Gerard McCloskey Secures Not Guilty Verdict on All Counts in LI Felony Case
Important Case Brings to Light the Issue of Innocent People Being Wrongfully Accused.
CGMB Partner Gerard McCloskey, a former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney who concentrates his practice in the area of criminal defense and who has developed a reputation as a skilled litigator, has recently won an important Felony case on Long Island. The case, a two-week long felony trial in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead, not only resulted in a Not Guilty verdict for his client, but also brought to light the important issue of being wrongfully accused of a crime – and the critical role that a criminal defense attorney can play in uncovering the true facts in order to prove a client’s innocence.
In this important case — which has significant implications for others who may find themselves wrongfully accused of a crime – Gerard’s client was accused of a violent felony and facing 2 – 7 years in prison … with the case hinging solely on the testimony and credibility of the alleged victim. Although the victim waited three years to come forward to report the crime, the victim’s story was believed immediately by police and never questioned – with the police never trying to determine whether she was actually telling the truth. Falsely accused of a crime he did not commit, Gerard’s client came to him to prove his innocence and uncover the truth behind the false accusations. Firmly believing in his client’s innocence, and through a thorough and comprehensive cross examination where the victim changed her story every time she told it, Gerard was able to point to the motives the victim had to lie – and convince the jury that she was indeed lying. By questioning the credibility of the alleged victim, and proving that she was not telling the truth in her accusations, Gerard was able to secure a Not Guilty Verdict on all counts for his client – and was able to set the record straight that he had been wrongfully accused of a crime he did not commit.
Every day, people are falsely and wrongfully accused of crimes in New York – and some, unfortunately, may face wrongful convictions and unfair jail sentences if they don’t have the right legal representation that can succeed in uncovering the true facts. In a case such as this one – which hinges on one person’s testimony which had previously gone unchallenged – it is critical that a criminal defense attorney is aggressive in working to uncover the truth. Gerard’s work on this case resulted not only in his client being cleared of all criminal charges, but also helped his client clear his name and restore his reputation.
At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, we work tirelessly to defend our clients and ensure that those who may be wrongfully accused are proven innocent. If you or someone you know is in need of legal counsel in any area of criminal defense, or if you feel you have been wrongfully accused of a crime, call us 24/7 at 516-294-0300, or email us to see how we can help.