• DWI/ Drunk Driving
  • Drug Crimes
  • Traffic Violation
  • White Collars Crimes
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates
  • Elder Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Burglary, Theft & Robbery
  • Assault & Battery
  • Vehicular Homicide

If you are facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges or any other form of a drunk driving charge you need to have a lawyer by your side to argue on your behalf. The consequences of drunk driving charges can include loss of your license, incarceration, increased insurance premiums, and even a requirement to attend driving classes. With stakes that are so high it really doesn’t make any sense for you to try and defend yourself, instead, you need to hire a lawyer who understands the law and can help you have the charges reduced.

Repeat offenders who have had multiple DWI charges may benefit more from help. Someone who is repeatedly finding themselves in court due to drunk driving could use a treatment program to help them understand a problem they may be facing. When this happens to you, there is no shame in admitting you need help, and our lawyers at Russo & Pedranghelu have years of experience helping those who are on the verge of learning they need alcohol treatment programs to find them and be able to benefit from them. As the more effective strategy for repeat offenders, our lawyers typically argue for treatment rather than strict punishment.

Long Island Criminal Defense Lawyer

Long Island Criminal Defense Lawyer

With four decades of service to the Long Island community, our law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu has handled thousands of drunk driving cases and aided many of our clients to find help through treatment programs that were designed to give them the knowledge and ability to avoid drunk driving in the future. Many times drunk driving proceedings could mean appearances not only in court but also at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hearings. Our attorney is well-versed in the entire process when facing drunk driving charges and will be right by your side at every hearing and during all steps of the proceedings.

If you are facing any type of drunk driving charges, you need to have a lawyer to assist you in navigating through the proceedings and bring about the most positive outcome for you possible. Contact our offices at the law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu so we can start to work with you on your case to help bring about the most positive result possible for you.

Many times drug crimes have much more to do with abuse of substances due to addiction rather than disrespect and dismissal of the law. Those who are typically being charged with drug crimes will benefit more from treatment than they would from punishment or incarceration. Unfortunately, many laws don’t cover treatment programs, and having someone by your side when you face drug charges is more important than ever, especially with the drastic increase in drug use and traffic into the country in recent years.

The lawyers of Russo & Pedranghelu have a long history of advocating for those who face drug charges. Whether it’s for the sale, possession, distribution, or transportation of drugs, most of the issues with any kind of drugs stems back to addiction and a need for treatment over incarceration. Typically, those who have been charged with drug crimes that are sent to prison or given a punishment of any kind wind up facing drug charges again soon after being let out of prison. Without a doubt, having repeat offenders is not going to solve the problem with drugs and an alternative solution needs to be put in place.

For these reasons, the law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu advocates for the treatment of those who face drug charges rather than have them incarcerated. Our lawyers are familiar with the variety of treatment options in the Nassau and Suffolk county areas and can help anyone who is facing drug charges to enter a diversion program that can be presented during the court proceeding, assisting in the reduction or possible dismissal of the drug charges. More important than the reduction of charges is the benefits from successfully completing the diversion program,, this can be a jumping-off point to regain control of your life and help you to move forward.

Drug charges come in a variety of forms including charges for a variety of drugs both illegal and prescription. Prescription drug abuse has been an increasing problem as much as the illegal drugs, causing a variety of issues such as the information as to how possession was gained, who they are being sold to, and what drugs are being abused. Many times these drugs include OxyContin, Vicodin, and Xanax, all of which are highly addictive and can become abused very easily.

Our attorneys are here to help you when you face drug charges. We have a much more sensitive approach to drug charges, working to have our clients accept and benefit from treatment rather than having them put in jail. Contact us for a free initial consultation and let us start working to help you.


On the low end of the consequences, a traffic violation could mean points against your license and increased insurance premiums. At the other end of the spectrum, a traffic violation could lead to suspension or revocation of your license, causing major inconveniences in your daily life. Repeated issues with traffic violations or violations that are more apt to cause actual harm to others can even lead beyond suspension to bring about harsher penalties such as jail time and probation time due to the nature of the violation.

When you need your license for your job it’s really difficult to remain employed when your license is either suspended or revoked due to a traffic violation. To avoid this, when faced with serious traffic violations that threaten your ability to make a living, hiring the law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu will ensure you the most positive outcome possible, helping you to go back to work and continue to make a living.

