If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of a criminal defense attorney to present your defense or negotiate a penalty. As different rules and procedures exist for different offenses, you should seek a criminal defense attorney who has worked on your particular type of case to provide you with the best defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows what information the government will need to prove your guilt. The defense attorney will also know what information you need to prove your innocence, including whether there are any legal rules justifying your actions.
The arraignment is the first appearance in front of a judge for a criminal case. In this appearance the defendant is read the charges against him or her and enters a plea. The local rules and customs vary from courthouse to courthouse, therefore it is in your best interest to hire an attorney that is familiar with the court in which you arraignment will be held. The Steward Law Firm services all five boroughs and has experienced attorneys that know the ins and outs of each court.
At arraignments the court may release the defendant on his own recognizance, require bail for his release, or remand (sent to jail with no bail set). It is vital to have an attorney present to make the best argument for you to be released on your own recognizance or get bail set to an amount that you can afford.
At arraignments you are put on notice by the prosecutor with respect to certain rights and the evidence against you. Every appearance counts and this includes the very first proceeding. In order to put together the best case possible it is vital to hire an attorney from the beginning.
Each court can be very intimidating especially when they read off code sections that do not make sense to those outside of the legal profession. Often times this process happens very quickly and you don’t have time to ask questions while you’re in front of the judge. Hiring The Steward Law Firm will give you the opportunity to ask any questions about the charges being filed against you, and you can rest easier having an aggressive and knowledgeable advocate on your side.
Types of Criminal Cases We Successfully Handle
Your situation is important to us, and a criminal defense attorney from our firm can provide you with the representation you need for any of the following case types:
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in the state of New York is 0.08%. If you are stopped by a police officer and your BAC is found to be at or above this legal limit, then you will be arrested and charged with this crime. Seek representation immediately as the penalties you face for conviction could be severe
Possession, cultivation, distribution, and other actions involving controlled substances can result in arrest and charges of drug crimes. If convicted of a drug crime, you could face extremely serious and life-altering penalties.
Sex crimes may include a variety of different actions, from sexual assault and rape to indecent exposure and possession of child pornography. One common penalty associated with a conviction of this type of crime is mandatory sex offender registration.
There are many different types of theft crimes, ranging from petty theft such as shoplifting to violent offenses such as robbery. If you are arrested and charged with a type of theft, then it is important to understand the potential implications and consequences of a conviction.
A crime that involves physical violence or threat of violence can be charged as a violent crime. Crimes such as assault, crimes involving weapons, and many others forms of criminal activity can result in multiple charges and penalties such as time in prison.
White Collar Crimes
Non-violent and financially motivated crimes are often committed by high-salaried professionals for the purpose of financial gain or detriment to another. They are commonly referred to as white collar crimes. These crimes may involve a variety of criminal actions, including fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering.
If you have been accused of a criminal offense, then you need to seek out skillful representation and begin building a defense of your case immediately. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your case are, it is vital that you have legal assistance on your side that can work with you to fight the accusations and pursue a favorable outcome.
We offer a free case evaluation so that you may obtain some legal advice and information regarding your situation from a New York criminal defense lawyer before making any financial commitment to our firm. Contact a New York criminal lawyer from our office today to discuss the situation that you face and to begin preparing your defense.