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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 as New York City criminal lawyers 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.  We can help you understand the seriousness of misdemeanor charges, and even review the path toward misdemeanor trials in New York City.  Other common misdemeanors we handle include criminal possession weapon in the fourth degree, theft of services, suspended license, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, and domestic violence accusations.

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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, and the various arraignment courts in New York City in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan.  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.

Juvenile Arrests, Family Court Appearance Tickets, and the Intake Interview

If your son or daughter is arrested in New York City, especially for what would otherwise be a misdemeanor offense such as petit larceny, assault in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance or marijuana, or theft of services, you may have an appointment for an “intake interview” with the Department of Probation. There is more than meets the eye going on at this vitally important part of the process and you need to consult with a lawyer. Read this article to find out more about the Family Court Appearance Ticket and the so-called “Intake Interview” and why it is such an important opportunity for you and your child.


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.

NOTE: If you have a conviction for a MARIJUANA case in Brooklyn, you may be eligible to get this conviction dismissed REGARDLESS of eligibility for sealing.  There is a new policy in Brooklyn and we can help you take advantage of it.

Sample New York City Criminal Convictions Sealed on Our Motions Already

  • 2004 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree from Nassau County - conviction sealed.

  • 1994 Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree from Queens - conviction sealed.

  • 1982 Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree from Brooklyn - conviction sealed.

  • 1999 Criminal Mischief from Queens - conviction sealed.

  • 1999 Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree - SEALED (Some criminal possession of a weapon felony convictions are actually eligible for sealing. This client assumed his was ineligible but he called us to check. If he hadn't called, and learned that his was case WAS eligible, he would still be living with a felony criminal record. Instead, we identified his case as eligible, and wrote him a custom motion that was so compelling that the DA's Office didn't even fight it - they consented to it - and the Judge granted it.)

  • 1993 Criminal Possession of Stolen Property Conviction from Queens - conviction sealed. This case involved a conviction after trial.

  • 1987 Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree from Westchester County - conviction sealed. This case involved a person who had engaged the police in a high speed chase across Westchester highways.

  • 2000 Grand Larceny in the Third Degree - conviction sealed. Case involved the theft of more than $50,000 from employer in Manhattan.

  • Could your conviction be our next sealed conviction? Call us at 718-268-2171 and find out.

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 .  Mr. Murray has written extensively about the New York City Criminal Justice system including articles of interest about Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, bail and bail bonds, New York criminal sentencing, what to do when the police want to "talk", DWI refusal issues, courtroom names, and violations of probation

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. 

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. 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. 

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