Some people mistakenly think that if they’ve been charged with a crime in New York, but they are not guilty, the criminal justice system will sort out the mistake and they will be released before trial or found not guilty at trial.
This is not always true! People who have served years or decades in prison only to be exonerated by DNA evidence later make headlines frequently across the U.S. Even if you were found not guilty at trial, that still means putting yourself and your loved ones through months or years of the agony that goes along with a criminal trial.
Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is far from perfect in the United States. If you are charged with a crime in New York, you need to obtain a high-quality criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. If there is truly no evidence against you, a good defense attorney can get the charges dropped. If the evidence is weak, you may end up going to trial, and in that case you will need a very skilled defense attorney.
Although some people think that if they are mistakenly found guilty the verdict can be overturned on appeal, criminal appeals are very, very difficult. And once you have a criminal record, even if the charges are minor and the sentence is very light, it can be difficult to resume your normal life. Relationships and careers can be damaged or destroyed by criminal charges, a trial or jail time.