Attorneys

In New York, lawyers who have been convicted of criminal offenses face both criminal sanctions and also will likely receive professional discipline. The kinds of crimes that attorneys commit are divided into three categories for purposes of professional discipline: first, there are the felony crimes, which will usually result in automatic disbarment if convicted. Then there are serious crimes, where immediate, interim suspension will occur, pending the outcome of a full disciplinary hearing. Finally, there are all other crimes, where if convicted, might give rise to a disciplinary hearing or proceeding. Many attorneys will be able to assist their colleagues who have been accused of crimes, both in the criminal court and later on in the disciplinary administrative court. It is best to get an attorney familiar with both systems, as one has an inevitable impact on the other.