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NYC Criminal Defense Lawyer | Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP

At Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP, we believe that everyone deserves the most robust defense possible, no matter the complexity or severity of the alleged crime. Our seasoned NYC criminal defense lawyers are here to navigate the intricate judicial system with you, ensuring that your rights are preserved and your voice is heard.

NYC Criminal Defense Lawyer

What is a NYC Criminal Defense Lawyer?

A criminal defense lawyer is a legal professional specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal conduct. Our role encompasses a wide array of legal services that are crucial to ensuring a fair legal process for our clients, as well as safeguarding their rights under the U.S. Constitution and New York State laws.

How Can A Criminal Defense Lawyer Help?

A criminal defense lawyer can help in numerous ways, often significantly affecting the outcome of a criminal case. At Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP, our dedicated team of criminal defense attorneys can provide the following critical services:

Evaluate Your Case and Formulate a Strategy

Our lawyers thoroughly analyze the charges and evidence against you to develop an effective defense strategy. We can identify strengths and weaknesses in your case, and advise on the best course of action, whether it’s negotiating a plea deal or going to trial.

Protect Your Rights

From the moment of arrest, many essential rights must be protected. We ensure that law enforcement agencies respect your constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent and the right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures.

Represent You in Court

If your case goes to trial, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer is crucial. We provide representation in court, skillfully argue your case, and challenge the prosecution’s evidence, all while advocating on your behalf for a not guilty verdict.

Handle Plea Bargains and Sentencing

We negotiate with prosecutors to strike plea bargains, which can result in reduced charges or lighter sentences. If conviction cannot be avoided, we argue for alternative sentencing options that may replace or reduce jail time.

Navigate the Legal System

The criminal justice system is complex and can be overwhelming. We guide you through the process, explain legal terms and procedures, and ensure that you make informed decisions about your case.

Provide a Personalized Defense

Each case is unique, and we tailor our defense to the specifics of your situation. This may involve gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with experts to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Offer Emotional Support

Facing criminal charges is stressful. Our lawyers provide not just legal support, but also the emotional and moral support you need. We’re committed to standing with you throughout the process, offering reassurance and helping you manage the anxiety that often accompanies criminal proceedings.

Mitigate Future Consequences

Criminal convictions can have long-lasting effects beyond immediate penalties. We work to minimize these consequences, such as difficulties in finding employment, housing, or educational opportunities due to a criminal record.

Post-Conviction Advocacy

If necessary, we can assist with appeals and post-conviction relief efforts, seeking to overturn unjust convictions or reduce excessive sentences. Our representation doesn’t necessarily stop at trial.

Legal Advice and Education

We educate you on the legal implications of your case, the likely outcomes, and the long-term effects of different legal strategies, enabling you to make decisions that are in your best interest.

Types of Criminal Cases We Take


  • Overview: Allegations of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Defense Tactics: Challenging the traffic stop legality, field sobriety tests, and breathalyzer accuracy.
  • Potential Outcomes: Reduction of charges, case dismissal, or alternative sentencing to mitigate consequences.

Drug Offenses

  • Overview: Ranges from possession to distribution and trafficking of controlled substances.
  • Defense Tactics: Contesting search and seizure procedures, the validity of drug evidence, and exploring treatment-based alternatives.
  • Potential Outcomes: Dismissal due to evidentiary issues, reduced charges, or diversion to treatment programs.

White-Collar Crimes

  • Overview: Financially motivated, non-violent crimes such as fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering.
  • Defense Tactics: Detailed financial analysis, challenging the prosecution’s evidence, and disputing intent.
  • Potential Outcomes: Case dismissal, plea to lesser charges, or reduced sentencing with restitution.

Violent Crimes

  • Overview: Includes assault, domestic violence, homicide, and other offenses involving physical harm or threats.
  • Defense Tactics: Investigating self-defense claims, witness credibility, and evidence integrity.
  • Potential Outcomes: Acquittal based on defense claims, reduced charges, or negotiated sentencing.

Theft and Property Crimes

  • Overview: Crimes involving the unauthorized taking or damage of property, such as shoplifting, burglary, or larceny.
  • Defense Tactics: Challenging the evidence on intent and possession, and questioning the value of the property involved.
  • Potential Outcomes: Dismissal for lack of evidence, reduced charges, or alternative resolutions like restitution.

Federal Crimes

  • Overview: Crimes prosecuted under the federal criminal code, including drug conspiracies, organized crime, and other major offenses.
  • Defense Tactics: Navigating federal court procedures, engaging in thorough discovery, and presenting a formidable defense.
  • Potential Outcomes: Effective plea negotiations, dismissal of charges, or vigorous defense leading to acquittal at trial.

