Criminal Defense

A criminal record will jeopardize your social and economic status, and may even subject you to civil liability in a lawsuit. It will also impact your divorce and/or custody case.

Our criminal justice system is not ideal, and the assignment to you or a loved one of a free attorney in criminal court should scare you. We are experienced criminal defense trial attorneys. From the moment you are arrested, you should make every effort to contact us. If you are fortunate enough to contact us before the arrest, we might be able to prevent your evening(s) in jail. The fact that you broke the law does not make you a criminal. You are innocent until proven guilty, and you should be treated that way. Whether you were arrested, charged with a violation, misdemeanor or felony, we will help you. Click on the links below for an introductory explanation of the arrest process. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers are here to help in New York and New Jersey.


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   Office Locations
  65 Broadway, 17th Floor
  (212) 625-9949  

  Long Island, South Shore
  By appointment only

   Practice Areas (NY & NJ)
  Divorce & Family Law
  Criminal Defense
  Civil Litigation
  Commercial Matters

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