An appearance ticket is issued by a police officer when you are being charged with certain violations, misdemeanors or even some felony crimes. Even though you might not have been handcuffed and transported to the jail or a court, you are still considered to have been arrested for an offense. It is important to appear in court as directed, otherwise an arrest warrant can be issued by the judge.
The answer is yes. Typically if you have to go before the court it is a good idea to have an experienced attorney representing you. Even lawyers who find themselves being charged with a crime hire other layers to represent them. You need an expert who can be objective and who can carefully defend you through the court process. Few people charged with crimes attempt to represent themselves. It rarely goes well. Imagine choosing to perform even the most minor surgery on yourself rather than having an experienced surgeon do the job? A criminal conviction can have a lasting impact on your educational, work and employment opportunities. Even a misdemeanor conviction can have significant consequences.
We have extensive experience representing clients charged with every level of state and federal crime. We have represented clients in complex federal drug conspiracies, white collar investigations and crimes, murder and violent offenses to low level misdemeanors and violations. We have trial experience with every level of offense and a track record of positive results for our clients. The attorneys at Ganguly Brothers who focus on criminal cases are among the most experienced in the region and are capable of effectively representing clients charged with any criminal offense.
As you might imagine, legal fees can vary significantly depending on a number of factors including the seriousness and complexity of your case, the extent the case is litigated (such as proceeding through a jury trial), and the need for experts and investigators. Most state criminal charges are quoted on a flat fee basis rather than hourly billing, while federal charges are more often billed hourly against a retainer. Every person has a right to be represented by a lawyer when charged with a crime, regardless of ability to pay. Every county in New York has either a public defender’s office or assigned counsel program (or combination of both) in order to provide representation to low-income clients. We work with clients to determine if hiring our firm is feasible. Many clients we meet would rather hire an attorney of their choosing rather than rely on being assigned to a public defender or assigned counsel lawyer. While many public defenders and assigned counsel lawyers are excellent criminal attorneys, you do not have a choice of counsel when relying on their services. We always offer a free consultation where we can examine your case and give you a quote for legal fees.
Being charged with any crime is often one of the lowest points in a person’s life. You may be scared, worried, and not sure what will happen. We understand and have walked with many people through the criminal justice system. While no lawyer can predict the future, we will guide you every step of the way. We can tell you what the process will be, what to expect legally and procedurally, and we can promise to fight for you no matter what the circumstances might be. Having a strong and aggressive advocate to fight for you when you are at a low point is critically important to picking up the pieces of your life. Our attorneys will be there to advise you, explain what is happening, work with you to formulate strategy, and fight for your rights every step of the way. We do not judge you no matter what your charge or background is.
Unfortunately being charged with a crime is a matter of public record. We, however, do everything we can to maintain your confidentiality. Whether you are in a high profile position within the community, or charged with an offense that is being reported in the news, we can help take steps to mitigate your exposure and manage your reputation. Even if your charges or circumstances are not “high profile” many people are concerned that their friends, family and co-workers are going to know all of their dirty laundry. We maintain strict confidentiality regarding your case. Information and communications can be managed through a secure portal called MyCase, and we do not discuss your matter with anyone who is not legally entitled to the information.
We will do everything we can to avoid you losing your freedom. During the free initial consultation we can advise you based on your charges whether you are facing time in jail. We have successfully fought for and won people’s freedom who were facing significant jail time. There are often many alternatives to jail available for even serious crimes. Our goal is your goal, and working together we will determine the best strategy for your case.
Unfortunately no. New York does not allow for expungement of criminal convictions. There is a recent law allowing for the “sealing” of certain convictions for individuals who meet certain criteria, but the record still remains even if sealed.