Many individuals faced with criminal charges may be guilty or may believe that the evidence against them is so strong they shouldn’t bother hiring an attorney. They may feel that pleading guilty and facing the punishment will be the quickest way to put the process behind them. However, an individual accused of a crime should always have an attorney. If you can’t afford an attorney, contact the public defender’s office.
An attorney, at the least, can help guide a defendant through the criminal justice system. Even if you are guilty, a good attorney can help negotiate a favorable plea agreement or a reduced sentence. In some cases when a defendant is guilty, there may be circumstances in which the defendant’s constitutional rights were violated or there are mitigating circumstances that could result in evidence being suppressed or the charges being greatly reduced. Most criminal defendants are not aware of these issues until after contacting a qualified criminal defense attorney. In addition, in many situations there are valid defenses available that a criminal defendant may have never considered.
A criminal record can affect you for years, decades or even the rest of your life, depending on the type of crime and the punishment involved. If you have been accused of a crime in New York City, contact Fred Sosinsky, New York criminal defense attorney. He has over 20 years of experience in defending individuals accused of a variety of crimes.