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John M. Cromwell

Criminal defense Attorney at Scarsdale, NY

4.9   32 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 33 years
    Wisconsin - WI 35 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    Trial level defense of all crimes from serious felonies to misdemeanors and traffic tickets. Extensive experience conducting jury trials and pretrial proceedings including motions to dismiss defective charging documents, motions to dismiss for violations of constitutional and statutory rights such as right to a speedy trial, motions to suppress unlawfully obtained evidence (illegal search and seizure, violation of right to counsel, right to remain silent, improper out of court identifications)

    36 years, 5,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%

  3. Civil rights
    5%
    False arrest, use of excessive force, police brutality, malicious prosecution, illegal strip searches, unlawful searches and seizures.

    29 years, 100 cases

  4. Family
    5%
    Defending against and bringing petitions for child custody and visitation, child support, abuse and neglect proceedings.

    29 years, 250 cases

  5. Juvenile law
    5%
    Trial level defense of adolescents charged with actions in Family Court that would be considered crimes if committed by adults.

    36 years, 150 cases

 

When you hire me, you will be getting an experienced New York City criminal defense trial lawyer, who cares about you, and who will always treat you with dignity and respect. I am dedicated to serving clients in the Bronx and the surrounding areas and always strive to give my clients the best legal representation I can offer.

I was born and raised in the Bronx and have dedicated my entire professional career of 24 years to defending people accused of crimes.

 

In that time, I have handled thousands of criminal cases from murder charges to traffic tickets. If it means sticking up for your rights by aggressively confronting a prosecutor, a cop, a witness, or even a judge in a courtroom, I have done that. If it takes quiet negotiation to resolve your case favorably, I have done that, too. Whatever the unique facts your situation calls for, you and I are partners with the same goal: to help you through this difficult time as quickly and as painlessly as possible so you can get back to your life with your family, your job, and your community.

 

I will always have time to promptly respond to your phone calls, to sit down with you in the privacy of my office or in a private conference room at court, to listen to you, and to answer your questions in terms you can understand. I love to discuss problems, to teach, and to explain; to connect, to communicate, and to advocate. That's one reason I knew I wanted to be a trial lawyer. But I also take great pride in being a good listener. It's a lot harder to listen than to talk.

 

Many lawyers are good talkers, and talking is certainly important. But I've learned over the years that a really good lawyer also knows how to listen: to witnesses testifying in trials, to prosecutors and judges, and most importantly, to clients.

 

Listening takes time. Listening takes patience. Listening takes practice. I will always take the time to really listen to you, to be there for you when you need me, to promptly return your calls, answer your questions, and carefully explain your options in terms you can understand.

 

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My Westchester office, 135 Montgomery Avenue, Scarsdale, NY

