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I was charged with a crime. What are my rights?

Being charged with a crime on Long Island—whether it is shoplifting, drunk driving or a violent assault—is a serious matter not to be taken lightly.

It is important to know you have legal rights, including:

  • You have the right to be informed promptly with the nature and cause of the accusations.
  • The right to a criminal defense attorney. You can hire any attorney you want, or if you can’t afford one the court will appoint one.
  • You have the right to make your case at a trial and cannot be sentenced until you have had the opportunity to a hearing and defense.
  • You have the right to decide whether you are going to plead guilty or not guilty. Do not let officers or anyone else talk you into pleading something that is not true. They may make promises, but if you plead guilty to a crime there will be consequences that you should fully be aware of and understand.
  • You have the right to testify or remain silent at a trial
  • You have the right to appeal the verdict or decision

A criminal defense lawyer can help you fully understand your rights, your legal options and give you the best chance of having a favorable outcome.

If you have questions about charges against you, contact our Long Island criminal defense lawyers. We have handled cases throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Whether you have been wrongly accused or made a mistake you now regret, we can help you get the best possible outcome.

Call us today at 516-222-4000

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