About Jay H. Schwitzman


2013 President Kings County
Criminal Bar Association

Jay Schwitzman has handled over 2000 criminal cases in his 20 plus years in practice, winning his clients numerous acquittals, dismissals and favorable outcomes. Jay’s expertise and record of success rank him among the top criminal defense lawyers in New York City. His wide experience, attention to detail and dedication to justice only add to Jay’s reputation for excellence and results. Jay will use all the tools at his disposal to fight for your rights and insure the best possible outcome for your case.

Jay is an expert in the range of programs available to help young people. He can help them to obtain the vocational, educational skills and counseling/mentoring guidance that they need. Successful completion of these programs has allowed many of Jay’s clients to avoid jail and/or felony convictions.

Facing possession and selling drug charges? Jay is familiar with each and every drug treatment program available in New York City. These programs provide drug rehabilitation for the client, usually at no cost. Upon successful completion of the program, the charges are usually dismissed. Jay finds it very rewarding to see an individual complete drug treatment and have their charges dismissed.

Mental Health programs are available to those clients who have mental health issues. Jay is fully familiar with the Mental Health Treatment Court and available inpatient and outpatient programs. Upon successful completion of a program, the client’s felony charges are often either dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor and no jail time is imposed.

Jay has also successfully represented clients whose civil rights were violated by false arrest and police brutality.In some of these cases substantial cash settlements were obtained for client’s by negotiation with the the city or by a trial verdict.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

1982 – B.A., Political Science, SUNY at Stony Brook
1985 – Juris Doctor, Quinnipiac School of Law
1987 – Admitted to practice Law in The State of New York
1987 – Member of the Brooklyn Bar Association
1987 – Admitted to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
1988 – Admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1995 – Admitted to the United States Supreme Court
2000 – Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
2010 – Treasurer of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association