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When You Need a Fighter, Call Vinoo
As one of the nation’s top white collar and criminal defense attorneys, former prosecutor Vinoo Varghese takes on trials and appeals other lawyers won’t – and wins. Yet, he prides himself on the fact that he has repeatedly convinced prosecutors to end cases against his clients without charges or gaining public attention, allowing those he defends to resume their lives.
Varghese is a visiting faculty member at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop. The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 list has included Varghese for nine consecutive years, he is ranked as a New York Metro Super Lawyer for the past eight years and has obtained the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating for six straight years. Earlier in Varghese’s career, the New York Law Journal recognized him as a Rising Star.
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Law Journal, and Law360 have quoted Varghese for his vigorous advocacy of clients. In addition, he has published op-eds highlighting prosecutorial dilemmas with O.J. Simpson, George Floyd, and the Central Park “Karen.” In an op-ed published on March 21, 2020, Varghese challenged then Governor Cuomo’s failure, in his initial lockdown order, to include criminal defense attorneys as “essential workers.” The next day New York State designated criminal defense lawyers were deemed “essential.”
Varghese is a regular guest commentator on domestic networks ranging from FOX to CBS to CNN, and international ones from BBC to i24 Israel to Sky News Arabia. Vanity Fair invited him to fact check Hollywood scenes from The Wolf of Wall Street to Billions.
Varghese graduated from Brooklyn Law School, New York University, and Chaminade High School. In 2000, Varghese began his career as a prosecutor, and in 2006, he founded Varghese & Associates, P.C., a white-collar and criminal defense firm dedicated to helping clients across America resume their lives.
Vinoo Varghese is known as a giant slayer because he takes on trials and appeals other lawyers won’t and wins. Yet, despite the litigation victories, he takes pride in the fact that he has convinced many prosecutors to end cases against his clients without charges. Varghese is the authority in white-collar crime and criminal defense.
CBS, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, BBC, CTV, i24 Israel, Cheddar, Sky News Arabia, AP TV, and The Today Show Australia call on Varghese for his legal opinions. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Law Journal, and Law360 have quoted him multiple times for his vigorous advocacy of clients. Vanity Fair had Varghese fact-check Hollywood scenes from The Wolf of Wall Street to Billions.
He has published op-eds in the New York Daily News, New York Post, and New York Law Journal highlighting prosecutorial abuses in the cases of O.J. Simpson, George Floyd, and the Central Park “Karen.”
Varghese is a member of the Forbes Business Council and the Entrepreneurs Organization and has been included in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 list for seven consecutive years. He has been named a Super Lawyer for the past six years and Martindale-Hubbell rated Varghese as AV Preeminent for the past four years. Earlier in his career, the New York Law Journal recognized him as a Rising Star.
Harvard Law School, Cardozo Law School, and the New York City Law Department have tapped Varghese to teach trial advocacy. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School, New York University, and Chaminade High School. In 2000, Varghese began his career as a prosecutor and in 2006, he founded Varghese & Associates, P.C., a white-collar and criminal defense firm dedicated to helping clients across America resume their lives.
Courage | Creativity | Cohesion These are our core values that define us as the Top NYC Criminal Law Firm
How We Help You Succeed
We’ve built our reputation as an outstanding NYC Criminal Law Firm by focusing on these three principles:
Our mission is a simple one – To pave the way for our clients to resume their lives by providing the most effective defense to obtain the best possible results.
Our vision is to be a firm whose very name levels the playing field against the government and ensures a fair fight for our clients.
Our mandate is to provide comfort, support, and respect to our clients and their families through superior work and regular communication.
When Your Freedom Is On The Line The Right Lawyer Makes All The Difference
Our team of trial-tested attorneys has extensive experience defending against a wide array of criminal charges.
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Testimonials See What Others Have to Say After Working With Our Criminal Defense Lawyers
Words can't express my gratitude for Mr. Varghese and his firm
“My case was tough and I would probably still be incarcerated if it hadn’t been for Mr. Varghese’s diligence and professionalism…”
I've worked with Vinoo for over 10 years
“He has protected me and my family from both state and federal prosecutors who weren’t interested in justice…”
When you need help, you need a Vinoo in your corner
“He will make sure that the person is taken care as well as their families. He will also explain all the issues and be a fighter for you.”
Results that Speak
We have had the pleasure and privilege of helping those who have been wrongly accused of crimes
they didn’t commit and helping them resume their lives back to normal.
