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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 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
Blog
LinkedIn
Blog
AVVO
Legal Answers
62 Questions Answered

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.
Q. Does a petty larceny will affect me for the rest of my life?
A: In New York, petit larceny is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence up to one year in jail. If convicted, you will have a semi-permanent criminal record. A petit larceny conviction will, at the very least, remain on your record for ten years, when you will then be able to apply for a sealing if you meet the eligibility requirements. Keep in mind that just because you are arrested for petit larceny, it does not mean that you will be convicted.
Q. If i was convicted of a felony as far back as 2011, can an employer see that on a back ground check?
A: If your employer is in the same state where you were convicted, then a felony conviction will likely appear. If it is in a different state, there is a possibility that it may not show up.
Q. Does a 22 year old felony conviction show up on an employment background check?
A: Yes, a felony conviction will appear on a background check. Depending on a variety of eligibility factors, you can apply to have your conviction sealed by the court where you were sentenced. You certainly meet the required time period (ten years) but you will need to determine if it is an eligible crime as well - for example, violent felony offenses will not be eligible for sealing.
Q. Am I allowed to continue dating my 16 year old boyfriend of 1 year and 4 months when I turn 18.
A: The age of consent in New York is 17 - this means that if you are currently 17 years old and dating a 16 year old, you can potentially be charged with a sex offense if it is a sexual relationship.
Q. False accusation of sexual abuse of minor. Word of minor only. No witnesses or evidence whatsoever.
A: The decision to hire a private attorney or go with a public defender is solely up to you. If you qualify for a court appointed attorney, then you can stick with them, with the understanding that you don’t get to choose who it is - you will have whoever the court assigns. The accusations against you are serious, as is anything that involves a minor, so it is important that you feel comfortable with the attorney you have. Every private attorney has their own fee structure, so it is best to contact them individually if that is something you’re interested in. Good luck.
Q. My daughter was caught shoplifting, she’s an18 year old college student. What will happen to her? Court date is feb 28
A: If this is her first offense, depending on the amount of items, she will likely receive an ACD with the condition that she completes a short one day shoplifting program. The ACD means that the case will be adjourned for six months and then dismissed and sealed, as long as there are no new arrests. She can hire an attorney beforehand, or the court will assign an attorney to her case on that date if she doesn’t appear with one.
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