New York City Criminal Court Information

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Information about the New York City Criminal Court System including New York City Criminal Defense Lawyers prepared by New York City Criminal Attorney Don Murray.

New York City Criminal Defense Lawyers and Attorneys

By Don Murray

We have been practicing criminal defense in Queens County, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan criminal courts, as well as Nassau County, Westchester County, and Putnam County criminal courts for more than twenty years. Our practice is strictly limited to New York criminal defense. We are in Court nearly every single day, helping people accused of crimes in New York City. We have the courtroom skills, experience, and local knowledge to provide high quality criminal defense for those arrested in New York City, Nassau County, Westchester County and Putnam County.

No lawyer can guarantee a particular result. But we can guarantee the skill, dedication, and experience to provide you or your loved one the highest quality defense possible.

Where We Practice

We defend people accused of crimes in all New York City Criminal Courts, including:

  • Queens Criminal Court
  • Queens Supreme Court
  • Brooklyn Criminal Court (Kings County)
  • Brooklyn Supreme Court
  • Manhattan Criminal Court (New York County)
  • Manhattan Supreme Court
  • Bronx Criminal Court
  • Bronx Supreme Court

Our New York City Office is conveniently located in Kew Gardens, Queens, easily accessible to Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx by public transportation or by automobile.

Westchester and Putnam County

Likewise, if you need the assistance of a criminal lawyer in Westchester County or have a Westchester County Criminal Case,  Shalley and Murray can help you. Clicking on one of these links will take you to our Westchester County Criminal Defense web site where you will find a great deal of information specific to Westchester County.

James Shalley manages our "upstate" practice. Our office is located in Somers, NY, convenient to the numerous local criminal courts in Westchester as well as to the courts of Putnam County.  Mr. Shalley has extensive experience handling criminal cases in the numerous local criminal courts in Westchester and Putnam Counties, and is quite familiar with the judges, prosecutors, and court staff in these courts.

New York Criminal Cases

Some of the types of cases we have handled include:

Don Murray

Don Murray graduated from Williams College in 1986. He graduated from The University of Florida College of Law, with honors, in 1989. During law school and briefly afterwards, Mr. Murray worked for William DeCarlis, a prominent criminal defense lawyer in the Southeast. While working for Mr. DeCarlis, Mr. Murray assisted in the defense of a number of complex criminal cases, including an international drug smuggling conspiracy case out of Atlanta, Georgia.

It was his work with Mr. DeCarlis that sparked Mr. Murray's interest in and commitment to criminal defense. In 1990, Mr. Murray accepted a position as a trial lawyer for The Legal Aid Society, criminal defense division in New York City. While a trial lawyer for The Legal Aid Society, Mr. Murray defended a wide variety of criminal matters, and tried quite a few criminal cases.

While a trial lawyer with The Legal Aid Society, Mr. Murray published a chapter in the Matthew Bender series of books Criminal Defense Techniques. The series is a reference tool for criminal defense lawyers, and Mr. Murray's chapter analyzed the law as it relates to cross-examination of witnesses with their prior convictions.

In 1996, Mr. Murray, along with James Shalley, founded the law firm Shalley and Murray and began practicing criminal defense in the private sector. Mr. Murray currently handles a caseload of criminal matters primarily in New York City, including Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan, and Nassau County.

Mr. Murray was retained by a law firm in London, England as an expert in the field of New York Criminal Law as part of an international defense of a person sought in an extradition matter in which the defendant (in England) was wanted by New York State.

Mr. Murray's publications include an article in the Queens County Bar Association Journal about the despicable state of discovery rules in criminal cases in New York State.

Mr. Murray has consulted informally on a variety of legally themed television productions, included a small consultation on the NBC miniseries The Slap.

Mr. Murray is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Westchester County Bar Association and the Queens County Bar Association.

James Shalley

James Shalley graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1989. While in law school, he clerked for the United States Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.