Federal Cyber Crime No Charges Brought
A 70 year old Indian-American scientist was fired after his company accused him of stealing trade secrets. The FBI Then executed a search warrant on his home. Once we got involved, we were able to get the government to drop the case and return all the items seized by the FBI.
After a year of fear and confusion, the government returned his passport just in time to travel to India and celebrate the birth of his first grandchild.
Fortune 500 Fraud Investigation No Criminal Charges Filed
An executive at a Fortune 500 company had engaged in internal fraud.
Working with our team of forensic accountants, we guided our client in how to deal with internal auditors. We negotiated a severance package, and no criminal charges.
Filing False Tax Returns Not Guilty
Our client was tried and wrongfully convicted due to the testimony of a lying government witness. We fought to get him a new trial and succeeded when the federal District Court judge presiding over the case agreed with our view that the verdict was a “manifest injustice.” The government then appealed the judge’s decision granting a new trial to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. We defended our client in the appellate court and won there too.
Yet, despite our victories before the District Court and in the Second Circuit, the IRS kept going after our innocent client. Statistically, the IRS wins 99.75% of all cases they bring so they decided to try him again. We were there again to fight for him. After three weeks of trial, the jury deliberated less than 2 hours and cleared our client of all charges. Though statistically, we only had a .25% chance of winning, we prevailed and our client finally got the justice he deserved. A 6-year long ordeal for our client finally ended when a federal jury found him Not Guilty of All Charges.
Title IX Disciplinary Proceeding Student Allowed to Graduate
A senior attending an Ivy League university faced expulsion in a school disciplinary proceeding, resulting from an open criminal case involving an allegation of domestic violence.
We represented our client before the school’s Title IX attorneys, despite their attempts to deprive him of all due process. We persuaded the university administrators to allow our client to take his final exams and graduate on time.
Federal Money Laundering Case Sentence of Time Served
A U.S. citizen abroad in Brazil was charged with money laundering. Our client suffered through deplorable Brazilian prison conditions before we were retained as his attorneys. Once we took over his case, we pushed to have him returned to the U.S., where we could advocate for a fair result.
After successfully negotiating a plea and securing our client’s extradition from horrible Brazilian prisons, we persuaded the judge—known for her harsh sentences—to impose a sentence of time served. The very same day our client was sentenced, he was reunited with his wife and family, just in time for the New Year.
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In our op-eds, we don’t shy away from being direct and upfront with the facts and reality of what needs to be said. We take a firm stand on an issue, and people listen.
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NYC CRIMINAL LAWYER
You don’t have to search online for long to find an NYC criminal attorney – so what makes Vinoo Varghese stand out from the crowd?
Experience and knowledge
To be an aggressive New York City criminal law lawyer, you’ve got to be certain that you have the knowledge and experience to back up your attitude.
That’s exactly what we have here at Varghese & Associates.
Vinoo’s legal career started as a prosecutor – so we know exactly what happens when state courts are putting a case together. On top of that, Vinoo has been representing clients in state and federal courts since 2006 – so we know how the legal system works – and we know how to formulate a defense that will make sure protect your rights, liberties, and freedom.
It’s one thing reading about NYC criminal lawyers online – but how certain are you that their firm is good enough to win your case and keep you out of prison when you’re accused of a crime?
The answer is simple; you can’t. So, if you want to be sure that you’re putting your faith in the right NYC criminal defense lawyer, you need someone at the heart of an NYC criminal defense firm that’s not afraid to be scrutinised by the toughest prosecutors and by the national press on live TV.
That’s Vinoo Varghese.
The right experienced criminal defense attorney can change your life
A criminal record can have devastating life consequences.
If you’re found guilty, you might lose your job and struggle to find employment again; travel can be limited, finding somewhere to live gets difficult, and your record can even be used against you should custody of your own children ever become an issue.
We know that the stakes are high, so as a dedicated New York City criminal defense representation, we’ll do everything that’s possible within the framework of state or federal law to get a positive outcome.
The best attorney/client relationship
The longer-term consequence of a criminal record are clear – but what about the immediate impact on your well being?
As a criminal defense law firm that’s represented thousands of clients, we understand the toll that investigations and charges take on you and your family. At Varghese & Co you can expect a friendly, caring and understanding approach from your very first consultation.
Whether yours is a routine case or a complex investigation, you can be assured of the same care and attention from an outstanding and compassionate New York criminal defense lawyer.
