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At the Blanch Law Firm we pride ourselves in being the first and only phone call for individuals looking for a criminal defense attorney. Our ‘team approach’ is more than a simple mantra – it’s our framework for success. The Blanch Law Firm’s Criminal Defense Lawyers consist of former prosecutors and attorneys hailing from some of the nation’s best law schools and bring together top-level knowledge and experience to the defense of our clients. 

We believe that maintaining a diverse team affords our clients the best possible criminal defense. Each team member hails from a different side of the criminal justice system, making our collaborative efforts uniquely essential to our success. Above all else we are criminal defense lawyers passionate about our work in defending the rights of our clients in against any criminal charge. Our team will prepare a vigorous defense for charges ranging from a misdemeanor petit larceny charge to high stakes felony and federal charges. 

Together our criminal defense team can offer you something unique – the resources of a “big” firm 

representation in a small-firm atmosphere. I am truly proud of our team, its reputation and record of success. Don’t take my word for it. Our case results, awards, and press recognition speak for themselves.” – Ryan Blanch, Founding Partner


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Why US


The Blanch Law Firm and its top-rated attorneys are famous for handling complex litigation matters and high-profile criminal investigations across the United States.

Our clients select the Blanch Law Firm because they know that they will not only receive representation from some of the most highly skilled and professional attorneys in the country but that they will also receive the focus, preparation, and attention to detail that every defendant in a criminal case deserves. 

Unlike other firms, which retain hundreds of files and open cases, our firm carefully selects a limited number of cases in order to devote our time and attention to our clients’ criminal cases.

Led by our managing partner, Ryan Blanch, The Blanch Law Firm has repeatedly proven its top-rated litigation skills and ability to resolve some of the most complex criminal matters. We pride ourselves in bringing that same level of professionalism and tenacity to every defend the interests of every client in any criminal matter. 

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Criminal Defense in Theft Cases

Surprising as it may seem, most of the clients of The Blanch Law Firm who are charged with shoplifting, do not commit the crime because they were unable to purchase the items they are accused of stealing. Our clients come to us because they have made two errors in judgment and can’t afford to put themselves at the mercy of the courts. 

Petit Larceny

Petit Larceny is a misdemeanor in The State of New York and is punishable by up to one year in jail.


When shoplifting is prosecuted in New York State, it is usually written up as a violation of the statue for “Petit Larceny,” or “PL 155.25.”

Desk Appearance Ticket

A Desk Appearance Ticket (“D.A.T.”), also known as an “appearance ticket” is issued in lieu of a formal arrest. If you commit certain offenses under New York Law, it is possible for the officer to issue you a Desk Appearance Ticket.

Grand Larceny

n the event that the value of the goods that were stolen is over $1,000.00, charges of “Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree” can be seen in the place of petit larceny.







Ryan Blanch

Founding Partner

RYAN BLANCH is the founder and lead attorney of The Blanch Law Firm. Mr. Blanch’s work has been published in law review and op-ed articles for UCLA and Pace University. Mr. Blanch was a member of Law Review and the Criminal Law Society. Prior to graduating, Mr. Blanch worked as an intern-prosecutor with both the Los Angeles and San Francisco District Attorneys’ Offices. There he prosecuted hundreds of felonies at probable cause hearings in criminal court under the supervision of the District Attorney’s . Mr. Blanch has appeared as a criminal law commentator on FOX News Live. He has been covered in Page 6 of the NY Post and his cases have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Emel McDowell

Senior Investigative Paralegal

Since joining the Blanch Law Firm, Mr. McDowell has devoted himself to ensure that no stone goes unturned in the preparation of our firm’s client’s legal defenses. His research and investigative skills have proven invaluable in our team’s effort to win cases.

Elena Fast

Junior Managing Partner

Elena Fast is a Junior Managing Partner at the Blanch Law Firm, responsible for overseeing the business and legal operations of the firm. Elena represents individuals and corporations charged with the most serious federal crimes including wire/ mail fraud, securities and bank fraud, money laundering, violations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), insurance fraud, federal tax violations, cybercrimes and narcotics and weapons trafficking. In state courts, Elena represents clients charged with financial crimes, attempted murder, sex crimes, child pornography, narcotics and weapons possession, and violent assaults.

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John Janiec

Senior Attorney

Mr. Janiec served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Major Offense Bureau of the Bronx County District Attorney’s office where he was involved in grand jury presentations, and in prosecuting the most serious crimes committed by repeat offenders.
As a defense counsel, he has represented clients charged with a wide variety of crimes, ranging from crimes of violence such as murder, assault, arson, and robbery, to economic crimes involving charges of grand larceny.



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“I would like to thank you for your great job in getting my case finalized. Your professionalism is greatly appreciated. Please be assured that you and your firm will be recommended to my friends, family and associates.”
“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You saved my son’s life.”
“The attorneys at the Blanch Law Firm are outstanding. They were totally dedicated to my case, and were willing to work all hours of the day and night, including over holidays in one instance, to ensure the best possible outcome. They’re experienced, skillful and extremely well connected to the legal system. Bottom line, they get the job done.”
“Great Firm! The firm was always professional and personable and understanding to our needs. They thouroughly understood the law and the court system. They got the best results for us.”