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John M. Cromwell
135 Montgomery Avenue
Scarsdale, NY, 10583
John M. Cromwell
177 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY, 10451
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
At first I was very worried that there was no hope for my case or situation. But without fail John has been there every step of the way with me easing my anxiety and reassuring me that he’ll get the best outcome. He’s kind and patient and has taken his time to explain every detail of the case and the defense. He even had a meeting with family members to dismiss their worry. He was very caring and took my case seriously and although I doubted that the case could get dismissed he made that happen. My case was completely dismissed and I could not be more grateful for the work and time Mr. Cromwell has put into this. I had a DUI case that was dismissed. If your looking for a great lawyer to do what’s in your best interest always this is the guy.
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Posted by Reuben | May 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great guy to have ya case
He was always on time, sharp and comfortable in the courtroom. I recommend John for any one looking for justice.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
"Excellent Representation!!"
After being arrest for a criminal offense and finding myself in a situation that could effect my entire future, I went ahead with the grueling task of having to find legal representation. I went through a few consultations with other lawyers but I felt extremely confident and at ease with Mr. Cromwell throughout the whole process of my case. He keeps a very calm and kind demeanor. This truly helped with my level of stress and anxiety I was going through. Never once did I feel as if he was judging me. He answered my text and calls in a very timely manner and was always available to answer any questions I had. While in court I can see the other attorneys in the room come to him to seek his advice. He got me the best possible outcome and he gave me back my life!! For which I am truly grateful. I recommend John M. Cromwell to anyone that needs a knowledgeable and professional criminal attorney that gets the job done. Thank you John!
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2017
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Thank You Mr Cromwell
I was notified of discrepancy with my driver license record, I contacted Mr Cromwell, he made available himself to get to know my side of the story and pro actively contacted the DNV and made necessary arrangements and worked out the deal and represented me in the court and my case was resolved. I'll recommend Mr Cromwell strongly!
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2017
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Press Member got arrested for taking pictures
I'm am Member of Press with an ID card Issued to me by NYPD, was taking Pictures at car accented in the Bronx Police Officer Hart from the 42nd Pct arrested Me and got my press card Confiscated from me John M. Cromwell did outstanding job of getting the charges dismiss and my id card leisured.
Posted by Salvador | February 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He is without a doubt the best criminal defense lawyer there is operating in New York City.
Our experience with John Cromwell was God sent. Above many things his integrity never waivers. He is more compassionate then most attorney's , certainly that I've ever encountered. His dedication and relentless will to advocate have put my family and I at ease when things weren't. He is sympathy and empathy are unmatched. John Cromwell's role in my life was more like a father figure. Although he might of been extremely overwhelmed with other cases , he'd always dedicate a few extra minutes to inquire about how myself and family were holding up. This quality made him more than our attorney it catapulted him into our extended family. He always kept a strong report whether via emails text etc. Our initial hand shake turned into smiles and hugs throughout our fantastic relationship. In many lifetime's people search for a John Cromwell and fall short of meeting one. I say there's none like him. His understanding for how the law works and dignity and respect for his clients is profound. In many ways he has given light to the gray areas of the judicial system. Mr . Cromwell my family and I couldn't be any more grateful you've stayed in the trenches with us until we ultimately prevailed. You are a Saint and I ask the all mighty to continue giving you the strength and courage needed for you to provide for your own and family and to not abandon those who've yet to cross your path. Your belief in me helped set a new tone for my life and possibly many others. God Bless you John as we have grown so close and all those blessed to have you within their grasps.
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Posted by Skylar | August 25, 2016
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NOTHING ON MY RECORD
John was fast and efficient he did exactly what he said he was going to do and went far and beyond and one court date! Mr.Cromwell got charges reduced and dismiss to its minimum I'm so thankful will refer him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
John Cromwell is a great attorney. He defended my uncle and as expected was successful in winning the case. He is thorough and does the proper research to get all the facts for the case. This is the second time he's helped someone in my family win a trial and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a defense attorney. Great job Mr. Cromwell.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2015
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Family advice session
Great!
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2015
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Family advice session
he is helpful.
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
He was very helpful and friendly.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
Mr Cromwell, responded promptly to my questions. He explained the options and recommendations clearly. I was pleased with the professionalism and genuine concern
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased, wonderful attorney
Mr. Cromwell defended me as if we were family. I felt he was there for me 100% plus his understanding of criminal law was on point. I would highly recommend Mr. Cromwell to anyone in need of a great criminal defense attorney.
Posted by Robert | April 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A compassionate lawyer
John Cromwell is an excellent and compassionate lawyer. He took an interest in my case and completely did his best to help me in my situation. He is very professional, courteous and is great at maintaining communication. He was very helpful and took his time to explain everything that had to do with the case. He was also very punctual on Court days. I highly recommend John Cromwell as a Lawyer to anyone who needs to be defended.
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Posted by Yoelin | March 2, 2016
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Hard case