Testimonials from real clients
What do real people say about New York Criminal defense lawyers Varghese & Associates?
We have countless testimonials for you to read – and when you do, you’ll notice the same themes and comments again and again:
“Vinoo goes the distance for his clients”
“Vinoo is a tireless advocate for his clients”
“Extraordinary legal ability”
“Mr. Varghese is a great lawyer. He is also a very kind-hearted human being”
“Words can’t express my gratitude”
“Vinoo was very accessible, thoughtful, and candid”
Whatever business you’re in, word of mouth recommendations are the very best kind of advertising. We do everything in our power to provide the best possible defense for our clients – and as a result, there are countless NYC residents living free today who’ll agree that Varghese & Associates are the best New York criminal defense attorneys money can buy.
NYC Criminal Defense Attorney: Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of criminal charges can your law firm defend against?
Varghese & Associates, P.C., our depth of experience means our criminal attorneys can help you fight virtually any criminal charge. This includes:
You have to remember, we’re not here to judge or decide whether or not criminal wrongdoing has occurred – we’re here to fight to make sure the criminal justice system works in your favor, not against you.
Can you help to protect my reputation while I’m facing charges?
We can – and it’s something we talk about with all our clients. If you’re facing charges of any kind, an experienced criminal defense attorney should do their utmost to make sure your reputation is protected throughout your case.
Some of this reputation protection is done legally – but some involves careful handling of the media and your privacy.
For clients that may attract press attention – either because of their profile or public interest in the alleged crime, we’ll act quickly to manage your portrayal in the media. The court of public opinion doesn’t rely on a jury – so we’ll make sure the world sees a balanced view of the situation. This can sometimes involve public statements, press conferences, or engaging with journalists to make sure your side of the story is accurately reported. Needless to say, confidentiality will be adhered to at all times thoughout our law firm.
Of course, this never distracts from our main role – making sure the law works for you in official proceedings. Protecting your reputation means conducting a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. Where appropriate, we’ll interview witnesses, review all evidence, and work with a panel of experts to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
From here, we will develop a robust defense strategy that’s tailored to the specific circumstances of the case. We’ll look for issues with evidence, we’ll present alternative theories, and we’ll argue for exclusion of evidence that doesn’t meet the strict rule of law. We’ll also work strenuously to resolve your case before it goes to trial – we have had exceptional success filing pre-trail motions to dismiss charges, surpressing unsuitable evidence, and making prosecutors reconsider their charges.
If your case does go to trail, we’ll continue to work with the media and we’ll work tirelessly to prepare you and develop a compelling defense. From juror selection to witness cross-examination – our experience means we stand tall in the face of any prosecution. Should you face a conviction, we’ll continue our advocacy – filing appeals, seeking post-conviction relief, and pursuing every other avenue open to us.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
For us to understand your situation properly, you should bring all documents you have relating to your arrest and any investigation that’s currently taking place. This will normally include the charges filed against you, appearance tickets, subpoenas, details of items seized, names of witnesses, and any other information that might be relevant.
We’ll also need to discuss previous criminal records – as any prior offences can impact the way your case is presented by the prosecution.
Your NYC criminal defense attorney will use this information to discuss the strategy relating to your case and possible defenses we can explore. Every case is different – so we’ll talk to you about possible timescales too – since this is often different depending on the nature of the charges, where you were charged, how many people are facing charges, and the overall complexity of your case. As well!
What can I do to make sure I get the best outcome in my case?
As experts in criminal law, we’re well positioned to guide you towards the best possible outcome. We’ll be honest with you through every step – and you being honest with us is an essential part of making sure we can create the best possible defense.
We’ll do everything we can to help you understand the evidence against you – as well as the defense strategy that is most likely to succeed. This may involve following our advice on steps we can take to fortify this defense now – such as seeking medical treatment, mental health support, or drink and drug treatment. These may sound like personal issues – but the prosecution will move to use anything possible against you, so it’s essential that know and can pre-empt these kinds of move.
Above all, it’s essential that we have an open line of communication at all times. Our on-going help and advice will mean we create a positive picture of you and your circumstances – helping judge and jury understand that you’re a productive member of society – rather than the less positive picture the prosecution will try to paint.
Don’t Hesitate – Contact Us Now
Facing federal charges, arrest, or a grand jury subpoena? If you’re accused of federal offenses, don’t take any chances – your life is on the line. For a consultation, please feel free to send us an email, or give us a call with the number listed below. For directions to our New York City law offices, please refer to the map above.