Attorney Lookup – New York




In New York, Lawyers/Attorneys are officers of the court.  The State Court in New York is the Unified Court System.  The Office of Court Administration is in charge of Attorney Registrations.  The Unified Court System has a searchable website on which you can search for a Lawyer in New York.

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You can search for an Attorney by name.  The New York Attorney Lookup system is a great way to make sure that the person that you are dealing with is actually an Attorney who is licensed in New York.  Upon inputting the Attorney’s name into the required search fields, you will be able to search for the Lawyer’s registration number, the Attorney’s registration status, and the year the Lawyer was admitted to practice law in the State of New York.  You can find the contact information for Lawyers throughout New York State using the New York State Attorney Directory.  This includes Lawyers in NYC.

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The New York Attorney Search Website warns that if you can not find the Lawyer that you are searching for, you should try to search again using a different spelling of the name.  The Lawyer search system seems to be a very exact search engine.  People may also use nicknames.  However, the database used on the New York Attorney Search site corresponds to Court records which may have more formal names and/or variants.  Such being the case, make sure you are not searching for a nickname and that you have the exact spelling of the name of the Lawyer you are searching for.  To search Attorneys, make sure that you have all the information you know about the attorney ready to input into the attorney search fields.  Google, Yahoo, & Bing are also very helpful if you are looking to get information which may assist you in obtaining proper spellings and information regarding a particular attorney.

If you still have problems, you should contact the New York State Office of Court Administration’s Attorney Registration Unit.  They can be reached at 212-428-2800 or by email at


Example #1: My wife and I are getting a divorce.  Someone referred me to a divorce lawyer in NY.  I was told he was one of the best lawyers in NY.  I personally have no experience with divorce lawyers in NY.  I have never worked with a divorce law firm.  It is important to me that I work with a Divorce Lawyer in NYC.  Can I use the Attorney Lookup New York Site/New York State Attorney Directory to find out more information to assist me in my Attorney Search?

You can use the New York State Attorney Directory to find NY Attorney registration information.  However, it will not tell you whether the lawyer is the best divorce attorney NY has to offer.

Example #2:  I told my friend I need the best criminal attorney he knows.  He knows many criminal defense attorneys.  He works at a criminal defense law firm.  There are so many criminal lawyers in New York City.  Many have approached me in the Courthouse.

It will not tell you whether the person is the best criminal attorney NY has to offer.  In fact, it will not even tell you if the lawyer is a DUI attorney, a divorce attorney or even a personal injury attorney.  It will tell you nothing about practice areas.  So if you want to find a New York City Criminal Defense Lawyer, you will have to find out if that person practices in that area.  Then you can check the New York State Attorney Directory to ensure that the Lawyer is actually admitted to practice in the State of New York, confirm his or her contact information and confirm that he or she is properly registered with the State to practice Law.

PLEASE NOTE: This site is not in any way affiliated with the Courts of any State.  This information is provided to assist people searching for an Attorney or information about someone who they have had dealings with who may be holding his or her self out as a Lawyer.  This site is not an endorsement of any person or entity nor is it intended to provide legal advice.




See Also

New York State Judicial Directory: Search for information about New York State Judges


To lookup attorneys in New York, click the magnifying glass on the top left and enter the name you are looking for.  The above data is provided to the public by the State of New York and is republished herein as a courtesy.  It is not as up to date as the information contained on the New York State Attorney Directory Website. No representations are made as to the accuracy of the information. It is furnished through OPEN NEW YORK.






If the police have contacted you and informed you that you are going to be arrested, there are two ways you can react.  You can get upset or you can consider yourself fortunate.  The truth is, most people don’t leave their homes thinking they will be arrested at some point during the day.  Having that information beforehand can be very helpful.  While getting arrested sucks, knowing you are going to get arrested is better than not knowing.  You can plan in ways that most people who are arrested can not.  Below are five tips that can be helpful given the cards that you have been dealt.



One of the worst parts of being put in jail is the fact that you will go MIA.  Many people will not know where you are.  If you are arrested without warning, you can spend at least a day or two in jail without warning.  If you know beforehand, you can work on getting your affairs in order.  Call your job and let them know you will be out or away.  Arrange for child care.  Arrange for your car to be put somewhere safe.  Pay any bills or other items that may be due during that time.  Basically, you should schedule your affairs in advance as if you are going on a short vacation.  Often, when people are arrested, they will be released pending trial or on bail.  If you will need to get bailed out, start calling people and making arrangements for bail.  In many jurisdictions, making bail arrangements prior to an arraignment can lead to your being released quicker.  Also try to get your inmate booking number and give it to your family and friends so that they can find out when you will be going to court.  It is also helpful to get the telephone number to the court, police department, and/or booking facility to your family and/or friends.  This will save time that will otherwise be spent on inmate search engines and looking for central booking sites for the number to a central booking facility.



