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Former prosecutor 20+ yrs exp. - Named Top 10 Criminal Lawyer of New York - Rated A+ by BBBFormer prosecutor 20+ yrs exp. - Named Top 10 Criminal Lawyer of New York - Rated A+ by BBBNamed Top Ten NY DUI/DWI lawyer! Specializing in attacking + defending DWI cases - Rated A+ by BBB!Former prosecutor 20+ yrs exp. - Named Top 10 Criminal Lawyer of New York - Rated A+ by BBBFormer prosecutor 20+ yrs exp. - Named Top 10 Criminal Lawyer of New York - Rated A+ by BBBFormer prosecutor 20+ yrs exp. - Named Top 10 Criminal Lawyer of New York - Rated A+ by BBB
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 10 Attorneys||American Jurist Institute||2016|
|A+ Highest Rating||Better Business Bureau||2016|
|Premier 100 Trial Attorney||National Academy of Jurisprudence||2016|
|Lifetime Achievement||America's Top 100 Attorneys||2016|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|Nation's Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2016|
|Premier 100 Trial Attorney||American Academy of Trial Attorneys||2015|
|Top Ten Criminal Defense Attorney||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2015|
|Top Ten Dui/Dwi Attorney||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2015|
|A+ Rating!||Better Business Bureau||2015|
|Founding Member||American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys||2014|
|Top 100 DWI Attorneys||National Advocacy for DUI Defense||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in NY||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2014|
|Ten Best Dui/Dwi Lawyer in New York State||American Institute of Dui/Dwi Lawyers||2014|
|A+ Highest Rating||Better Business Bureau||2014|
|Merit Scholarship Recipient||Brooklyn Law School||1993|
|Adjunct Professor||John Jay College of Criminal||2004 - Present|
|Owner||Law Office of Richard Southard||2003 - Present|
|Criminal Court Deputy Bureau Chief||Kings County District Attorney's Office||1996 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Academy of Jurisprudence||Member||2016 - Present|
|American Jurist Institute||Member||2016 - Present|
|American Association of Premier DUI Attprneys||Founding Member||2014 - Present|
|National Advocacy for DUI Defense||Member||2014 - Present|
|Better Business Bureau||Member||2014 - Present|
|American Institute of Dui/Dwi Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Kings County Criminal||Member||2011 - Present|
|Kings County District Attorney Alumni Assciation||Member||2004 - Present|
|New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - 2005|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||1996 - 2000|
|People of the State of New York V. R.L.||All charges dismissed by Kings County DIstrict Attorneys Office|
|People of the State of New York v. A.F.||All charges dismissed by Manhattan D.A.s Office|
|People of the State of New York v. T.K.||All charges dismissed by Manhattan D.A.'s Office|
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|NWA Online||No Arrests in Assault afer 8 months||2011|
|Doctors Digest: Resolving Practice Dilemmas||Strategies for Managing All Types of Crises||2005|
|Charlotte Observer||South Carolina defendant's use of Zoloft reflects international debate||2005|
|Utah Daily Herald||Antidepressants Change Man's Life||2005|
|The Journal News||Martha Stewart Appeal May Focus on Insider Trading Argument||2004|
|CNBC website||Watch for Stewart Bombshells - and Profit||2004|
|The Washington Times' Insight Magazine||The High Price of Celebrity 'Justice'||2004|
|Indiana Star Press||Expert Says Officers Can't Fire on Drunks||2003|
|Brooklyn Law School||Criminal Law||Jurs Doctor||1996|
|John Jay College of Criminal Justice||Legal Studies - Criminal Justice||BS - Bachelor of Science||1993|
|Bloom & Politan: Open Court||Discussing Florida V. Samuels, (Millionaire charged in murder plot)||2007|
|Trial Heat||Discussing Marrero v. Tampa, (Family of slain police officer sues City of Tampa, claiming insufficient police department support led to officer’s murder by armed robber.)||2006|
|Courtside||Discussing New Mexico v. Posey, (Teen claims self-defense in the shooting deaths of his father, stepmother and stepsister, after years of physical and sexual abuse.)||2006|
|Both Sides||Discussing the United States Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Samuel Alito||2006|
|Bloom & Politan: Open Court||Discussing, Michigan v. Yost (Mother charged with murdering her seven year-old daughter by giving her a lethal dosage of anti-depressants.)||2006|
|Bloom & Politan: Open Court||Discussing Michigan v. Deering, (Drug dealer charged with murdering five young children during revenge arson.)||2006|
|Bloom & Politan: Open Court||Discussing Florida v. Serrano, (Defendant on trial for quadruple homicide of former business partners.)||2006|
|Banfield & Ford: Courtside||Discussing Ohio v. Halder, (Man charged with murder during shooting rampage at Case Western University.)||2006|
|Banfield & Ford: Courtside||Discussing South Carolina v. Goodwin, (Man charged with home invasion murder of retired 81 year-old doctor.)||2006|
|Banfield & Ford: Courtside||Dscussing Texas v. Yates, (Retrial of Andrea Yates, accused of drowning her five children in a bathtub.)||2006|
|Banfield & Ford: Courtside||Discussing Florida v. Serrano, (Defendant on trial for quadruple homicide of former business partners.)||2006|
|Trial Heat||Discussing the Robert Blake murder trial, the Michael Jackson child molestation case and Texas v. Mallard, (woman charged with murder for hitting a pedestrian with her car and leaving him to die while stuck in her windshield).||2005|
|Trial Heat||Discussing Florida v. Blount, (father charged with murder of 16 year-old bully who assaulted his son).||2005|
|Trial Heat||Discussing the Michael Jackson trial and Virgina v. Roundtree, (woman accused of brutally murdering ex-husband).||2005|
|Trial Heat||Discussing the Michael Jackson trial and Ohio v. McCoy, (the Ohio highway sniper trial).||2005|
|Trial Heat||Discussing the Michael Jackson trial and Florida v. Cloyd and Hughes, (Pilots charged with operating a passenger jet while intoxicated).||2005|
|Trial Heat||Discussing the live sentencing proceedings in Idaho v. Johnson, (teenager convicted of murdering her parents||2005|
