Criminal Law 

           If you have been charged with a crime, a traffic infraction, a violation, a misdemeanor or a felony in the State of New York then you may need an attorney. 

           If convicted of any of the above charges, it can end up as part of your permanent record and could affect your future in regards to career, licenses, housing and more. 

           If you are an immigrant and charged with a crime, you should call an attorney immediately because any criminal charges can affect your status here in the United States. 

           

           Being charged with a crime is a very serious matter.  Whether you are wrongfully charged, unfairly treated or guilty of the crime you have RIGHTS.  The law of the land states that each person is “innocent until proven guilty”.  If you have an attorney on your side, your chances of receiving a not guilty verdict or receiving a favorable plea agreement increase tremendously.   

         

          This firm is here to guide you through the entire process.  As soon as you are arrested, you should call your attorney and tell him you have been arrested.  You should NOT speak on the phone about what has occurred.  The only thing you should discuss via the phone is where you are and make a verbal agreement with an attorney to represent you.  The attorney will then come down to your arraignment and fight on your behalf to have you released as soon as possible. 

           

           After arraignment there is usually a series of hearings and/or appearances.  If you hire an attorney, he/she is able to speak with the A.D.A or the D.A. in charge of your case.  The attorney makes arguments to the prosecutor attempting to have your charges dismissed or reduced.

           

           Your attorney will be able to explain all charges and all consequences of accepting a plea deal or going to trial.  It is extremely important to know your rights and to know what exactly will happen if you accept a plea. 

 

                             Below is a list of some definitions taken from the New York State Penal Law:

                                         

                                S 10.00 Definitions of terms of general use in this chapter.

                                              Except where different meanings are expressly specified in subsequent

                                              provisions of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

                                                 

                                                 1. "Offense" means conduct for which a sentence to a term of

                                                       imprisonment or to a fine is provided by any law of this state or by any

                                                       law, local law or ordinance of a political subdivision of this state, or

                                                       by any order, rule or regulation of any governmental instrumentality

                                                       authorized by law to adopt the same.

 

                                                 2. "Traffic infraction" means any offense defined as "traffic

                                                       infraction" by section one hundred fifty-five of the vehicle and traffic

                                                       law.

 

                                                 3. "Violation" means an offense, other than a "traffic infraction, "

                                                       for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of fifteen days

                                                       cannot be imposed.

 

                                                 4. "Misdemeanor" means an offense, other than a "traffic infraction, "

                                                      for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of fifteen days

                                                      may be imposed, but for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in

                                                      excess of one year cannot be imposed.

 

                                                 5. "Felony" means an offense for which a sentence to a term of

                                                      imprisonment in excess of one year may be imposed.

 

                                                 If you would like to look at the Penal Law then click HERE.

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