FORMERLY Queens Law Associates

For legal help, call 1-844-QUEENSD (1-844-783-3673)

We are there when you need us.

Queens Defenders usually begins work with clients after they are arrested but before they see a judge.

After an arrest, the police will take you to court. At the court, a lawyer will be assigned to represent you. The lawyer will meet with you and investigate your case.

Then your lawyer will work with the prosecutor and judge to settle your case so you do not need to have a trial. If we cannot settle with the prosecutor, we will defend you during your trial.

Your lawyer will also work to eliminate your criminal record.

Criminal Defense Services

Major Trials and Homicides:

We work with legal experts, investigators, and social workers to make sure every client gets the best defense.

Treatment Courts:

We work with people who:

  • have been charged with driving while intoxicated
  • have mental illness and have been charged with crimes
  • are veterans facing criminal charges
  • or have a record of criminal offenses and substance abuse disorders and have been charged with crimes

Family Defense:

We handle criminal, family, and marital matters involving domestic violence through the Queens Integrated Domestic Violence Court.

Immigration:

We represent immigrants with criminal cases in the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal District Court, and the Second Circuit of Appeals.

Juvenile Justice

Queens Defenders represents youth, age 18 and younger, who have been charged with crimes. There are three types of cases:

Juvenile Offender

  • 13-15 years-old at the time of the crime
  • Murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery in the first degree

Youthful Offender

  • Any youth arrested for a felony or misdemeanor prior to 19th birthday
  • After indictment, case is heard in the youth part of Supreme Court

Adolescent Offender

  • 16 or 17 years old at the time of the crime
  • Crime is a felony
  • Case can be removed to Family Court if the judge determines that it does not meet the criteria for Supreme Court

Queens Defenders’ social workers support clients and their families from the arrest through the trial and beyond.

Terms You Should Know

  • defendant: the person charged with a crime
  • deposition: a statement given under oath
  • due diligence: the action a responsible person would take; such as stopping your car at a red traffic light or washing your hands before cooking in a restaurant
  • felony: a serious crime, including arson, rape, perjury and homicide, punishable by more than one year in prison
  • misdemeanor: a crime punishable by a year in prison or less
  • prosecutor: This lawyer is employed by the District Attorney and represents the victim

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Q: Who can use our legal services?

A: Anyone who has been charged with a crime in Queens and cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

We are there when you need us.

Queens Defenders usually begins work with clients after they are arrested but before they see a judge.

After an arrest, the police will take you to court. At the court, a lawyer will be assigned to represent you. The lawyer will meet with you and investigate your case.

Then your lawyer will work with the prosecutor and judge to settle your case so you do not need to have a trial. If we cannot settle with the prosecutor, we will defend you during your trial.

Your lawyer will also work to eliminate your criminal record.

Criminal Defense Services

Major Trials and Homicides:

We work with legal experts, investigators, and social workers to make sure every client gets the best defense.

Treatment Courts:

We work with people who:

  • have been charged with driving while intoxicated
  • have mental illness and have been charged with crimes
  • are veterans facing criminal charges
  • or have a record of criminal offenses and substance abuse disorders and have been charged with crimes

Family Defense:

We handle criminal, family, and marital matters involving domestic violence through the Queens Integrated Domestic Violence Court.

Felony Youth:

We represent youth, 18 years and younger, charged with felony offenses.

Immigration:

We represent immigrants with criminal cases in the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal District Court, and the Second Circuit of Appeals.

Terms You Should Know

  • defendant: the person charged with a crime
  • deposition: a statement given under oath
  • due diligence: the action a responsible person would take; such as stopping your car at a red traffic light or washing your hands before cooking in a restaurant
  • felony: a serious crime, including arson, rape, perjury and homicide, punishable by more than one year in prison
  • misdemeanor: a crime punishable by a year in prison or less
  • prosecutor: This lawyer is employed by the District Attorney and represents the victim

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

Q: Who can use our legal services?

A: Anyone who has been charged with a crime in Queens and cannot afford to hire a lawyer.