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Westchester Criminal Defense Lawyer

Proven Defense Representation in Westchester

If you want a criminal defense lawyer with a proven track record of success, come to The Law Offices of Robert Schuster. The firm's lead lawyer has nearly two decades of experience, during which he has represented thousands of clients to achieve a 95 percent success rate at trial. Not only has Mr. Schuster developed a strong reputation as a defense lawyer, but he also previously worked as an assistant district attorney, during which time he gained invaluable insight into how prosecutors approach cases such as yours. Follow the links below to learn more about some of the various types of cases that the firm handles.

Criminal Charges in Westchester

DWI Defense
Defending clients charged with drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs is a major area of the firm's practice, and the firm's lawyer frequently represents people in cases ranging from first-time DWI to aggravated DWI. If applicable to your case, then the firm can assist from the time of your DMV refusal hearing through to the final completion of the DWI process. The firm also provides DWI defenses such as challenging the validity of the field sobriety tests to help you avoid the tough DWI penalties.

Drug Offenses
Whether you have been charged with the simple possession of a small amount of marijuana or are under investigation for manufacturing or trafficking in large quantities of controlled substances, it is vital that you hire a lawyer at the outset of the case to represent you with law enforcement and to fight to clear your name.

Violent Crimes
Contact the firm for help with a case involving violent crime charges ranging from assault to murder or manslaughter. A violent crime conviction can have a devastating effect on your future, as you may be fined, sent to jail or prison and forced to live the rest of your life with a conviction on your criminal record.

Sex Offenses
Being charged with a sexual criminal offense such as child abuse or rape is a serious matter. It not only means that you could be subjected to the standard criminal penalties but also means you could end up living with a major social stigma due to the fact that you may be required to register as a sex offender. Other offenses can include various internet sex crimes such as distribution of child pornography and others. Internet sex crimes carry penalties similar to other sex offenses.

Theft Crimes
Theft, as a crime of dishonesty, can have a serious impact on your reputation and your career. Any time an employer or landlord sees the conviction on a background check, he or she may consider you to be untrustworthy and a potential security risk. Whether you were arrested for shoplifting or a major larceny offense, don't hesitate to take action by hiring a lawyer.

White Collar Crimes
The category of white collar crimes broadly includes a wide range of criminal offenses that involve lying, cheating and stealing, such as fraud, embezzlement, identity theft and forgery. Make no mistake; the penalties for a white collar crime are generally just as tough as for a drug crime or violent offense.

Juvenile Crimes
Don't let a criminal arrest ruin your child's future. If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime such as theft, drug possession or even a sexual or violent offense, then it is imperative that you take action now to resolve the situation with a minimum of damage to your child's academic and professional prospects.

Appellate
Even when a case proceeds to a conviction, it is still often possible to obtain a favorable result by filing an appeal. An appeal is not a new trial. Rather, it is a request to have a higher court review the trial for errors or omissions that might have resulted in a miscarriage of justice or that may have prejudiced the verdict against the defendant.

Traffic Tickets
Don't pay your traffic ticket - fight it. You have a right to contest any traffic citation, and by doing so, you may be able to win and avoid the costly consequences of a conviction. Keep points off your driving record, avoid a driver's license suspension, and keep your insurance rates down by obtaining an acquittal or dismissal of the charge.

Probation Violations
Accused of violating the conditions of your probation? Do not delay in hiring a lawyer to represent you with the probation officer and in court to seek to clear up the matter and help you avoid further penalties. Whether it is a simple misunderstanding or if you were arrested for another crime, you cannot afford to take any chances with your case.

Don't Speak with Anyone but Your Lawyer

Perhaps the most important piece of advice that can be given to someone who has been arrested and charged with a crime is to say as little as possible - or nothing - to the police or investigators. Many people in this situation make the enormous mistake of thinking that they can somehow resolve the case by telling their side of the story. While it may be obvious to you that you are innocent, you have to remember that the police are interested in speaking with you for one reason: They believe you are guilty. Anything you say to them will only be used to add to the evidence against you. They are trained to solve crimes, and you do not need to help them by consenting to talk about the case. Instead, exercise your right to remain silent, and then hire a Westchester criminal defense lawyer to represent you with the authorities.