Decorated New York City Cop Opens Criminal Defense Law Practice

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Patrick J. Carney, Esq., Who Rose Through the Ranks of the NYPD, Provides Criminal Defense With Knowledge of the System and Passion for Clients

Patrick J. Carney, Esq.

I know firsthand how cops and district attorneys put together cases. I have the playbook. I want to use this insider knowledge from 20-years as a cop to your advantage in fighting your criminal charges and protecting your rights.

Patrick J. Carney, Esq., a highly decorated former New York City police captain, announced today he has opened a criminal law practice. The Law Offices of Patrick J. Carney is a New York-based firm devoted to the passionate legal representation of individuals’ accused of wrongdoing. The firm is proud to represent a diverse client base ranging from blue-collar workers, to business professionals, to students and young adults.

“I know firsthand how cops and district attorneys put together cases. I used to be in their shoes. I have the playbook,” said Mr. Carney. “I want to use this insider knowledge from 20-years as a cop to your advantage in fighting your criminal charges and providing aggressive representation.”

Some defense lawyers take a wait-and-see approach, Mr. Carney said. They stall until the first court date, or until they receive the police reports, before investigating and working up a case.

By contrast, Mr. Carney believes there's no time to waste. The most critical window for defense work may be the first few days following an arrest, or even prior to formal charges being filed. By getting to work immediately, often Mr. Carney can locate favorable defense evidence and witnesses, and get a "head start" towards defeating the charges.

“Make no mistake. Cops concern themselves mainly with aiding the prosecution and building up a case against you," said Mr. Carney. “They should not be relied upon to gather favorable evidence that helps exonerate their suspect. They are not on your side.”

Facing criminal charges traumatizes people. Nothing compounds the stress more than the inability to reach your attorney.

The Law Offices of Patrick J. Carney, puts a premium on the accessibility and is here to provide moral and emotional support as well as legal representation. Mr. Carney observes two policies:
1.    Every client phone call, email or text is returned the same day; and
2.    Every client is provided with a 24 hour contact number for his/her attorney

Not only does this provide clients with the assurance of knowing they can reach their lawyer at critical times. It also helps the attorneys do their job more effectively.“I find that close client interaction is pivotal to my work. My clients are the best resource for understanding what happened and who the key players are in the case,” Mr. Carney said. “I want to hear from you, and you'll definitely be hearing from me as together we map out the story and put together the best defense possible.”

Mr. Carney added that it’s sometimes it's possible to stop criminal charges from ever being filed. After making an arrest or investigating a suspected crime, the police often take their evidence to the district attorney. The D.A. evaluates the potential case and decides what criminal charges (if any) to file. Usually, the prosecutor makes this decision based solely on what the police present. But often there's much more to the story.

“Knowing your side of the story may affect the D.A.'s calculations. When the prosecutors see the whole picture, not just what the cops or the alleged "victim" have to say, they may decide to file lesser charges, a misdemeanor rather than a felony, for example or not to file criminal charges at all,” Mr. Carney said.

About the Law Offices of Patrick J. Carney
The Law Offices of Patrick J. Carney is an aggressive criminal defense law firm, based on years of experience working on the front lines of the criminal system. The firm’s success hinges on an extraordinarily thorough review of evidence and skill in trial litigation.

Clients know that Patrick Carney fights hard, a reputation that surrounds each case and affects perceptions of all involved, even opposing counsel, and often creates outstanding resolution opportunities. For more information, please visit

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