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Richard Hochhauser is a former Nassau County prosecutor who is experienced in all aspects of criminal law. As an ADA, he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including those involving DWI, DUI, hit and run, drug possession and sale, assault, domestic violence, larceny, financial fraud, ID theft, and many others. He is an experienced criminal trial attorney having successfully tried numerous cases to verdict. As a Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorney and a seasoned trial lawyer, Richard won't hesitate to hold the government to its burden, and force the prosecutor to prove that they have a case. If you or a loved one is charged with a criminal case in Nassau County, know that your case is in capable hands with Nassau County Criminal Attorney Richard Hochhauser.
As a prosecutor, Richard was a member of a specialized unit which focused exclusively on Nassau County Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs cases. As part of this appointment, Richard attended police trainings on DWI detection, DWI policing policies, police testimony, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTS), and breathalyzer technology. With this background, Richard is uniquely qualified as a Nassau County DWI Lawyer to represent you or your loved one who is accused of a crime. Our firm knows how to help you protect your license, protect your record, and protect your freedom.
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Tel: (516) 939-1529
Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
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Named Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney by National Trial Lawyers
Selected to “Super Lawyers - Rising Stars” for New York Metro - 2018
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In our legal system, everyone is entitled to a fair trial, and defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials and prosecutors often seem to forget this when filing charges or questioning people who have been accused of a crime.
Don’t stand for mistreatment if you’re facing criminal charges, and don’t just assume your case is a lost cause. Contact experienced Nassau County defense attorney Richard Hochhauser to strategize your defense.
Why work with our firm? Because you can’t afford not to.
The consequences of a conviction can be devastating, so you don’t want to risk putting your case in the hands of just any defense attorney in Nassau County. Mr. Hochhauser will give your case the individualized attention it deserves and the aggressive defense it needs. He will work with you to navigate the complexities of criminal law and help you determine the best course of action every step of the way because Mr. Hochhauser is a staunch believer that every client, juvenile and adult, deserves the most rigorous defense possible no matter what the charge.
LONG BEACH, NASSAU COUNTY DWI CHARGES DISMISSED
Client R.R. was a young law student who made a potential life altering mistake by driving home from a party at a friend's house. The law student was found to have a blood alcohol content of a .13 in addition to having an open bottle of alcohol in the car and marijuana. Due to the numerous factors negative factors involved in the case, the Nassau County District Attorney's office refused to offer the client a reduced plea deal. Therefore, NY DWI attorney Richard Hochhauser moved the court to conduct a suppression hearing. At the hearing, the police officer testified that he pulled the vehicle over for speeding, and estimated that the vehicle was going 50 miles per hour. During cross examination, Attorney Hochhauser got the officer to admit that he was never trained in estimating speeds while his own vehicle was also in motion, as was the case here. Further, Attorney Hochhauser convinced the Court that the vehicle could not have been going 50 miles per hour as the officer claimed, because the Officer said the police vehicle only had to travel 60 miles per hour to catch up to the defendant. At this speed, it would have taken the Officer much longer than he testified to in order to catch up to the defendant. Thus, based on Attorney Hochhauser's arguments, the Court found that the Officer was not credible in estimating the Defendant's speed, and thus the Officer had no basis to pull her over. As such, all of the evidenced in the case was suppressed as "fruit of the poisonous tree" and the entire case was dismissed. As a law student, Client R.R. is now able to start her career with a clean record.
NASSAU COUNTY AGGRAVATED DWI CHARGES DISMISSED
Client R.H. had absolutely no criminal record, and wanted it to stay that way. R.H. was charged with aggravated DWI as he blew a .18% blood alcohol content after being pulled over the by the Nassau County Police Department. At the pre-trial suppression hearing, top New York DWI Lawyer Richard Hochhauser established that the Nassau County Police Department illegally pulled over R.H. even though he never violated the Vehicle and Traffic Law. While the police alleged that the defendant had failed to signal and changed lanes unsafely, Mr. Hochhauser was able to show the court that the government failed to meet its burden, and the officer testimony did not support a finding that the defendant violated the law. Without a valid basis to pull the defendant over, Long Island DWI Lawyer Richard Hochhauser was able to get all evidence suppressed, and a full dismissal of the charges.
NASSAU COUNTY DWI CHECKPOINT CASE DISMISSED
Nassau County Criminal Lawyer Richard Hochhauser represented client P.L. charged with DWI in Nassau County. Due to a prior conviction, client P.L was facing jail time if he was convicted for his second DWI. Top Long Island DWI Lawyer Richard Hochhauser was able to obtain a full dismissal of the charges when he proved to the Nassau County District Court that client P.L. was illegally pulled over during an unconstitutional DWI checkpoint by the New York State Police, and thus all evidence was suppressed, forcing the Nassau County District Attorney to dismiss the charges.
