we evaluate the full impact of the proposal — including sentencing options and the effect on your criminal record and advise you accordingly.
Clients from all over the United States have benefited from the combined 60 years of experience and expertise of our criminal defense law firm in Nassau County, N.Y. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in the state courts in New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and the District of Columbia, and also in the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Western District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
Collins, McDonald & Gann, PC provides services in the areas of:
- Criminal Defense
At Collins, McDonald and Gann, P.C., every one of our partners is a former Assistant District Attorney of Nassau County. As former prosecutors, we know the system from both sides. We possess extensive experience litigating in both state and federal Long Island criminal courts, and have resolved countless cases through settlement and verdict.
- Drug Offenses
At Collins, McDonald and Gann, P.C., we know how district attorneys strategize and structure prosecutions of drug crimes, and also how their biases and the pressure related to drug crimes can lead to mistakes in those strategies. In the American legal system, where the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, a single mistake may be all the defense needs to secure a not guilty verdict.
- Drunk Driving
Prosecutors and law enforcement officials do not often acknowledge it, but political pressure forces them to prosecute certain crimes more harshly and zealously than others. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), called Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in many other jurisdictions, is just such a crime.
Misdemeanor charges are also serious matters. A crime that can lead to a term in a state prison is generally a felony, but misdemeanors can also lead to jail time. In fact, a Long Island misdemeanor can subject someone to one year of incarceration at the county level.
- Traffic Violations
Some people never consider hiring an attorney to fight a traffic violation. They consider the matter so trivial that the costs of hiring an attorney far outweigh any conceivable benefit. This, however, is often not the case. Never pay a speeding ticket or any other traffic violation before consulting an experienced traffic lawyer in your jurisdiction.
Felonies are the most serious crimes one can face under the American judicial system. As such, they carry the most severe penalties, including major fines and even lengthy incarceration in a state or federal penitentiary. Violent felonies include serious types of Robbery, Burglary and Assault.
- White Collar/Federal Crimes
White collar crime refers to offenses against the law that are almost solely motivated by financial gain, and occur without violence or even physical contact between criminal and victim. Lawyers, stock brokers, doctors, businessmen, and other types of professionals all fear white collar crime charges because even the slightest hint of professional malpractice can seriously damage a career that has taken a lifetime to build.
- Dietary Supplements
At Collins, McDonald and Gann, P.C., our lawyers in Nassau County, New York and Los Angeles, California understand this area of legal practice as well as any practicing attorney in the country. We offer our clients everything from general business advice to legal counsel regarding regulatory compliance to avoid criminal liability.
- Anabolic Steroids
Nassau County attorney Rick Collins and the other attorneys at the law firm Collins, McDonald and Gann, P.C. are among the most knowledgeable legal authorities on anabolic steroids and muscle-building dietary supplements. The firm has built an international reputation for helping individuals facing such charges with straightforward advice and extensive knowledge of anabolic steroid laws.
- Sex Offenses
Not many criminal charges can ruin your life to the extent one for a sex crime can. You may lose your job, your spouse, your home and your reputation simply because you have been accused of a sex-related offense. To make matters worse, politicians and prosecutors often consider sex crimes differently than other criminal offenses, pursuing them far more zealously and vindictively than they do other offenses.
- Domestic Violence
If you are accused of domestic violence, the police do not delay their investigation into the matter. Do not delay building your legal defense. Contact an attorney who is well acquainted with the domestic violence laws and procedures in the jurisdiction where you live. In Nassau County or surrounding areas, contact Collins, McDonald and Gann, P.C.
- Theft & Burglary
When someone enters or remains in a structure with the intent of committing a crime, that person can be charged with burglary. And when a person knowingly takes the property of another person or business without the owner's consent, that person is guilty of theft. These are serious crimes that incur serious penalties.
Arson is the extremely serious crime of intentionally or recklessly setting a destructive fire. If you or a loved one faces such charges, then one of the most important things you can do is retain an experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney like those at the Long Island law firm Collins, McDonald and Gann, P.C.
- Homicide & Murder
Many people consider homicide and murder the most serious crimes a person can commit, and with good reason. Other common felonies generally involve individuals who sold drugs, damaged property or took something that did not rightfully belong to them. But homicide and murder both involve taking the life of another.
Fraud is a broad legal concept. Essentially, whenever someone knowingly lies in order to obtain a benefit or advantage to which they are not entitled or to deny someone else a benefit or advantage to which that person is entitled, fraud has occurred.
Embezzlement involves the theft of money from an employer by an employee. While embezzlement may be on as small a scale as slipping money out of a cash register, the punishments related to an embezzlement conviction may still be severe. If you are an employee who faces embezzlement charges, or an employer who suspects one of your employees of embezzling from you, time is not on your side.
- Internet Hacking
Internet hacking and computer fraud are among the fastest-growing crimes around the world. As more parts of our personal and business lives move online, law enforcement agencies have begun to treat these crimes more seriously and severely. In fact, when a crime occurs online, both the U.S. federal government and international agencies may ultimately become involved in the investigation.
Mr. Richard D. Collins
Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, Defective Drugs, Health Care, Sports and Recreation
Mr. Marc C. Gann
Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Regulatory Law
Mr. Robert A. McDonald
Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, Litigation, Probate
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