As criminal defense
attorneys defending people and business in New York's Federal and State
Courts, we know how complex the criminal justice system is. We understand that
being investigated, or arrested and charged with a crime can be one of the most
frightening times in your life. Who can you depend on to represent your best
interests and fight for your rights?
Let our legal experience improve your experience with the Law. To
learn more about criminal defense procedures and your rights, please review the
free criminal law advice below. To speak with dedicated criminal defense
counsel, contact an
attorney at the Hubert Law Office.
New York Criminal Defendant Handbook
You've been accused of a crime... What happens next? To help you understand
criminal law procedure, we offer, for free, the New
York State Criminal Defendant Handbook.
Please be sure to read it. This Handbook will help you understand how the
criminal justice system works in New York State, and what you can expect - from
the initial arrest all the way through an appeal.
Criminal Defense FAQ
Our page of Frequently Asked
Questions provides criminal defense law advice that takes a good look at the
realities of criminal procedure. Find out the answers to questions such as
- How can you tell if you need a lawyer?
- What if you are innocent?
- What do you do if the police arrest you?
- What are your rights?
- What is bail?
Types of Criminal Cases
The Federal government, along with the State of New York, divide crimes into
two general categories: Misdemeanors and Felonies.
Crimes regarded as less serious are referred to as misdemeanors. Misdemeanors
usually have a one-year maximum jail sentence. Felony classifications are deemed
much more serious than misdemeanors, hence they have much harsher prison
sentences. Punishment is generally more than one year of jail time.
Your legal problems may include suspicions or allegations of some form of the
- Sexual abuse
- Gun possession
- Money laundering
- Drug trafficking
- Stolen property possession and resale
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
- Domestic Violence
- Criminal Contempt
White Collar Crime
"White collar crime" is the phrase coined to describe crimes done
in a commercial or corporate setting, usually for financial gain. Examples of
white-collar crimes are:
- Bank fraud
- Making false statements to obtain a loan
- Filing false reports or returns with government agencies
- Insurance fraud
- Loan sharking
- Mail, phone or Internet fraud
Due to the complex nature of a white-collar criminal prosecution, your
exposure may not be clear in the early stages of the investigation. For your
legal safety, you should retain a lawyer experienced in defending white collar
crime immediately. Generally, this means as soon as you suspect that you may be
involved in an investigation.
Criminal Cases and Their Collateral Consequences
Almost every criminal case poses some kind of collateral consequence to the
client. This means that beyond the terms of a criminal sentence, a defendant can
experience detrimental, far-reaching and unexpected effects.
Throughout New York, your rights, privileges and licenses may be revoked or
forfeited as a consequence of your criminal case. A knowledgeable criminal
defense attorney will be able to advise you about post-conviction scenarios and
getting relief from civil
disabilities and pardons in your quest to return to a normal civil life.