Crotty Saland PC has a tremendous advantage over most criminal defense firms and attorneys. Not only did founding member Jeremy Saland serve for more than seven years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's Trial Division under Robert Morgenthau and for five years as Municipal Prosecutor in Westchester County, but he has successfully advocated for clients in a wide variety of investigations, arrests, indictments and trials. Jeremy's experiences have given him first-hand knowledge of how prosecutors develop evidence and investigate cases while also enabling him to successfully defend clients in New York City, federal, county and local courts throughout the region. From obtaining acquittals, dismissals or reductions for clients arrested in DWI crimes to convincing prosecutors to move for dispositions that resulted in dismissals and reductions of larceny offenses in the few hundred to tens of millions of dollars, Jeremy relentlessly champions his clients' rights. In fact, one of his greatest achievements as an attorney on either side of the law was securing an acquittal for an innocent man after a two week trial charging him with a knife point kidnapping of his former spouse. Although the District Attorney sought to incarcerate the accused for ten years in prison, prosecutors dropped one of the felony charges after Jeremy rested at trial and before the judge submitted the case to the same jury that ultimately exonerated the client.
Jeremy's success as an Assistant District Attorney for the People and as a defense attorney for his clients has long been recognized by his peers in their respective sides of criminal law. In that regard, both Jeremy and his law partner, Elizabeth Crotty, serve on the board of the Manhattan District Attorney Association, the not for profit alumni organization of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Moreover, The National Trial Lawyers, "a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers," named Jeremy to their Top 100 trial lawyers in 2016. Since establishing the law practice, Jeremy's insight and opinions have been sought by various news stations, publications and other media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, AP, Reuters, Sports Illustrated Online and Eyewitness News. Because of his acumen and comprehension of the New York Penal and Procedure Law, Jeremy's commentary and analysis has been featured addressing issues including the transition from Robert Morgenthau's Manhattan District Attorney's Office to his successor, Cyrus Vance, the Strauss-Kahn "rape" indictment and the shoplifting arrest of former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giulliani's daughter to the firearm arrest of former NY Giant and All-Pro wide receiver Plaxico Burress, the cold case prosecution of Etan Patz and the salacious "Million Dollar Mommy Madam." Outside of the practice of criminal law, Jeremy served as the treasurer for the New York City Bar Association's Small Law Firm Committee and was elected Councilman in November 2015 for a Westchester County Township.
During his time as a prosecutor in the Trial Division as well as the Identity Theft, DWI and Domestic Violence Units, Mr. Saland's responsibilities included grand jury proceedings, evidentiary hearings, trials, and supervising complex investigations. Mr. Saland has successfully prosecuted as an Assistant District Attorney and defended as a criminal defense attorney thousands of cases. These cases have involved the entire spectrum of offenses, from white collar crimes related to Forgery, Falsifying Business Records, Identity Theft, Money Laundering and Grand Larceny to narcotic and violent crimes including Drug Possession, Assault, Kidnapping, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Attempted Murder.
As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Saland's trials and investigations received significant attention in both the media and legal community. Some of Mr. Saland's cases and achievements have included:
Prosecution of numerous individuals in the multi-million dollar attempted extortion of NBA basketball star Carmelo Anthony.
Prosecution of an entire organization that received hundreds of thousands of dollars to impersonate prospective graduate students by fraudulently taking the prospective students' graduate school entrance exams including the GRE, GMAT and TOEFL. As a result of this prosecution, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office located hundreds of graduate students fraudulently enrolled at universities across the United States and Canada, including Columbia, NYU, Stanford and UCLA.
Prosecution in conjunction with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), United States Secret Service and NYPD of a young man who stole more than $1 million in a securities "pump and dump" scheme perpetrated almost exclusively online.
Prosecution of the New York Times profiled "Nanny Nightmare," involving a nanny who committed crimes relating to Forgery, Grand Larceny and Identity Theft.
Prosecution of Antoine Yates, the "Tiger Man" of Harlem.
Multiple cross designations with the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor to investigate large scale narcotics organizations.
Assigned to the Identity Theft Unit upon its creation. As a founding member of the Identity Theft Unit and Major Case Section Mr. Saland received hands-on computer forensic training.
Supervised agents with Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service and State Department in the investigation of identity theft, money laundering, and white collar offenses.
Supervised fellow prosecutors as Early Case Assessment Bureau (ECAB) supervisor. Supervised and lectured interns as part of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office summer intern program.
Jeremy's accomplishments as a prosecutor are only matched and exceeded by his results as a New York criminal defense attorney. His dedication to the practice of criminal law at Crotty Saland PC is directly in line with his recognition that even beyond incarceration, many people have collateral issues relating to a criminal accusation that will impact their career, certifications, immigration and other statuses. Because what happens before or while inside a courtroom can have life altering consequences well after you leave, there is simply no substitute for experience, advocacy and knowledge.