The Long Island community has enjoyed the reputation of our law firm at Russo & Pedranghelu which has been to help those accused of traffic violations have the charges reduced or dismissed in many cases. Our reputation for being an institution within the community and caring for the friends and neighbors we have allows our clients to know we will attack all charges with a vehement zeal that mounts the strongest and most ardent argument against your charges.

Instead of just paying a traffic ticket or handling a violation on your own, allow our lawyers to help you have the ticket reduced or dismissed. The long term effects of having a traffic violation on your record can be costly, even if it’s as simple as paying the fine, the effects of the ticket can be a continued increase in your insurance premiums which cause you to pay much more than you should each and every month for insurance.

Traffic Violations can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to obey a traffic signal
  • Failure to obey a stop or yield sign

Rather than take on the courts yourself, allow our attorneys at the law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu to defend you. We have decades of experience working with the police and prosecutors to have charges reduced or dismissed. Our goal of having your license protected and charges removed and our reputation for positive results can help you gain an advantage and have the best possible results experienced when you hire our firm. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

White-collar crimes are crimes that have to do with administrative processes, paperwork doctoring, and fraud through online access and processes. These crimes involve mostly tampering with or falsification of documents that are used to gain money, property, or identity. Because these crimes are administrative in nature and generally nonviolent at first, they are classified as white-collar crimes. Another reason these crimes are considered white-collar crimes is due to a white-collar worker is considered to be one who is in the higher levels of business and would have access to the necessary documents and processes to commit one of these crimes.

Being charged with a white-collar crime can affect your entire life going forward. Not only can they be accompanied by jail time and the possible revocation of professional licenses but also will create a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life and make it extremely difficult to find employment for the rest of your life. With the severity of the possible punishments and the long term results of having a criminal record, it’s necessary to hire a lawyer when faced with a white-collar crime.

Our lawyers at Russo & Pedranghelu have years of experience mounting defenses against white color crime charges including understanding and have full experience with defending clients not only in New York but also in Federal court. Our goal is to assist our clients in remaining free from jail, avoiding a criminal record, and retaining their professional licenses.

As well respected attorneys in the community, Russo & Pedranghelu has built a strong reputation for defending clients with aggressiveness, tenacity, and resolve. Facing a white-collar crime charge can be a very tricky task to take on by yourself and try and defend, which is why you need our law firm by your side to guide and assist you through the minefield that can be found when mounting a white-collar criminal defense.

White-collar crimes include but are not limited to:

  • Embezzlement
  • Health care fraud
  • Computer fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Medicare fraud
  • Medicaid fraud
  • Identity theft

We want to keep you out of jail and free from the possibility of a criminal record that could hamper your career for the rest of your life. Let us help you navigate through the charges of white-collar crime by contacting us today and taking advantage of our free initial consultation. With our law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu by your side, you will give yourself a huge advantage during the entire process.

Providing a Range of Services to Clients From All Walks of Life

It is never too early to consider drafting a will and putting together an estate plan. Perhaps a birth or death in the family has made you consider your estate plan. Or maybe you are simply getting older and concerned about making the appropriate arrangements for your assets and your family. Whatever your reasons for considering your estate plan, our experienced team of lawyers at the law firm of Russo &Pedranghelu can help.

Now in our fourth decade, our firm has built a strong reputation throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties for the personalized representation and in-depth advice we provide to our clients. Our Long Island estate planning attorneys assist clients with all types of document drafting and planning needs, including the following:

  • Simple and complex wills
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Living wills (advance directives)
  • Health care proxies
  • Estate tax planning
  • Elder law and Medicaid planning

Our firm does not simply churn out documents. We will have a detailed discussion with you about your estate planning needs, then recommend the approach that we believe will best meet those needs. We are well-acquainted with the estate planning opportunities available under federal and New York state law, and we are prepared to help you maximize the benefits you and your family receive from the assets you have worked so hard to build.

Addressing the Unique Legal Needs of Aging Clients

Elder law is an area of legal practice that focuses on issues of particular interest to seniors and their families. It requires sensitivity to family dynamics, knowledge of many areas of the law, and creativity in pursuit of clients’ goals. At Russo &Pedranghelu our attorneys are highly regarded not only for their substantial legal skills but also for their commitment to clients at all stages of their lives.

