William Petrillo

William Petrillo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Garden City, NY

Sapone & Petrillo, LLP
 | 1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 516-678-2800
Fax: 516-977-1977
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
    Attorney Profile

    William S. Petrillo, a member of the New York Bar since 1995, limits his practice exclusively to defending criminal cases. He defends clients in state and federal Court, ranging from the most serious and complex crimes to minor offenses. He has procured acquittals in many difficult cases, including high profile trials. Many of Mr. Petrillo's cases have been publicized by every major television network and newspaper, including many that received national and international recognition. He is often quoted and interviewed as a legal expert for these media outlets as well.

    After graduating from St. John's University, Mr. Petrillo joined the New York City Police Department where he gained valuable life experience as a police officer for six years. He then left the police department to attend the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College. In law school, Mr. Petrillo was chosen to be a member of the trial advocacy team which represented the school in a national competition in Chicago, consisting of 25 law schools. Judged by lawyers and judges from around the country, Mr. Petrillo received the highest rating of all participants.

    Upon graduating from law school in 1994, Mr. Petrillo became an assistant district attorney at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office where his career in litigation began. He immediately distinguished himself as a trial attorney and was quickly promoted to the felony trial bureau. Here he was assigned a wide variety of very serious cases and acquired extensive and successful trial experience.

    After obtaining invaluable courtroom experience, Mr. Petrillo entered private practice in 1998 when he joined a criminal defense firm. Here, he continued on his path as an active trial lawyer and established himself as the firm's in house trial counsel. For the next four years Mr. Petrillo continually and successfully tried a wide range of cases in multiple jurisdictions ranging from the most serious and complex cases to minor cases. In 2002, Mr. Petrillo founded The Law Offices of William S. Petrillo, P.C. He continues to regularly try cases and concentrates exclusively in all aspects of criminal defense in state and federal court.

    Mr. Petrillo is often referred cases that are trial ready from other attorneys. He is routinely consulted by members of the legal community to advise on trial issues and issues of criminal law, and has been retained by law firms as a consultant to assist their attorneys. Mr. Petrillo is a sought after frequent lecturer who has taught large groups of lawyers, law students, District Attorneys and law enforcement entities on many occasions. Mr. Petrillo lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons. He is an ordained Christian Pastor, Preacher and Bible Teacher.

    Mr. Petrillo is listed in Super Lawyers 2019, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers and is a member of The Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County, The Nassau County Bar Association and The Former Assistant District Attorney's Association of Nassau County. He is a former member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and The New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

    About William Petrillo

    Admitted: 1995, New York

    Professional Webpage: http://saponepetrillo.com/william_petrillo.html

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Every year I contribute at least 100 hours of pro bono work/community service to clients and members of my church., 2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Huntington Lawyers’ Club, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2018
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, The Age Of The Video Tape, 2018
    • Fraternal Order of Police, Speaker, A Strong Defense, 2018
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Unveiling The Injustice, 2018
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Advanced Trial Practice: The Jury, 2018
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, When The System Fails, 2017
    • Nassau County Police Academy, Speaker, Case Preparation, 2017
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Cases That Shock The Conscience, 2017
    • Nassau Academy of Law, Speaker, In The Midnight Hour: Fundamentals In The Trial Of A Criminal Case, 2017
    • Nassau County Police Academy, Speaker, Courtroom Testimony, 2016
    • Nassau County Police Academy, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2016
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, The Age Of The Video Tape, 2016
    • Nassau County Police Academy, Speaker, Courtroom Testimony, 2016
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, The Age Of The Video Tape, 2016
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Jury Selection, 2016
    • Nassau Academy Of Law, Speaker, The Fundamentals Of The Trial in A Criminal Case, 2016
    • The Nassau Lawyers' Association, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2015
    • Nassau Academy Of Law, Speaker, Anatomy of a Criminal Trial From Jury Selection to Summation, Practical Strategies & Suggestions, 2015
    • Marino Legal Institute - NYC, Speaker, The Perfect Closing, 2015
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Correcting the Injustice, 2015
    • The Nassau Lawyers' Association, Speaker, Cross Examination , 2015
    • The Nassau Lawyers' Association, Speaker, From Arrest To Arraignment, 2014
    • Nassau Country Police Academy, Speaker, Courtroom Testimony , 2014
    • Nassau Academy of Law, Speaker, Defense Cross Examination & Summation , 2014
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, From Jury Selection to Summation , 2014
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Attacking the Prosecution's Case , 2013
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Winning the Case Before the Trial, 2012
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, The Anatomy of a Criminal Trial , 2011
    • City University Of New York School Of Law, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2010
    • City University Of New York School Of Law, Speaker, Closing Argument, 2009
    • City University Of New York School Of Law, Speaker, Prosecuting & Defending Fraud Cases, 2008
    • Nassau Academy of Law, Speaker, Defense Cross Examination & Summation, 2007
    • Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Speaker, Defense Closing Argument , 2006
    • Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Speaker, Opening Statement & Closing Argument, 2005
    • Molloy College, Speaker, Trial Preparation & Jury Selection, 2005
    • Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Speaker, Defense Closing Argument, 2004
    • Molloy College, Speaker, Analysis of a Murder Trial , 2003

