Criminal Defense

Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense

Facing criminal charges in the Bronx?

When you have been charged with any type of crime, your future is at risk. A conviction could not only result in criminal penalties, it could also ruin your career, as you would have a criminal record which would follow you into every job interview in the future. You need a White Plains criminal defense attorney who really understands how much is at stake and will do everything possible to help you achieve a favorable outcome. There are many steps to take in the court process and while each case may differ, the process of fighting criminal charges is always a difficult one. The following are some areas of criminal law that suspects and their families may find themselves involved in.

Arraignment 
The first time you will likely see your loved one after an arrest is at the arraignment, which occurs before the defendant is released from jail. The judge will formally read the charges, and your loved one will have to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Having an attorney present at this stage can help to keep the amount set for bail as low as possible.

Arrest 
What is said and done by the suspect and the police officers during the arrest will often set the stage for everything that happens after an arrest, as either party may make mistakes which will lead to an unfavorable outcome regardless of the evidence that was gathered during the pre-arrest investigation.

Domestic Violence 
The police respond immediately domestic violence calls, and they will nearly always make an arrest to prevent the situation from getting out of control. If you were taken into custody, there may be a protective order against you which can make life difficult, as well as the fact that you face prosecution from the state regardless of whether the alleged victim wants to press charges.

DWI (DUI and DWAI) 
Drinking and driving is not merely a traffic offense, it is a crime, and if you have been charged with DWI you can be sent to jail, as well as losing your driver's license. There are several ways to fight a drunk-driving charge, whether this is a first DUI offense or if you have been convicted of multiple DUI offenses in the past.

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You Can Fight a Criminal Charge

When you are dealt with criminal charges, you are not without options and you are not alone. There are many valid reasons that a person can be wrongfully accused, along with many mistakes by officers that discredit evidence or give a person a higher sentencing than they deserve. When you intention is to fight the allegations that have been placed against you, the first step is to contact an attorney from my firm. Having a professional will give you insight into how to proceed that you would otherwise be unaware of. An attorney can be present through all aspects of your case, including the initial interrogations by police in which they will try to get you to say anything incriminating.

After that it is important to begin an investigation. Law enforcement will be looking for any evidence they can to put you in a bad light, but an attorney can seek to counter that. This may include another investigation into the proceedings of police officers. Many times they will over step their boundaries or become overzealous and make a mistake that puts a suspect at a loss. If this is brought to attention, evidence may be disregarded and you may be able to have your name cleared. The main goal is always to have charged dropped completely, but in some cases where this is not possible, there may still be the option of having penalties reduced. This can be a significant benefit to those at odds with the law and may involve taking years off of jail time or thousands off of fines. To find out more about criminal charges and how they can be fought, contact my firm directly.

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