Felony Charges

Felony charges mean that you are facing a a sentence of multiple years in prison. Even E felonies carry up to 4 years in prison; D felonies mean up to 7 years; C felonies up to 15 years; B felonies up to 25 years; and A felonies up to life in prison. Furthermore, if you’ve been arrested at least three times on felony charges, you can face life in prison even with less than an A felony.

 

When faced with these charges, don’t you deserve the proper legal representation? Do you want your attorney to ask for the same thing in your case as in all others or should you get motions specially tailored to your case? Don’t settle for cookie-cutter defense. Demand what you deserve – it’s your life, it’s your freedom, it’s your reputation! Call us at (646) 350-0601 to discuss your case.

 

What will we do for you?

Our attorney will help you through the process from start to finish, always explaining every step of the way. People arrested for some charges may be subjected to a psychiatric evaluation. Some defendants need their criminal attorney’s help in obtaining expert witnesses or evidence. We will be there to assist you with everything.

 

Your criminal defense attorney will obtain information from the prosecution that may be helpful to you. Often this requires motions and hearings to force the prosecutor to turn over this information, and your lawyer will know exactly what to do to get you what you deserve. Criminal cases may be dismissed on both substantive and procedural grounds. For instance, the prosecutor may have missed the time he was given to prosecute your case or the police officer may have arrested you upon an illegal search. As your criminal defense lawyers, we will review your case carefully to determine if it could be dismissed due to a procedural violation.

 

Our criminal lawyers will work to negotiate plea bargains with prosecutors to reduce or eliminate the punishment you may be facing, including prison sentences, community service, license suspension and probation. If you are not interested in a plea bargain, we will go to trial with the full experience and knowledge how to present your case properly.

 

Our criminal lawyers will give you a truthful evaluation of your case. Sometimes it means delivering bad news to a client, but it’s always in the client’s interest to know exactly what to expect because it is only with full knowledge of facts that you can make an educated decision whether to plea bargain or go to trial. Your criminal defense attorney must explain to you all the possible consequences of your decision. Many sentences carry civil penalties, such as loss of professional and driving licenses, possible deportation out of the United States, and loss of custody. To discuss your case with us, call (646) 350-0601.

 

Motions

A motion is basically a request for the judge to do something you may want. It may include pre-trial hearings to suppress evidence and statements, to force the prosecutors to show you the proof they may have against the defendant and even to dismiss the case. Many criminal defense motions can be filed together as part of the Omnibus Motion. After you’ve been arrest or indicted, New York Law allows a criminal defense attorney a limited amount of time to file the omnibus motion and it’s very important not to miss the deadline. The following are some of the motions that may be filed in court:

 

240.43 – Bad prior acts used to impeach the defendant
Cardona – Defendant’s admission to a witness
Clayton – Dismissal in the interest of justice
Competency to stand trial
Darden – Establish the informant’s existence
Dunaway – Suppress defendant’s statements – no right to arrest
Forman – Ex Parte Order of Protection
Franks/Alfininto – Perjury to obtain a search warrant
Frye – Scientific procedure
Goggins – Informant’s ID
Hinton – Closure of the Courtroom
Huntley – Admissibility of defendant’s statements to the police
Ingle – Stop of the Vehicle
Kastigar – Immunity agreement and admissibility of evidence
Mapp – Physical evidence and consent to search
Outley – Disregard of the promise between plea and sentence
Payton – If the defendant was arrested inside his home without a warrant
Preliminary Hearing – continued detention of the defendant in jail
Rodriguez – Whether the witness and the defendant know each other
Sandoval – Impeachment of the defendant
Singer – Delay from the crime to arrest
Sirois/Hellenbrand/Mastrangelo – Whether a witness can be introduced
SORA – Classification of the sex offender level
Swearability – Whether a minor or a disabled person can understand the oath
Ventimiglia – Uncharged crimes used to impeach the defendant
Wade – Admissibility of the identification of the defendant