Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer

New York Juvenile Defense Lawyer

Effective, Rigorous Advocacy for Teens and Young Adults

As every parent of a teenager comes to understand, adolescents operate differently from both children and adults. Recently, neurologists have been able to explain how the prefrontal cortex of the human brain does not fully form until we turn approximately 25 years of age.

In other words, people between the age of about 10 and 25 don’t make decisions the same way adults do. They are essentially “hardwired” to take more risks, while at the same time being less able to foresee the consequences.
If you, your teen or young adult has been arrested, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Attorney Michael D. Horn has 25 years of criminal and juvenile defense experience, and he understands and cares about the issues involved.

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Criminal Defense lawyer Michael Horn

My goal is to ensure that your constitutional rights are respected, every possible defense is investigated and all avenues of mitigation or justification are presented in your case

Michael D. Horn – Founding Partner

A Veteran Defense Attorney Working for You

The primary option in any criminal case is to find a way to have all charges dismissed or the evidence suppressed. Counseling does not have to be court mandated, and many kids learn from simply going through the arrest and arraignment process.

Unfortunately, in many situations the risk of losing compels clients towards accepting counseling or other mitigation options even when they may be unnecessary. As our client, this will always be your decision. Our first duty is to act as a guide to the law and the courts. These options, along with active plea-bargaining, may result in an acceptable outcome with minimal risk. Once the client reaches an informed and educated decision how best to attack the problem, it becomes counsel’s duty to execute that plan in the most effective manner.

If plea negotiation or mitigation is not the right choice in your case, Mr. Horn has the experience, skill and commitment to try your case effectively in either juvenile or adult court.


If you are facing drug related criminal charges, don’t wait to seek legal help. Michael D. Horn has the experience to help you through this difficult time. Whether you are a first-time offender of have multiple arrests we will ensure that your legal rights are protected.

Legal procedures

At the law office of Michael D. Horn, Esq., Attorney at Law, we constantly study the latest neurological research, legal decisions and court initiatives in an effort to best advocate for each client.

This often includes clinical evaluations of young clients to determine the root causes of whatever delinquent and criminal behaviors that have resulted in felony arrests. The social workers we employ utilize various techniques, including basic curfews, toxicology monitoring and GPS anklets to support potential success and maintain safety.

We Follow the Science and Apply It to Criminal and Juvenile Defense

We seek to educate judges and prosecutors with the latest data and academic studies supporting the need to mitigate the weak choices made by young adults. Kids between the ages of 15 and 24 are transitioning through a key developmental stage of life, when ideas and habits are in formation. Jail serves as an incredibly destabilizing factor for young people, full as it is of negative peer pressure, insensitive and uneducated staff, and the isolation, depression and violence that inevitably attaches.

Ready To Defend Against Juvenile Related Criminal Charges.

It is critically important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney following any juvenile related criminal charge. Michael D. Horn has the experience and the reputation to help you through this difficult time. Don’t delay.

“Mr. Horn is an absolute gem to work with. His balance of professionalism and compassion make him stand out from many other criminal defense lawyers in New York. He exuded patience and kindness throughout my whole experience. He went above and beyond to keep me informed and he was persistent in helping me resolve my legal matters in a timely fashion. I will forever be grateful I had Mr. Horn on my side during an incredibly difficult time.”

– V.W.C

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If you have questions about a pending case or think you might need to hire a criminal defense attorney please don’t delay. Call and find out what you need to do to protect your rights.

Contact us to schedule your confidential consultation.

Michael D. Horn

Criminal Defense Law

Nassau Criminal Defense Attorney Office

1 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514

Queens Office:

31-19 Newtown Ave #500, Astoria, NY 11102