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Kristen Epifania

Kristen Epifania

Law Offfices of Julie Rendelman LLC
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI...
  • New Jersey, New York
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Kristen Epifania is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Julie Rendelman. She works on misdemeanor and felony matters with the firm, as well as family court matters.

Kristen graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where she received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Lisle Scholarship, & the Lark-Barranco Scholarship. She studied a diverse array of law, including immigration, asylum law and trial advocacy. Focusing on her passion for the criminal sector, Kristen pursued a specialized Certificate in Criminal Law, which required studies in Federal Criminal Investigations, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Securities Fraud, Law and Police Policy, Forensic Science, and New York Criminal Procedure.

Additionally, Kristen gained practical experience on both the state and federal levels while at BLS. She worked with the Kings County District Attorney's Office in the Crimes Against Children bureau, assisting with the prosecution of sex crimes, assault charges, and homicides. She also worked with U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, handling immigration matters that intersected with the criminal sector. Seeking to be involved in the community, Kristen dedicated pro-bono hours in Memphis, Tennessee, working as a Juvenile Justice Representative with the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, as well as with Sanctuary for Families in New York, where she assisted with divorce proceedings stemming from domestic violence and sex trafficking cases.

Kristen is admitted to practice in the states of NY & NJ, as well as the Southern & Eastern Districts of NY. She is a member of the NY State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of NJ, and the NYC Bar Association, as well as the NY State Bar Association & the New Jersey State Bar Association. Kristen began working with the Law Offices of Julie Rendelman while still at Brooklyn Law and has since dedicated her career to passionately advocatin

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • Family Law
  • White Collar Crime
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flexible payment plans.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New York
Federal Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Associate Attorney
Law Offfices of Julie Rendelman LLC
- Current
Civil Litigation Intern
United States District Attorney's Office - Eastern District of New York
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Crimes Against Children's Bureau Intern
Kings County District Attorney's Office
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Juvenile Justice Representative
Shelby County Public Defenders Office
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Student Legal Representative
Sanctuary for Families
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Education
Brooklyn Law School
J.D. (2016) | Law
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Honors: Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Lisle Scholarship, and the Lark-Barranco Scholarship
Marist College
B.A. (2012) | English Literature
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Awards
Top 40 Under 40
The National Trial Lawyers
Top 40 Young Lawyer
National Alliance of Women in Law
Client's Choice
Avvo
Top Contributor
Avvo
Client's Choice
Avvo
Certificate in Criminal Law
Brooklyn Law School
Lisle Scholarship
Brooklyn Law School
Lark-Barranco Scholarship
Brooklyn Law School
Dean Merit's Scholarship
Brooklyn Law School
Magna Cum Laude
Marist College
Professional Associations
New York City Bar Association
Member
- Current
Bar of the Southern District of New York
Licensed Attorney
- Current
State Bar of New Jersey
Licensed Attorney
- Current
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
Member
- Current
New Jersey State Bar Association
Member
- Current
New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
- Current
State Bar of New York # 5512710
Licensed Attorney
- Current
New York State Bar Association
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
People of the State of New York v. John Doe
Appellate Brief, Second Judicial Department
United States v. John Doe
Sentencing Memorandum
Speaking Engagements
Criminal Defense Career Paths, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Law School
Certifications
Certificate in Criminal Law
Brooklyn Law School
Websites & Blogs
Website
Law Offices of Julie Rendelman, LLC
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LinkedIn
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Legal Answers
68 Questions Answered

Q. if i am 18 and my parents press charges on my boyfriend, am i still allowed to talk to him?
A: Unless there is an order of protection in place, then you may still talk to him. If there is an order of protection against him in your favor, then any contact with him can get him into further trouble.
Q. if police come to my house with a warrant and take money can they arrest me ?
A: What do you mean they took money? If there is evidence that you committed a crime, then they may very well arrest you. However, if you have evidence that you were somewhere else at the time of the incident, you should have an attorney relay that information to investigators. Do not make any statements to the police on your own.
Q. What steps to take if someone secretly recorded you doing sexual favorites without your consent
A: If you want to pursue criminal action, you can file a complaint with the police. Depending on the case facts, it is possible that the individual will be charged with unlawful surveillance.
Q. In New York state how much time do you get for possession of a forged instrument
A: There are various degrees of this type of crime, so the potential sentence depends on which charge is brought - a misdemeanor exposes you to up to one year in jail, while a felony can carry a potential prison sentence of at least one year.
Q. If I have an order of protection against me and the person I have it against moves out of my house am I able to go home
A: If the home address is listed on the order, you should go to court to have the order of protection modified.
Q. Can someone’s lawyer just randomly call you and and tell you what your potentially charged with?
A: Yes, an attorney can contact you but you have no obligation to speak with them. If you believe you are at risk of being accused of a crime, you should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss the details of the matter. If you are contacted by law enforcement at any point, do not make any statements.
Q. It is possible that a petty larceny be considered as a violation and don't affect my record? Is the first time
A: Petit larceny is a misdemeanor, which is a crime. However, just because you were arrested for petit larceny, it does not mean that you will be convicted. It is very possible to walk away with either a violation or a dismissal, depending on the case facts, especially if it is your first offense.
Q. Is it in the best intrest for a defendent to testify in a retrial with two victims one being murder and one assault?
A: Many factors go into determining whether it is in the defendant's best interest to testify, it is impossible to simply say yes or no. An attorney can provide you with a better answer when they have more specific details about the case, as well as a better understanding of the evidence.
Q. what is a class A misdemeanor and what can be the consequences?
A: A class A misdemeanor is a crime that carries a sentence of up to one year in jail. It is less severe than a felony, but nonetheless will leave you with a criminal record if convicted.
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