If you have been charged with a crime and a Police Officer informs you that you have to surrender yourself, the last thing you are going to be worried about is eating.  In fact, most people will lose their appetites.  This is a serious mistake.  Just like the people that push the propaganda about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the meal you eat prior to getting arrested will often be quite important.  In some cases, you may not have access to food after being arrested for quite some time.  In other situations, you may get access to something that others are calling food, but that you would rather not eat.  Either way, what you eat before arrest will have a great impact on your jail experience for the first couple of hours or even the first day or two.  Avoid spicy foods and/or foods that do not agree with you.  If you are getting arrested, it is not the time to go eat spicy Indian food or Mexican food, especially if those items do not agree with you.  You know what is worse than having your stomach turning in knots?  Having to sit on the toilet with 10 or 20 strangers in an open room while they become increasingly angry about your inability to stop your meal from revisiting you in a holding cell.



You can not assume you will have access to a phone.  While you may wish to avoid people, sometimes, when you have been arrested, there is a pay phone in a cell.  In such cases, it is helpful to have a phone card that allows you to call a 1800 number instead of using coins.  Do not assume that there will be a phone.  Do not assume that if there is a phone, you will be able to use quarters or other change.  Often, the phone is full or broken.  Your best way of possibly being able to make calls is to bring some change like a roll of quarters (which may be taken from you) and a prepaid phone card.  Also be aware that you may be put under duress because you have a phone card and people may ask you to use it.  This can be very uncomfortable and in some cases dangerous.  Getting a couple in small denominations is helpful.



This is where knowing you are getting arrested before it happens can really be useful.  You may have to sit in your clothing for several days.  You also don’t know what you are going to encounter as far as temperature and conditions.  You may find yourself in a freezing room in the summer or in a hot room in the winter.  You may have to sleep on a floor or hard bench, or spending long periods of time sitting or laying on either.  You may want to dress in layers.  A top shirt or layer may double as a pillow or ground cloth.  Make sure your shoes are comfortable.  Also make sure that you look as nice as you can.  After all, at some point you will see a Judge who does not know you and will be making serious decisions about your life and freedom.  You may want to look the best you can.  You will also want to balance that with the fact that you may not see that Judge for a day or two and you will be in the same clothes.


Jail is not the time to wear your fancy watch or to show off.  Often, the police will take your stuff for safe keeping.  If you do have a situation where they take items from you, try to make sure they are vouchered and that you get a receipt.  However, the best advice is, leave your valuables at home.



If it is possible and you can afford one, you should hire an attorney before speaking to the police.  You have the right to remain silent.  It is not just a right, it is a really good idea.  Despite your inner voice telling you that you have nothing to hide, you should not speak to anyone unless you have an attorney present.  Speak to friends and family and ask for referrals for an attorney.  Attorneys who work on other types of matters for you are also a great source of referrals for a criminal attorney.  Just because your lawyer is a family lawyer, divorce attorney, immigration lawyer or personal injury lawyer does not mean that he or she does not know a good criminal lawyer!  Call people you trust and have them help you find an attorney.



If someone has been arrested in New York State and has been arraigned by a Judge in a New York State Supreme Court, a New York State District Court or a New York State Criminal Court, you can use the Webcrims system to find out someone’s bail amount.  You can use webcrims to find someone’s bail if they have an open court case in the following courts:

  • Bronx Criminal Court
  • Bronx Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Buffalo City Court
  • Dutchess County Court
  • Erie County Court
  • Kings Criminal Court
  • Kings Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Nassau County Court – Criminal Term
  • Nassau First District Court
  • New York Criminal Court
  • New York Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Orange County Court
  • Putnam County Court
  • Queens Criminal Court
  • Queens Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Richmond Criminal Court
  • Richmond Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Rockland County Court – Criminal Term
  • Suffolk County Court – Criminal Term
  • Suffolk First District Court
  • Westchester County Court – Criminal Term

Find how much someone’s bail is in New York by going to the webcrims website and looking up the current status of the defendant’s criminal case. You can follow these directions for the process of finding out what the status of someone’s criminal case is and for finding out the amount of someone’s bail or whether the person has a bail in a New York Court:

  1. CLICK HERE to go to the Webcrims website.
  2. Log in as a public User.  Enter the CAPTCHA code that you see on the screen to log in.
  3. Click the option for Find Defendant by Name. 
  4. Enter the Defendant’s Name and Search for his/her case
  5. Click on the Criminal Case that you are interested in getting information for
  6. Click Appearances (under case details on the left)
  7. The amount of the bail should appear in the “outcome/release status” column on the far right side (remember that “released on own recognizance means that the person was released without having to post a bail)

In the instance below, the person was released on his or her own recognizance and did not have to pay bail:

In the Instance below, the initially had a $5,000 bail.  You can also see that the bail was not posted.  However, at some point in the most recent court appearances, you can see that the person had an ROR status, which means that the court decided that there was no need for a bail.



