NYC Drug Court Initiative
Queens Misdemeanor Treatment Court (QMTC)
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Honorable Joseph A. Zayas

Honorable Joseph A. Zayas


JUDICIAL OFFICES

  • Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York, Queens County, Appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 2003 to 2009

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Supreme Court Justice Rolando T. Acosta, Principal Court Attorney, 1998 to 2003
  • Legal Aid Society, Capital Defense Unit, Senior Staff Attorney, 1996 to 1997
  • Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, Senior Staff Attorney, 1993 to 1996
  • Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, Staff Attorney, 1988 to 1991

ADMISSION TO THE BAR

  • NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1989

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Fordham University, College at Lincoln Center, 1985

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Committee Member, Committee on the Future of Criminal Indigent Defense Services, 2004 to present
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1991 to present
  • Committee Member, Criminal Courts Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1991 to 1992
  • Member, Puerto Rican Bar Association, 1998 to present
  • Member, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, 1999 to present
  • Member, National Hispanic Bar Association, 2004 to present
  • Member, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, 2003 to present
  • Soccer Coach, Little Neck Douglaston Youth Club, 1999 to present
  • Basketball and Football Coach, DAC Youth Club, 2003 to present

125-01 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
P: 718.298.0914 .F: 212.419.8443
www.nycourts.gov/nycdrugcourt

 

 

 

After your arrest you were given a choice between joining QMTC and having your case go through the regular court process. If you abuse drugs and are eligible for the QMTC program, your Case Manager will work with you to build a treatment plan. While you are in treatment, the Judge will closely watch your progress.

 

If the Judge says you can no longer participate or you ask to stop participating, the Judge will sentence you to the jail time you and your lawyer agreed to when you pled guilty.

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