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Defense Against NYSJC Charges

Dedicated New York Defense Attorneys Aggressively Defend the Careers and Reputations of Those Facing Charges Brought by the New York State Justice Center

The New York State Justice Center was established in 2013 to help protect the dignity, health, and safety of individuals with special needs. Part of the Justice Center’s mandate includes investigating and pursuing civil and criminal charges against those suspected of abuse or neglect. The Justice Center solely investigates staff members at programs or facilities that provide services to individuals with special needs. The fact that the Center is narrowly focused on staff members of designated facilities, as well as the secretive nature of their investigations, can make a Justice Center investigation feel like a witch hunt.

At E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, we represent employees of facilities under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction who are facing investigations of neglect or abuse. We understand that a Justice Center investigation can jeopardize not only your career, but also your reputation. We zealously defend the rights of professionals, advocating on their behalf throughout the investigatory process, as well as through the hearing and appeals process. E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy is one of the most respected and trusted law firms in Upstate New York, and is one of the only New York law firms with a robust professional defense practice.

What Organizations Does the NYS Justice Center Oversee?

The Justice Center advocates on behalf of individuals with special needs. Specifically, the Center investigates and files claims of abuse and neglect allegedly committed by staff members against individuals in their care. The Center has jurisdiction over the following agencies:

When someone makes allegations that an individual receiving services at any of the above agencies was subject to abuse or neglect, the Justice Center will initiate an investigation. Having an attorney during the investigatory process is invaluable, as an attorney can ensure the investigation is fair and limited in scope, potentially preventing the need for a formal hearing.

Types of Justice Center Cases and the Investigatory Process

Not every report of abuse or neglect made to the Justice Center results in disciplinary action against an employee. When someone makes a claim of neglect or abuse, the Justice Center will open an administrative investigation and may, depending on the circumstances, also open up a criminal investigation. A criminal investigation is only conducted in cases involving an allegation of what may be a criminal offense. If criminal conduct is suspected, the Justice Center can work on its own or with local law enforcement to investigate the claim.

After the Justice Center decides which type of investigation to pursue, it begins the investigatory process. While investigations are case-specific, they will typically include an initial overview of the allegations, victim interviews, witness interviews, and subject interviews. All interviews are recorded.

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