Arrested in NYC? - NYC Criminal Defense Attorney
Former Manhattan Prosecutor Fighting for You
An experienced and skilled New York City (NYC) criminal defense lawyer
can be the difference between a long jail sentence and getting your case
dismissed. Lance Fletcher, a former Manhattan Prosecutor with over 15
years of experience, will work tirelessly to get you the outcome that
you need. We focus on criminal cases in New York City. Criminal cases
typically happen when you've been arrested and you have an upcoming
court date or the NYPD has contacted you as part of an investigation into
you. Whether the charges against you are felonies or misdemeanors, convictions
have consequences so your criminal case may be the last and best opportunity
to protect your reputation and liberty.
The High Stakes of New York Criminal Law
Criminal convictions can be devastating and lead to life-altering consequences.
You can lose your freedom, your job, your professional license, your right
to vote, your ability to stay in your apartment, and you could make yourself
vulnerable to civil liability. Even a brief detention (incarceration)
in New York City often happens at Rikers Island, made notorious by chronic
staffing problems and recent violence. Arrests, even for non-violent offenses,
often entails being handcuffed, fingerprinted, and photographed. If you
have prior convictions, you may even face enhanced sentencing and if you
aren’t a citizen, you may face deportation. Any conviction, even
to a low-level offense, can trigger the loss of certain rights and privileges
or employment problems.
The Law Offices of Lance Fletcher defends clients facing criminal charges
in all New York City courts including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten
Island, and the Bronx. We defend cases before arrest (when the police
want to speak with you), following arrest and at the arraignment, after
the arraignment, and up to and including trial. We defend all types of
criminal cases including those that started with a desk appearance ticket
and all misdemeanors and felonies.
As a former Manhattan prosecutor, Lance Fletcher deploys a defense tailored
to your needs by utilizing private investigators, medical and forensic
experts, and conducting an independent investigation when needed to mount
the most effective and aggressive defense possible. Contacts us for a
consultation to discuss the details of your arrest and the plan for your
upcoming court date.
The ins and outs of New York City Criminal Law
In New York City, there are two ways you may get arrested.
Desk Appearance Tickets. If you’ve been handcuffed and fingerprinted
and released with a white piece of paper with a court date on it and that
reads “Desk Appearance Ticket” at the top, you’ve been
issued a Desk Appearance Ticket which was given to you instead of bringing
you to see a judge right away. Desk Appearance Tickets became more common
in the 2000s because they saved the City time and effort since by issuing
a Desk Appearance Ticket, the arresting officer didn’t have to lodge
you in a holding cell downtown and the City has much more time to draft
and file charges.
Central Booking. If you’ve been handcuffed, fingerprinted, and brought
to see a criminal court judge within about 24-36 hours of your arrest,
you were brought to central booking for your arrest. Central booking is
where you are brought for post-arrest processing and to wait to see the
judge. From central booking, you are taken into a courtroom for arraignment.
If bail is set, you are then brought to a detention facility such as Rikers
Island. If no bail is set, you may be released from the courtroom. Depending
on what your attorney says or doesn’t say, or what you say or don’t
say during the arraignment could have significant consequences for you
and your case going forward.
In New York, there are three group of offenses
Violations. In New York, violations are criminal offenses that are punishable
by up to 15 days in jail and include charges such as disorderly conduct,
jay-walking, and certain traffic tickets and other routine offenses.
Misdemeanors. In New York, misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable
by up to 364 days in jail and include offenses such as assault, DWI, theft
of services, and criminal mischief (property damage).
Felonies. In New York, felonies are the most serious criminal offense and
are punishable by over a year of jail and include offenses such as gun
possession, felony assault, felony DWI, grand larceny, robbery, burglary,
rape, and murder.
Some situations can be charged either as a felony or misdemeanor, depending
on how the prosecutor files it. For example, if you are accused of damaging
property and the damage is over $250, the prosecutor may charge this as
a felony or misdemeanor. Additionally, some charges are generally misdemeanors
but if it’s not your first time, it could become charged as a felony.
For example, your first DWI may be a misdemeanor but your second one might
be charged as a felony.
The Law Offices of Lance Fletcher NYC Defense Attorney Practice Areas
At the Law Offices of Lance Fletcher, we handle a wide array of criminal
accusations ranging from non-violent offenses to violent felonies. Lance
Fletcher, a former Manhattan prosecutor, has over 15 years of litigating
criminal cases in New York City courts.
