Criminal Law
Criminal Defense & Family Law | New York

 Criminal Law


If you or your loved one has been arrested it is crucial that you seek out an attorney with the right combination of knowledge, experience and compassion to represent you. Ms. Cousins embodies these essential qualities and can assist you with resolving your pending criminal matter. Don’t hesitate call the Law Offices of Racquel A. Cousins for legal representation on your criminal case.

Getting arrested can be overwhelming and scary especially since it can have a damaging effect on your life if your case is not favorably disposed of. If you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation it is very important that you “do not panic” and always “remain silent” until you are able to speak with an attorney.

Ms. Cousins has extensive experience defending individuals against criminal charges at the state court level. She has successfully defended her clients against various criminal charges ranging from mere violations to serious felonies. She also has the expertise of working on criminal cases that have dual consequences, that is, charges that are brought in both criminal court and family court, for example, child neglect or sexual misconduct or abuse cases. Ms. Cousins understands how intricately intertwined these case are and the implications that an unfavorable outcome in the criminal part of these cases can have on the family court proceedings.

Ms. Cousins is the criminal attorney that you can trust to always aggressively advocate on your behalf and who will always do her best to secure the best possible outcome for her clients. She gives personal attention to each case and evaluates each case on their merits and will always give you an honest and realistic opinion. Call the Law Offices of Racquel A. Cousins today to at 212-385-0097 set up your free and confidential consultation on your criminal matter.

Help! I have just been arrested! What should I do?

Don’t panic, stay calm and mostly importantly “do not make any statements to the police”. Ask politely to speak to your attorney and if you don’t have an attorney, call a family member or a friend and ask them to get you an experienced criminal defense attorney, who will be able to find out about your arrest and have you released.

What happens at arraignment?

The arraignment is the first step in an attempt to secure your release. An arrestee usually goes before a Judge after being arrested for what is known as a bail application. This should usually happen within 24 hours. At arraignment your attorney will try to have you released from custody but in some instances your case could be disposed of immediately. Generally, at arraignment the defendant may be released in his or her own recognizance (ROR), released on bail or remanded into custody. It is very important that you obtain an experienced criminal defense attorney from the minute you have been arrested so that the case is properly handled from the very beginning.

What happens after the arraignment?

After your arraignment, the case will be adjourned to another date, courtroom and judge but from the moment you hire your attorney he or she will start to gather valuable information about your

case from you, the prosecutors, any witnesses that you may have, your family members and friends and from all available sources.  However after your arraignment, typically your attorney can do a number of things to start trying to resolve your case, such as contacting the prosecutor to discuss potential dismissal or reduction of the charges, making certain motions or applications to the court to have certain evidence deemed inadmissible in court, or try to compel the prosecutor to disclose to the defense certain information or evidence. If you are charged with a felony, the case will be adjourned to determine whether a grand jury will vote to indict you on the charges. Every case is different and as such Ms. Cousins will tailor her approach to each case based on its facts and merits in order to maximize the likelihood of success.

If I am charged with a felony, should I appear before the Grand Jury to hear the evidence against me?

Every person with pending felony charges against them in the state of New York has a right to appear before the Grand Jury and, after waiving their right against incriminating themselves, has the right to testify on their own behalf in an effort to persuade the Grand Jury not to vote an indictment against them. In addition, every such person has the right to make the Grand Jury aware of other witnesses and evidence which they believe would exonerate them and to request that the Grand Jury hear such testimony and see such evidence at this stage. However, just because it is the right of a person accused of a crime to appear before the Grand Jury and to testify on his or her own behalf does not mean that doing so is a wise decision. When you testify before the Grand Jury, whatever you say may be used as evidence against you in the future in the event you are indicted. Therefore, you should thoroughly discuss this option with your attorney before deciding whether or not to testify before the Grand Jury.

If you are in need of a criminal attorney, call the Law Offices of Racquel A. Cousins today at 212-385-0097 for your free confidential consultation.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday 8:30 - 7:00pm
Fridays 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Appointments Only

Successful Outcomes

Felony cases dismissed at Grand Jury
  • People v. D. Francis, 2009
  • People v. L. Parker, 2008
  • People v. J. Lenohan, 2006
Cases reduced from felonies to violations.
  • People v. John G., 2008
  • People v. Andrew W., 2009
Speedy Trial dismissals for Felonies
  • People v. Gary. G, 2007
  • People v. Saeed F., 2009
  • People v. William B., 2009
Won Custody Cases
  • White v. Whittaker, 2006
  • Batroni v. Mesidor, 2007
Got Visitation for Fathers
  • Boyce v. Boyce, 2009
  • Aboubacar v. Clerphon, 2008
Child Support Reductions
  • Delorme v. Delorme, 2009
  • Waite v. Boswell, 2009
Obtained Maintenance for Spouses
  • Layne v. Layne, 2007
Return of child to mother in child abuse proceeding
  • Gelin/Child v. Gelin, 2007