Recent Trials

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UPDATE - MANHATTAN MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ALL ROBBERY AND GUN CHARGES - Client was charged with a gun point robbery and faced a life sentence as a mandatory persistent felon (NY version of three strikes law).  Defense Attorney Deron Castro repeatedly attacked the alleged victim's version of events during a heated cross examination.  He argued to the jury that this was no robbery and was a dispute over money during a marijuana sale.  Although the police recovered a gun and the complainant's cell phone near the scene of the client's arrest, cross examination by Deron Castro uncovered a number of contradictions and unexplained circumstances.  The jury returned with a not guilty verdict the following day.  This victory helped the client avoid a life sentence. May 5, 2012 - Manhattan Supreme Court

UPDATE - NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN GUN CASE - A jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on a charge of Possession of a Weapon.  In a seemingly unwinnable case where a co-defendant and a prosecutor both claimed the client was the guilty party, defense attorney Deron Castro was able to punch holes in the police officer's version of events and convince a jury to find the client not guilty of possessing the gun. This victory helped the client avoid a possible 15 year sentence. March 5, 2012 - Queens County Supreme Court

UPDATE - SOUTH JAMAICA MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY IN SHOOTING - A Queens County jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges in a trial where cross examination of the prosecutor's main eyewitness by defense attorney Deron Castro uncovered numerous contradictions and highly questionable police conduct.  The jury returned with a Not Guilty verdict in less than 1 hour.  After the trial, defense attorney Deron Castro received an email from a member of the jury which stated: "I was [a} juror...in the trial that took place yesterday in Queens court...I had to look you up because I was completely awestruck by your work in that courtroom defending your client.  Your level of passion and confidence while presenting your case was at such a high level, it was inspiring.  It was obvious to me that you gave that trial 200% and more.  I was extremely inspired by your work in that courtroom.  Your presence, demeanor, strategy, confidence, passion in the courtroom was superb.  If I ever need a criminal defense lawyer (which I hope I never do), or if I needed to recommend one, you would be choice number one without a doubt." December 7, 2011 - Queens County Supreme Court 



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UPDATE - NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN MURDER TRIAL IN BROOKLYN! - After 5 1/2 days of deliberating, a Brooklyn jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on Murder and Weapons charges. Cross examination by defense attorney Deron Castro exposed the prosecutor's main witness as a government informant and former pimp. Without calling a single witness at the trial, the defense attacked every aspect of the prosecutor's case and was able to secure an acquittal for the client and avoid a life sentence. June 21 , 2011 - Brooklyn Supreme Court



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UPDATE - BROOKLYN MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES IN HIGH PROFILE ASSAULT CASE!     Trial juror tells NY Post "Defense attorney Deron Castro killed the witnesses with his cross examination."  March 28, 2011 - Brooklyn Supreme Court - Client accused of beating 65 year old in head with wooden stick causing brain injury and requiring medically induced coma.  Defense attorney Deron Castro attacked the story being told by the witnesses and argued that the client was indeed the victim of a brutal gay bashing.   Although client faced a prison sentence of 25 years and was held on an immigration warrant, he was cleared of charges and released by immigration authorities within a few days. 



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UPDATE - QUEENS MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICERS! - NOT GUILTY of Assault in the Second Degree - NOT GUILTY of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree - NOT GUILTY of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree - NOT GUILTY of Leaving the Scene - October 18, 2010 - Queens Supreme Court - Despite being charged with running over police officer's foot with his car and attempting to assault two other police officers, jury found defendant NOT GUILTY of all felony charges and assault charges on police officers.  Defense attorney Deron Castro attacked the testimony of four separate police officers and their versions of an incident where client was maced by the police while inside of his car.



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UPDATE - NASSAU COUNTY MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SLASHING THE NECK OF COMPLAINANT! Client cleared of all charges - NOT GUILTY of Assault in the First Degree  - NOT GUILTY of Assault in the Second Degree - NOT GUILTY of Criminal Possession of a Weapon - May 24, 2010 - Nassau County Court - Without calling a single witness, Deron Castro was able to convince jury to find client not guilty of all charges where complainant claimed that client and another person attacked him and slashed his neck causing a deep laceration.  Vigorous cross examination of complainant and eye witness led to a quick verdict of not guilty by jury.  Client faced a sentence of up to 25 years.



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UPDATE - TRIAL VICTORY AGAIN! - NOT GUILTY of Assault on a Police Officer and NOT GUILTY of Possession of a Weapon and NOT GUILTY of Menacing and NOT GUILTY of Possession of a Controlled Substance and NOT GUILTY of Reckless Driving - May 6, 2010 - Queens Supreme Court - Jury agrees with arguments by Deron Castro and completely rejects testimony of 2 cops claiming that client that led them on high speed car chase through South Jamaica, Queens and then assaulted one of the officers.  Once again, cross examination of the police officers by Deron Castro exposed numerous contradictions and the failure of the police to follow police procedures.



Recent Trials:

UPDATE - JURY FINDS CLIENT NOT GUILTY OF ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER & NOT GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF COCAINE! - Queens Supreme Court - March 26, 2010 - Although police claimed that they recovered bag of cocaine in client's pocket, jury rejected testimony of police officers after cross examination by Deron Castro exposed contradictions

UPDATE - TRIAL VICTORY IN GUN CASE! Client found NOT GUILTY of possessing a gun in the car he was driving - Queens Supreme Court - February 4, 2010 - Criminal Possession of a Loaded Weapon with Intent to Use - Not Guilty - Criminal Possession of a Loaded Weapon - Not Guilty - Criminal Possession of a Firearm - Not Guilty - Failing to Signal - Not Guilty 

UPDATE! Client found NOT GUILTY of all charges where DA called 3 police officers; 2 chemists; and 2 expert witnesses at trial - October 2009 - Kings County - Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell - Not Guilty - Possession of over 1/8 Ounce of a Controlled Substance - Not Guilty - Possession of a Controlled Substance - Not Guilty

May 2009 - Queens County - Murder in the Second Degree - Not Guilty - Manslaughter in the First Degree - Not Guilty - Criminal Possession of a Weapon - Not Guilty

November 2008 - Bronx County - Murder in the Second Degree - Not Guilty - Manslaughter in the First Degree - Not Guilty - Attempted Murder - Not Guilty 

October 2008 - Queens County - Attempted Murder in the Second Degree - Not Guilty -Assault in the First Degree - Not Guilty            

September 2008 - Queens County - Possession of a Weapon Second Degree - Not Guilty -Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree - Not Guilty - Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree - Not Guilty

June 2008 - New York County - Robbery in the First Degree - Not Guilty - Robbery in the Second Degree - Not Guilty

May 2008 - Queens County - Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree - Not Guilty - Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree - Not Guilty

April  2008 - Queens County - Attempted Murder in the Second Degree - Not Guilty - Assault in the Second Degree - Not Guilty

January 2008 - Queens County - Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree - Not Guilty - Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell - Not Guilty

October 2007 - Queens County - Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree - Not Guilty - Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree - Not Guilty - Possession of Marijuana over 2 oz. - Not Guilty

 



Contact

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