Why You Need A Lawyer

Criminal law is very complex, in substantive, evidentiary and procedural law. There are literally thousands of laws and regulations that carry criminal penalties. You may not even realize you have violated a law. And the rules of court, evidence and procedure are very complex, especially viewed through the thousands of court rulings interpreting and applying them in various factual situations. Your unfamiliarity with them can make it impossible for you to effectively defend yourself.

The One-Way Street Of The Criminal Justice System

If you have been charged with a crime, or are "merely" under investigation, you likely need a lawyer. Many people feel that when it comes to the criminal justice system, everything is built from the law enforcement and prosecutorial side as a one-way street. Police do not expend resources trying to gather evidence of innocence.

You Need A Criminal Defense Attorney To Speak For You

If you have been arrested, you need to ask for an attorney as soon as possible. Do not engage in conversation with anyone. Ask for an attorney, tell them any interrogation is over and do not talk. Any questions from the police are asked to gather evidence, not "to help you." By continuing to speak, you risk incriminating yourself or having statements misinterpreted.

Any statement may later be used by a prosecutor to prove the charges against you or undermine your credibility. That is what the Miranda warning means by "anything you say can be used against you in a court of law." This is where our attorney can help. We can do the talking for you and prevent inadvertent mistakes from complicating your defense.

The Work Of Your Lawyer Begins Long Before A Trial

Even if you are only under investigation, you should discuss the matter with our attorney. We may be able to prevent charges from being filed by conducting a careful and meticulous investigation. Because our attorney at Premo Law Firm PLLC has more than 30 years of experience with complex criminal investigations, we know what to look for and how to protect your interests, no matter the charges you are facing.

Contact Us

Every criminal charge in New York is serious and can create many long-term negative consequences. Call our Albany office at 866-439-6420 for a free initial consultation or use our online form.