Bronx Criminal Defense Attorney

Cody Warner is a Bronx criminal defense attorney who works with people who have been charged with a wide variety of criminal offenses in the Bronx area. Whether you or someone you love has been charged with a misdemeanor or a serious felony, Cody can help you take control of the situation and work toward a fair result. 

About Bronx County New York

One of New York City’s five boroughs, the Bronx is the third most densely populated county in New York state. Almost 1.5 million New Yorkers call the Bronx home. Encompassing 57 square miles and including 15 square miles of water, approximately one-quarter of the county is open space. The Bronx includes within its boundaries small islands in the East River and Long Island Sound, such as Hart Island and City Island. Attractions include Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo. The Bronx is also home to the Poe Cottage and the New York Yankees. It is also home to Fordham University and 3 CUNY schools. 

Unfortunately, life is difficult for many Bronx residents. The cost of living in the Bronx is far above the national average while the median household income is approximately $34,000 per year. Unemployment hovers around 8% as compared to the national unemployment rate of 3.6%. It has a large immigrant community, and its largest demographic groups are African-Americans and Hispanics. 

Cody understands the unique challenges that Bronx residents face when charged with a crime. His goal is to help his clients put their charges behind them so that they can move on with their lives. 

A Bronx Defense Lawyer Can Help Even if You Want to Plead Guilty  

When people feel that the charges against them are justified, they often want to plead guilty because they believe that it is the best way forward for them. While simply pleading guilty may have some advantages, most defendants don’t really understand the impacts of this decision or that they have alternative options. 

A Bronx Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help With Sentencing

Even if you decide that you want to take a plea, a Bronx criminal defense attorney can make sure the judge and prosecution is aware of all of the factors in your case and your life that would support the lightest sentence possible. Your unique circumstances may very well be what the judge or prosecution wants to know about in order to give you leniency so that a mistake won’t permanently affect your life and livelihood. 

Plea Agreement Negotiations Should Be Handled by a Defense Lawyer

Many people plead guilty because they want to avoid a trial. A plea agreement can help you avoid a trial and presents several potential advantages, including the following: 

  • You may be able to plead guilty to a lesser charge, sometimes even to a non-criminal infraction.
  • If you have been charged with multiple offenses, some of your charges may be dropped.
  • You may be able to avoid jail time in exchange for probation, community service, or other alternatives.

A plea agreement allows you to retain some control over your case. If you have already been offered a plea deal, a Bronx criminal defense attorney can evaluate whether the offer is fair. 

Bronx Criminal Lawyer Cody Warner Can Assess the Prosecution’s Case

Prosecutors are not obligated to disclose what they view to be the weaknesses of their cases. Furthermore, they do not need to have an ironclad case in order to charge you with a crime. The prosecutor’s case against you could have serious flaws such as: 

  • Lack of important evidence for one or more elements of the crime
  • Unreliable witnesses
  • Unlawful police searches and seizures

A Bronx criminal defense attorney like Cody can identify the flaws in the case against you that could lead to a reduced charge, a plea agreement, or even a dismissal of your case. 

Bronx Crime Statistics

The Police Department of the City of New York closely tracks crime statistics for each of the five boroughs, including weekly reports for the Bronx. 

Overall, crime rates in the Bronx are declining in most major categories when viewed historically over the past 10 years. However, the Bronx still has one of the highest crime rates in the city. For 2021, the statistics show the following:

  • There were 148 murder cases
  • There were 368 rape cases
  • There were 5,335 cases of felony assault – an increase of 16.8% over 2001
  • There were 7,023 cases of theft – an increase of over 60% from 2001
  • There were 2,251 cases of burglary
  • There were 4,037 cases of robbery
  • There were 1,850 stolen cars 

In total, 23,153 crimes were reported in the Bronx in 2021. In 2022, reported crime is increasing in most categories. Overall, this means that our already-strained criminal justice system is dealing with many cases. Prosecutors and judges are under pressure to aggressively prosecute cases due to the increase in crime. At the same time, heavy caseloads held by prosecutors means that they are looking to resolve their cases if a defense attorney can give them anything to justify a reduction of charges or dismissal. For defendants, this means an experienced Bronx criminal defense attorney can develop the right strategy for your case to get great results.

Bronx Criminal Court Information

Where is the Bronx Criminal Court?

The Bronx County Criminal Court is located in two buildings at 215 E. 161st Street between Sherman and Sheridan Avenues and 265 E. 161st Street between Morris and Sherman Avenues.  

How Do I Get to the Bronx Criminal Court?

The best options for public transportation to get to the courthouse are bus or train:

  • By train, take the C, D, or 4 train to Yankee Stadium/161st Street Station. Then walk three blocks southeast down 161st Street to the courthouse. 
  • By bus, take the BX 6 or BX 13 to East 161st Street & Sheridan Avenue; then BX 1 to East 161st Street & Grand Concourse. Then walk two blocks southeast down 161st Street to the courthouse. 

You must be on time for court – the judges allow very little leeway for late arrivals and you could wind up in even more trouble if you are not present when your case is called. You will need to pass through security when entering the courthouse so you should allow extra time to do that. 

How Do I Contact the Bronx Criminal Court?

If you have received any paperwork from the Court, you should review it carefully as it will include the best method for contacting the pertinent division. Figuring out who to contact and how is not easy. The following information may be useful: 

  • General information: (718) 838-7285
  • Summons Clerk’s Office: (718) 618-2480
  • General information concerning arraignments: (718) 618-2400
  • Central Booking: (718)590-2804, (718) 298-0736
  • Supreme Court and Criminal Court Information: (718) 618-3100
  • Desk appearance tickets (DATs): (718) 618-2460
  • Arraignment clerk: (718) 618-3008
  • Bronx County District Attorney: (718) 590-2000

Clerks and other personnel who answer the phones may not be as helpful as you may like. In addition, they cannot give you legal advice. If you have questions and you can’t find the answer, a Bronx criminal defense attorney can provide you with the information you need. 

Speak with Bronx Criminal Defense Attorney Cody Warner to Develop a Strategic Defense 

The criminal justice system in the Bronx is incredibly difficult for non-lawyers to navigate. Bronx Criminal Defense Attorney Cody Warner has worked with thousands of defendants, helping them with every aspect of their case. 

If you have been charged with a crime in the Bronx, Cody can help you get the best possible results. Call or email Cody today to schedule a free consultation.