As both a former state prosecutor and former federal law enforcement officer, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Criminal Justice, Peter has the background and intellect to handle your criminal defense needs.
As a prosecutor, he handled vertical prosecutions from Grand Jury, Motion Practice to Trials. He has extensive trial experience in New Jersey state matters. Peter had the opportunity to transition to private practice, and defended individuals and corporations in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York against a wide variety of crimes. As a probation/parole officer, Peter developed the knowledge required of law enforcement officers. Additionally, he witnessed first-hand the personal toll which a criminal prosecution takes upon not only individuals charged with crimes, but also their families. Peter's background makes him acutely aware of the need for adequate representation of defendants in criminal matters and he is particularly well-suited to handle your criminal defense matters in a skillful and caring manner.
The Choy Law Firm represents individual and corporate clients facing criminal investigation and/or prosecution. For individuals, we analyze the prosecution's facts in order to identify weaknesses. Drawing upon Peter's past experience as an Assistant Prosecutor, we are able to not only challenge facts but also understand how a case is substantially weakened by the lack of certain facts. The firm is also able to initiate independent investigations in order to obtain facts which a prosecuting agency either ignored or failed to secure. Put simply, we are quickly able to understand strengths and weaknesses of criminal cases, obtain critical information in a timely manner, and utilize it in order to favorably position our clients. We act in a proactive manner to ensure that the rights of our clients are protected. We use the same aggressive approach in representing our corporate clients and additionally advise them regarding regulatory enforcement and industry regulation compliance across a broad spectrum of white collar matters, including Medicaid/Medicare, health care, and insurance fraud, as well as tax, environmental, and labor crimes. We assist our corporate clients evaluate potential exposure to criminal and/or civil liability in order to avoid governmental enforcement action.
Sometimes, however, the best result for either an individual or corporation may be a plea, in which case an experienced attorney well-versed in mitigation arguments can persuade a court to grant the disposition requested by a defendant. Peter's background, which includes being a prosecutor, defense attorney, and probation/parole officer, makes him uniquely qualified to advance persuasive arguments which courts are more likely to adopt.
Peter's criminal law background is grounded upon his successful one-year, criminal clerkship with the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, a Superior Court Judge in Newark. Peter additionally interned with the U.S. Attorney's Office (Newark), the U.S Justice Department, Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division (Washington, D.C.), the New Jersey State Attorney General's Office (Trenton), and the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
Peter is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, as well as the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.
We encourage individuals and businesses to take advantage of Peter's extensive criminal justice background and allow us to effectively and skillfully handle your criminal defense matter.