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New Arrest?

If you know someone who has just been arrested, and has not yet seen the judge, it is an emergency.

Call 347-612-9830.

Criminal Court Directories

Visit our directories of local criminal courts in Westchester and Putnam Counties in New York.

New York Criminal Appeals

If you need the help of a New York Criminal Appeals lawyer to appeal a conviction in Westchester or Putnam County, visit this New York Criminal Apepals website for detailed information about the criminal appeals process in New York and Federal Court.

Non Citizens Accused of Crimes

If you are not a citizen, even if you are legal permanent resident, being charged with a crime is doubly serious. Not only do you face the challenge of criminal charges, but you face the challenge of immigration consequences, even if your result in the criminal justice system seems good to you. We are sensitive to immigration issues but we also recommend that all non-citizens accused of crimes seek the advice of a new york immigration lawyer before resolving any criminal matter.

New York Criminal Justice Information

Links to More Information about Westchester, Putnam and New York Criminal Justice System.

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Driving While Intoxicated Cases in Westchester and Putnam Counties

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI or drunk driving) charges in Westchester or Putnam County are serious and complex.

People underestimate DWI charges and their potential for substantial impact on their lives. For those who live in Westchester or Putnam County, the ability to drive is critical. Simply being charged with DWI in Westchester or Putnam County can result in your license being suspended, even though you have only been charged with DWI (but not found guilty of DWI.) The presumption of innocence does not apply to your driver's license.

Driving While Intoxicated accusations can also lead to loss of the vehicle through forfeiture and, when there are children in the vehicle, even lead to child neglect proceedings in family court. Further, negotatiated settlements of DWI accusations frequenly require alcohol abuse screening, and where indicated, alcohol abuse programs.

Therefore, DWI accusations should not be taken lightly. You need criminal defense advice.

Westchester and Putnam Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you or someone you know has been arrested in Westchester County or Putnam County and charged with a crime, then now would be a good time to begin looking for a criminal defense lawyer. A quick and decisive response from an experienced Westchester or Putnam County criminal lawyer or attorney can help increase the chances for a successful defense case.

The criminal lawyers at Shalley and Murray have been defending people accused of crimes in New York State since 1990. The Westchester and Putnam Branch of Shalley and Murray has provided criminal defense services from an office strategically located in Somers, New York, while the New York City branch covers New York City and Nassau County.

When Someone is Arrested...

What to Do When Someone is Arrested In New York - A Checklist of Issues to Consider

When someone you know is arrested whether in Westchester, Putnam, or anywhere else, it is hard to think straight. What do you need to be thinking about in the short term, as in right now, and what should you be doing to protect the long term interests of the person? New York Criminal Defense lawyer Don Murray's new article helps to address these important questions.

Helpful Articles about Westchester and Putnam Criminal Law

Sometimes just understanding the process a little better can help cope with criminal accusations. Here in this website you will find meaningful, easy to understand articles, written by practicing criminal defense lawyers from Westchester and Putnam County, New York.

Whether it is a discussion of the progress of Criminal Cases through the criminal system, Driving While Intoxicated license issues, simple advice on how to help when someone has been arrested, or just information about the local courts in Westchester or Putnam County local courts, we offer this information for free on this web site.

Please note that our website is currently undergoing a major upgrade. If the information you seek about a criminal case in Westchester County or Putnam County is not here, please do not hesitate to call us at 914-276-2585.

Westchester False Confession Case Study

Westchester False Confession Case Study

Don Murray recently defended a man accused of stealing more than $50,000 worth of lottery tickets from the store where he worked as manager. The most damaging evidence against him was a confession signed by the acccused himself. In the absence of hard evidence, the case boiled down to whether or not the confession could be trusted. Upon investigation, the alleged confession came about as a result of about 13 hours of relentless questioning, as well as false promises made to the accused, an immigrant unfamiliar with the system. Despite the obvious obstacles to success in a false confession case, Mr. Murray obtained an acquittal at a jury trial. Mr. Murray has prepared a detailed case study of this fascinating larceny defense. You will be able to see the false confession itself.

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