FELONY SALE OF MARIJUANA
ADJOURNED IN CONTEMPLATION of DISMISSAL
Nassau County Criminal Lawyer Richard Hochhauser represented client charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Mr. Hochhauser was successful in reducing the charge to a misdemeanor marijuana office, after which the client was eligible for a 170.56 marijuana ACOD.
STALKING AND HARASSMENT CHARGES DISMISSED
Nassau County Criminal Lawyer Richard Hochhauser represented client M.L. In this case, M.L. was charged with stalking a police officer. Attorney Hochhauser argued that the allegations in this case, that the Defendant was "following" the officer in a public post office, failed to establish the course of conduct necessary for a stalking allegation. All of the related charges were dismissed along with the stalking charge. Motion practice is a commonly overlooked mechanism to get a dismissal in a criminal case. It is imperative to hold the government to their legal burden on all charges.
NASSAU COUNTY DWI CASE DISMISSED
Nassau County Criminal and DWI Lawyer Richard Hochhauser represented accountant client E.S. In this case, E.S. was being charged with a DWI even though he only recorded a BAC of .07. DWI Lawyer Richard Hochhauser conducted a hearing before the Honorable Judge Andrew Engel at 99 Main Street, Nassau County District Court, where he cross examined the officer vigorously, showing the court the obvious inconsistencies in the officer's testimony, and the proposed evidence. Mr. Hochhauser utilized his background in DWI prosecution to plainly show the court the fallacies in the government's case. After the hearing, the Nassau County District Attorney's Office had no choice but to completely dismiss the DWI charge.
Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hochhauser succeeded on his motion to dismiss all of the vehicle and traffic law counts charged, including a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license, for his client E.C. Mr. Hochhauser argued that the Nassau County District Attorney failed to properly serve a sufficient supporting deposition to the Defendant. Judge Helen Voutsinas issued the decision at Nassau County District Court located at 99 Main Street, Hempstead, Nassau County.
DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSE CASE DISMISSED
ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT CASE DISMISSED
Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hochhauser successfully got his client, M.M.'s assault case dismissed. The Nassau County District Attorney's Office repeatedly claimed that they had enough evidence to go forwards to trial. Still, Mr. Hochhauser aggresively pushed the government to its burden, demanding that they announce ready for trial. Ultimately, the District Attorney's office was not able to announce ready for trial within the alloted timeframe, and Mr. Hochhauser was granted a motion to dismiss the case before the Honorable Judge Girardi at the Nassau County District Court located at 99 Main Street, Hempstead, Nassau County.
TWENTY YEAR OLD FELONY CONVICTION SEALED
Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hochhauser successfully sealed his client, P.P.'s twenty year old felony conviction for forging medicare documents, by filing a 160.59 motion. Mr. Hochhauser utilized the new sealing statutes available in New York. PP is now able to apply for jobs, mortgages, or loans without disclosing, or having his prior conviction, being used against him in anyway.
DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSE CASE DISMISSED
Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hochhauser succeeded on his motion to dismiss the entire case charged against client D.L., including a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. Mr. Hochhauser argued that the Nassau County District Attorney failed to properly serve a sufficient supporting deposition to the Defendant. Judge Goodsell issued the decision at Nassau County District Court located at 99 Main Street, Hempstead, Nassau County.
ADJOURNMENT IN CONTEMPLATION OF DISMISSAL FOR DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A STOLEN VEHICLE
Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hochhauser was successful in obtaining for his client, L.W. an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in case a where she was charged with a misdemeanor for driving in a stolen vehicle. Mr. Hochhauser was able to prove that his client had no knowledge that the vehicle was stolen and was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. By putting pressure on the Nassau County District Attorney and pushing the case towards litigation, Mr. Hochhauser was able to obtain this favorable result for the client.
FELONY POSSESSION OF A FORGED INSTRUMENT DISMISSED
Nassau County Criminal Attorney Richard Hochhauser successfully convinced the Nassau County District Attorney's Office to dismiss a felony charge against his client B.W. B.W. was charged with felony possession of a forged instrument for having multiple fake IDs in his wallet. Mr. Hochhauser proved to the DA that an essential element to a possession of a forged instrument case in New York is the intent to defraud. Here, the Nassau County Police Department searched the defendant's wallet without justification, and found the fake IDs. There was nothing inherent in the Defendant's actions that displayed any intent to defraud. Nassau County Criminal Attorney Richard Hochhauser has obtained countless additional dismissals based on diligent legal research and applying the law to his clients' favor.
Nassau County Criminal Attorney Richard Hochhauser successfully got his client, P.E.'s serious charges dismissed. The District Attorney was recommending up to six months in a jail on this case. However, P.E. has immigration consequences attached to his case and could not take any plea. Mr. Hochhauser aggressively pushed his client's case towards litigation and repeatedly answered ready for hearings. Mr. Hochhauser ultimately drafted a 30.30 speedy trial motion, which was granted by the court, dismissing all of the criminal charges against P.E. While Mr. Hochhauser did not begin as P.E.'s lawyer, P.E. saw Mr. Hochhauser in court and asked if Mr. Hochhauser can take over this case. Within two months of taking over the case, Mr. Hochhauser was able to get his client's case dismissed.