Sexual Crimes

  • Overview: Charges such as sexual assault, rape, and other sex-related offenses.
  • Defense Tactics: Critical examination of the allegations, accuser credibility, forensic evidence, and potential constitutional violations during the investigation.
  • Potential Outcomes: Dismissal of charges based on insufficient evidence, acquittal, or reduced sentencing through plea agreements.

At Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP, our adept handling of these diverse legal challenges reflects our commitment to personalized and effective criminal defense. With each case, we aim to provide a defense strategy tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of our clients, always with the goal of securing the best possible outcome.

Why Choose Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP

Proven Track Record

  • Experience: Decades of combined experience in criminal defense, with a history of favorable verdicts and settlements.
  • Recognition: Our attorneys are recognized by peers and clients for exceptional legal service and have received numerous accolades in the legal community.

Client-Centered Approach

  • Personal Attention: Each client receives personalized attention from our dedicated attorneys. We understand that every case is unique and requires a tailored approach.
  • Communication: We prioritize clear, timely communication with our clients, ensuring you are informed and empowered at every stage of your case.

Strategic Defense

  • Resourcefulness: Our team is known for its creative legal strategies and thorough preparation for each case. We leverage all available resources to support our clients’ defense.
  • Aggressive Advocacy: We advocate zealously for our clients, whether it’s in the negotiation room or the courtroom, to secure the best possible outcome.

Experience Across Criminal Law

  • Wide Range of Cases: Our attorneys have extensive experience defending a wide array of criminal charges, from misdemeanors to serious felonies, including white-collar crimes and federal offenses.
  • Up-to-Date Knowledge: We stay abreast of the latest legal developments to ensure our defense strategies are innovative and informed by current law.

Accessible and Supportive

  • Availability: We are there for our clients when they need us, ready to answer questions and provide legal support throughout the process.
  • Support System: The emotional toll of criminal proceedings is not to be underestimated. We offer a steady hand and empathetic ear alongside our legal experience

Respected by Peers

  • Professional Esteem: Our firm has earned the respect of the legal community, including prosecutors and judges, which can be advantageous in negotiations and legal proceedings.
  • Industry Connections: We have developed a network of professional relationships, including expert witnesses and investigative resources, to bolster our clients’ defenses.

Commitment to Justice

  • Ethics and Integrity: We are committed to upholding the highest ethical standards and integrity in our practice, ensuring our clients receive fair treatment under the law.
  • Advocacy for Rights: Our unwavering commitment to the Constitution and our clients’ rights is the cornerstone of our practice.

At Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP, our combination of experience, client service, and legal acumen is directed towards one goal: delivering the highest quality defense for our clients. When your freedom and future are at stake, choose a law firm with a demonstrated commitment to excellence and a passion for justice. Choose Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP.


What should I do if I’m arrested for a crime in NYC?

Immediately request to speak with an attorney and exercise your right to remain silent. Do not provide any statements to the police without legal counsel present. Contact Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected from the start.

How can I choose the best criminal defense attorney for my case?

Look for a lawyer with extensive experience in criminal defense, a track record of successful outcomes, positive client testimonials, and a personal approach that makes you feel comfortable and confident. It’s also important that they have experience with cases similar to yours.

What are the potential consequences of a criminal conviction?

The consequences depend on the nature of the charge but may include jail or prison time, fines, probation, community service, and a criminal record. There could also be long-term effects such as difficulties in securing employment, housing, and educational opportunities.

Can you guarantee a positive outcome for my case?

No ethical attorney can guarantee a specific outcome in a criminal case. However, at Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP, we assure you of our full commitment to leveraging our experience and resources to achieve the best possible result.

Will my case go to trial?

Many criminal cases are resolved without going to trial through negotiations or plea bargains. Our team assesses each case to determine the best course of action, whether that is fighting the charges in court or negotiating a plea that minimizes the impact on your life.

How much will hiring a criminal defense attorney cost?

The cost can vary based on the complexity of the case and the amount of work required. We provide transparent fee structures and discuss costs upfront. In some cases, we may offer payment plans to ensure our services are accessible to those who need them.

What’s the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Misdemeanors are less serious crimes typically punishable by fines or jail time of less than one year. Felonies are more serious offenses that carry stiffer penalties, including the possibility of prison time exceeding one year.

Can Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP handle cases in federal court?

Yes, our attorneys are equipped to handle criminal cases in both state and federal courts, bringing a wealth of experience and a strategic approach to each case.

How do I get started with my defense?

Reach out to Sivin, Miller & Roche LLP to schedule a consultation. During this initial meeting, we’ll discuss the specifics of your case, provide preliminary advice, and outline the next steps in your defense strategy.

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