Criminal Defense Services

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Logo, Bruce Yerman, Attorney at Law


When you're accused of a crime in New York City, you need more than a lawyer who's merely aggressive.

You need your criminal defense lawyer to use every available resource to your advantage.

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What Is Criminal Defense?

The outcome of your case depends on so many factors, including:

  • Evidence of innocence
  • Evidence of guilt
  • Credibility of witnesses
  • Your rights under the Constitution
  • Your rights under the Criminal Procedure Law
  • Police misconduct
  • Suppression of evidence
  • The range of possible jail time
  • Mandatory minimum prison sentences
  • The likelihood of jail if convicted at trial
  • Alternatives to jail
  • The judge presiding over your case
  • The prosecutor assigned to your case
  • The jury pool 
  • Previous criminal history
  • Eligibility for "judicial diversion"
  • "Mitigation"
  • Rehabilitation
  • Likelihood of re-offending
  • Restitution
  • Willingness to reject a plea offer
  • Immigration consequences of conviction
  • Employment and licensing consequences

Criminal defense involves identifying and focusing on factors that help you, while protecting you from the ones that harm you.

Convictions Have Consequences

Even if you're not sentenced to jail, a criminal conviction can have enormous impact on your life.

For example, when choosing between two otherwise equally qualified employees, an employer will tend to hire a person with no criminal record over a person who's been convicted.

If you're not a US citizen, a criminal conviction can affect your immigration status.

A conviction can affect your eligibility for professional licenses, public housing, and student loans.

I help my clients do everything possible within the bounds of the law to avoid the negative consequences of a conviction.

Dismissal, Plea Bargain, Trial

There are three possible ways for any criminal case to be resolved: 1) dismissal; 2) plea bargain; 3) trial.

Dismissal is always the best outcome, but it's not always possible. Dismissal results in no criminal record. It avoids the risk of going to trial. For legal reasons, the case gets thrown out of court.

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If dismissal doesn't happen, then you need your lawyer to try to negotiate a favorable plea deal. However, what's "favorable" in a particular case depends on the combined effect of the factors described above. You're the one who decides whether a plea is favorable: you'll reject it if it's not; you'll accept if it is.

Trial is the final option. It means that a jury of fellow New Yorkers will decide your fate. No matter how strong your defense, the outcome never can be certain. It's always important to remember, though, the prosecutor faces the same uncertainty.

Preparing to win trial from Day One results in better plea offers and a better chance of dismissal. Most importantly, preparation gives you the best chance of winning trial.

I'm Here for You

I believe that the best defense results from close collaboration with my clients. I want you to fully understand the law as it applies to you. And I want to fully understand the facts from your point of view.

This approach allows me to develop a customized strategy that fits your unique situation.

I am always very accessible – in person, by phone, by text, and by email. I'm here for my clients.

I'm here for you.

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