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What Are The Common Types Of Criminal Cases That You Handle?

The common cases that our White Plains criminal defense attorneys handle are petit larceny, grand larceny, domestic violence, assault, forged document cases, fake identification cases, driving while intoxicated, narcotics possession (drug possession) and, or distribution (drug sales). Our Westchester criminal defense attorneys have also represented clients facing robbery charges, trespassing, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, rape, sex crimes and felony assault. While our office is in White Plains, our criminal defense attorneys regularly appear in the local criminal courts throughout Westchester, including White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye, Mount Vernon, Rye Brook, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Irvington, Harrison, Mount Kisco, Greenburgh, Armonk, Elmsford

What Are The Top Misconceptions People Have About Being Arrested For A Crime?

The biggest misconception that people have is that talking to the police can help them. People who have been arrested do not have to explain themselves, or say anything. They do not have to talk to the prosecution. There is no obligation on the person accused of a crime to say anything at all. They have absolutely no obligation except to show up to court. It is the only thing they are required to do. They do not have to present any evidence, and they do not have to present their side of the story. If they can, and there are times when it is beneficial to do so, but there are other times when it is about picking holes in the prosecution’s case, and that can be enough. You can sit back, and not say a word, and still prevail for a beneficial result.

That is probably the largest misconception that I have seen. Often the police may suspect that you committed a crime, but they do not have the proof, however, if you admit to things they do not know about or provide information that they do not have, you have hurt your own defense and given the prosecution a tactical advantage that they otherwise would not have. Our Westchester criminal defense lawyers know that if you are suspected of a crime, the best thing you can do is just keep your mouth shut and not say anything.

How Do People Commonly Incriminate Themselves Before Or After They Have Been Arrested?

In my experience, I can tell you that anything you say to a cop, they will find a way to use it against you. Quite often, even things you say that are innocuous can be manipulated and turned into something harmful, if you are dealing with an unethical cop. The police may pretend to be understanding or there to help you, but they are not, it is a trick to get you to incriminate yourself. If you want to provide an explanation as to why the alleged crime occurred, or provide some context, or some backstory, or have the cops see it from their perspective, don’t do it, it will be turned and twisted against you. It is definitely best to be quiet, and not say anything. Trying to explain yourself is generally not going to help you.

For example, if you say, “I only had a couple of beers and I drove a couple of blocks,” our Westchester DWI lawyers can tell you from experience, that is not going to help you. That is something, which will not be favorable if your case goes to trial. So thinking that you have to say something, or wanting to say something is probably the biggest mistake most people make. Be polite, people should actually be polite, and respectful, but should respectfully decline talking to any law enforcement.

Read on to find out about Handling Criminal Cases. Call the law offices of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC for a FREE Initial Consultation at (914) 574-8330 and get the information and legal answers you are seeking.

 
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