Criminal Accusations, DWI Cases and Traffic Tickets
If contact with a law enforcement agency results in your arrest or the issuance of a traffic ticket, the firm is available to help you navigate the situation and achieve the best possible outcome. These types of cases generally begin with appearances in the city, town and village courts and finding qualified representation prior to your first court date is critical to protecting your interests.
The New York Penal Law provides for three different levels of offenses: felonies, misdemeanors and violations. Felonies are the most serious of the three and consequences are governed by the New York Sentencing Guidelines. Misdemeanors are classified as either class A or class B, with class A being the most serious of the two. A class A misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of one year in county jail. Finally, violations are the least serious category, and technically are not "criminal convictions" for the purposes of your record.
When facing criminal charges, retaining the assistance of an attorney is absolutely essential. Your attorney in these cases will act as your representative in negotiations with the district attorney and in the event those negotiations fail, begin preparations for trial and future appearances.
Generally speaking, traffic tickets are not criminal cases, meaning that they are not classified as misdemeanors or felonies. They are, however, included in this category because traffic tickets are issued as a result of police contact, involve an appearance in a local court and involve negotiation with a police officer or government attorney.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be worthwhile to hire an attorney to handle your traffic ticket case. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions and would like to have your case evaluated.
Driving While Intoxicated
It is no secret that prosecutors in New York and around the country take DWI cases seriously. In New York specifically, DWI defendants face a host of consequences upon arrest for driving while intoxicated. While the arraignment is a critical step in any criminal proceeding, in a DWI case the arraignment has special significance because the arraigning judge will most likely take some action against the defendant's license (i.e. suspension pending prosecution). Therefore, finding an experienced attorney well-versed in NY DWI laws and related DMV regulations immediately after charges are filed is absolutely essential.
The DWI case presents itself in a variety of ways based on the facts of each case. The record of the accused, the circumstances surrounding the arrest and the result of the defendant's chemical test (if any) are all factors that will have an impact on the outcome of a case.