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FAQs About Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, & Civil Rights

Answered by Our New York Trial Attorneys

At Wagner Law Associates, P.C., we believe that keeping our clients fully informed and up-to-date about their legal situations is absolutely essential. You need to know what’s going on when it goes on. This way, you can make well-informed decisions for your future and select the best available options for moving forward. Our New York criminal defense attorneys will be with you every step of the way to answer your questions, assuage your fears, and address your concerns. If you currently have any questions, please refer to the FAQ section below. If your question is not there, please contact our office for a completely free consultation.

You can either contact us online or call us today at (646) 690-9075 to schedule your free case evaluation.

  • What Happens After Somebody Gets Arrested?

    Typically, a person who is arrested will be transported to a local police department for “booking”. Essentially, booking is the process whereby the police collect the arrested person’s biographical and historical information, as well as their personal information. The police then use this information to determine if there are any outstanding warrants for arrest or a past criminal record. This will be used to determine whether or not the arrested person is able to be released from custody and if they will be required to pay bail. Usually, a criminal complaint will be filed by the police in court and the arrested individual will have to appear in court at a later date.

  • Do I Have to Speak to the Police after I’ve Been Arrested?

    No. State and Federal laws, as well as the US Constitution, do not require an individual who has been arrested to speak with the police or other authorities. The decision to speak or not speak with the police is a very important decision and should be made with an experienced criminal defense attorney in New York who can provide you with well-informed counsel.

  • What is an Arraignment?

    An arraignment is the first formal proceeding in court to deal with a criminal offense. Usually, the court will list the charges filed against the defendant and then the defendant will be able to enter a plea. Oftentimes, the defendant will plead not guilty through the court, on the defendant’s behalf. Then, prosecuting attorneys may request the court to impose an order of detention or other restrictions, should the defendant be released. Arraignments occur after a clerk magistrate approves an application for a criminal complaint following a clerk magistrate hearing, after an individual is arrested and charged, or after a criminal complaint is filed by the police.

  • Should I Hire an Attorney for Minor Charges?

    Unfortunately, far too many people mistakenly believe that their charges are minor or insignificant enough to not affect their lives. The truth of the matter is that regardless of the severity of a crime, it can follow you around and negatively impact countless aspects of your life. For instance, if you were convicted of reckless driving, it could potentially lead to surprisingly harsh penalties and give you more trouble than you might expect. You may have trouble finding a job, applying for housing, or even getting a loan, even if you have a “minor” charge on your criminal record. You need to have this matter handled quickly and efficiently so you can live the rest of your life freely and unrestricted.

  • I’m planning to Plead Guilty. Do I Even Need a Lawyer?

    Absolutely yes. Even if you are intending to plead guilty to the charges levied against you, it is of utmost importance that you speak with a skilled criminal defense lawyer in New York. Sometimes, lawyers are able to negotiate significantly lighter sentences and lesser charges. Should you try to represent yourself in court, you may face much more severe penalties. An experienced lawyer who has been doing this for years will be able to help you, as they will be much more familiar with how the system works and what the prosecution is looking for. You should invoke your right to an attorney immediately following your arrest and you should never admit guilt until you’ve spoken with your lawyer.

    To learn more about criminal defense law and all its aspects, contact us today at (646) 690-9075 and schedule a free consultation with our criminal defense attorneys in New York.

  • I’ve Been Injured in an Accident. What Should I do Now?

    Immediately after an accident, check to see that everyone involved is okay. If you or anyone else has suffered injuries, call 911. In fact, it’s wise to seek medical treatment even if you do not notice any immediate obvious injuries. Often, injuries can take days or even weeks to appear. Obtaining proper medical treatment can also be beneficial should you choose to pursue a personal injury claim. After an accident, you’ll also want to gather pertinent information from the other involved parties, as well as any available witness statements, and notify your own insurance company. If the accident was caused by another person or entity’s negligence, get in touch with a New York personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal options.

  • What Compensation Can I Seek in a Personal Injury Claim?

    Every situation is different and the exact compensation to which you are entitled after an accident will vary on a case-by-case basis. However, most people are able to pursue compensation for any expenses or damages associated with the accident. This can include hospital bills, medical expenses, lost income from time taken off work, physical pain, emotional suffering, and more.

  • How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?

    When it comes to personal injury cases, many people want to know how much their claim is worth. However, because every situation is so different, any reputable attorney knows that it is impossible to determine how much your specific claim might be worth. Call us to schedule a complimentary case evaluation to discuss the specifics of your claim with our experienced attorneys!

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