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • UNITED STATES V. PRESTA Southern District of New York: Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana (five year mandatory minimum) and Conspiracy to Commit Extortion - 2 counts. Negotiated plea to Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Conspiracy to Commit Extortion. Sentencing guidelines range of 63-78 Months (no mandatory minimum). Defendant sentenced to 30 months., 2014
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. B.R.Nassau County Court, New York: Attorney charged with Patronizing a Prostitute in the Third Degree. Negotiated plea to Disorderly Conduct., 2013
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. G.F.Nassau County Court, New York: Attorney charged with Patronizing a Prostitute in the Third Degree. Negotiated plea to Disorderly Conduct., 2013
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. ALPERIN-SMITHNassau County Court, New York: Business owner indicted on Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. Negotiated plea to Disorderly Conduct., 2013
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. ECKMAYER Nassau County Court, New York: Videographer charged with Arson in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief. Found Not Guilty of all charges after jury trial., 2013
    • GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION (LAROSA) Eastern District of New York: Police officer investigated for civil rights violations involving a death. 3 year inquiry. No charges filed. Investigation closed., 2014
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. HUNTERNassau County Court, New York: Police chief indicted on 2 counts of Official Misconduct and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. Offer of no jail immediately before trial. Pled guilty to indictment. 3 years’ probation.  , 2014
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. CALCAGNINassau First District Court, New York: Charged with DWI and DWAI. All charges dismissed. Pled to a speeding ticket., 2016
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. ROMANONew York State Supreme Court, New York: 71 Count Indictment, including multiple charges of Securities Fraud, Tax Fraud and Grand Larceny. Negotiated plea to 9 counts with sentence of 1 1/2 - 4 1/2 years’ incarceration., 2014
    • NYS COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT Investigation into sitting County Court Judge for abusing discretion and improperly holding prosecution witness in criminal contempt of Court and incarcerating him.  No wrongdoing found.  Complaint dismissed., 2014
    • SITTING GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION (CALAMITA)Nassau County: Police officer investigated for Assault and Falsifying Business Records. No true bill. Investigation closed., 2015
    • EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK INVESTIGATION Following Nassau County Plea to Forgery/Larceny in PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. MERCANTE, no federal charges filed., 2015
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. LOGUIDICE Nassau County Court, New York: Police officer indicted on Felony Assault in the Second Degree for on-duty incident. Found Not Guilty of all charges after bench trial., 2015
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. SHERMANNassau County Court, New York: 19 year old indicted on Murder in the Second Degree and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Following a pre-trial hearing, pled to Murder in the Second Degree. Sentenced to 18 years’ to life., 2015
    • UNITED STATES V. GOLDEastern District of New York: Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (ten year mandatory minimum). Sentencing guidelines range of 210-262 months’ imprisonment. Probation recommended sentence of 72 months (awaiting sentence)., 2016
    • UNITED STATES v. RICCIARDELLIEastern District of New York: Charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance - 3 counts.  Sentencing guidelines range of 57-71 months (no mandatory minimum). Defendant sentenced to 3 years’ probation., 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. TAGGARTNassau County Court, New York: Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and DWI. Evidence suppressed at pre-trial hearing.  1 year sentence and 5 years’ probation on plea to indictment., 2016
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. CENNAMOSuffolk County Court, New York: Correction officer indicted on Felony Falsifying Business Records, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, Assault and Official Misconduct.  Case resolved with reduced plea to Disorderly Conduct., 2017
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. T.K.Suffolk County Court, New York: Attorney charged with Felony DWI (accident). Pled guilty to Misdemeanor DWI. 3 years’ probation, including community service., 2017
    • SITTING GRAND JURY INVESTIGATING (HYNES)Police officer investigated for Bribery, Official Misconduct and related charges.  No charges filed. Investigation closed., 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. WEBERSupreme Court, Queens County, New York: Attorney charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the 3rd Degree. Investigated for potential Insurance Fraud and Driving While Intoxicated/Ability Impaired. Negotiated dismissal of the charges., 2018
    • UNITED STATES v. MCCOYEastern District of New York: Police officer charged with Deprivation of Civil Rights.  Original offer - 135-168 months’ imprisonment. Negotiated plea to misdemeanor violation.  Negotiated sentence of 1 year prison (awaiting sentence)., 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. STAFFORDNassau County Court, New York: Police officer charged with Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree. Defense investigation and evidence uncovered led to the District Attorney’s application to dismiss.  Case dismissed in the interest of justice., 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. SOLAGESNassau First District Court, New York: Attorney/County Legislator charged with Assault in the Third Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Case resolved with reduced plea to Disorderly Conduct., 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. FEDERICONassau County Court, New York: Police officer indicted on Felony Assault in the Second Degree, Falsifying Business Records and Offering a False Instrument for Filing for on-duty incident. Found Not Guilty of all charges after bench trial., 2018
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    1103 Stewart Ave
    Suite 200
    Garden City, NY 11530

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