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Westchester Criminal Defense FAQ

What should I do if I'm arrested?
If you or someone you know is arrested for any type of criminal offense, ranging from aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle to serious felony charges, the most important thing you can do is consult Westchester criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Choosing to exercise your right to remain silent and retain legal counsel is essential in a successful defense.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
All criminal offenses are categorized depending on their severity and what penalties may be imposed. Misdemeanors are lesser offenses than felonies and may be punishable by up to one year in county jail. Felonies may be punishable by imprisonment in state prison.
What are some of the possible penalties I might face if I'm convicted?
Depending on the crime, upon conviction, a defendant may face incarceration, fines, court fees, driver's license suspension, sex offender registration, mandatory drug or alcohol rehabilitation, court-ordered counseling or anger management classes. The severity of penalties one may face will depend on the specific offense as well as the defendant's prior criminal record, if any.
At what point should I involve a criminal defense lawyer?
Hiring a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer is something you should do as early in the process as possible. In fact, even if charges have not yet been formally filed against you, it is a good idea to at least consult a lawyer. You may be in danger of facing formal criminal charges at any moment and a lawyer may be able to take action that would help you avoid criminal prosecution in the first place.
What are some of the types of criminal cases your firm handles?
Westchester County Criminal Defense Lawyer Robert Schuster takes on criminal cases of all kinds, including DWI, domestic violence, larceny offenses, white collar crimes, juvenile crimes, sex offenses, violent crimes, drug crimes, rape, theft crimes, probation violations and many others.