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Named Top 10 NY Criminal Defense Lawyer; Top Ten NY DWI Lawyer, Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer; A+ BBB rating; 10/10 Avvo Attorney rating service!

Former UNDEFEATED Prosecutor!

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The Law Office of Richard Southard specializes in providing clients from all walks of life, top-notch legal criminal defense representation in NYC and throughout New York State. Richard Southard has an unsurpassable track record of winning results, which often allows him to negotiate favorable dispositions without the risk of trial. Should a trial be necessary, Mr. Southard prides himself on having a winning strategy in place and the expertise and experience to implement it in front of a jury. The Law Office of Richard Southard commits itself to delivering to each of its clients, the highest quality of trial skills, legal expertise and professional judgment, no matter the size of the case. Richard Southard uses his sales background and17+ years experience specializing in criminal law cases to negotiate favorable plea bargains and large cash settlements for his clients. He recognizes that sometimes the result a client wants may never be offered no matter what attorney is chosen. That is why Richard Southard prides himself on building a successful trial strategy from the day of each client's initial consultation. This includes aggressive investigation and up to the minute legal research to insure a successful result. Call today!
Business History
** Named Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in New York by National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys ** Named 2014 Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer in New York by National Trial Lawyers ** Named 2014 Top 10 Dui/Dwi Lawyer in New York by American Institute of Dui/Dwi Lawyers ** Named Top 100 NY DWI Attorney by National Advocacy for DUI Defense ** A+ (highest rating) Better Business Bureau ** 10.0 (highest rating) AVVO Attorney Ratings
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Fax: (212) 334-8005

Former Prosecutor 18+ yrs exp.
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Downtown, Financial District
Now offering FREE live video-conferencing consultations. Parking reimbursement for initial in-office consultation if you retain our services.Payment Plans Available for Qualified Clients. Live Answering Service 24/7
Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish

Brooklyn Criminal Bar Association

Kings County District Attorney's Office Alumni Assoc.

Member of New York State Bar in Good Standing. No prior disciplinary complaints.
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Martha B.



Richard Southard, is amazing, words cannot describe how grateful I am for choosing him as my lawyer. When I first called Mr.Southard and explained my case he knew exactly what i was charged with and assured me that everything was going to be alright. Which was something that i was looking for in a lawyer, I knew when i made the right decision when I went into his office with a welcoming smile and then he had shown me proof of my charges. Again, he had shown me his confidence so well that, he knew he was going to beat this case and get my charged drop. During my court date, I wasn't even in court for no longer than 30 mins and the DA offered me an ACD which was what Mr.Southard and I agreed on. My case is now dismissed and sealed, I couldn't Thank Richard Southard enough. He was very affordable, informing and caring, which was everything I could ask for. I am sure that I wont get into trouble ever again but if I or any other of my loved ones are in a sticky situation, he will be the first person to call.

Pavel S.



This guy definitely knows what he's doing. I've got myself into a lot of trouble when I was young and didn't realize all the dangers of drinking and driving when I was so drunk that I drove on the wrong side of the road, only stopping when I met the police car bumper to bumper coming straight at me. To make things worse, I blew a crazy .26 into the breathalize. Moreover, the cops tried to press criminal charges against me for almost smashing into them. I was looking to get at least a felony DWI charge, which would put a cross to my dream of becoming a physician. I'm still not sure how, but Mr. Southard was able to work his magic and got my felony charges reduced to a traffic violation! Would recommed him to anybody in need of legal assistance and he has already helped many of my friends.



Rich Puts The Client's Needs First

I would not be alive today if I was not for the hard work and dedication of Richard Southard. Rich is single focus from the day he took on my case was to get me the deal that I wanted. And he NEVER did anything without that goal in mind.

I was in an impossible situation and thanks to Rich Southard I avoided what could have been a very dark period in my life. Rich is warm, personable, patient and understands what it takes in front of the judge and "behind the scenes".

When you are in trouble and your life is about to take a turn for the worse there are several decisions you must make. The one choice you can not get wrong is hiring a true professional defense lawyer. Richard Southard is the best choice you can make. Why roll the dice with a young kid or a snake oil sales person? Hire a winner who will get you the best result possible.

I owe my future to him.



Professional and Effective

I was slightly bewildered when trying to choose an attorney and unsure of which to choose out of the countless that work in Manhattan. I felt very assured after my initial consultation and I wasn't let down. I was kept well informed at all times and the matter was dealt with swiftly and effectively. If I need another criminal lawyer at some point then I will use LORS again.



Oustanding Attorney !

I am extremely pleased with Richard's professional skills and knowledge or law. If it weren't for him I would be in a very unpleasant financial situation.

Richard went all out of his way to help me win DWI case I was charged with. He never stopped (almost 2 years), even in situations when I frankly thought that this case is completely hopeless. He got all of the charges dismissed and I have a fresh start because of him.

I hope that there are more attorneys like Richard Southard!!!

Victor N.



Trustworthy and Reliable

I stumbled upon Richard Southard by sheer accident. I dialed the wrong number and I got the RIGHT Lawyer for my problem. He got my case dismissed and I even counter sued and won! His hard work and determination are a wonderful asset. He is reliable trustworthy and dependable I would use him again with out a doubt. His AAA+ expertise is highly recommended. This man is a saint!