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Building A Strong Defense For Criminal Charges

Being charged with a crime can be a terrifying and overwhelming experience. You may not know what to do or who to turn to. The attorney at SMC Law Firm understands that you are going through a difficult time, and she is here to help.

Samantha Chorny is a former prosecutor with years of experience in criminal law. She has a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and the specific charges you are facing. She will fight for your rights and protect your future.

Types Of Cases

SMC Law Firm‘s attorney will take the time to get to know you and your case so that she can develop a personalized defense strategy. She will work tirelessly to gather evidence, build a strong case and negotiate the most favorable outcome for you.

Support is available 24/7. You will never reach a voicemail. The criminal defense attorney at SMC Law Firm understands that you need someone you can trust, and she will be there for you every step of the way.

What To Look For In A Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, there are a few things you should look for:

  • Experience: Make sure your attorney has experience in criminal law. They should have a clear understanding of the criminal justice system and the specific charges you are facing.
  • Focus: You want an attorney who focuses on criminal law. This means they will be up-to-date on the latest developments in the law, and they will be able to devote their full attention to your case.
  • Results: Make sure your attorney has a track record of success. They should be able to show you examples of cases they have won.
  • Communication: You want an attorney who will communicate with you regularly, let you know what to expect and keep you updated on the status of your case.

Facing criminal charges is challenging. You should work with someone who has the experience to support you and your case.

Felonies Vs. Misdemeanors

Felonies and misdemeanors are two different types of criminal charges. Felonies and federal offenses are more serious offenses, and they can result in more severe penalties, such as jail time or prison. Misdemeanors are less serious offenses, and they can result in fines, probation or community service. However, any type of criminal conviction could interfere with your plans and goals.

Should I Talk To The Police?

You should never willingly talk to police without a criminal defense attorney present. Even if you do not believe you are under investigation, anything you say may be used against you and could get you in trouble with the law. If police request to speak with you, remain respectful, but know you have the right to an attorney before answering any of their questions.

What Happens After A Person Is Arrested In New York?

Once you are arrested, you will typically be held in central booking for several hours while law enforcement collects your information – a process that may take hours. After processing is complete, you should request a criminal defense attorney to make sure your rights are protected. You will then go before a judge for arraignment, where you will learn of the charges against you and enter your plea. If bail is set in your case, you may pay the bail amount in order to be released from custody as your case continues. If bail is not set, you will remain in jail until your hearing.

For lower level crimes, you may receive a desk appearance ticket (D.A.T.) that prompts you to go before a judge on a particular day, rather than be detained.

You should always request a criminal defense attorney the first chance you get after an arrest. While you should provide accurate information about your name, address and other basic details, you also have the right to remain silent if asked any questions by police while your attorney is not present.

Call A New York Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

If you have been charged with a crime, the attorney at SMC Law Firm can help. Contact her today at 212-256-9441 or through this online form to schedule a consultation.