Frequently Asked Questions
Presented by Brooklyn Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Redenburg
If I am accused of a crime, why do I need an attorney?
Being accused of a crime is always a serious matter which could negatively affect your future. In order to have the best defense, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the criminal justice system and the laws and procedures connected with it. By retaining the services of a capable attorney, you will have someone who will ensure that your rights are protected, that you are treated fairly throughout the process, and who will work to minimize the consequences of the charges you are facing.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A misdemeanor is a criminal offense punishable by up to a year in jail. A felony is more serious, punishable by more than a year of imprisonment. Examples of misdemeanors are assault in the third degree, criminal trespass in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Examples of felonies are criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, vehicular assault in the second degree, grand larceny in the third degree and robbery in the first degree.
What should I do if I get arrested?
Do not answer any questions by the police. Ask immediately to call a criminal defense attorney such as Brooklyn criminal defense lawyer Michael Redenburg. Even if you had nothing to do with the alleged crime, it is important that you have a defense attorney present when interviewed by police.
What is plea bargaining?
Plea bargaining is when a defendant agrees to plead guilty in return for being charged with a lesser offense. A plea bargain gives the defendant the chance to avoid a conviction on the original more serious charge.
What is probation?
Probation is a sentence handed down by a judge in lieu of going to jail or in addition to jail. Under probation, the convicted individual is allowed to return to the community, usually supervised by a probation officer, depending on what he or she was convicted of. The probation will last for a specified period of time and may have specific terms which must be followed by the defendant. If he or she violates these terms, it may result in jail time or in an extension of the probation period.
What are sentencing alternatives?
Sentencing alternatives are other forms of punishment, including monetary fines, probation, restitution, and community service. Not everyone who is convicted of a crime goes to jail. For instance, in a drug case involving a relatively small amount of possession and a first offense, the convicted person may be put on probation, ordered to take part in a drug treatment program and/or given a specific number of community service hours to perform instead of going to jail.
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