The New Normal
Advances in smart phones, laptops, research services, databases, and programming have lead to criminal defense attorneys in New York operating their practices with lower monthly overhead. Clients are wising up and wanting criminal attorneys that will return phone calls on the same day, meet in person, research the law, write motions, investigate witnesses, compile evidence, and negotiate with (or fight against) the prosecution until the case ends favorably. Many clients no longer have to worry about getting lost in the shuffle within an anonymous law firm or public defender bureaucracy.
Who wants to pay a criminal attorney a few thousand dollars to show up to court only once for his client just to plead guilty? Not you, I hope.
The change in the economy and in criminal practice — which eliminates the need for secretaries, paralegals, and other costly employees — has lead to a new wave of high quality solo practitioners
. In this evolving world, New York criminal attorneys often provide the highest quality of representation for a reasonable cost. These solo attorneys can charge lower fees or flat fees and can provide a better quality of defense. Additionally, these criminal attorneys can make the same amount of profit because new technology reduces the cost of running a practice.Criminal Law Firms
Today, criminal law firms have gone extinct. Some law practices still market themselves as "the best criminal law firm in the city," but most of these places consist of a partnership between a few solo practitioners. The attorneys pool funds to pay for office space and other bills, but usually the firm is nothing more than a shared rental space. Most of these firms are run by older attorneys
Similarly, a number of small neighborhood firms advertise themselves as representing criminal defendants, which they usually list on their window somewhere between bankruptcy, personal injury, immigration, and divorces. Many of these firms will represent a person in a criminal matter, but these attorneys are not experts in criminal law. As mentioned elsewhere, why would a person hire a tax attorney to prepare a criminal defense? Think about it: hiring a criminal attorney will cost less than hiring a general practice attorney because the average criminal attorney works alone and knows the most efficient methods for ending a criminal case quickly.
Some of the more venerable old school criminal law firms still exist throughout the city, but they now take high-publicity cases or cases with large sources of revenue. The cost of running an old school firm requires these attorneys to focus on major cases, such as celebrity or mafia arrests. For the average defendant, these firms have little to offer.
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