Hip Hop Artist Cleared of all Charges

Hip Hop Artist Cleared of All Charges
Hip Hop star Maino, represented by The Blanch Law Firm, recently cleared of all charges of assault by alleged victim Mellanie Monroe.

Jury Acquits Currency Trader of Money Laundering Charges

Client was charged by federal prosecutors with money laundering for allegedly transferring proceeds abroad using a currency arbitrage platform.

VH1 Celebrity Case Dismissed

Birleanu was arrested Oct. 25 after two women claimed he molested them at Cipriani Downtown. Case was dismissed.



Frequently Asked Questions

How does a prosecutor decide whether or not to file charges?

It is the prosecutor that makes the final decision as to whether to formally charge an individual or not, not the police department or other law enforcement agency.

In most state criminal cases, police arrest individuals and bring the case to the District Attorney’s Office. The police only need probable cause to make an arrest, but the District Attorney’s Office must be able to prove each and every element of each crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction. In federal systems, the investigative work prior to an arrest is usually more substantial.

Prosecutors have discretion on whether or not to charge an individual. They can consider factors such as the strength of the evidence, the individual’s criminal history, the extent of harm or loss allegedly sustained, witness cooperation, resources needed, and weigh it against the interests of justice. Prosecutors have an ethical obligation to pursue only cases they believe they have sufficient evidence to pursue, but this, in practice, is not the only driving factor in the decision to prosecute.

The decision to prosecute also hinges on the particular office’s policies and objectives. The same chain of events could lead to the filing of criminal charges in one jurisdiction, but a decision not to prosecute in another. While office policies and objectives may lead to more decisions to charge than not to charge at the outset, an experienced criminal defense attorney knows that prosecutors will respond to potential weaknesses in cases at later stages in the case, possibly leading to dismissals or increased bargaining power.

If I get arrested, what should I do?

If you are arrested, you shouldn’t say anything that would incriminate you to the police. You should invoke your right to remain silent until you have spoken to a criminal lawyer. The police office will recognize your Fifth Amendment rights. You also shouldn’t consent to a search of your vehicle or person. Always be respectful and conciliatory even if you believe you are wrongly accused and/or arrested. Never physically resist arrest, verbally attack, or run from a police officer. This applies to whether you believe you are innocent or know you have committed a crime. Respectful behavior towards the authorities can give you a better chance for a favorable plea agreement if found guilty. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

I was arrested and then confessed to a crime. I was just nervous and didn’t know what to do. What should I do?

If you are arrested and initially confess to a crime, it becomes even more important for you to consult with a top-rated criminal defense attorney. In our years of experience, we’ve found that a guilty plea shouldn’t be your first and only option. The confession you have can be dismissed entirely depending on the circumstances, especially the confession was not made according to the law. The Blanch Law Firm can also take your situation into account and determine how to potentially negotiate with a prosecutor, and can also assess whether you have a chance of beating the case in court and having the charges dropped. The Blanch Law Firm can work with you on a personal level to determine the best option for you, even if you believe to have incriminated yourself.

How should I choose the best criminal defense lawyer for me?

Before you commit to an attorney, it’s crucial that you take the time to meet with and get to know that person. Be wary of any lawyer that tries to pressure you for payment right away, especially if you haven’t yet had a chance to get all your questions answered. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of tough questions and be cautious of anyone who promises specific results. Some attorneys will make promises – promises they can’t keep – simply to get your business. An ethical attorney will explain what things they are going to do to help you, but they will never guarantee a specific result.

Do I still need a lawyer if I intend to plead guilty?

Yes – absolutely. Even if you plan on pleading guilty to the crime you’re charged with, rarely is it a good idea to represent yourself. A top criminal defense attorney can try to negotiate a lesser charge or lighter sentence. People who attempt to act as their own lawyer typically end up with harsher punishments than those who have good legal representation

Do I need a lawyer even for a minor charge or misdemeanor?

In our experience, it is still crucial to obtain a lawyer even for minor charges or misdemeanors. A wrong assumption is that if the offense itself is minor, the punishment will be as well. This is NOT the case — certain minor offenses and misdemeanors can affect you for years. These consequences can range from a mark on your public record, an effect on being able to obtain employment or loans, higher insurance premiums, and even outright jail time.  No matter what charges you are facing, you should always find out the potential penalties as well as the defenses you have available. The Blanch Law Firm have been helping people for over a decade as top-rated criminal attorneys who have found ways to lessen or even eliminate the consequences of the offense.

Has The Blanch Law Firm handled a case like mine before?

The criminal defense attorneys at The Blanch Law Firm has handled charges from shoplifting & misdemeanor marijuana possession high-profile white collar crimes and homicide — and most everything in-between. Our litigation experience spans multiple states and counties; our attorneys are licensed in NY, NJ, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and in federal court. Chances are good that we’ve handled a charge like yours before, even though the details of each particular case differ greatly from client to client. Best of all, when you retain our services, you are getting the benefit of the experience of the entire team. We routinely discuss strategies and debate the nuances of the law in order to narrow in on a particular issue and prepare for trial or negotiation.

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