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,
white collar crimes
, probation violations and many others.