If you've been charged with a crime in New York City, you may ask yourself "Why do I need to hire a criminal defense attorney?" Many people wrongly think they can represent themselves, especially if their charges appear minor, such as when they respond to a desk appearance ticket charging a misdemeanor. The truth is, regardless of your alleged crime, there's simply too much at stake for you to risk going to court without qualified legal representation. Even if you tell the truth, believing justice will be served, you're still at a severe disadvantage without an attorney by your side. As my client, I'll do everything I can to effectively use the law and the evidence to defend your position. I have helped countless clients obtain favorable outcomes, including, in some cases, dismissed or dropped charges.
Can't I Just Ask for a Court-Appointed Attorney?
Some people believe they can use a court-appointed attorney instead of hiring a private lawyer. While this is true in some cases, there are income limits for those who wish to make use of a public defender. You don't get a free attorney simply because you don't want to pay for a private lawyer.
In addition, if you're being investigated by police, but haven't yet been charged, it's important to retain a private lawyer right away, to proactively defend you and preserve your rights. Unfortunately, a court-appointed attorney normally won't be assigned to your case until after charges are filed, assuming you meet the income qualifications.
With 20 years of criminal defense experience, I'm skilled at resolving difficult and complex legal matters for clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges. I'm always available to discuss your concerns and provide status updates via e-mail, phone or in-office visits. I take on clients only when I know I'll be able to provide the highest level of attention to each client. So, when you retain me to represent you, while you may not be my only client, you'll feel as though you are.
Bruce Yerman, Attorney at Law · NY Criminal Law Attorney
Contact Bruce Yerman at 646-480-1278 to schedule a free initial consultation with a dedicated criminal defense lawyer in New York City. 24/7 emergency contact is available. My office is conveniently located two blocks from the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse. I accept payment by cash, check or credit card.
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