Joseph A. Halberstien

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Joseph A. Halberstien
Criminal Defence Attorney
Public Contact?Yes
LocationSeattle, Downtown
Personal LifeSingle
FactionStreets of Downtown
AspectsCriminal Law Expert
Actual Lawyer
Spirits of Distinction
Maverick Private Detective on Retainer
I know a guy.
Cost of Doing Business


If a runner steps into the building on the corner of East Cherry downtown, takes the elevator to the fourth floor, and walks down the hall to the left, they’ll reach a door that reads “Joseph A. Halberstien, Criminal Defence Attorney.” Joseph is a bespectacled Jewish Elf, looking young as elves do, but with a few lines and wrinkles starting to form. These only add a sort of dignified disposition to his appearance. He is tall and gaunt, always wearing a sharp, well-fitting suit, and designer glasses over a hooked nose. He’s stern, and a very hard worker. In the courtroom, he is an absolute brow-beating, ball-busting menace, with a vicious reputation. Not a judge in the Seattle circuit doesn’t know him, and they all give an internal groan if they have the bad luck of having him in their court. That’s because Joseph is one of the many lawyers responsible for keeping the Seattle’s runner scene alive.

By becoming a master at exploiting loopholes, cleaning up evidence (for a nominal fee, starting at 1,000 nuyen, then going way up from there), and good ‘ol fashion bribery, he’s been able to get red-handed runners out of life sentences for decades. His services don’t come cheap, but when you get caught, you need the best.X


Aspect Description
Criminal Law Expert Joseph is an expert at criminal law, and has got more runners off than he can count.
Real, Actual Lawyer Joseph is a real lawyer with a real law degree and has really passed the bar.
Spirits of Distinction If it's distilled, Joseph has not only tried it but has an opinion on it.
Maverick Private Detective on Retainer Joseph has a stable of detectives, runners, and other info-gathering types.
Yeah, I know a guy. Years of beating charges for Shadowrunners has given him a number of friends who feel very grateful.
Cost of Doing Business Joseph knows who to bribe and who to buy sports memorabilia.


Knowledge Checks 9 + Loyalty + Aspects - Notoriety
Active Checks 13 + Loyalty + Aspects - Notoriety
Gear Acquisition Checks 5 + Loyalty + Aspects - Notoriety
Networking Checks 3 + Loyalty + Aspects - Notoriety


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