Fighting for Your Rights, One Client at a Time.

COVID-19 Update

New York County Defender Services remains committed to our clients during the COVID-19 emergency. Like most businesses in New York State, our physical offices are currently closed, but our staff is working remotely. All New York courts are now closed in most circumstances, but our trial attorneys are fighting for the release of our clients from detention and filing other emergency motions. We are still answering our phones and responding to email. Details below.


NYCDS is an elite public defense firm serving New York City’s most vulnerable communities since 1997.

Our skilled trial attorneys zealously defend people accused of crimes in Manhattan’s Criminal and Supreme Courts, at no cost to the accused.

NYCDS fights fiercely for low-income New Yorkers, inside the courtroom and out.

From juvenile defense to social work, we’ve expanded our toolset to better confront the myriad causes of criminal legal system involvement. Our special units include:

Our staff also boasts senior attorney specialists with significant issue-area expertise who practice in Manhattan’s specialty problem-solving courts, focusing on mental health, veterans’ treatment, and integrated domestic violence.