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New York City has one of the nation's most demanding and sophisticated criminal justice systems. If you find yourself facing criminal charges in NYC, you need a legal defense team with a well-established track record of success in this system.

The law firm of Watford Jackson, PLLC is eminently qualified to defend you against any charges. We, attorneys Joey Jackson and Gregory J. Watford, have over 45 years of combined experience in criminal defense law in New York City. Through our skill and dedication, we have delivered hundreds of positive outcomes for our clients and earned a distinguished reputation in the state's most competitive courtrooms.

Criminal defense is our primary area of practice; we also handle a variety of civil law matters. Our cohesive work partnership coupled with extensive legal knowledge enables us to develop creative case strategies and consistently produces positive results for our clients.


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Criminal charges of any kind require immediate action and full-out effort. The attorneys of Watford Jackson, PLLC are available 24/7/365 to come to your defense. We have sharpened our skills against the steel of the NYC's best prosecutors, and we know how to work the NYC legal system to get justice for you. You can count on us to be your steadfast advocate against the most relentless prosecution.

Whether the charges against you are completely false or have some basis in fact, you are going to need the advice and protection of an attorney. We understand that emotions run high in domestic cases, which can make it harder to root out the truth. You can count on Watford Jackson, PLLC to dig deep for facts and witnesses to counter the prosecution's claims and develop a strong case in your favor.

A DWI conviction can have far-reaching consequences on your career, your finances, your family life, and your reputation. You can count on Watford Jackson, PLLC to put up the strongest possible defense for you. We know all the tactics used by police and prosecutors, and we know how to counter them. You can count on us to persist until we have gotten the best possible outcome for you.

If you are targeted by a powerful federal agency such as the FBI, IRS, or SEC, it can be unsettling, even frightening. The attorneys of Watford Jackson, PLLC, however, will not be intimidated. We have defended many clients in high-profile, high-stakes cases. If you are facing charges such as federal fraud or civil rights violation, you can rely on us to devise forceful legal arguments in your defense

New York City has some of the most restrictive gun and weapons laws in the country. At Watford Jackson, PLLC, we have significant experience in defending people accused of unlawful weapons possession. We understand the fine points of weapons-possession law and are prepared to mount an aggressive defense for you, particularly in self-defense cases.


Charges related to domestic violence are taken very seriously by New York City authorities. In these cases, arrests are likely, and an order of protection may be issued. Regardless of whether accusations of domestic violence are completely untrue or have some basis in fact, it is essential to work with an experienced attorney who will dig deep for facts and witnesses to counter the prosecution's claims and develop a strong case in your favor.


A driver can be charged with DWI if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher. An arrest may also involve related charges, including speeding or other traffic violations, possession of an open container of alcohol, drug possession, or resisting arrest. Whether you have been charged with a first-time DWI or a repeat DWI, our experienced attorneys can investigate the circumstances of the arrest and help you understand your ideal defense strategy.


If you are accused of a crime, your civil service employer can file disciplinary charges against you, on top of any criminal charges filed by the District Attorney. With our deep understanding of both the criminal justice system and the civil service disciplinary process in New York, Watford Jackson, PLLC is ideally equipped to defend you in both your criminal case and in any job-related disciplinary action.

The attorneys of Watford Jackson, PLLC are deeply knowledgeable about NY civil service law and the regulations that apply to specific groups such as police and correction officers. If your civil service employer begins an investigation or disciplinary action against you, we will guard your rights throughout the process, prepare a strong defense, and do our utmost to protect your employment.

When a civil service employee is questioned about possible misconduct, you have the right to consult an attorney before and during questioning. You can count on Watford Jackson, PLLC to stand guard over your civil rights and your job during the investigative process. Being fluent in NY civil service law as well as criminal law, we can also represent you in disciplinary actions and in criminal court.

If you have been served with disciplinary charges by your civil service employer, Watford Jackson, PLLC will help you fight those charges and do everything in our power to protect your job. With over 40 years' experience in civil service employment law, we can skillfully guide you through the process, ensuring that your legal rights are not violated and that you get the best possible defense.

If you have been found guilty of civil service disciplinary charges, but believe that an error was made or that the penalty was unfairly severe, Watford Jackson, PLLC will help you file an appeal. Whether you previously had the help of a lawyer or not, we will go over your case records in detail, come up with a strategy for your appeal, and develop a compelling argument in your favor.

If your civil service employer serves you with notice of medical separation, you have the right to protest the separation. Watford Jackson, PLLC has over 40 years' combined experience helping NY civil service employees save their jobs. We will make the most powerful case possible in your defense, aiming to stop the separation and win reinstatement to your position.

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Joey Jackson

A nationally-recognized criminal defense attorney, Mr. Jackson has been a member of the New York Bar since 1995. He has had a distinguished career as a trial lawyer in the criminal courts of New York City and the federal district courts in New York. He also serves as a legal analyst on CNN and is highly regarded for his straight-talking style and command of the law.

Gregory J. Watford

With experience as both a criminal detective investigator and a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Watford has a unique blend of investigative and trial skills. Now a seasoned attorney with 25 years of criminal litigation experience, he is highly regarded as a strong advocate for his clients. He works to the highest standards of legal professionalism, which enables him to obtain favorable resolutions with or without litigation.


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  • Joey is one of the most knowledgeable, assertive and humble Attorneys I’ve ever seen in my entire life. As a black woman I feel...

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  • Simply, the best!! Most articulate, mad passionate, smartest, kind, humble & not to mentioned the MOST handsome lawyer on TV...

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  • "I met Attorney Gregory Watford 23 years ago I was faced with a serious charge. Mr. Watford did win my case. During my case..."


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