Practice Areas

The Law Office of Yvonne Garbett offers affordable, professional legal services in the areas of criminal defense and family law. We are also fearless advocates for minor children who are involved with the juvenile justice system or who are facing difficult domestic situations related to child custody or other matters.

Criminal Defense

32612731_lThere are few experiences more stressful than being charged with a crime. At such an emotionally charged time, it can be difficult for a person who has been arrested to keep cool and not panic. Individuals who have been arrested for the first time are often uninformed about their rights and can make their situations much worse by trying to explain themselves or answer questions they are asked by law enforcement officials. This is also true of juveniles, who rarely are acquainted with their constitutional rights. If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime in the State of New York, or are the parent or relative of a minor who has been charged with a delinquent act, you need to seek legal representation immediately. Contact an aggressive New City criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Yvonne Garbett today to schedule a free consultation at our New City office today. We will act quickly to protect your rights and your interests at every step of your encounter with the New York criminal justice system.

By seeking the counsel of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest, you can give yourself the best possible chance of being found innocent of your charges or having them dismissed. Sometimes even when we can’t beat our clients charges or get them thrown out, we can get them significantly reduced. We never try to persuade clients to accept a plea bargain, but sometimes doing so is a defendant’s best option for moving forward with their lives. If your case goes to trial, we will fight for you as though we ourselves were in your shoes. We never back down when our clients’ rights and liberty are at stake, and we promise we will do everything possible to render a verdict of not guilty on your behalf.

We handle most kinds of felony and misdemeanors on behalf of our clients, including those related to drunk driving, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, weapons crimes, fraud and other white collar crimes, theft (including grand larceny), and federal crimes. We also represent minors who have been charged with delinquent acts as well as drivers facing traffic violations.

Drunk Driving / DWI / DUI

Drunk driving is a crime just like any other. In the State of New York, any adult driver whose blood alcohol level is found to be greater than .08% can be charged with DWI/DUI. Minors, on the other hand, can face DWI/DUI charges under New York’s Zero Tolerance Law if their BAC is .02% or greater. Defendants who are convicted of drunk driving can expect to see their licenses suspended or revoked as well as pay significant fines and fees. They will usually also be required to attend (and pay for) the New York Drinking Driver Program. Even first-time DWI/DUI offenders can go to jail for up to fifteen days.

The factors that determine how an offender will be penalized include their age, how impaired they were, whether they agreed to submit to a chemical test, and what kind of license they have. Those drivers who are also under the influence of drugs can expect to face additional penalties. By contacting an aggressive drunk driving lawyer as soon as possible after being charged with DWAI/Alcohol or another DWI/DUI misdemeanor or felony, you may be able to avoid a conviction and the associated consequences. Additionally, under New York state law, when a driver who has been stopped for drunk driving refuses a chemical test, their license will be automatically suspended by the DMV regardless of whether they are charged or convicted. This is called an administrative suspension and must be handled separately. A dedicated drunk driving attorney can assist you with reinstating your license after an administrative suspension as well as dealing with your criminal defense.

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes are those involving the possession, distribution, trafficking, or manufacturing of substances that are illegal under state or federal law. Examples of such substances include:

  • Cannabis (including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil)
  • Cocaine and crack cocaine
  • Opiate-based drugs such as heroin, morphine, codeine, and Oxycontin (oxycodone)
  • Amphetamines (including Adderall and Dexedrine)
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines (including Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan)
  • Hallucinogens (including LSD, psilocybin or “magic mushrooms,” and PCP)

It’s important to understand that although some of these substances may be legal for an individual to possess if a legitimate prescription is involved, most of them are illegal under both state and federal law and carry substantial penalties for those convicted of possessing them, including prison time, high fines, mandatory drug counseling, and other consequences. If you have been charged with a crime relating to the sale or distribution of a controlled substance, contact a skilled drug crimes attorney immediately. Even though law enforcement authorities may have contraband in their possession, they are responsible for proving it was yours. A knowledgeable drug crimes lawyer can hold the people to their burden and see that you aren’t unjustly convicted for a crime you didn’t commit.

Domestic Violence

New York state prosecutors take allegations of domestic violence very seriously and the penalties for those convicted of assaulting a former or current spouse or romantic partner can be very harsh. The problem is a that sometimes an arrest for domestic violence hinges on nothing more than one person’s word against another. For example, if the police arrive at the scene of a domestic dispute and one party alleges that the other hurt them, the alleged offender will usually be taken into custody and charged with domestic violence even if no physical evidence of an assault exists. Once this occurs, the individual so charged is required to go through the criminal justice process, even if the person who made the initial accusation formally withdraws it. This means that an overheated argument can easily lead to an arrest and conviction for domestic violence, especially since defendants in domestic violence cases often stand convicted in the court of public opinion before their case ever goes to trial. Besides carrying with it the possibility of prison time and fines as with other crimes, a conviction for domestic violence can cause a defendant to be legally prohibited from returning to their home or seeing their family. An aggressive domestic violence attorney can help you ensure that the circumstances of your arrest are presented fairly in court and that you don’t become a victim of another person’s bad faith accusations.

Juvenile Crimes

In New York State, youthful offenders are prosecuted under the juvenile justice system. The juvenile justice system applies to minors under the age of 16 who have been charged with delinquent acts. When a serious or violent crime is involved, minors as young as 13 can be tried as adults, and often are. If you are the parent of a child who has been arrested, you need to contact a dedicated juvenile crimes lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Yvonne Garbet, we have tremendous empathy for children who have been charged with delinquent acts. Often we able to steer minors toward counseling and treatment instead of simply trying to arrange a plea bargain, which often just puts the juveniles concerned back on the streets, where they are often later arrested again. A compassionate juvenile crimes attorney can help a family break this cycle and secure a brighter future for your young loved one. No matter how dire your circumstances may seem, remember: we’ll listen to you and will fight ruthlessly for your child’s rights after an arrest.

Family Law

28744130_l (2)A serious domestic legal issue such as a divorce or child custody battle can leave a family financially unsound and be a traumatizing experience for minor children. Couples who are seeking an uncontested divorce can benefit from informed legal representation in order to make sure that their divorce settlement is sound. Even when divorcing spouses are in complete agreement about the desired outcomes of the divorce settlement, errors or omissions can lead to nasty surprises down the line where issues such as visitation, division of property, child custody, and support are concerned. When spouses file for a traditional, contested divorce, on the other hand, each of them needs to have their own dedicated divorce attorney in order to protect their rights and those of their children. Things can turn very nasty during a litigated divorce, and having an aggressive divorce lawyer in your corner can help ensure that you and your children don’t become a victim of another party’s financial or emotional misrepresentation. If you or you and your spouse are convinced that your marriage is unsalvageable, or if your spouse has informed you they are filing for a traditional divorce, contact a skilled New City family law attorney today to get advice about your legal options.

At the Law Office of Yvonne Garbett, we move quickly to help our clients achieve favorable outcomes in family law matters such as those involving divorce, child custody, alimony, child support, visitation rights. We can assist you with establishing an order or with modifying or enforcing an existing order. You will find us to be a friendly, capable advocate for you and your children if you are facing a difficult domestic legal matter. Schedule an appointment with a compassionate family law attorney by calling our New City office.

Call our New City office at (845) 290-2392 to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day for our clients.