Bail Lawyers

New York Bail Bond Lawyers

Mayo Bartlett is a seasoned Criminal Defense Lawyer who has the experience and dedication that you or your loved one needs on their side when facing any kind of criminal charge whether it is Village Court, Town Court, County Court, Supreme Court, or Federal Court. He is a former Westchester County prosecutor who served more than 10 years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in White Plains New York, and he was selected as a Super Lawyer, and as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. He has also been a Criminal Defense Attorney since 2003, and he has a thorough understanding of police procedure from years spent working with officers and detectives in White Plains, throughout Westchester County, Putnam County, New York City and the Hudson Valley. Mayo has handled thousands of criminal cases, and has successfully had many violent felony charges reduced to misdemeanors, or had them dismissed entirely. Mayo has also obtained a verdict of not guilty for a variety of violent charges that would have resulted in sentences of decades, and sometimes life in prison.

Why Bail is an Important Part of Criminal Defense 

Bail is one of the most important issues when trying to mount a successful defense of any criminal case. We are Bail Lawyers who will make a very thorough bail application for you or your loved one after an arrest. Many people end up entering guilty pleas to crimes that they did not commit because they want to get out of jail. Although lots of people believe that they would never enter a plea to something that they did not do, this is far from the case. Many people enter false guilty pleas for a variety of reasons.

These reasons include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Fear of losing one’s job
  • Fear of losing one’s children to foster care
  • Not being able to pick your children up from school
  • Not having one’s medicine
  • Fear of a long jail sentence followed by a promise of immediate release after a plea
  • Fear of being victimized in jail

The Kalief Browder Tragedy 

The story of twenty-two-year-old Kalief Browder sheds light on how important bail decisions are. Mr. Browder spent three years imprisoned in Riker’s Island, which is thought to be one of the nation’s most violent prisons. Kalief Browder was unjustly arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack when he was only 16 years old, and the court set bail at $3000.00. While in the jail, he was repeatedly beaten, and abused by the staff as well as by other inmates, many of which were captured on video. Mr. Browder’s case was eventually dismissed, and he was released from prison.

Despite his release, Kalief Browder continued to suffer from his experience at Riker’s Island, and in June of 2015, he hanged himself with an air conditioning cord. His story was the impetus for a nationwide movement for a presumption of pre-trial release in lieu of bail. Mr. Browder’s story is detailed in a six-part documentary TIME: The Kalief Browder Story. 

The punishments for many crimes in New York can mean years, decades, or even life in prison, without the possibility of parole. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, choosing an attorney to defend your case is one of the most important, if not the most important, decisions you will ever have to make. It is absolutely critical that you retain the services of an aggressive, highly experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you possibly can.

Maintaining Your Freedom

Maintaining your freedom is essential to your ability to successfully defend criminal allegations. If you are not in jail, you are able to assist in your own defense by being able to contact witnesses, by being able to have confidential meetings with your lawyer, and by being able to work so that you may financially tackle the expenses that may associated with a proper defense. Our Bail Lawyers will stress your presumption of innocence, and the fact that the primary purpose of bail is to assure that you will return to court. We have had remarkable success in having our client’s released in their own recognizance even when they faced serious felony charges. We will assertively argue for your release.

Mayo Bartlett has extensive experience in New York State, and Federal Criminal Courts, and he is familiar with every aspect of handling all types of criminal cases from arraignment and bail applications, through motion practice, discovery and trial. Our Bail Lawyers are part of a criminal defense team that works frequently with private investigators and forensic experts to provide you with the best defense.

New York Bail Reform

New York State passed a bail reform law which greatly increased mandatory release for their vast majority of people charged with crimes in New York. The law was strongly opposed by many prosecutor’s offices, and even some defense attorneys. Nevertheless, it’s clear that there was a need for bail reform as evidenced by Mr. Browder’s case, and a multitude of similar cases. The bail reform law was revised to give judges and prosecutors more discretion in setting bail for many crimes involving violence and entering the home of another (Burglary).

With offices located in the Westchester Financial Center which is one block from the White Plains Train Station and bus depot, and two blocks from the Westchester County Court, our Bail Lawyers have handled homicides and violent felonies in New York State Courts. We also handle all felony matters in Federal Court, and well as New York State Courts in New York City,Westchester County, including White Plains, Yonkers, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Peekskill, Mount Pleasant, Dobbs Ferry, Armonk, Chappaqua, Greenburgh, Elmsford, Valhalla, New Rochelle, Bronxville, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, Hartsdale, Harrison, Ossining, Yorktown, Cortlandt, Somers, Katonah, Briarcliff, Southeast, Brewster, Putnam Valley, Bedford, Larchmont, Pelham, Mount Vernon, Port Chester , Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, Croton On Hudson, Lewisboro, South Salem, North Salem, Hastings, Pleasantville, Nyack, Ardsley, Irvington, Tuckahoe, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Putnam County, Dutchess County, Rockland County, Ulster County and throughout the Hudson Valley.

Mayo appeared almost every week on a legal panel featured on Richard French Live which is available on WRNN. The show was taped live every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. and airs throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, including the five boroughs of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, the Washington DC Metro Area, Dallas, Houston, San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii. 

If you or someone you know is facing Criminal allegations, don’t hesitate. Contact our Bail Lawyers now at 914-224-3086 to begin the fight to keep your freedom.

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