New York City Criminal Defense Attorney
and Former New York City Prosecutors
Being arrested in New York is a frightening experience. A New York criminal case starts with a suspicion that you violated any one of New York's numerous local, state, or federal laws. This suspicion could be in the mind of the person arresting you or in the mind someone else who later complains.. The arrest may happen at an embarrassing place or inconvenient time. It could be immediate or after months of investigation. The person arresting you could be a New York state, federal, or local police officer, or a civilian such as a security officer. After you've been arrested you may be told all kinds of things by the arresting officer which turn out to be false or misleading. During your arrest, you will probably be photographed and fingerprinted giving you a record before you even set foot in the courtroom. This record is initially on file in New York but is quickly circulated to the other 49 states. When you get to court following arrest, an arraignment is conducted. At your arraignment, you can lose your freedom, property, ability to access your home, bank account, or other online accounts, and you could be forced into court monitored supervision. All of this could happen even though you haven't been convicted of anything.
If someone accuses you of a criminal offense, illegal act, misdeed, malfeasance, or any criminal misconduct, this needs to be taken seriously because the resulting arrest and subsequent prosecution could cause you severe and immediate hardship. A criminal conviction can lead to a permanent criminal record and can have many other life-altering consequences. New York felony convictions have the potential to lead to a life sentence. New York misdemeanor convictions are generally punishable by up to a year in jail.
In New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, most criminal violations of New York State law are prosecuted by the respective county's elected District Attorney. These District Attorneys are represented in New York City and local criminal courts by an assistant district attorney. These assistant district attorneys are the lawyers who would prosecute your case. Federally, New York criminal cases are prosecuted by the Southern and Eastern District of New York. These agencies are generally well-funded and aggressive. They have pressure from voters to take any and all possible action against the accused which can lead to a rush to judgment. Another way to see this is that that the New York City Police Department has over 30,000 officers and a 4.8 billion budget. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has about 500 attorneys and a $80 million budget, and that's just for Manhattan. If you've been arrested in New York City, Westchester, or Long Island, go to court with an experienced New York City Criminal Defense Attorney to explore every way to dismiss or reduce the charges.
At the Law Office of Lance Fletcher, our former prosecutors and experienced trial attorneys have the background to fight for you. Regardless of what you've been accused of, the overall facts and circumstances of your case may reveal important, time-sensitive opportunities to get the charges reduced or dismissed. At the Law Office of Lance Fletcher, our talented criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to the defense of people charged with a crime in New York City and the New York City area. As former prosecutors and experienced criminal attorneys, we bring a unique point of view to our cases. We have successfully handled over one-thousand criminal cases and we have seen things from both sides of the system. 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 approach is to meet with you to get an understanding of what happened. We can get your file to understand the specific criminal accusations filed against you. From there, our New York defense effort is geared to your needs. 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 lodging 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 acquittal. Put simply, we are there to protect our clients, to shield against and deflect criminal accusations whenever possible. Contact us twenty-four hours a day for a free and confidential case evaluation.
What Distinguishes Our New York City Defense Practice?
Results. Our attorneys are New York City criminal defense attorneys and a former prosecutors. Lance Fletcher is a former prosecutor at the Manhattan DA's Office. Mr. Fletcher's
record speaks for itself. You can read
client testimonials here. In numerous situations, Mr. Fletcher is able to dramatically reduce the charge or have the case dismissed. This is accomplished by a combination of skill and aggressive advocacy. Find out how reassuring it is to hire a lawyer who can get things done by
contacting us for a free and confidential case evaluation. John Brosan is an experienced New York Criminal Defense Attorney. John has handled criminal cases of varying complexity from simple traffic violations to complex felonies. David Colgan (of counsel) is a former Bronx prosecutor and established criminal defense attorney.
A Devotion to Criminal Defense. Unlike other lawyers who handle personal injury one day and wills or real-estate the next, our criminal practice is devoted to New York criminal defense. Our attorneys have extensive New York criminal trial experience and criminal litigation experience in New York state and federal court. Additionally, our extensive experience in criminal law encompasses more than one-thousand (1,000) New York criminal cases successfully defended involving a wide variety of criminal charges from misdemeanors to felonies and including areas of practice listed to the left.
Connections. Our attorneys, as former prosecutors and experienced New York criminal defense lawyers, keep close ties with other lawyers in the New York legal community. We work closely with immigration attorney Kevin Jones who can consult with our clients regarding the immigration and collateral consequences of a New York City, State, or Federal arrest. Our attorneys are members of New York legal networks and professional organizations to further enhance our ability to both work individually and as a team to defend you.
Experience you can Trust. Our attorneys developed substantial legal experience working for the District Attorney's Office, state trial and appellate courts, governmental agencies, and in private practice. While in law school, our attorneys distinguished themselves by engaging in clinics, journals, and trial competitions. We will give you a frank and honest assessment of the situation you are facing and what we can do to help.
Talent. Our attorneys are former New York City prosecutors and experienced litigators who, in addition to having years of experience, have solid academic credentials and a devotion to criminal defense. In addition to being highly rated in Avvo and other legal organizations, our attorneys have memberships in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and New York City Criminal Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association.
Accessibility. A New York criminal prosecution is one of the most stressful events you will ever experience. Part of this is due to the many unexpected ways that criminal charges can immediately impact your life. At the Law Office of Lance Fletcher, your case is our top priority and we can be reached regarding your questions and concerns seven days a week by phone, text, or email. You can even
contact us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to request a free case evaluation.
An Established Practice. Our office is located in downtown and midtown Manhattan and Queens, and we are dedicated to defending your case throughout New York City and the New York Metropolitan Area. Mr. Fletcher is an active member of the New York County Lawyer's Association, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Clarity. Our New York Criminal Defense Attorneys works tirelessly to give our clients prompt guidance and clear answers to pressing questions and concerns so that our clients and their families can work on resolving their situations. Our attorneys have extensive experience in New York criminal defense which places us in a better position to analyze any defenses you may have and exploit weaknesses in the government's case.
Other Attorneys Call us. Many of our clients are referred by other lawyers and we routinely advise other attorneys on the best ways to handle New York criminal issues. From this point of view, we are the lawyers that other lawyers turn to for help.
Attorneys, sometimes referred to as counsel, counselors, advisors, are, essentially, advocates for their clients. At the Law Office of Lance Fletcher, we believe this advocacy should be used carefully and aggressively to obtain the best outcome possible for our clients.
Whether you're in New York City, State, or Federal Court, the justice system is complex and confusing and no one should face a criminal charge without a qualified New York criminal defense lawyer to protect their rights. As soon as you have been arrested or given a desk appearance ticket, or if you believe that you will be arrested,contact us at New York City Criminal Defense Lawyer Lance Fletcher's Office for a free and confidential case evaluation. His office is ready to assist you with every aspect of your criminal case, and fight for a successful outcome. When you meet with Mr. Fletcher, he will discuss the facts of your case, give you a frank assessment of your situation, and inform you of any defenses or rights that you may have, and what it would take to succeed.
The Law Offices of Lance L. Fletcher represents clients in all New York City and New York City Metropolitan area courts including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, and in Westchester and in both state and federal courts.