Our practice areas include:
Accidents, Leaving the Scene
Obstruction of breathing and Strangulation
Criminal Court Appearance Tickets - NYPD Summons
Criminal Contempt (violation of an order of protection)
Desk Appearance Tickets
Desk Appearance Ticket Tips
Driving with Suspended License
Driving: Aggravated Unlicensed Operation
Drunk Driving / DWI DUI
Forcible touching (PL 13052)
Grand Larceny Penalties
Gun Possession Defense Lawyer
Identity Theft (if you've been arrested for Identity theft)
Immigration Consequences NY
Menacing (PL 12015 12014 & 12013)
Lewdness & Exposure
Resisting Arrest (PL 20530)
Sexual Abuse (PL 13055, 13060, 13065)
Stolen Property (PL 16540 16545 16550 16552)
Theft of Services
Unlawful surveillance and upskirting
If you or a loved one is facing charges in NYC,
contact us today for a consultation.
Finding the right NYC Criminal Defense Attorney
Being charged with a crime is about as serious as it gets. The effects
of a conviction can lead to jail and a permanent record. In selecting
the right lawyer for your case, you should consider many factors.
How many years has the attorney been practicing law?
Law school teaches you the general areas of US law because the law school
doesn’t know what state their students are going to practice law
in. Laws vary drastically from state to state and even cities and counties
have their own local laws. Attorneys get most of their state and local
experience from practicing law after law school so a recent graduate may
still be very unfamiliar with what a NYC criminal case looks like.
Lawyers never stop learning. No two cases are ever the same so lawyers
continue to learn year after year. Lawyers with more years of experience
have seen more and can apply this experience to help you get the outcome
that you need.
How many of these years were devoted to practicing criminal law in NYC?
“A jack of all trades, master of none” is a figure of speech
to refer to a person who has dabbled in many skills rather than gaining
expertise by focusing on one.
If your charged with a crime, you probably want an experienced criminal
lawyer by your side rather than a lawyer who handles family law and immigration
in addition to criminal law.
Does the Attorney have unique experience such as being a former prosecutor
in the same city where my case is?
They say that location is everything with property. So too with legal representation.
A New York City lawyer is going to be a good fit for a New York City Case
because they will be more familiar with local court room procedure and
the different judges that are likely to preside over your case.
Has the Attorney defended a case like mine before? How many times?
Ask yourself, how many times has this lawyer handled a case like mine?
Has the lawyer handled any cases that were more serious than mine? Experience
defending similar cases means that a lawyer many be more familiar with
certain defenses or strategies that work for the type of charges you face.
Does the Attorney have actual criminal trial experience?
Most criminal cases don’t go to trial. However, any criminal case
could go to trial and it is often impossible to predict with absolute
certainty which case will go to trial and which case won’t. So,
it’s better if your criminal defense attorney has trial experience
because that way you’ll be prepared in the event that you go to
trial. Also, having actual trial experience will help your attorney understand
if the prosecutor has a strong or weak case against you.
Who would appear with me in court – the Attorney on the website or
a junior associate?
Would you be happy if you hired an experienced, reputable attorney only
to be greeted by his/her junior associate in court?
Where is the Attorney’s office?
Does the Attorney work out of his/her home? Are they far away from NYC?
Is there a place where I can meet the Attorney and discuss the case?
Is the Attorney willing to sit down with me for the consultation?
Somethings are best bought quickly over the internet but a quality Attorney
probably isn’t one of those things. Sitting down with the Attorney
is a sign that you and the Attorney take your case seriously because you’re
both willing take the time to go over things properly.
Does the Attorney have a plan for my case that makes sense to me?
Criminal law can be complicated but the way your attorney explains it to
you should not sound complicated. It’s important that you understand
your legal situation and the plan for what your lawyer is going to do
in a way that you could easily explain to someone else.
Does the Attorney have an informative website?
An attorney website is an excellent tool for seeing what areas the lawyer
focuses on, what their experience is, and where they are located
It makes a lawyer more established because the lawyer is displaying their
credentials and experience in a very visible and verifiable way
Do I feel comfortable with the Attorney?
This is probably the most important thing. The right attorney for your
case should be able to explain the plan of action in a way you can understand.
Because any attorney client relationship is based on mutual trust, the
fact that you feel comfortable with your attorney is a good sign that
you’re in good hands.
Any outcome in court can have life-long consequences. Having a criminal
record can cause permanent employment, immigration, and housing problems.
Getting the best representation means finding the right attorney for you
and your case. Hopefully you find the above factors helpful. The main
thing is that your Attorney fits your case and your situation. This fit
comes from a combination of factors so it’s important to consider
everything that you can.