If you or a loved one are charged with a crime in Dutchess County, Ulster County, or Orange County—and are looking for a trial attorney with the experience to provide you with knowledgeable, capable and compassionate legal representation call our office. Bruce A. Petito has over 35 years of criminal law trial practice. Our firm, in addition to having trial experience, does criminal appeals. Our attorneys are well versed in the courtroom, the law, and the nuances of advocating for our clients in our motions and papers.
Being accused of a crime can be a stressful experience, the Petito & Petito, LLP has provided some general information for you. This information is not legal advice, it is only provided as a starting point—and to aid you in choosing the right Attorney to represent your interests.
Feel free to contact our office any time for a full explanation of your rights—and to see if we can help you.
When you’re charged with a crime in New York, you could experience some significant impacts on your personal and professional life. If you are convicted, the long reaching consequence can be devastating. From dealing with the embarrassment and fallout from the original arrest to coping with immediate consequences like the loss of your ability to drive, fines and even imprisonment, a New York criminal defense attorney can help ensure you get the best possible outcome.
What Happens When you are Charged with a Crime in New York?
Depending on what you have been charged with, you could face immediate consequences, from the loss of your license if you are charged with DUI to imprisonment until you can be taken to an arraignment for other crimes.
If you have been summoned to court and charged with a crime, it is essential that you consult with an attorney right away. Even a misdemeanor could derail your life and future; a conviction on even a minor charge can have a long-lasting impact on your life. While the consequences of a conviction will vary, you could be facing:
- Fines and fees that can range into the thousands
- Jail time
- Mandatory Behavioral, drug or alcohol counselling or rehabilitation
- Loss of your driver’s license
- Loss of your professional license, if you require one to work
- Loss of professional or work status
- Difficulty finding work or passing a background check
- Community service hours or other requirements
Get the Help You Need from a Poughkeepsie Defense Attorney
You don’t have to deal with this situation alone. A defense attorney works on your behalf to ensure that you make it through this tough time. The more quickly you reach out to an attorney, the better; your attorney will need time to mount a vigorous defense on your behalf and to educate you about your options. The best-case scenario is that you’ll avoid a conviction entirely; if that is not possible, then your attorney can ensure you get the best possible outcome.
If you have been charged with a crime in New York, contact us right away. The more time we have to mount an aggressive defense, the better. We know how difficult and even scary this process is and work hard to ensure you get the best possible outcome. Don’t risk your future or your freedom; if you’ve been charged with a crime, call us right away to get the help you need.