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At the Blanch Law Firm we pride ourselves in being the first and only phone call for individuals looking for a criminal defense attorney. Our ‘team approach’ is more than a simple mantra – it’s our framework for success. The Blanch Law Firm’s Criminal Defense Lawyers consist of former prosecutors and attorneys hailing from some of the nation’s best law schools and bring together top-level knowledge and experience to the defense of our clients. 

We believe that maintaining a diverse team affords our clients the best possible criminal defense. Each team member hails from a different side of the criminal justice system, making our collaborative efforts uniquely essential to our success. Above all else we are criminal defense lawyers passionate about our work in defending the rights of our clients in against any criminal charge. Our team will prepare a vigorous defense for charges ranging from a misdemeanor assault charge to high stakes felony and federal charges. 

Together our criminal defense team can offer you something unique – the resources of a “big” firm 

representation in a small-firm atmosphere. I am truly proud of our team, its reputation and record of success. Don’t take my word for it. Our case results, awards, and press recognition speak for themselves.” – Ryan Blanch, Founding Partner

Why US


The Blanch Law Firm and its top-rated attorneys are famous for handling complex litigation matters and high-profile criminal investigations across the United States.

Our clients select the Blanch Law Firm because they know that they will not only receive representation from some of the most highly skilled and professional attorneys in the country but that they will also receive the focus, preparation, and attention to detail that every defendant in a criminal case deserves. 

Unlike other firms, which retain hundreds of files and open cases, our firm carefully selects a limited number of cases in order to devote our time and attention to our clients’ criminal cases.

Led by our managing partner, Ryan Blanch, The Blanch Law Firm has repeatedly proven its top-rated litigation skills and ability to resolve some of the most complex criminal matters. We pride ourselves in bringing that same level of professionalism and tenacity to every defend the interests of every client in any criminal matter. 

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Criminal Defense in Assault Cases


At The Blanch Law Firm, we defend our clients against felony assault charges, including assault and battery, vehicular assault, assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting a police officer and other charges. Our successful assault defense technique includes utilizing expert witnesses in jury trials, analyzing police procedure and using psychiatric evaluations when necessary. Assault charges can lead to heavy jail time, heavy fines, long probationary periods and more. Our approach to assault involves attorney oversight of every part of the investigation.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is an attempt to cause serious bodily injury to another or to cause serious bodily injury purposely, knowingly or recklessly, with an extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Assault With a Deadly Weapon

Assault with a deadly weapon is the act of menacing another person with a weapon that could cause death. This is usually a gun, but it doesn't need to be.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any assault of a sexual nature on another person. What constitutes a sexual assault is determined by the laws of the jurisdiction where the assault takes place, which vary considerably, and are influenced by local social and cultural attitudes.

Malicious Assault

Malicious assault is committed when any person maliciously shoots, stabs, cuts or wounds or by some other means causes bodily injury to another with the intent to kill or permanently maim, disfigure or disable the other person.



Ryan Blanch

Founding Partner

Emel McDowell

Senior Investigative Paralegal

Elena Fast

Junior Managing Partner

John Janiec

Senior Attorney

James A. Schiff

Head of Criminal Litigation



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"The attorneys at the Blanch Law Firm are outstanding. They were totally dedicated to my case, and were willing to work all hours of the day and night, including over holidays in one instance, to ensure the best possible outcome. They’re experienced, skillful and extremely well connected to the legal system. Bottom line, they get the job done."
“Great Firm! The firm was always professional and personable and understanding to our needs. They thouroughly understood the law and the court system. They got the best results for us.”



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Frequently Asked Questions

It is the prosecutor that makes the final decision as to whether to formally charge an individual or not, not the police department or other law enforcement agency.

In most state criminal cases, police arrest individuals and bring the case to the District Attorney’s Office. The police only need probable cause to make an arrest, but the District Attorney’s Office must be able to prove each and every element of each crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction. In federal systems, the investigative work prior to an arrest is usually more substantial.

Prosecutors have discretion on whether or not to charge an individual. They can consider factors such as the strength of the evidence, the individual’s criminal history, the extent of harm or loss allegedly sustained, witness cooperation, resources needed, and weigh it against the interests of justice. Prosecutors have an ethical obligation to pursue only cases they believe they have sufficient evidence to pursue, but this, in practice, is not the only driving factor in the decision to prosecute.

The decision to prosecute also hinges on the particular office’s policies and objectives. The same chain of events could lead to the filing of criminal charges in one jurisdiction, but a decision not to prosecute in another. While office policies and objectives may lead to more decisions to charge than not to charge at the outset, an experienced criminal defense attorney knows that prosecutors will respond to potential weaknesses in cases at later stages in the case, possibly leading to dismissals or increased bargaining power.

If you are arrested, you shouldn’t say anything that would incriminate you to the police. You should invoke your right to remain silent until you have spoken to a criminal lawyer. The police office will recognize your Fifth Amendment rights. You also shouldn’t consent to a search of your vehicle or person. Always be respectful and conciliatory even if you believe you are wrongly accused and/or arrested. Never physically resist arrest, verbally attack, or run from a police officer. This applies to whether you believe you are innocent or know you have committed a crime. Respectful behavior towards the authorities can give you a better chance for a favorable plea agreement if found guilty. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

If you are arrested and initially confess to a crime, it becomes even more important for you to consult with a top-rated criminal defense attorney. In our years of experience, we’ve found that a guilty plea shouldn’t be your first and only option. The confession you have can be dismissed entirely depending on the circumstances, especially the confession was not made according to the law. The Blanch Law Firm can also take your situation into account and determine how to potentially negotiate with a prosecutor, and can also assess whether you have a chance of beating the case in court and having the charges dropped. The Blanch Law Firm can work with you on a personal level to determine the best option for you, even if you believe to have incriminated yourself.

Before you commit to an attorney, it’s crucial that you take the time to meet with and get to know that person. Be wary of any lawyer that tries to pressure you for payment right away, especially if you haven’t yet had a chance to get all your questions answered. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of tough questions and be cautious of anyone who promises specific results. Some attorneys will make promises – promises they can’t keep – simply to get your business. An ethical attorney will explain what things they are going to do to help you, but they will never guarantee a specific result.

Yes – absolutely. Even if you plan on pleading guilty to the crime you’re charged with, rarely is it a good idea to represent yourself. A top criminal defense attorney can try to negotiate a lesser charge or lighter sentence. People who attempt to act as their own lawyer typically end up with harsher punishments than those who have good legal representation

In our experience, it is still crucial to obtain a lawyer even for minor charges or misdemeanors. A wrong assumption is that if the offense itself is minor, the punishment will be as well. This is NOT the case — certain minor offenses and misdemeanors can affect you for years. These consequences can range from a mark on your public record, an effect on being able to obtain employment or loans, higher insurance premiums, and even outright jail time.  No matter what charges you are facing, you should always find out the potential penalties as well as the defenses you have available. The Blanch Law Firm have been helping people for over a decade as top-rated criminal attorneys who have found ways to lessen or even eliminate the consequences of the offense.

The criminal defense attorneys at The Blanch Law Firm has handled charges from shoplifting & misdemeanor marijuana possession high-profile white collar crimes and homicide — and most everything in-between. Our litigation experience spans multiple states and counties; our attorneys are licensed in NY, NJ, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and in federal court. Chances are good that we’ve handled a charge like yours before, even though the details of each particular case differ greatly from client to client. Best of all, when you retain our services, you are getting the benefit of the experience of the entire team. We routinely discuss strategies and debate the nuances of the law in order to narrow in on a particular issue and prepare for trial or negotiation.

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