What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions?
Facing a criminal charge can be a frightening, intimidating experience. From a straightforward traffic offense to complex securities law charges, individuals face strict penalties and life-changing consequences. While all cases are different, we at Bachner & Associates, PC, understand that common questions can be addressed on our website.
When Should I Call A Criminal Defense Lawyer?
If you’re wondering whether you should contact an attorney, chances are good that you should have already done so. As soon as a criminal defense attorney is involved in your case, he or she can begin developing your case strategy. In fact, you should not talk to law enforcement officers — even if you think you’re only explaining away a simple misunderstanding — without a lawyer present. Be polite, but be firm that you will answer questions only with your attorney by your side.
Should I Pursue A Plea Agreement?
Through the legal process, your attorney and the prosecutor’s office might negotiate a plea agreement. This is typically a good way to avoid trial, but will always contain some form of penalty. Based on your lawyer’s recommendations — depending the strength of the prosecutor’s case compared with the strength of your defense — you should consider a plea agreement.
What Types Of Criminal Penalties Do I Face?
Depending on the specifics of your case and your history, you can face serious, life-altering consequences upon criminal conviction. Penalties can include fines, restitution, loss of professional license, loss of driving privileges, community service, probation or jail time. Your lawyer can explain the consequences you might face in your case.
What Is The Difference Between A Felony And A Misdemeanor Charge?
In short, felonies are more serious and carry stricter penalties. The distinction is largely based on the severity of the charge and your criminal record. No matter the severity of your charge, you should have a skilled New York defense attorney by your side.