The basis of the criminal justice system in the United States is that everyone retains the right to be presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in a court of law. Whether you face charges for driving under the influence or first-degree murder, this guarantee still applies. If you do face charges for violent crimes here in New York, you may benefit from an aggressive criminal defense.
Many violent crimes come with potentially harsh penalties. Not only is your freedom at stake, but so is every other aspect of your life. New York may not have the death penalty, but you could be at risk of never walking free again.
Even if you are not facing life in prison, the penalties for a conviction will likely alter the course of your life forever. A conviction for a violent crime will follow you everywhere since you will more than likely have to disclose the fact that you were convicted of a felony on job applications, college applications and even housing applications, among other things. Even if you do your time and come out with the intention of being a productive citizen, your past could haunt you and deny you many opportunities.
A knowledgeable and seasoned criminal defense attorney can review your situation, advise you of your rights and explore your options. It would be useful to have an advocate who has relationships with prosecutors, investigators (both official and private) and others who could be involved in your case. Identifying weaknesses in the prosecution’s case could prove invaluable when determining how to achieve the best possible outcome to the charges you face.