What To Do If You've Been Arrested On Long Island
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime on Long Island, it can be a terrifying experience. Most people have no idea what’s involved in the process or what might happen to them or their family member.
The criminal justice system can be confusing and scary. The job of your attorney is to explain to you everything that is happening, and to zealously represent you to the best of his or her ability. The first considering is what type of charge you are facing. Most people are charged with violations and misdemeanors, which are heard in District Court on Long Island. Suffolk County District Court is at 400 Carleton Avenue in Central Islip. Nassau County District Court is at 99 Main Street in Hempstead.
Violations are offenses (not crimes) which are punishable by a maximum of 15 days in jail. You will generally not be fingerprinted, and these charges should not show up on your record.
Misdemeanors are crimes which are punishable by up to one year in jail. These charged will show up on your record, so the goal of your attorney should be to resolve the case with some kind of disposition which will result in a sealed record.
Felonies are significantly more serious than the other types of charges. Felony charges are initially heard in District Court after the arrest, and if an indictment is handed up by the Grand Jury they are transferred (with few exceptions) to County Court. Suffolk County Court is at 200 Center Drive in Riverhead. Nassau County Court is at 262 Old Country Road in Mineola.
Felonies are crimes which are punishable by more than one year in prison. Depending on the severe of the crime, the punishment can extend all the way to life without parole for a conviction for Murder in the First Degree.
Regardless of what level of crime or offense you are charged with, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. A good attorney will try to have you released on your recognizance, or to have bail set in an amount that you can afford. He will challenge the admissibility of forensic evidence in court, and attempt to have it suppressed. He will make sure any evidence or confessions which were obtained in violation of your constitutional rights are suppressed and not permitted at trial.
Make sure you immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Over the course of his nearly two decades handing criminal cases in the courts of Nassau and Suffolk counties, Glenn Kurtzrock has handled thousands of cases of all degrees, including taking many to trial. He believes there is no such thing as a small case, and he will take your case seriously.
Call for a free initial consultation today so Glenn can start working on your case right away. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631-539-1640, and our website is at KurtzrockLaw.com. Our reasonable rates and payment plans ensure that everyone can get quality and aggressive legal representation.
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