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Dealing with an arrest is a frightening experience. A New York criminal prosecution, which comes after the initial arrest or appearance ticket, carries the risk of incarceration, license suspension, job loss, court mandated supervision and the loss of personal property. In fact, you can lose your home, job, professional license, driver's license, and freedom at the first court appearance called an "arraignment". A criminal conviction leads to a permanent criminal record and can have many other life-altering consequences.

Getting your case dismissed is our top priority. At the Law Office of Lance Fletcher, you will find talented and aggressive attorneys dedicated to the defense of people charged with a crime in New York City and the New York City area. Our lawyers are former prosecutors and experienced criminal defense attorneys who bring a unique point of view to our cases. We have successfully handled over one-thousand criminal cases and we draw on our extensive experience and background in criminal law. Practicing in both state and federal courts, we offer the resources and experience to handle any legal problem with unparalleled service and personal attention.

Our two Manhattan locations, in Downtown and Midtown Manhattan, and our Queens office are devoted exclusively to criminal defense throughout New York City including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Our attorneys are trained in the time-tested art of courtroom advocacy and the latest technology, forensic techniques, and investigative strategies. We are prepared to respond to your case immediately and take all appropriate steps to ensure a proper response to your charges. No two cases are the same and so our strong track record of success demonstrates our ability to find a way to get our client's charges dismissed or reduced time and time again. The Law Office of Lance Fletcher's consistent record of success has earned us recognition throughout the State of New York, in the National Trial Lawyer's Association, AVVO, and with the various judges and prosecutors with whom we work.

Criminal Defense. For our clients, a criminal charge in New York is a catastrophic disruption in their daily routine. Many are unable to sleep or concentrate at work. After meeting with us during the initial consultation, our clients often report finding peace of mind. Criminal defense is more than about the system, law, or best/worst case scenarios. It is about you. It is about getting you back to the life that you had before the arrest. During the initial consultation, we are able to give our clients an honest assessment of their situation and uncover defenses that our client's often didn't realize existed. This is because a winning defense is often buried in the facts of the case. Criminal defense is as much about criminal law as it is about applying frank common sense to a particular set of facts. In one of our client's cases, we were able to obtain a dismissal by pointing out several problems with the State's case. In another, we were able to obtain a dismissal by focusing on one serious problem in the State's case. Although every case is different, the path to success and getting you back to where you were before your arrest starts with your consultation. Contact New York City Criminal Defense Attorney Lance Fletcher today.

No Case is Too Complex for Us

We became criminal defense lawyers because we care about helping our clients who are facing life changing events. Focusing exclusively on New York criminal defense, our office carefully and thoroughly prepares each case regardless of the severity of the charges. This preparation starts at the initial case evaluation which is when we meet with prospective clients to discuss the details of their case. It continues as we prepare for court. This preparation routinely uncovers important facts that could lead to a successful resolution of your case. Our office takes pride in our reputation as thoughtful, skilled, and knowledgeable in the field of criminal defense. We can assist clients charged with a wide array of criminal charges, some of which are detailed throughout this site. Regardless of what you have been arrested for, our attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the results that you need. Contact us at 212-619-3900 for a free case evaluation.

We defend clients against New York State and Federal criminal charges ranging from non-violent misdemeanors to serious felonies. We defend criminal cases including:

  • Desk Appearance Tickets
  • Theft charges
  • Assault
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • DWI / DUI
  • Drug charges
  • Marijuana possession
  • Sex offenses
  • Exposure
  • White collar crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Domestic violence
  • Other misdemeanors
  • Other felonies
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Damage control. Any criminal case carries the risk of incarceration. Your arrest fingerprints, photograph, and arrest record could be discovered by others. A conviction could lead to incarceration and give future employers, organizations, and governments the ability to deny employment, licenses, travel, and benefits. Anything you say in court could multiply these problems. In fighting back, we carefully consider ways to reverse these consequences with every step we take in your defense. Our intimate understanding of the New York Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law allows us to look for important defenses, loopholes, technicalities, and other ways to fight for a dismissal or reduction of your charges. Drawing from years of experience in the courtroom, we can find the most practical and effective way to fight for the best outcome of your case. For some clients that means getting the charges dropped. For others, it means avoiding jail. For us, it means victory.

When you contact us, we will get to know you on a personal level and make sure we understand every detail surrounding your case. We are prepared to send an investigator to speak with witnesses, analyze evidence, submit evidence of your good character, and file legal motions and pleadings to get your charges reduced or dismissed where possible. We can push back against the charges by submitting legal arguments on your behalf and negotiating with the prosecutor. If your case proceeds to trial, we are prepared to cross-examine the government's witnesses and forcefully argue for an acquittal. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

In Pursuit of Successful Outcomes

New York's criminal law traces it's roots to our colonial heritage and reliance on common law. The common law, which we inherited from England, is a system of rules developed by judges based the unique set of facts of a particular case. The "common law" stands for the idea that a judge can listen to your lawyer's arguments and make a ruling. This ruling, if later adopted by other judges, is called case law which is, essentially, a new law. Case law, in addition to statutes, is the law of the land. A statute is a written law passed by the legislature. Statutes are set forth in a collection of laws on a particular subject such as the New York Penal Law. When your case enters New York's courts, the outcome can be influenced by thousands of individual statutes and the cases interpreting these statutes. Statutes and case law form the framework for everything the prosecutor and judge can and cannot do in the course of your case.

A criminal cases starts when something happens that catches the attention of law enforcement. It could be because of a third party who called the police or something that the police observed directly. From there, numerous reports and actions can be taken by one or many law enforcement officers, each of whom have different motives, observations, and roles. When your case is prosecuted, it is sent to the District Attorney so that criminal charges can be filed in a local criminal court. The District Attorney may be one individual or a large office with thousands of employees. Your case may be based on a simple set of facts or based on many different pieces of evidence including eye-witnesses, video surveillance, financial records, statements, and other facts. You could have one charge, or face hundreds of charges.

When considering the many laws, people involved in your arrest and prosecution, and the factual possibilities, we are focused on one thing. To get you out of your situation in the best way possible. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the New York Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, and the landmark rulings that may enable us to file a motion to dismiss or reduce your charges. Our extensive experience has given us an insider's perspective on how a modern police department and district attorney's office operates. We know how the other side thinks. In harnessing our academic and real-world knowledge, we are prepared to defend you against any allegation in New York City and the surrounding area. We also believe that every battle is won before it is ever fought, so preparation is an important element in our criminal defense efforts.

When it comes to protecting the well-being of our clients, we will stop at nothing to secure the most favorable results possible. Following your case evaluation, we can thoroughly examine the accusations, the evidence, and ensure that not even the smallest piece of information goes unnoticed. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a major felony, we can use every resource available in order to build the strongest defense possible, tailored to fit your unique circumstances. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

  • Macy's - Manhattan

    Client left without paying for two sweaters that were hidden in client's purse- Case dismissed, no criminal record, no fines.

  • Felony Assault - Brooklyn

    Client accused of assaulting a police officer. Client was a licensed professional facing a possible state prison sentence and, as a convicted felon, the end of his career. Outcome: All criminal charges dropped, no criminal conviction, no jail time.

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