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Appeals (civil and criminal) and complex litigation
  • Appeals & Appellate, Criminal Law
  • New York
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Since 1984, I have had the honor of representing clients in civil and criminal appeals, and complex litigation. During that time, I have continually been learning from my colleagues, and also contributing to the advancement of the law by lecturing and authoring articles on appellate practice and other legal topics. A commitment to excellence is the driving force behind my approach to each and every case.

Practice Areas
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals
Additional Practice Areas
  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Complex Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Free Consultation
    An initial consultation generally lasts between 30 to 60 minutes. It is an opportunity you to provide an overview of the problem about which you are seeking legal assistance, or the ongoing court case concerning which you are seeking a second opinion. It will allow me to ascertain what the case is about, what your objectives are, what may need to be done to reach those objectives. It is not enough time in which to convey to an attorney all of the information that he would need to arrive at a final informed opinion. It is merely a starting point.
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Appeals: My fee for an appeal is an agreed upon, fixed amount, based upon the estimated time that the appeal I expect the appeal to take me to complete. I also estimate the out of pocket expenses that may be required, and an amount sufficient to cover those expenses must be paid in advance. Complex Litigation: An hourly rate is charged for ongoing litigation, since it is not possible to know how long an active case will continue.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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2nd Circuit
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U.S. Court of International Trade
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English
Professional Experience
- Current
For 39 years, I have been representing clients in civil and criminal appeals, and complex litigation.
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
J.D. | Law
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Hofstra University
MBA (1982) | Finance
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State University of New York - Stony Brook
B.A. | Economics
Activities: Debate Society
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Professional Associations
Nassau County Bar Association  # 14045
- Current
Activities: Appellate Practice Committee; Publications Committee; Criminal Law and Procedure Committee; Matrimonial Law Committee
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Articles & Publications
The Windows of Opportunity for Reargument Motions
Family Law Review (New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section)
"What Constitutes Probable Cause for a `Real-time' CSLI Warrant?"
Nassau Lawyer
"Real-time Cell-Site Location Information: Where Are We Going?"
Nassau Lawyer
"The Government Must Now Obtain A Warrant To Compel Disclosure of Cell Phone Location Records"
“Jury Instructions as Grounds for Appeal”
Nassau Lawyer
“Arizona v Gant Applied by NY Courts to Vehicle Searches
Nassau Lawyer
“New Standard for Vehicle Searches Incident to Arrest”
Nassau Lawyer
“Post-Appeal Remedies Based On New Evidence"
“New Rules for Briefs Filed in Second Department”
Nassau Lawyer
“`Reasonable Justification’ for Renewal Motions”
Nassau Lawyer
“Law Governing Renewal Motions Still Confusing (Part II)"
Nassau Lawyer
“Law Governing Renewal Motions Still Confusing”
Nassau Lawyer
“Affirmed on Other Grounds”
“Legal Weapons Against Telemarketers (Part II)”
Nassau Lawyer
“Legal Weapons Against Telemarketers”
Nassau Lawyer
“Anti-Spam Legislation Long Overdue”
“Anti-Spam Legislation Long Overdue”
Nassau Lawyer
“Harmless Error In Civil Cases”
Nassau Lawyer
“What the Dickens is Dicta?”
“Denial Without Prejudice To Renew Upon Proper Papers"
Nassau Lawyer
“An Appealing Situation (Part II)
“An Appealing Situation: What Every Attorney Should Know”
Nassau Lawyer
“Cross Appeals”
“Successfully Appealing From Summary Judgment”
Nassau Lawyer
“Silence Is Golden But Oft Times Confusing: Vague and Ambiguous Orders and Judgments"
Nassau Lawyer
“Ex-parte Communications”
The Attorney of Nassau County
“The Oral Argument In Appellate Practice”
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“Against The Weight Of The Credible Evidence”
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“Raising An Argument For The First Time On Appeal,
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“The Different Methods of Taking An Appeal”
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“The Full Record Method of Appeal,”
The Attorney of Nassau County
“Appealing The Family Court Order”
The Attorney of Nassau County
“Second Department Update”
The Attorney of Nassau County
“Appellate Review: Temporary Restraining Orders”
“Permission To Appeal To The Court of Appeals”
The Attorney of Nassau County
“Necessity of Appealing From the Right Paper,
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“Enlargements of Time Still Discretionary”
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“The Appealable Paper”
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“Missing Materials Will Defeat Chances of Success”
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“Appellate Division Enforces Time Limits”
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“Making The Appellate Motion Pass Muster,”
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“When Is An Office Not An Office?”
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"Appellate Practice"
The Attorney of Nassau County
"Restoring Human Dignity and Lost Productivity: An Argument for the Elimination of Mandatory Retirement in New York State"
Rockefeller Institute of Government
“Let’s Keep Them Working”
Empire State Report
Speaking Engagements
"Family Court Appeals", Nassau County Bar Association
Nassau Academy of Law
“Evaluation of Professional Licenses and Practices”, Nassau County Bar Association
Nassau Academy of Law
Appeals Panel, Assigned Counsel Defender Plan
Appellate Division, Second Department, 1986 -
Websites & Blogs
Charles Holster
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. I have a writ of certiorari petition packet from the US Supreme Court that needs to be done on, or before 6/6/2024.
A: The questions you are asking are very basic, and the fact that you have to ask them suggests that you should not be attempting this appeal to the U.. Supreme Court without legal representation.