In 1989, Mr. Shalley became a Trial Attorney for The Legal Aid Society in New York City in their Criminal Defense Division. As a Trial Attorney in Queens County for about 7 years, Mr. Shalley distinguished himself as an excellent trial attorney, conducting a wide variety of trials in both Criminal and Supreme Courts.

Mr. Shalley has taken on management responsibility for the firm's Westchester and Putnam County practice and therefore finds himself frequently making appearances in the various local criminal courts in Westchester and Putnam County.

Mr. Shalley is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Westchester County Bar Association, and the Queens County Bar Association.

Client Rights and Responsibilities

You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other lawyers and personnel in your lawyer’s office.

You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court approval may be required in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge.

You are entitled to your lawyer’s independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.

You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any fee arrangement that you find unsatisfactory.

You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your telephone calls returned promptly.

You are entitled to be kept informed as to the status of your matter and to request and receive copies of papers. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter.

You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney, including whether or not to settle your matter (court approval of a settlement is required in some matters).

You have the right to privacy in your dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law.

You are entitled to have you attorney conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility.

You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.


Reciprocal trust, courtesy and respect are the hallmarks of the attorney-client relationship. Within that relationship, the client looks to the attorney for expertise, education, sound judgment, protection, advocacy and representation. These expectations can be achieved only if the client fulfills the following responsibilities:

The client is expected to treat the lawyer and the lawyer’s staff with courtesy and consideration.

The client’s relationship with the lawyer must be one of complete candor and the lawyer must be apprised of all facts or circumstances of the matter being handled by the lawyer even if the client believes that those facts may be detrimental to the client’s cause or unflattering to the client.

The client must honor the fee arrangement as agreed to with the lawyer, in accordance with law.

All bills for services rendered which are tendered to the client pursuant to the agreed upon fee arrangement should be paid promptly.

The client may withdraw from the attorney-client relationship, subject to financial commitments under the agreed to fee arrangement, and, in certain circumstances, subject to court approval.

Although the client should expect that his or her correspondence, telephone calls and other communications will be answered within a reasonable time frame, the client should recognize that the lawyer has other clients equally demanding of the lawyer’s time and attention.

The client should maintain contact with the lawyer, promptly notify the lawyer of any change in telephone number or address and respond promptly to a request by the lawyer for information and cooperation.

The client must realize that the lawyer need respect only legitimate objectives of the client and that the lawyer will not advocate or propose positions which are unprofessional or contrary to law or the Lawyer’s Code of Professional Responsibility.

The lawyer may be unable to accept a case if the lawyer has previous professional commitments that will result in inadequate time being available for the proper representation of a new client.

A lawyer is under no obligation to accept a client if the lawyer determines that the cause of the client is without merit, a conflict of interest would exist or that a suitable working relationship with the client is not likely.

Our Kew Gardens Office Building, home to our New York City Headquarters.

Our Kew Gardens Office Building, home to our New York City Headquarters.

We have been practicing nothing but criminal defense in New York City for more than twenty years. We have never prosecuted anyone. If you or someone you care about is being accused of a crime in New York City, we can help. Give us a call to find out more.
— Don Murray

Kew Gardens Office Location, Driving and Subway Directions

We are conveniently located at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 702 (Seventh Floor), in Kew Gardens Queens.  Our office is just down Queens Blvd. from the Queens County Criminal Court building. Our building is a large black, glass tower impossible to miss if you are in the area.

Parking is available in the building. There is parking on the street, but it is sometimes difficult to find and is heavily monitored by traffic personnel.

The Union Turnpike Subway Station is directly in front of our building.  From the E or F train, exit at Union Turnpike and follow the signs for the South side of Queens Blvd. 


Shalley and Murray is a New York City Criminal Defense Law Firm - Your Best Defense is Our Business

Here on this page you will find information about the New York City Criminal Defense Firm Shalley and Murray, including

  • the locations where we practice,
  • the types of criminal cases we handle
  • biography of Don Murray
  • biography of James Shalley
  • Directions to our New York City office
  • An explanation of client rights and responsibilities

For more information, please call us at 718-268-2171 or visit our contact page. 

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