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Black Criminal Defense Attorney in New York City

NYC Black Criminal Defense Lawyer

Manhattan Criminal Lawyer Who Knows the Challenges Facing African-Americans in the Justice System

When you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, choosing the right attorney to handle your case is extremely important. Selecting such an attorney, however, can be difficult, especially in New York City, where there are thousands of options. The attorney you choose should have experience and legal knowledge, but perhaps more importantly, your lawyer should be able to relate to you as a person. When your lawyer understands your background, values, and your culture, that attorney will be better equipped to customize a defense strategy to match your unique circumstances.

At The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq., PLLC, we are acutely aware that African-Americans and other people of color comprise a substantial percentage of all arrests in New York State. In New York City, specifically, black individuals account for nearly half of all arrests, according to state-issued statistics, despite comprising just 22 percent of the population. While the possible reasons are the subject of much debate, the numbers are indisputable. With this in mind, our team is equipped to help defendants of all races and colors, including black men and women who are facing a wide range of criminal charges.

Trusted African-American Counsel in The Bronx and Brooklyn

New York City criminal defense attorney Gregory J. Watford is a seasoned negotiator and a fierce litigator with over 25 years of experience in criminal law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he also worked in law enforcement for more than a decade. As a former detective investigator and a former New York County prosecutor, Mr. Watford has played an active role in every part of the state's justice system, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

With this in mind, our team has the resources and tools to help you build a solid defense against any type of misdemeanor or felony charge, including but not limited to:

We can also help you obtain relief from some of the collateral consequences associated with a criminal conviction. Depending on your circumstances, we may even be able to get your past convictions sealed so that you can get a fresh start.

An Attorney Who Understands

At The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq., PLLC, we realize that our legal experience and background are essential to our success in criminal cases. However, we also know that there is more to a criminal case than there might seem at first glance, especially when the defendant is a person of color. In many areas, unfortunately, biases still exist in the criminal justice system, and even biases that are unintentional could have an impact on the outcome of the case.

The idea of "innocent until proven guilty" is a cornerstone of the American criminal court system, and it is one that we take very seriously at our firm. We are also committed to helping defendants protect the civil rights guaranteed to them by state and federal law. If you were arrested and charged with a crime, our team will carefully investigate the circumstances of your arrest to ensure that your rights were not violated. Any violation or compromising of your constitutional rights could lead to a full dismissal of the charges against you.

Let Us Help

If you would like to learn more about our firm and how we can help with your case, contact our office. Call 646-580-6675 for a confidential consultation at The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq., PLLC today. We serve clients of all races and ethnicities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, White Plains, Mt. Vernon, Mineola, New City, New York County, Kings County, Queens County, Bronx County, Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, and the surrounding communities.

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