Whether or not you have been formally charged with a crime, please read on, then contact an experienced Nassau County criminal defense attorney to learn what you should do if you are accused of a crime in New York.
You have been accused of a crime in New York – now what?
If you have been accused of committing a crime in the Empire State, you should take the following steps to protect yourself:
- Realize the seriousness of the accusations: By understanding the seriousness of the crime and its potential penalties, you help prepare yourself for the possibility that the police, prosecutor, judge or jury might not see the case your way. This will help you make decisions and take actions that will increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome.
- Understand the price of a good defense: To build a strong defense, you will need to account for attorney fees, investigation costs and expert witness fees. This can be expensive but it is preferable to years, decades or even the rest of your life behind bars.
- Intervene before charges: Retain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney, like Jacob A. Rudman, Esq., before you are formally charged, so you can be proactive and possibly prevent being charged at all.
- Take no action: Sometimes, inaction on your part affords you the opportunity to see if the prosecutor even develops the necessary evidence to charge you with the crime. Witnesses can recant their statements and test results can bolster your innocence, all without you saying or doing anything.
- Gather any physical evidence and documents: Collect any physical evidence that supports your defense and turn it over to your attorney. This includes clothing, photographs, correspondence, emails, receipts, GPS data and more.
- Obtain witness contact information: Provide your attorney with the contact information of any witnesses who might strengthen your defense.
- Investigation: Your attorney will need to conduct his or her own investigation in order to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case and that of the prosecution. Then, he or she will plan accordingly.
- Plea bargain: After assessing the case for and against you, your attorney may deem it advisable that you plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid a conviction, a harsher sentence and/or a permanent criminal record.
What shouldn’t you do after being accused of a crime in New York?
By the same token, you should never destroy evidence that you think could hurt you, talk to or have any contact with the victim or witnesses, talk to the police, prosecutor or criminal investigator without your attorney or consent to a DNA test or other test requested by the police without your attorney present. Mistakes can be costly, so please give us a call today.
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Whether you need a Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer or traffic ticket attorney, The Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman is here to help. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including DUIs, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, juvenile crimes, and more. If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it is important to contact us today. We zealously represent clients facing tickets for speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license, and those caught using a mobile device. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with our trusted legal team.