*Please note that this process can also be used to find an open criminal case in New York/Find out if someone has a current criminal matter in New York State.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE CASH BAIL REFUND PROCESS IN NEW YORK CITY – A New York City Department of Finance pamphlet which provides information on how bail is refunded in New York City, how bail is forfeited in New York City, and assigning bail to an attorney or assigning bail to another person in New York City.


LOCATE AN INMATE IN NEW YORK STATE – This resource is helpful for those looking to find an inmate in a New York State Jail or New York State Prison.

WHAT IS BAIL? – This comprehensive article discusses what bail is and concepts that one may find helpful in understanding how a court decides what the bail set should be.

How Do I Find My Next Court Date? This article is helpful for those looking to find their next court date in a criminal court case in New York State.  The Article provide’s links to webcrims, a criminal court case information site which can be used to find a defendant’s next court date in New York.

POST BAIL IN NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITY – Click Here to go to the New York City Department of Corrections’ page on posting bail for someone held in a NYC DOC facility.


Disclaimer: WEBCRIMS is a New York State Unified Court System run website and is not run by this site and is in no way affiliated with this site.  This site is a private site and is not intended to provide legal advice.  This site is not in anyway affiliated with any governmental agency and/or court.  This information is provided free of charge for the benefit of the public.  Please consult your attorney for legal advice.

This page is not intended to create an attorney client relationship or to give specific legal advice to any specific individuals.  The pages on this website are provided to give assistance in understanding general legal concepts.  The law can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Such being the case, if you have specific questions, please discuss them with your Lawyer or, if you do not have a Lawyer, please consider hiring one or seeking assistance from a Legal Aid provider.


*THIS SITE MAY BE CONSIDERED ATTORNEY ADVERTISING IN CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS* Private Criminal Lawyer Jamel Oeser-Sweat, Esq. quickly discussing whether someone should hire a private attorney during arraignment in New York City.  The decision to hire a private criminal lawyer is an important one.  You should choose an experienced lawyer and/or law firm that you trust.  However, it is important not to discount the work done by Legal Aid Lawyers.  Legal Aid handles the majority of the cases in the City of New York.  Other attorneys that are assigned by the Court are on a panel and often also have their own private practices.  Some people do not realize that despite the fact that they have been “assigned” a lawyer, the lawyer may be a “private” lawyer.  These lawyers are part of the “Assigned Counsel Plan” and are screened and must meet certain requirements in order to take cases.  These lawyers are also referred to as “18-B” lawyers. Click Here for a New York Times Article on 18-B Lawyers.



 How Can I Find A Lawyer?

Looking to find a lawyer?  Want to find an attorney in a specific area of law?  There are many ways to do so.  Your local bar association may be one place to find a good lawyer.  Bar Associations are often run by lawyers and require attorneys who are taking cases to meet certain qualifications and requirements.  These lawyer run associations screen attorneys to ensure that they are competent enough to handle legal matters.  If you are asking yourself: “How can I find a lawyer?” or “How can I find a good lawyer?” then you should be looking to use your network and resources.  Calling a lawyer that you have previously worked with for a referral is another good way to find an attorney.  There is no right or wrong way to conduct an attorney search.  If you need to search for attorney references, often the local court system will have a directory in which you can search for attorney licensing information.  These directories of online lawyers information can be helpful to ensure that someone you are considering working with is actually a lawyer.  Law Firms Attorneys and Lawyers often have websites that you can check out.  Google is a good resource for conducting a lawyer search or attorney search.

 Search For A Lawyer

You can conduct a new york lawyer search on the Unified Court System Website.  The site will allow you to find a lawyer by inserting the attorneys name into search fields and will tell you whether an attorney in New York is currently licensed.  This New York Lawyer Search Engine has lawyers from all practice areas, from mesothelioma lawyers to child custody lawyers to personal injury lawyers. CLICK HERE FOR A NEW YORK ATTORNEY SEARCH DIRECTORY


How Do Find An Attorney?

Many of you may be asking: How do I find an attorney in my city online?  As stated above, there are many ways, but Google is a very good starting point.  We have created a way for you to search for lawyers using Google.  Simply place your location into the search box below and press search and a new page will open (this search will redirect you to a targeted search on and will not contain any spam, etc).

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Related Pages:

Find Someone Arrested In New York City NYC


How To Find An Inmate In New York

How Do I Find My Next Court Date?



New York Arraignment Process



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