My name is oliver and just wanted to take a few minutes to just say a simple thanks to Mr.John Cromwell by far hes the best lawyer me and my family has ever deal with because every other lawyer was horrible experience never responded the emails or court dates but not Mr Cromwell always got back to me and my family right away always in court on time very nice person very caring took gis time to investigate and did thr best he could and so aiam out of jail thanks to this laywer a great awesome one to so thank you John Cromwell for making me a free person and fighting for me like you did I will recomen Mr Cromwell to anybody great guy here God bless you.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2015
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Outstanding Attorney!
Look no further than John Cromwell! What would have been a grueling experience, one that could possible damage my future employment; turned out to be the best case scenario for any one in my situation. I spent an extensive amount of time researching lawyers. I even spoke with and met with a few; but I had a hunch to go with Mr. Cromwell, it was the best decision I made. He went out of his way to meet and provide me with useful information regarding my case. Although it was a minor case he treated it as though it was a major one. Mr. Cromwell understood the impact it could have on my livelihood. From the start Mr. Cromwell began establishing a clear tactics for my case; questions were asked, concerns addressed and possibilities given; yet, he never once appeared over confident and he never promised me any outcome, instead he remained compassionate and diligent. There was no problem contacting and meeting with Mr. Cromwell, not at all. He was always prompt at responding to all forms of correspondence. I felt so at eased, I forgot the matter at hand, up until our court appearance and even then he put my anxieties to rest. The day came when it was decided; “dismissed with immediate sealing.” I could not believe it. It took a while for the outcome to register in my mind; when it finally did, I was both pleased and humble; much was owed to Mr. Cromwell. I walked out the court room feeling relieved. If you’re ever in need of a criminal lawyer, do not hesitate in contacting Mr. Cromwell. I can honestly say Mr. Cromwell will provide you with the best possible services. Thanks again Mr. Cromwell! They need more lawyers like you out there; your reviews are true testaments of your work and who you are as a person, one who has integrity and compassion for others.
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Posted by Nancy | July 30, 2015
Excellent
Mr. Cromwell is a Excellent, Lawyer. On time, Resourceful, Attorney. He helped me With my Case against NYPD. If I was to every need a Good Lawyer or recommending a Good Attorney, Hands up,it would be Mr. Cromwell, with my eyes closed.
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Very nice and patient.
Although I am not doing business with John Cromwell, he did take the time to speak with me and listen to my concerns and offer me a kind ear. I believe he is a lawyer because he wants to help those who need law help.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2015
Great and reliable attorney!!!!!!!!!
A friend of mine recommended attorney John to represent me on my criminal case and I can honestly say, besides getting my case dismissed, working with him to resolve my case was the best thing that happened to me. First off, he was straightforward in clarifying the legal troubles I were facing, as well as the potential road blocks and solutions; he was also forthright about the finance aspect, but believe me he is fair and his expertise and work throughout the process is absolutely worth it!!! Second, I was always confident of his work. That was significant because I was really worried, anxious and nervous facing a criminal case; and in the end his guidance and work prevailed. Finally, he was available, and ready to respond to all my questions and concerns in addition to providing me with all the updates. Honestly, he is great!!!!!
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Posted by nancy | November 22, 2014
An excellent,very knowledgable,understanding professional compassionate attorney.
Mr. Cromwell is an excellent attorney.Not only that he is very knowledgable in his profession he has helped me every step of the way in my case,by taking the time to explain and answer questions.He was always available and returned my phone calls promptly.John has compassion and truly understands how difficult and traumatic in dealing with a court case as a result he really listens to his clients.I had tremendous anxiety and working with John and his caring personality helped me a great deal.Need I say i honestly felt I was in good hands.John has helped me to regain my job,my life.Bottom line John is an excellent attorney who goes above and beyond for his clients.I will never forget coming out of my arraignment scared to death and John was sitting with my son supporting him ,this shows he alsounderstands the impact on family.Sum it up John helped me and my family tremendously EXCELLENT,COMPASSIONATE,KNOWLEDGABLE ATTORNEY.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of John M. Cromwell
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Cromwell & Yerman
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Public Defender
  • The Legal Aid Society Of Nassau County
  • 1988 - 1995

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Grinnell College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Associations

  • Westchester County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2002 - Present
  • Bronx County Bar Association, Criminal Court Committee
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • New York State Appellate Division, First Dept.
  • Assigned Counsel Panel
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse John
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is well known across the state and the country as a fantastic attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I gladly endorse this lawyer. John is distinguishable not only for his high level of knowledge and skills as a litigator but his integrity and authenticity as a person. He's extremely experienced and effective at what he does. Quite simply, a great attorney and a great person."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An incredible reputation with peers and clients alike"
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cromwell is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Civil rights Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a seasoned criminal litigator who regularly obtains great results for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John M. Cromwell is an excellent attorney. He has an insatiable thirst for law to go along with a wealth of experience."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cromwell is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Cromwell is an amazing lawyer. Not only is he smart and erudite,but he works as hard as any lawyer I know on behalf of his clients. John is someone who truly believes in the importance of a vigorous defense. Poor or Rich clients both get John's best efforts. I have known John for most of his career and I strongly endorse him."
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