Practice – wlawny


Criminal Defense

The Williams Law Office is available to appear on your behalf whether you are charged with a violations, misdemeanors or felony. Although the geographic focus of the practice is New York City, the Office is available to appear anywhere in the State of New York. The Office will assist you from the moment you need to surrender yourself to the local police to the conclusion of your case. The Williams Law Office is familiar with all County, District, Town and Village Courts. When you retain the Williams Law Office your rights are defended by an experienced trial lawyer.

Sometimes negotiating a fair plea is the best outcome a lawyer can obtain for the client. The Williams Law Office will give you an honest assessment of whether a plea or trial is in your best interest. Beware of lawyers that promise victory to secure a large retainer and afterwards tell you that you have to take a plea.

The following are examples of the criminal charges commonly handled by the Williams Law Office:

  • DWI /DUI
  • Juvenile Offenses (Supreme Courts)
  • Welfare, Mortgage, Insurance and Health Care Fraud
  • Bribery and Official Misconduct
  • Larceny and Theft Offenses
  • Arson and Burglary
  • Domestic Violence and Strangulation
  • Violent Assault and Robbery
  • Homicide (Murder, Manslaughter and Vehicular Manslaughter)
  • Sex Offenses and Offenses against children
  • Controlled Substance and Drug Offenses (Sale and Possession)
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Conspiracy and Enterprise Corruption
  • Hate Crimes
  • Bail Jumping & Escape
  • Gambling Offenses
  • Prostitution Offenses

The Defense practice also includes

Preparing clients to testify before a Grand Jury, Judge or Petit Jury. Preparing Pre Pleading Memoranda for the Court and District Attorney Suppression Hearings.

Hearings on Offender Status (Persistent Violent Offender, Persistent Felony Offender, Second Felony Offender)

Guardianships (Mental Hygiene Law - Article 81)

Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 guardianships involve individuals that have been alleged to be an Incapacitated Person (“AIP”). An AIP is someone who needs some help to care for themselves or manage their personal, property or financial affairs. AIPs are commonly people that have dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, a severe mental disability or lack capacity due to a coma.

This kind of guardianship case is brought in Supreme Court or County Court under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law. The case is started by filing an Order to Show Cause and petition asking that a person is appointed to assist the AIP. Once that is done, the Judge will appoint a “court evaluator.” The Court Evaluator is the eyes and ears of the Court. The court evaluator will meet with AIP, family and medical professionals, investigate and issue a report to the Court with an opinion as to whether the subject individual is incapacitated and the extent of assistance that is necessary. Although the lay person may start this type of action, generally, it is best if a lawyer handles this kind of case.

The Williams Law Office accepts appointments to serve as the Court Evaluator, Attorney to the AIP and Guardian Ad Litem. The Williams Law Office makes home, hospital and nursing home visits to accommodate the needs of the AIP. If you have concerns that a friend or family member needs help and you wish to start an action, the Williams Law Office can help you reach your goal.