RECKLESS DRIVING, RESISTING ARREST, AND FLEEING FROM POLICE CHARGES DISMISSED
Frequently asked questions
What are the different types of DWI in New York?
Is it illegal to drink and drive in New York?
Unless a person is under 21 years of age, the mere act of driving after consuming alcohol is not illegal in New York.
What is "common law DWI" in New York?
Can I be charged in New York with DWI for driving while impaired by drugs?
Can I be charged with "attempted" DWI in New York?
While you cannot be charged with attempting to drive while intoxicated, you can plea to a reduced charged of attempting to driving while intoxicated.
In New York, is there a DWI defense of justification?
What is "per se" DWI in New York?
What is "aggravated DWI" in New York?
How much does a DWI lawyer cost in New York?
There is no question that a DWI lawyer in New York can be costly. However, the top rated Nassau County DWI lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Hochhauser, PLLC always charge flat fees for its services - so you always know what to expect and will never be suprised or approached for more money. We continue working until the job is done!
What is "felony DWI" in New York?
The most common felony DWI charges in New York result from a defendant who is charged with DWI, DUI, or aggravated DWI, and have a misdemeanor or felony DWI conviction within the preceding 10 years, in which case the defendant is charged with an E felony.
Does an out of state DWI conviction make my New York DWI a felony?
What are the legal elements of DWI in New York?
New York Pattern Jury Instructions provide for the following 2 elements for a DWI per se charge:
What is a PBT?
A "PBT" is a portabe breath test. In New York and Nassau County, most officers carry a PBT in their vehicles. The PBT is a handheld breathalyzer that is used on the side of the road at the time of the arrest. The purpose of the PBT is to help the officers establish probable cause.
Why was I arrested for DWI if my driving was perfect?
Interestingly, erratic driving is not an element of DWI in New York. Thus, even if someone is is not driving erratically, they can still be convicted of DWI. Still, if someone's driving is unaffected by alcohol, it provides a strong defense to a DWI charge.
What does it mean to be "intoxicated" for a DWI in New York?
The New York pattern jury instructions dictate that:
If I was a .08 BAC, does that mean I'm intoxicated?
No. In New York, it is well established thath a person can be intoxicated with a BAC below .08%, and can have a BAC above .08% without being intoxicated. It is important to understand that just because you blow a .08%, does not necessarily mean that you are intoxicated. Additionally, there are many defenses to show that the BAC reading is artificially high.
Does the prosecutor need an expert to prove that I'm intoxicated?
No. The law in New York is well established that a "layman" or the average person, has the experience to tell whether someone is intoxicated. Consider being at a bar - you don't need any special training to determine whether someone there is intoxicated. Therefore, you will often find that the New York police will all describe the same boilerplate signs of intoxication: red and watery eyes, the odor of an alcholic beverage, unsteadiness, slurred speech.
What is Driving While "Impaired" in New York?
The definition of Driving While Impaired in New York is whether your consuption of alcohol actually impaired, to any extent, the physical and mental abilities which you are expected to possess in order to operate a vehicle as a reasonable and prudent driver.
Does the "odor of an alcoholic beverage" mean I'm intoxicated?
Absolutely not. While the smell of alcohol can be a factor that the police use against you, the odor alone is not enough to convict of driving while intoxicated. Importantly, it is impossible to tell how much a person drank from the odor of alcohol alone. It is also important to note that "alcohol" itself has no odor; rather, the alcohol beverages which we consome have a familiar odor.
Can I be charged with Driving While Intoxicated if my car was parked?
In New York, a person also OPERATES a motor vehicle when such person is sitting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle for the purpose of placing it in operation, and when the motor vehicle is moving, or even if it is not moving, the engine is running.
If I blew over the limit, does that mean I was over the limit while I was driving?
Not necessarily. Even though you may blow a .08, that does not necessarily mean you were a .08 while you driving. Often times, one's blood alcohol content is still on the rise. Therefore, while you may have been a .08 at the police station, you also may have been below the limit while you were actually driving.
Cases such as these require a careful review of the timeline and when and how much you had to drink.
Contact Nassau County DWI Lawyer Richard Hochhauser to review your timeline.
Can I get a DWI in a parking lot?
Yes, as long as the parking lot has at least four parking spots.
Can I suppress the reading of my chemical breath test?
In New York, there are a number of ways to supress a chemical breath test and prevent it from being used at trial. The most common mechanism is to due a hearing where the officer has to testify that there was requisite probable cause to arrest you and request that you provide a breath sample.
Can the police force me to give a breath test?
No. While there are consequences for refusing to take the breath test, you have a statutory right to refuse to take the test. If you refuse, the police cannot force you to give a sample absent a court order.
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