|Trial Heat||Discussing Mississippi v. Smith, (defendant facing the death penalty for kidnapping and murdering a college student).||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing the legal basis for the overturning of Andrea Yates' capital murder convictions.||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing the legal battle to reinsert Terry Schiavo’s feeding tube.||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing the use of prior bad acts in the Michael Jackson trial.||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing the arrest of Jerry Hobb (man accused of stabbing his young daughter and her friend to death on Mother’s Day).||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing the use of accuser’s videotaped interview as rebuttal evidence in the Michael Jackson trial.||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing the acquittal of Michael Jackson in the Michael Jackson trial.||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing Scott Peterson’s suit against his former lawyer and the punishment for female teachers who have sexual relations with their underage male students||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon incident||2005|
|Fox News Live||Rumsfield v. Fair||2005|
|Fox News Live||Discussing the robbery arrest of former Major League Baseball pitcher Jeff Reardon and the use of antidepressants in his criminal defense||2005|
|Both SIdes||Discussing the Robert Blake murder trial, the Michael Jackson child molestation case and Idaho v. Johnson, (teenager on trial for murdering her parents).||2005|
|Both Sides||Discussing Oregon v. Longo, (defendant facing the death penalty for murdering his wife and three young children).||2005|
|Both Sides||Discussing Florida v. Smith, defendant facing the death penalty for abducting and murdering a 12 year-old girl||2005|
Posted by anonymous
I was arrested with a possession charge in September 14 which I was really worried would have immigration implications for me given the fact I am not a US citizen. Richard was responsive and honest from the outset. Other lawyers I contacted I felt were telling me what I wanted to hear, but Rich told me what could potentially happen to me and what we needed to do. I ended up getting an ACD, case closed and sealed after 2 months which is virtually unheard of for possession. Couldn't recommend Richard enough.
Posted by Carolyn
Mr. Southard handled my Unlawful Possession of Marijuana case a few months ago.
After the charge, I immediately called a couple of attorneys who all guaranteed the judge would absolutely grant me an ACD being this was my first offense. I felt like they were telling me exactly what I wanted to hear so decided to do more research online. I found Mr. Southard after reading all of the favorable reviews written of him.
Mr. Southard lived up to every expectation. He contacted me shortly after I called and agreed to represent my case. He was very professional and pleasant over the phone. He was also familiar with the courthouse where I'd have to appear.
From the beginning he was forthright and honest with me, explaining all of my options. In this case, he prepared me that the judge would most likely NOT grant an ACD even though this was a first offense for a minimal amount of marijuana. I would probably be given a lesser charge and have to pay a fine. He reassured me that he would do everything he could to fight for the ACD or better yet, a complete dismissal.
Two months later, Mr. Southard and I met at the courthouse. He knew the judge presiding and as expected, I was only offered a lesser charge and fine, no ACD or dismissal (fyi...there were plenty of other people in court for a similar charge who were not granted ACDs either). Since I wanted nothing on my record, Mr. Southard recommended we come back at a later date to fight it. I agreed and one month later, we met again at court. Since the Prosecuting Attorney did not want to deal with my UPM charge, the judge completely dismissed my case! My original intention was to get an ACD (which basically allows your record to be wiped clean ONLY after a year of not getting into any further trouble). Instead, my case was dismissed on the spot!
If it wasn't for Mr. Southard, I would had represented myself not knowing all of my options and would had agreed to the lesser charge and paid a fine. Now it's like nothing ever happened.
I am extremely happy with how Mr. Southard handled my case and highly recommend his services if the situation arises where you need legal help/advice. Hopefully I won't need another lawyer but if I do, he is absolutely the one I would call, hands down (no pun intended!!).
Posted by physician
Richard Southard is an excellent lawyer. He is responsive, thorough, and accomplishes what he states he will accomplish.
Feel confident when working with Mr. Southard, as he has worked at the DA's office, and his strategies are solid.
He is realistic regarding the outcomes and possibilities and pursues the best option for you - not the easiest "out" for him.
Furthermore, his fees/rates are very fair, and he is easily reachable by phone or email at any time.
As always, prior success does not indicate future outcomes, but it was pleasant working with Mr. Southard to accomplish an outstanding resolution to the case.
Luna Chou, Immigration Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Richard Southard is a brilliant criminal attorney whose legal practice and work ethics are of the highest caliber. He has an uncompromising commitment to excellence, together with a caring nature. Richard consistently provides high quality, effective service to every one of clients. I highly endorse this lawyer.
Vivek Suri, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Richard Southard is an attorney who delivers. I have had the privilege of working with him on a sensitive and delicate criminal defense matter. His experience as a former high ranking prosecutor allows him keen insight into how the prosecutor will handle your case. He is refreshingly straight forward, telling clients and other lawyers like myself the good news and the bad news about their case. I was impressed with his dedication to his client and his ability to come up with creative and cost-efficient legal solutions. His unique legal insight was an invaluable asset and was instrumental in resolving the matter. I recommend him highly. He is a skillful advocate for his clients and perhaps, more importantly, he understands how to treat his clients.
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