After four decades, our law firm has established long-standing relationships in the community with professionals, including physicians, accountants, and caregiver groups who help us address the issues raised in the course of legal work for elderly clients.

Our Long Island elder law attorneys assist clients with issues crossing a wide range of legal disciplines, including estate planning, tax planning, asset protection, pension, and benefits law, nursing home abuse and neglect law, and Medicare planning.

Planning to Meet Your Future Medical and Nursing Care Needs

One major aspect of elder law is Medicaid planning. Proper Medicaid planning strategies can preserve the assets of people who are concerned that the property that they have worked to accumulate may be eaten up by medical bills and nursing home expenses in their final years.

To qualify for Medicaid, a federal program that could pay for your nursing home expenses, you must have very limited assets. Our nursing home planning attorneys take the time to help clients fully understand their circumstances and help them make informed decisions, providing them with information about options such as the following:

  • Deeding property to a loved one
  • Transferring assets to an irrevocable trust
  • Gifting property valued at less than the gift tax exclusion

We carefully explore these options, helping clients understand the benefits and disadvantages of each. We also help them undertake estate planning and tax planning options that may help them maximize their Medicaid benefits and preserve their assets for their families.

The stakes of a charge of any form of spousal abuse or child abuse are extremely high. The possibility is present for you to lose your home, your family, and even face time in prison when accused of spousal or child abuse or any form of domestic violence. Not only are the stakes extremely high, timing and responses in a timely manner are absolutely critical in these types of cases if you don’t want to be removed from your home. Our lawyers fully understand the need for a timely and prompt response to charges of domestic violence to provide you with the advocacy you need to guide you through the process.

Our domestic violence team includes a retired family court judge, a member of the Nassau County Judiciary Committee, and a former New York State Commissioner of Jurors. These members of the team have the background to assist you with any charges of domestic violence in a creative, timely, and tenacious approach that will assist you in receiving a positive outcome for your case.

The attorneys on our staff have a great deal of experience appearing in New York’s special domestic violence courts to defend our clients. Our tireless efforts can aid you by gathering all the facts and evidence in a case and working to create a strong case that is aimed at receiving an acquittal, a dismissal, or a reduction in charges.

Our highly trained and vastly experienced staff at Russo & Pedranghelu will gladly consult with you to discuss your case and figure out what the most advantageous path to a successful outcome will be for you. Due to the severity of the accusation and the seriousness of the possible consequences that come with charges of domestic violence, our team with quickly take action to advocate on your behalf and help you to retain your rights to remain in the home if that is your desires.

At times, domestic violence can be misunderstood and those charging you can be misled by friends, family members, or others in the community who do not understand the dynamics of your home life. Our team works to get to know the facts and help you understand the variety of outcomes you may receive when the case is placed in front of a judge. Knowing what you may be facing going into the process, can aid you in making decisions that could help the outcome of the case.

Contact us for a free consultation and let us take on the charges levied against you for domestic violence. We are here to assist you in getting your life back.


Being charged with burglary, theft, or robbery will require you to need some very talented lawyers on your side to help you reduce or dismiss the charges. Even though all three sound similar, they all have their variation of definition, which is well understood in the legal community but might otherwise be confusing to you.

Burglary involves entering a structure illegally. This can be as simple as pushing open a door to a location you have been banned from entering or lifting an open window to gain better access. Burglary also involves breaking into a location by force, but does not require much force, nor do you need to enter with your entire person to commit burglary. Opening a window and reaching in to grab an item is considered burglary.

Theft is taking something from someone else with no intention of returning it. This doesn’t necessarily need to involve force or violence, but simply depriving the owner of the property. At times theft can be permission drove, where the owner permits to use the property, but the theft is involved when you keep the item with no intention of returning it to the owner, thus depriving them of the property.

A robbery is an act of violence. It involves taking property by force or forcing another person to allow you access to the property. For example, a bank clerk doesn’t have the money from the vault, but to give you access they would open the vault to allow you access to it. This is considered robbery when done by threats of force or violence, and just the threat can be considered robbery.

