Stamford, CT – If you are facing criminal charges in Connecticut, then you’ve probably discovered that the legal system is too complex to navigate on your own. What you need is an experienced Stamford Criminal Lawyer who will help protect your rights, explain the process and champion your cause. This is even more crucial for people who speak English as a second language. Either way, getting caught up in the justice system can become confusing without an advocate. Mark Sherman, recognized as a leading Stamford criminal attorney, addresses that need by employing Spanish speaking attorneys in both the Stamford, CT and New York City offices.
Connecticut law states that you have a right to an interpreter if needed; however, translation problems can occur long before you arrive in the courtroom. “Many people are fluent in conversational English but that doesn’t mean they are conversant in legal terminology. In these cases, an officer may incorrectly assume that people who have been stopped for suspicion of a DUI or who are being questioned regarding a crime fully understand what is happening and the implications of their responses,” explains Mark Sherman, a Stamford and Greenwich criminal attorney. “Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Having an attorney present who understands both the language and the law is essential to protecting a person’s rights.”
Ryan O’Neill, a Stamford criminal lawyer and member of Mark Sherman’s firm, has a history of providing stellar assistance to Spanish speaking clients. While in law school, Attorney O’Neill completed an internship with Quinnipiac’s Legal Clinic where his service with the Spanish speaking community earned him the prestigious CLEA outstanding student award given to one student at each law school for excellence in clinical work. Since joining Mark Sherman in 2008, Ryan has successfully litigated scores of cases in criminal, civil and employment law. He is licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut and the United States District Court of Connecticut.
Attorney Mariella Soussou, another Stamford criminal lawyer on the Sherman Law team, became intimately familiar with the need for bilingual legal services during law school as a member of the Latin American Law School Student Association. In addition, she volunteered in numerous capacities, including the Immigrant’s Rights and Access to Justice Clinic and the Global Law Society, and was awarded the Archibald R. Public Service Award. Attorney Soussou is licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and the United States District Court of New Jersey.
Mark Sherman, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham University of Law, has been a member in good standing of the Connecticut, New York and Florida state bars since 1998. He has offices in Stamford, Connecticut and New York, New York, and practices in both locations. He has been recognized as a top business professional by the Fairfield County Business Journal and has been honored as a “Super Lawyer” by both New England and Connecticut Super Lawyers for 2011 and 2012.
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