The Law Offices of Scott Gross, P.C. is pleased with the result we were
able to obtain on behalf of a client. Our client, Scott G., is a former
police sergeant who was facing more than 20 hate-crime charges after being
accused of targeting and stealing from Hispanic motorists.
While he was convicted of larceny charges and misdemeanor official misconduct
(caught on tape in a sting operation), our firm was able to help exonerate
Scott on six counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree as a hate crime.
As a result, our client will avoid up to 19 years in prison, among other
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A Crime of Greed, Not Hate
A videotape from a 2014 undercover sting operation showed our client stealing
$100, and Attorney Gross addressed this at the very beginning of the trial.
He was accused, however, not just of stealing money, but of targeting
Hispanic motorists for this purpose.
As the case proceeded, however, the actions of a Latino advocacy group
called “Make the Road New York” were somewhat suspect. Prosecutors
had met with the group to help identify other victims, but the manner
in which they did this violated court procedures. Attorney Gross argued
his case, and
Justice Fernando Camacho agreed that we had the right to question those who were accusing our client.
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While the undercover sting operation found clear evidence that our client
was guilty of the theft, the accusations of racial targeting were likely
driven by other financial motivations. Our client will be sentenced on
February 16 to between one and four years in prison, a far cry from the
seven to twenty years he would be facing if the hate-crime charges stuck.
This case serves as a reminder that people will often be accused of much
more serious crimes than they committed, if they even committed a crime
at all. For this reason, it is imperative to retain a tough, trial-tested
Long Island criminal defense attorney who can fight for your rights and future.
Don’t face criminal charges on your own. Get a battle-tested advocate
in your corner by calling (631) 714-7894 today.