Supporting Your Defense For State Crimes In New York
Being charged with a state crime can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. The penalties for state crimes can be severe, and you could face jail time, fines, and other consequences. If you have been charged with a state crime, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight for your rights.
The lawyer at SMC Law Firm is a former prosecutor with years of experience in criminal law. She has a deep understanding of state criminal law and the specific charges you are facing. She will fight for your rights and protect your future.
What Is A State Crime?
A state crime is a crime that is prosecuted by the state government rather than the federal government. State crimes can range from minor offenses to serious felonies, including crimes such as:
- Crimes committed by juveniles
- Obscenity and other sex crimes
- Drunk driving charges
- Violence between partners
When you are charged with a state crime, you will be working with New York law enforcement and New York laws. The penalties for state crimes are also determined by New York law. This differs from federal crimes, where you would work with federal law enforcement and laws.
What Are The Penalties For State Crimes?
The penalties for state crimes vary depending on the severity of the crime. For minor offenses, the penalties may include fines, probation or community service. For more serious crimes, the penalties may include jail time, fines and even life in prison.
Bench Vs. Jury Trials
In a bench trial, the judge decides your guilt or innocence. In a jury trial, a jury of your peers decides your guilt or innocence. There are pros and cons to both types of trials. Bench trials are generally faster and less expensive than jury trials. However, juries are often seen as being more impartial than judges.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, being convicted of a state crime can have serious immigration consequences. You could be deported, denied a green card, or have your visa revoked. It is important to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney about the immigration consequences of your case.