Q. what does related case mean? A. related cases" means other cases that you are involved in that are also pending in the Supreme Court

Q. What does cases mean on the table of authorities cited part? A. This means the previously decided cases that you are citing as authority for your arguments

Q What does statement of the case mean? A. Statement of the case means a statement of the facts, including what happened in the lower courts.
Q. The prosecutor on my case from 11/30/2022 appealed the judges dismissal with prejudice. Didn't I have to be notified?
A: Yes, you had to be notified. The prosecution had to send your attorney a copy of its a motion. So, check if your attorney received it or not. If he did, he should have informed you. If your attorney did not receive a copy of the prosecution's motion, then the appeal may have been defective. If it was defective, then the appeal could get dismissed.

This was not harassment or a violation of your civil rights. When you won in the lower Court, you did not win "on factual law." Your case was dismissed because the lower decided that the accusatory instrument was "legally insufficient." That was not based upon a factual determination of what you did or did not do. Nor did it mean that you were found to be "not guilty."

In order for an accusatory instrument to be legally sufficient, the "accusatory" part must state each of the elements (or parts) of the specific crime that you are being charged with, and the "factual" part must state what you did which allegedly satisfied each of the elements of that crime. The dismissal by the lower court is " the law" in you case, but it could be overturned by the appellate court if it decides that the accusatory instrument was NOT "legally insufficient." When it was overturned in your case, it meant that your case will continue until you have a trial, and the jury decides whether you are guilty or not guilty. It is the jury which decides the facts, i.e., whether you did what you are being accused of doing. If you are acquitted by the jury, which means that you are found "not guilty," the prosecution cannot appeal that verdict. That would be "double jeopardy," which the law prohibits.
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Q. Article 50 - Judgments GenerallyR5015 - Relief From Judgment or Order. be use on a 2 years 7monthcase?
A: This question does not involve an appeal. It involves a motion to vacate a default judgment in the lower Court. Such a motion must be filed within one year of the default. If however, the default was due to defective service of the summons and complaint, and you never knew that there was a case against you until one day there was a garnishment on your salary, or a block on your bank account, then you may be able to challenge the validity of the service. For example, if you could show that you had moved to a different address several years before the process server allegedly served the summons and complaint upon you, then you could possibly get the default judgment vacated. If, however, you did receive the summons and complaint, but just never answered it, then it is too late for you, after 2-1/2 years, to try to vacate the judgment. ... Read More
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Charles Holster Appellate Attorney
666 Old Country Road.
Suite 600
Garden City, NY 11530
Telephone: (516) 747-2330
Fax: (516) 877-0476
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