There is no doubt about it: being charged with a criminal offense in New York can be scary. The vast majority of people are never exposed to the state’s judicial process in any fashion, except perhaps for a family law or traffic court matter. So, facing a criminal charge can be intimidating, which is completely understandable. But, how a person reacts to a criminal charge can make all the difference in the outcome of the case.
While most people wouldn’t know it from their local news coverage, an arrest is not the same as a conviction. Unfortunately, in today’s instant-reporting society, the court of “public opinion” is all too swift. Some people simply cannot stand the perceived societal stigma that comes with being arrested for a criminal charge.
However, law enforcement officials and prosecutors count on this perceived public shame to get criminal suspects to cooperate or say something they shouldn’t. Standing firm to face criminal charges in New York isn’t easy, but it could be a suspect’s best move.
At our law firm, we understand how emotional the process of planning a criminal defense to charges can be. We want our clients to understand their options so that they can make the best choices for their own unique circumstances.
We work with our clients so that they don’t need to be scared of facing criminal charges. Maybe a plea agreement is the best option in your case, but it might be best to fight the charges. For more information about how we attempt to help New York residents who are facing criminal charges, please visit the criminal defense overview section of our law firm’s website. This information can be valuable for initiating a timely and aggressive defense.