Newly Formed Criminal Defense Associates Offers Unique Approach to Criminal Law Practice

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 21, 2003--Criminal Defense Associates (CDA), based in Woodland Hills, Calif., has announced the formal opening of a new criminal defense law firm that's the "brainchild" of a group of highly skilled state and federal defense attorneys. Based upon their experience at other leading law firms, the attorneys established CDA to fill the perceived need for a new, unique approach to criminal defense in order to meet the dictates of today's highly charged environment. CDA believes early intervention and an "energetic, aggressive and proactive" approach prior to the bringing of formal charges are the keys to reduced or even dropped charges. Today's technologically advanced society requires a new concept in criminal defense, says CDA. "The growth of the Internet alone has seen the emergence of new crimes. The `feds' are making rules up as they go," notes Richard Nudelman, CDA chief operating officer. He points to FBI Internet sting operations, the monitoring of chat rooms, and the investigation of "porno" and drug trafficking sites as indicative of a new breed of crime which many law firms are not prepared to handle. "We specialize in federal crimes, specifically Internet crimes, and, in fact, bring to the table vast experience in this arena, where our attorneys have successfully defended allegations of child pornography, drug trafficking, and similar offenses," he says. According to Nudelman, "We found that early involvement often makes the difference between facing felony charges or lesser misdemeanor charges or even the dismissal of all charges. While many attorneys choose not to get involved in a criminal case until the defendant has been formally charged, CDA believes this concept places the defense way behind the curve. We work with investigating agencies, including the local police, federal agencies, or Secret Service, becoming involved in an effort to influence the direction of investigations, prior to the issuing of formal charges." CDA is building a nationwide team of the "most highly skilled state and federal attorneys." The team will provide local assistance and complement the expertise of headquarter-based attorneys when handling cases across the country. Key CDA staff attorneys include: Alan Baum, who brings more than 35 years of the practice of - - criminal defense to CDA, remains focused on high profile federal crimes. Baum has discussed law issues on ABC News' Good Morning America and will soon appear on 20/20 in a similar capacity. Kristine Burk, who has practiced criminal law for more than 8 years. She has personally handled clients who have been charged with serious felonies and misdemeanors alike in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. Robert Nudelman, another long-term veteran in the world of criminal law, is the firm's managing partner. "Business as usual in the area of criminal defense is no longer an acceptable standard of practice," says Nudelman, adding that CDA's goal is to become the "top criminal law firm in the country." CDA urges anyone who believes they are under investigation to immediately call 24 hours, 7 days for a no-charge consultation. CDA can be reached at: 1-800-313-9619. The firm's web site, containing educational content and invaluable advice, is located at: