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If you have been arrested in New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn or Bronx), you're likely worried about what is going to happen to you now.  At Shalley and Murray, we have helped countless people facing the same sorts of problems that face you now.  Let our experience be your guide.

As criminal defense attorneys with decades of courtroom experience in New York City, we have the confidence to apply a calm, focused approach to helping you solve your problem with the Court.  We earn our reputation in Court, day after day.   

Call for an honest, calm, and thorough explanation of your situation, and then let us begin to develop a plan to work through your problem.  

manhattan, queens, brooklyn, and bronx CRIMINAL attorneys

Shalley & Murray has been fighting for people accused of crimes in New York City since 1996. The founding partners, Don Murray and James Shalley, have more than 27 years experience each defending people against criminal accusations in the courtrooms of Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.  Whether it is an assault charge in Queens, a shoplifting charge in Manhattan, or a drug possession charge in Brooklyn, we have been there countless times before.

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If you are charged with a misdemeanor like DWI, Assault in the Third Degree, Petit Larceny (shoplifting), marijuana or drug possession, there are usually lots of good possibilities to resolve your case quickly and economically.  But be careful.  It is useful to have the assistance of an experienced New York City criminal lawyer to make sure it ends in the best way possible.

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Felony Charges

If you are charged with a felony like robbery, burglary, felony assault, criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree, or felony weapons charges, then there is no doubt that you face some serious obstacles.  But your situation may not be as dire as it seems, or as dire as some may be trying to make it seem.    With felony charges you need information from a reliable lawyer the sooner the better.


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New York City Arraignment Attorney

If a loved one has disappeared into the New York City arraignment system and you don't know where to turn for information, you can start right here.  We offer several articles about the arraignment process in New York City, the various arraignment courts in New York City in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan, and on how and why it is important to hire a lawyer for arraignments.  In addition, the founding partners at Shalley and Murray, Don Murray and James Shalley have handled quite literally thousands of arraignments in New York City over the last 27 years.  We can help with your loved one's arraignment too.


As of October, 2017, it became possible to file a motion in Criminal Court in New York to seal up to two criminal convictions (including one felony).  These criminal convictions must be ten years or more old, and you must have been out of trouble during the ten years from conviction to the filing of the motion to seal.  There are some exceptions, but this new law (New York Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59) is one of the most expansive sealing laws in the United States.  Shalley and Murray is prepared to work with you to take advantage of this new law.  We have already filed numerous sealing motions across New York City and Nassau County, already achieving great successes in difficult circumstances.

Read more about the New York Conviction Sealing Law in an article by partner Don Murray, author of one of the very first sealing motions filed in New York.   Find out about the conviction sealing service offered by Shalley and Murray, or find out why it is important that you get legal help with this important motion.  Take our simple online quiz to see if you might be eligible to have your conviction(s) sealed in New York.


Articles about the New York Criminal Justice System and NY CRIMINAL law 

Explore articles about the NYC Criminal Justice System by New York City criminal defense veteran Don Murray .  Look for "The System" in the main menu and you will find many in-depth articles relating to important issues and common questions about the Criminal Justice System in New York, with a particular emphasis on New York City. 

One article discusses the peculiar problem of Criminal Possession of Weapon charges at our airports that frequently arises when people from other parts of the country attempt to travel with their otherwise lawfully possessed weapons.  The good people who often get caught up in cases such as this face a nightmare scenario of being accused of violent felony offenses where there is virtually no realistic defense.  Mr. Murray, however, describes how this problem is frequently able to be solved. 

Explore more technical legal issues in articles in the "Law Library" section of the main menu above.  Read, for example, an introduction to New York Sentencing Rules in Criminal Cases in an article by Don Murray.   For even more content on a variety of hot topics in the New York City Criminal Justice System, visit Don Murray's "Defense Posts" blog

Real New York Criminal Defense Experience and Real Website Content

If you have been searching for help with your criminal case on the web, then you have discovered that there is a lot of noise out there.  Every lawyer is an “aggressive criminal lawyer”.  Every criminal lawyer has been featured on TV.  Every criminal lawyer has buckets of brilliant reviews.  And every criminal lawyer gets thousands of cases dismissed.  Many dangle their experience as former prosecutors as if that is something that is supposed to impress you.

So what are you to make of all this?  How do you know how to sift through all the noise?

One way is to look at the content that is provided on the website.  Actually try to find articles that say something of even the smallest interest or relevance to you beyond bland summaries of the criminal statutes.  Do you see any in depth criminal case studies that describe actual cases with commentary from the lawyer himself or herself?  Do the articles presented provide real, useable information for people that you can understand written by a lawyer?  If your lawyer can’t explain the law to you in a way that makes sense, how do you expect that lawyer to make arguments for you in Court that make sense?  Magic?

The rich, in-depth content on this site is written entirely by the partners at Shalley and Murray.  And if you read the articles, you can see the difference.  Our articles actually explain things you may want to know about.  Bail, arraignment process, adjournments in contemplation of dismissal, New York criminal sentencing, even the names of courtrooms, and much more.  We don’t try to frighten.  In fact, we encourage you to be calm, to relax, think and breathe, even in the face of criminal accusations.  In presenting real content we show you that we are knowledgeable and experienced.  We don’t simply yell it at you. 

Bold Claims of Dismissal?  What to Think When a Lawyer Tells You He Will Get Your Case Dismissed at Your Initial Consultation

Partner Don Murray address a common observation that clients have made about other criminal lawyers in New York City who made bold claims in initial consultations about getting cases dismissed.  Read this guide to lawyer claims about dismissing criminal cases.

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