Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions
Napier & Napier has defended New York residents from serious criminal charges since 1948. Our experienced attorneys capably assist clients with state and federal charges, as well as appeals. Below we compiled answers to some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions to provide you with some important information about criminal charges and how to avoid jeopardizing your case.
If you have additional questions, call our Rochester office at 585-504-0904 to discuss your legal concerns with our dedicated lawyers.
If The Police Ask A Question, Do I Have To Respond?
No. Whether or not directly stated, you have a right to remain silent and to contact an attorney. The police are not required to inform you of this right unless you are officially in custody. Unfortunately, this causes many people to inadvertently provide law enforcement with incriminating evidence against themselves. It is in your best interests to not respond to police questioning. Their questions are intended to gather evidence in order to charge you with a crime. If you are being questioned, contact our experienced attorneys who understand how to protect your case and provide you with the best possible chances of success.
Do The Police Have A Right To Search My Property?
Not necessarily. The police may search your property if they have a search warrant from the court, if you give them permission to search your property, if you are arrested, if illegal items are within the officer’s view, if they are responding to an emergency situation or if they are in hot pursuit of a suspect. If one of these factors does not apply to your situation, it is your right to politely refuse search.
What Can I Do If My Search And Seizure Rights Were Violated?
Contact a defense attorney to evaluate the circumstances of your case. Search and seizure laws can be complex and drastically vary by situation. If the police officer did violate your rights and collected evidence against you, we may be able to have the evidence dismissed.
At What Point Should I Contact A Defense Attorney?
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys have a better chance of defending your case if you immediately speak with us. If possible, speak with a lawyer before you officially face criminal charges.
It Is Necessary To Hire An Attorney For Minor Charges, Like Traffic Violations?
Even seemingly minor misdemeanors can carry significant consequences, especially if you are repeatedly charged with the same offense. While a single traffic ticket may not seem important, multiple traffic violations can add up to heavy fines and possible license suspension. We recommend contacting a skilled attorney regardless of your case’s apparent severity. An experienced lawyer can explain possible repercussions and look for opportunities to lessen charges, fines and protect your record.
What Should I Do If I Face Federal Charges?
Federal charges should be addressed in a similar manner as state charges. Notify an experienced attorney immediately to discuss your charges. He will carefully evaluate the facts of your case and look for opportunities to have your charges dismissed or penalties lessened. Federal charges can have significant repercussions. Do not delay contacting an attorney.
Contact Us To Protect Your Rights
If you face criminal charges, call our knowledgeable attorneys at 585-504-0904 to schedule a free and confidential initial case evaluation. You may also email us for assistance. We will discuss the details of your case, and can develop a customized defense strategy to protect your rights.