Whether you have been stopped for possession of a controlled substance or have long been the target of a state or federal investigation, there is a process that takes place before you get to a courtroom. This process may involve responding to a Desk Appearance Ticket, or it may involve dealing with state police or even federal agents and prosecutors during the course of a lengthy investigation.
Whatever your circumstances, one thing is for certain: You need to be extremely careful to protect your legal rights. Interacting with the criminal justice system is not a matter to be taken lightly, and hiring an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer will give you the best chance to avoid a conviction.
If You Were Arrested…
If you are under investigation, or if you were arrested in Manhattan, Brooklyn or any of the city’s other boroughs, our lawyers can explain your situation to you and help you avoid making mistakes that could harm your chances of presenting a successful defense. Even during the early stages of an investigation, we seek to maximize your chance of success. We have extensive experience representing clients charged with a wide range of misdemeanor and felony offenses, and we take on new clients, regardless of where their case is in the legal process.
If you received a Desk Appearance Ticket, we can explain what this means for you, and we can begin putting together your defense strategy in advance of your scheduled appearance.
If You Have a Bench Warrant or a Warrant for Your Arrest…
If you have a bench warrant or a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you have an obligation to surrender yourself to the court. Surrendering yourself at the right time, at the right place, and with the right legal representation is vastly preferable (and safer) to waiting for the police to come get you. Our attorneys regularly negotiate voluntary surrenders. If law enforcement is looking to arrest you, let us protect your rights at this early stage of your case.
If You Received a Summons…
If you received a summons (usually a pink piece of paper), this is much more than a simple “ticket” that you can resolve by paying a small fine. Paying a fine means pleading guilty, and admitting your involvement in a crime can have consequences for future arrests, and impact numerous other aspects of your daily life. New York police officers frequently issue summonses for misdemeanor offenses, which in many cases carry the potential for significant financial penalties and up to a year in jail. Do not take a summons lightly – the consequences can affect the rest of your life.
After receiving a summons, the first step toward protecting yourself is to understand the severity of the charges against you. Contact us so that we can review your summons today.
Contact the Brooklyn Criminal Lawyers at Epstein & Conroy Today
For more information about what you need to do if you are facing criminal charges or a criminal investigation in New York City, contact Epstein & Conroy for a free, confidential consultation. We are available 24/7, so call (718) 852-6763 or send us your information online and we will schedule your consultation as soon as possible.