Criminal, Cyber & White Collar

At KJK, we understand that criminal cases have the potential to changes lives permanently. With any other legal challenge, those who are criminally charged risk losing their reputation, liberty, career and family, which is why with every client matter, regardless of size or complexity of the case, our clients receive a thoughtful and vigorous defense. We are passionate hands-on attorneys who are accessible to our clients, and guide them through the intricacies of the criminal justice system.

We represent clients in state and federal courts around the country. Our clients are business executives, medical professionals, college students, and men and women who find themselves in situations where their liberty is at risk in some of the most challenging periods in their lives. Over the years, we have become particularly experienced representing our most vulnerable clients with mental health and neurological disorders.

The criminal defense attorneys at KJK represent clients from the early stages of an investigation through trial and beyond, if necessary. Calling upon defense counsel early, we work to identify evidence that may help avoid prosecution. However, prosecution cannot always be avoided. When criminal charges are filed, we aggressively build a defense. Often, we work closely without highly respected experts who assist us in developing unique defenses. When a case cannot be resolved, we have the experience and resources necessary to proceed to trial.

At times, the criminal justice system and civil law sometimes intersect. When they do, we have the ability to handle parallel proceedings. These proceedings include Title IX cases, professional licensing matters, domestic matters and employment disputes.

Focus Area

Appellate/Post-Conviction Representation

When errors occur in the trial court, a defendant must turn to the court of appeals. Because appellate / post-conviction representation is often a defendant’s last means of obtaining justice, appellate representation of the highest caliber is critical to a defendant’s future.

At KJK, our criminal practice group is skilled in handled appellate litigation in state and federal courts around the country. We have drafted and argued winning appellate briefs that have resulted in convictions being vacated and new trials ordered. Because we regularly try criminal cases, we understand the errors that occur in the trial court, how to protect the trial court record, and how to identify winning appellate arguments. We continuously monitor case law from around the country to stay ahead of legal trends.

Computer Offenses

Computer crimes consist of a variety of state and federal offenses. An effective defense of computer-related charges requires a deep understanding of the technology associated with the offenses – both in terms of how the crime is committed and how the crime is investigated by law enforcement.

Our attorneys have years of experience defending computer-related offenses.

Despite what many may think, crimes committed online are often easy to detect and trace. For this reason, a successful defense of computer crimes often requires defense counsel to force the government to provide unconventional forms of evidence in the discovery phase of litigation and to raise complex and novel suppression issues.  Additionally, to aggressively defend computer offenses, defense counsel must be well-versed in computer forensics.

Types of computer offenses we defend include:

Members of the criminal defense team at KJK are nationally-published authors in this field.

Financial and Tax Crimes

The defense of tax crimes requires experience in criminal defense and a deep understanding of tax law. Drawing on years of experience as a preeminent tax law firm, KJK provides unmatched legal resources to clients in need of criminal tax representation. An effective criminal tax defense can mitigate the harm to individuals and businesses.

We handle a wide range of criminal tax matters including:

We also have experience representing clients in connection with the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, which allows a taxpayer to disclose up to eight years of unreported foreign income and assets without the risk of criminal prosecution and lower financial penalties.

Juvenile Crimes

Effective legal representation of a teen charged with a juvenile crime can change the child’s life.

At KJK we bring unique resources to all of our juvenile cases because we are experienced in education law and criminal defense. We are committed to aggressively advocating on behalf of our juvenile clients in order to ensure that all members of the justice system understand the children’s needs.

The successful defense of juvenile crimes often requires a deep understanding of mental health issues and the ability to work with medical professionals as well as educators.

We have successfully defended juveniles charged with offense ranging from routine traffic violations, to computer offenses, to sexual assault crimes.

Sex Offenses

The mere allegation that an individual committed a sex offense can be life-altering. Few crimes trigger more public outcry and command more media coverage than sex offenses.

At KJK, we understand the serious nature of these offenses and provide our clients with a skilled and aggressive defense.

Typically, our clients charged with a sex offense have no prior criminal history and little experience with how the criminal justice system operates. Clients are surprised to learn that one person’s word against another’s can provide enough evidence for the filing of criminal charges.

In order to effectively combat allegations of sex crimes and build a defense, we utilize private investigators, computer forensic examiners, and medical professionals. These types of cases involve a defendant’s colleagues, family members, or friends, and thus, a successful defense requires an ability to navigate people’s sensitivities in the collection of exculpatory evidence.

We are particularly skilled at uncovering evidence that is favorable for our client and that law enforcement investigators never even looked for, let alone identified.

Examples of sex offenses that we defend include:

OVI

There are several different ways that you can be charged with OVI (Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence) formerly referred to as DUI (Driving Under the Influence):

If you are arrested for OVI, your driver’s license will be suspended if you refuse a test or test at or over the “legal limit”. The suspension is called an Administrative License Suspension (“ALS”).  The length of the ALS depends on how many OVI convictions you have had in the past 6 years and/or how many times you have refused to submit to a chemical test in the past 6 years.  The more OVI convictions and/or test refusals in the past 6 years the longer the period of the ALS and the longer the waiting period for limited driving privileges during the ALS.

There are many laws concerning the punishment that results if you are convicted of OVI and some penalties are more severe if you have prior OVI convictions.  There are several types of punishment including:

There are many potential defenses that can be raised an OVI case. We have successfully defended many OVI cases resulting in a dismissal or reduction of the charges from the offense of OVI. Our criminal defense attorneys can provide you with more information about the potential penalties associated with OVI/DUI offenses during a free consultation on the facts of your case.

Theft and Fraud-related Offenses

The criminal defense lawyers at KJK have extensive experience in defending clients charged with theft and fraud-related offenses.

Theft offenses can be felonies or misdemeanors and generally involve the unauthorized taking of property from another. You can also be charged with theft by deception, by threat or by intimidation.

Felony offenses involve the theft of goods or services of $1,000.00 or more and can be punished by a prison sentence. The level of felony offense depends on the value of property or services stolen.

Misdemeanor offenses can carry a jail sentence of up to six months.

If you are facing charges for a theft offense our team of experienced criminal trial attorneys can defend you.

Examples of theft and fraud-related offenses that we defend include:

White Collar Crimes and Corporate Investigations

White collar criminal defense involves representing individuals and organizations involved in prosecutions, regulatory enforcement matters, and internal investigations.

We have years of experience representing clients in connection with grand jury investigations as well as litigation in state and federal courts. We regularly represent clients in their dealings with the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and state and local law enforcement agencies.

Our goal is to avoid criminal prosecution if at all possible. At KJK we believe that effective representation requires diligence and attention to detail.

Examples of white collar matters we defend include the following offenses: