The criminal defense attorneys at Galluzzo & Arnone LLP have successfully
defended professional athletes against criminal charges in New York City,
and have been asked to comment on television and in the news as experts
in criminal cases pending against professional athletes such as Ray Rice
and Oscar Pistorius. They also understand the unique issues facing professional
athletes accused of crimes, such as visa issues, contractual issues, and
negative publicity. As such, they are uniquely qualified to represent
professional athletes facing criminal cases in New York
Many professional athletes belong to player unions that have labor contracts
with their professional sports leagues that dictate suspension procedures
for violations of the player conduct rules. (For example, the NBA Collective
Bargaining Agreement requires individuals convicted of felony violence
to receive minimum suspensions of ten games.) These agreements can sometimes
be used to persuade prosecutors to permit plea bargains to lesser offenses
so as to avoid these bright-line career penalties that can be unduly harsh.
Additionally, sentences that include probation can be impossible for professional
athletes that are required to train and compete across the country.
In addition, there are frequently immigration (and therefore, career) consequences
for professional athletes. Many foreign professional athletes are
able to live and work in the United States pursuant to P-1A visas, and these visas can be jeopardized by criminal arrests and convictions.
As the go-to criminal defense attorneys for the New York consulates of
France, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, and Saudi Arabia, Galluzzo &
Johnson routinely represents foreign citizens and has represented foreign
professional athletes. Unlike many criminal defense attorneys, their lawyers
are acutely aware of the potential immigration and
visa consequences of criminal cases,
including the lesser-known consequences, and can help foreign athletes successfully navigate the criminal justice
system in such a way as to avoid jeopardizing their playing careers.
Finally, the arrests of professional athletes are almost always publicized.
This negative publicity can not only make it more difficult to negotiate
favorable plea bargains,
but it can also seriously decrease an athlete’s earning potential
and endorsements. The criminal defense attorneys at Galluzzo & Johnson LLP can help
an athlete minimize the negative publicity with a well-orchestrated media
strategy, as they have appeared ontelevision and in the news countless times (and in the case of
Matthew Galluzzo, in multiple languages).
If you or a loved one are a professional athlete facing criminal charges
in New York, you should seriously consider retaining the services of the
former prosecutors and experienced criminal defense attorneys at Galluzzo
& Arnone LLP. Their team has successfully represented professional athletes in the
past and understands the unique collateral consequences of an arrest for
a professional athlete.