When charged with any of these three crimes you need to contact the law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu to gain the right legal representation. At times these crimes and charges of these crimes can be simple misunderstandings between neighbors and friends, which have escalated to a very uncomfortable level. Having a great legal team by your side, with decades of experience will ensure your ability to experience the most positive outcome possible.

Don’t try and face the charges of burglary, theft, or robbery on your own, allow our team to represent you and give you the advice and guidance you need. With many years of experience arguing on behalf of clients who faced similar charges, our experience and expertise in this regard will be your best asset when entering the courtroom. Give us a call and schedule your free initial consultation to allow us to assess your options regarding the charges against you and your case.


Facing charges of assault and battery often involves an altercation between yourself and another person that eventually became physical and violent. As a violent crime, assault and battery often carries a strong chance of incarceration and will certainly lead to unwanted interruptions in employment, residence status, and much more. Not only is assault and battery a violent crime, many times it is a crime of passion where the emotions of two individuals or groups were raised to the point of feeling violence was necessary as a solution to the problem.

One common occurrence with assault and battery charges is the feeling of having defended yourself against an attacker and then having charges brought up against you. Whether you were an aggressor, or you were in defense of your well beings, when charged with assault and battery you need a great defense to lessen or negate the harm that can come to you from a conviction of assault and battery. With this in mind, you should hire our law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu to defend you in your case.

Our team of high skills and trained lawyers will handle your case with the care and delicacy you need to assist you in being absolved of the charges of assault and battery. While not every result is a complete absolution, we can work with you and with the prosecuting attorney to have charges reduced and punishments lessened, allowing you to get on with your life.

For repeat offenders, who have been brought up on assault and battery charges multiple times, the underlying cause of these continued cases could mean a need to undergo treatments and anger management. We see these cases as an opportunity to help someone who isn’t aware they need help and work to recommend treatments rather than punishment in these cases. Attending treatments before or during the process of trying your case in court could always aid your case for a more positive result and give you some relief, knowing there is support to help you when a situation arises.

As one of the many violent crimes, assault, and the battery is one of the most common and can be wrongly charged to you when you have only tried to defend yourself, your family, or your property against an attack. Our law firm has years of experience handling assault and battery cases and will work tirelessly to bring about the most positive result possible. Give us a call at Russo & Pedranghelu and schedule your free initial consultation today.


When you are charged with vehicular homicide you will need a strong defense to have a positive outcome of your case. Vehicular homicide involves the intentional killing of another with the use of a motor vehicle as to the weapon. This can be as unintentional as drunk driving and ending up in an accident where a person in your vehicle or another is killed, or it can be as obviously intentional as running someone down with a motor vehicle and killing them. Regardless of the actual circumstances, vehicular homicide is a very serious offense and will require a dynamic and driven legal team to back you up and fight for a positive outcome on your behalf.

Most commonly, vehicular homicide accompanies drunk driving charges or charges of driving under the influence where that influence could be alcohol or other drugs. This becomes a very delicate situation for any lawyer, even an experienced one to handle. At the law firm of Russo & Pedranghelu, we have many years of experience with vehicular homicide cases and the bevy of charges that generally accompany these cases, to offer our assistance to you and help you bring about as positive an outcome as possible.

Vehicular manslaughter is a lesser charge than vehicular homicide but involves the same principle. Major differences include the impairment of the driver and their ability to drive the vehicle. Vehicular manslaughter, while still involving the death of another person, typically is the result of negligent driving and not a malicious act. This can be the result of reckless driving, speeding, racing, or missing traffic warnings and signals. This can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony where vehicular homicide is a felony charge.

If you are facing charges of either of these crimes, even on the lesser end, vehicular manslaughter could lead to a year in prison, requiring you to need serious legal counsel. Having our team by your side will aid you in the resolution or reduction of the charges and bring about the most positive result possible.

As stated, many times these charges will be accompanied by other charges, it is our expertise in handling, investigating, and resolving these matters that will make hiring us to take care of your case the best choice at this time of despair and anguish. Contact our offices in Hicksville to let our legal team at Russo & Pedranghelu help you to navigate the many charges against you and bring about the best results possible. You can schedule your free initial consultation today and let us get started working for you.