CHRISTOPHER KOYSTE

"My clients' needs are paramount, and my staff and I provide: dedication to you and to resolving your case; responsiveness to your needs; and creativity in addressing the issues presented."

Experiences and Successes:

Client found NOT GUILTY of First Degree Murder.

Client faced a life sentence for the indicated charge of Murder in the First Degree.  After a jury trial, Client was acquitted of first degree murder and unlawfully being in possession of a firearm and was only found guilty of the lesser included offenses of Attempted Assault Second Degree and Conspiracy Second Degree and only received a 4 year sentence of incarceration.

Client's felony conviction successfully overturned on direct appeal, resulting in a new trial ordered by the Delaware Supreme Court. However, Counsel filed a motion to bar the new trial due to double jeopardy causing the AG Office to dismiss the case. Thus, NO conviction for client.

After a jury trial performed by another lawyer, Client was convicted of Aggravated Possession, Criminal Impersonation, and Possession of Marijuana.  On direct appeal, Client's conviction overturned by the Delaware Supreme Court agreeing with Counsel's argument that trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance of counsel due to a conflict of interest.  On remand, Counsel moved to bar re-trial on the grounds of double jeopardy and the State declined to continue the litigation and dismissed the charges.  Thus, TWO victories in this case.

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Counsel successfully avoids possible trademark infringement litigation against client.

 

Local business received notice from legal counsel of a multi-national corporation of trademark infringement and was seeking damages and cessation of use of the trademark.  Counsel negotiated, on behalf of client, a stipulated resolution in which client did not have pay any damages and only had to discontinue use of the trademark which included the destruction of a small amount of items used in client's business which bore the trademark.

Counsel successfully obtained a sign variance for client's property.

Client retained Counsel to obtain sign variance for a property in which previous owners were twice previously rejected by the New Castle County Board of Adjustment in two hearings prior to being represented by Counsel.  The Board of Adjustment GRANTED the sign variance based on arguments and evidence provided by Counsel.

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New Castle County agrees to major reduction of Client's sewer bills.

 

In an unprecedented type of matter, Counsel was able to obtain $132,230.70 reduction of Client's sewer bills as New Castle County agreed that a water leak led to excessive billing.

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MULTIPLE OTHER SUCCESSFUL LITIGATIONS

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ABOUT US

A boutique law office with a concentration on federal criminal defense in  U.S. District Courts, federal and state appeals, postconviction, habeas corpus, land use development and litigation, as well as civil litigation in Delaware's state court system and the federal district court

Currently admitted in the State of Delaware and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court District of Delaware, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.

Experienced trial and appellate lawyer in both Delaware's U.S. District Court and Delaware's state court system.

Former Delaware Board of Adjustment Chairman, currently representing clients in land use development and litigation.

Chris was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1992 and has 28 years of experience 

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