Why Hire A Private Defense Attorney?

If you or someone you care about is facing a criminal charge, every decision counts. One of the most destructive myths about our justice system is that — especially for charges such as driving while intoxicated (DWI) — outcomes are the same regardless of whether you go it alone, have a public defender or hire private criminal defense counsel.

Knowing that my skills and experience are difference-making assets for my clients is what makes me confident in my services as a criminal defense lawyer. Clients who place their trust in me, attorney Barbara Wilkanowski in Flushing, receive focused, individual attention. They get honest legal guidance based on my 25 years in negotiations and trial work — and they can always reach me with questions.

Know Your Risks And Options · Make A Confident Decision For Your Future

If you have the option of representation by a public defender in Queens or elsewhere in New York City, please make an informed decision. These professionals maintain a notoriously heavy, intensive caseload. Some are inexperienced, limiting their ability to spot problems with the prosecution's case and their credibility in negotiations. Please consider:

  • Do you understand all penalties and long-range consequences of conviction or a plea agreement — including the impact on your immigration status, if applicable?
  • Is it important that your defense lawyer take your job, driving obligations, family concerns and other personal priorities into account while seeking the best resolution of your case?
  • Are you entirely innocent, or have you been charged with a more serious offense than you committed?
  • If you opt for no-cost defense or simply plead guilty now, how much might that decision cost you if you face another criminal charge down the line?
  • Do you want to look back on this ordeal with the assurance that your lawyer took every action available to protect your rights and future?

"Why hire a private defense attorney?" is a legitimate, practical question. No one wants to invest in a lawyer if the cost will outstrip the benefits. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss the basics of your legal case and the level of service I provide. In addition, I strive to keep my operating expenses low and my fees as affordable as possible. Call 866-308-7620 or email me now to get started.