Common Questions About NY Criminal Defense

What do I do when I or a loved one gets arrested?

Do not speak to the police, contact this office immediately because there are important rights that need to be invoked, ie right to remain silent.

What should I expect from a good criminal defense attorney?

An experienced criminal defense attorney will have the right numbers and contacts to call and invoke your rights and expedite your arrest process.

What happens after a person is arrested?

They are brought to the Precinct they were arrested in for arrest processing, this is a critical stage and when the advice of a lawyer is paramount.

Does a person have to speak to the police after being arrested?

No! You have your Miranda rights to remain silent.

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is your first appearance before a Judge, where you are formally given your charges and where bail is set.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to have a lawyer at this stage.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

A felony is a charge where you can serve a year or longer in jail and a misdemeanor is where you can spend a year or less in Jail.

I have been told that there is a warrant out for my arrest. What should I do?

Contact this office immediately so they can arrange a voluntary surrender and start to invoke your constitutional rights.

If I plan on pleading guilty, do I still need a lawyer?

Absolutely! A lawyer can minimize and mitigate your exposure.

Should I represent myself in a criminal case?

An individual who represents themselves has a fool for a client.

What are my Miranda rights?

This you’re your right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself.

What if the officer did not read my rights?

That would depend on whether you were interrogated or not, it is a very tricky area of law where you need an experienced Lawyer to counsel you.