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PETER J. SCHAFFER has been a practicing criminal trial lawyer since 1987. During the course of his career, he has defended well over two thousand adults, juveniles and organizations charged with crimes in New York, Connecticut and in the United States District Courts. While some attorneys may handle a variety of legal matters, Mr. Schaffer devotes his practice exclusively to criminal defense and representing victims of false arrest and the use of excessive force by law enforcement (“police brutality”).

Mr. Schaffer has represented clients charged with a diverse range of criminal conduct including: Arson, Assault, Attempted Murder, Burglary, Conspiracy, Counterfeiting, Drugs, Firearms, DUI and DWI, Forgery, Fraud, Kidnapping, Money Laundering, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Obstruction of Justice, Parole and Probation Revocation, Racketeering, Robbery, Sex Crimes, Stolen Property, Trespass, Weapons and Witness Tampering.

PETER J. SCHAFFER has conducted hundreds of hearings, jury and bench trials and has represented clients in numerous grand jury proceedings. He has also tried a number of civil rights cases in the United States District Courts and personal injury cases. Mr. Schaffer is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Bronx County Bar Association. He is also a member in good standing of the Criminal Justice Administration Panel for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and the Assigned Counsel Plan for the Appellate Division, First Department in New York City.

Mr. Schaffer has appeared on national television on The Nancy Grace Show on CNN HeadlineNews COURT TV, and “IN SESSION” on truTV as a guest commentator.  He has been heard on Bloomberg Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio  as an expert in criminal law and trial practice. He has also been a guest lecturer in criminal law at CUNY Law School in New York City.

PETER J. SCHAFFER is committed to providing the highest level of professional representation to his clients. If you or someone you know is charged with a Federal or State crime or is being investigated by Federal or State authorities, contact him now to schedule an initial consultation.

Practice Areas:
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Parole and Probation
  • Civil Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • 1986, Connecticut
  • 1987, New York
  • 1995, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • 1998, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Law School:
  • University of Denver, J.D.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Bronx County Bar Association
  • Order of St. Ives. Editor, Administrative Law Review, 1985-1986. Staff Attorney, New York Legal Aid Society, 1987-1994. Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of New Haven, 1995-1996. Guest Commentator: Court TV, 2004-2008
  • "The Nancy Grace Show" on HLN, 2006
  • "In Session" on tru TV 2008 -2009.
  • New York, N.Y.
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