The Legal Aid Society provides counsel in the Criminal and Family Court matters to persons who, in the opinion of the Court, are financially unable to afford private counsel.
The Criminal Division is the largest component of the Legal Aid Society, and has attorneys assigned to all the District and County Court Parts where defendants are represented from arraignment through trial or other disposition. The Appeals Bureau also represents defendants in cases which are assigned directly by the Appellate Division. In addition, the Legal Aid Society also has separate Family Court and Children's Law Bureau Divisions. The Family Court Division represents adults in family offense cases, visitation, foster care, child abuse, paternity, adoptions and related matters. The Children's Law Bureau Division provides representation for children in PINS (persons alleged to be in need of supervision), guardianship, custody and family offense proceedings.
Each division of the Legal Aid Society provides for investigative services, and other services necessary to provide adequate representation and defense of it's clients.
Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County
John P. Cohalan, Jr. Courthouse
400 Carleton Avenue, 4th Floor
Central Islip, NY 11722
District Court: 631-853-5212, Fax: 631-853-4336
Family Court: 631-853-4343
Children's Law Bureau: 631-439-2450
Riverhead Office: 631-852-1650