Self Defense Acquittal

Mr. DeFelice obtained an acquittal for his client who was charged with another person in using a baseball bat to hit the complainant who suffered a fractured skull. Mr DeFelice was able to demonstrate that his client’s conduct was in self defense. Learn more how a legitimate self-defense claim can legally justify an acquittal. Contact Us.


Acquittal & Not Guilty Differences

Criminal Defense Attorney Mr. Joseph DeFelice succeeded in obtaining an acquittal for his client on burglary, assault and weapon possession charges in June 2018. Although his client was accused of acting together with two other co defendants, he was found Not Guilty. The difference between an Acquittal and a Not Guilty verdict may sound similar,…


Conspiracy to Murder Charge Reversed

Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph F. DeFelice, Esq. of Kew Gardens defended Trevor Lucas in Supreme Court, Queens County with a charge of conspiracy to murder in the 2nd degree. Although police officers involved in the investigation presented evidence of co-conspiracy, Mr. DeFelice established there was no evidence presented that his client was involved in any…


Free after 10 years, Josiah Galloway Found Innocent

Appellate Attorney, Joseph DeFelice seeks justice for an innocent man after serving 10 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Josiah Galloway, now 31 years old, was misidentified and sentenced to 25 years for a road rage shooting of a cab driver in Hempstead. The attempted murder conviction was vacated in the Mineola Courthouse, Nassau County on…


3 Skills to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

Integrity Your defense attorney must have integrity and be honest with you. They should provide regular updates on your case and prepare you for court and the likely outcome. Your criminal defense attorney’s role is to defend your rights and make sure you receive a fair trial. If you’ve been charged with a criminal act…


The Exchange Visitor Program and J-1 Visas

By Allen E Kaye and Joseph DeFelice What is the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP)? The (EVP) was created as part of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (The Fulbright–Hays Act) to allow foreign nationals to temporarily reside in the United States and participate in a variety of education or training programs and…


Rewrite of USCIS Mission Statement – Cannot Change America’s Identity as a Nation of Immigrants

By: Allen E. Kaye and Joseph DeFelice WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) expresses its deep disappointment at the Trump administration rewrite of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) mission statement to, among other things, remove the phrase “a nation of immigrants.” “Removing words in the USCIS mission statement cannot…


Green Cards For Investors

By:  Allen E. Kaye and Joseph DeFelice Co-Chairs of the Immigration and Naturalization Committee For foreign investors looking for freedom and flexibility to live and work in the United States in a way accommodating to their lifestyles, the EB-5 investor category can provide an excellent opportunity to accomplish this goal through the obtaining of Green…


New York State Grievance Committee Award

In June, attorney Joseph F. DeFelice received an award honoring him for 8 years of service at the NY State Grievance Committee Dinner at LeDefense Bistro in downtown Brooklyn. In New York, the Appellate Divisions of the State Supreme Court and Grievance Committees appointed by each Appellate Division are the safeguards of appropriate conduct by…