New York Criminal Defense FAQ
Queens Criminal Attorneys Protecting Your Rights
If you have been arrested for a crime, you likely have a number of questions.
Our team at Musa-Obregon & Associates is proud to present answers
to some of the questions most commonly asked by those facing
criminal charges in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan or other surrounding counties.
If you would like answers specific to your unique situation, contact our
team today -
free case evaluation.
I was arrested; should I talk to the police?
If you have been taken into custody, it is important to exercise your Fifth
Amendment right to stay silent. Tell the officers or investigators that
you will not answer any questions without an attorney present. It is crucial
that you do not speak to the police without the representation of a skilled
attorney who can help protect your rights and guard you from making any
What happens if I am not read my rights at arrest?
Law enforcement officers have a responsibility to make those taken into
custody aware of their rights. If the arresting officer failed to read
your Miranda Rights, anything you said could be made inadmissible as evidence
before the court. Discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney immediately
to determine your legal options if you were not made aware of your rights.
What are the consequences for violating probation?
Violating probation can happen in a number of ways, depending on your specific terms. You
may be required to attend classes, pass drug tests, meet regularly with
a probation officer or other requirements, and if you break the terms,
you could be immediately taken into custody or a warrant may be issued
for your arrest. Once
you are arrested, you could face heavy fines, harsher probation terms, the loss of probation,
incarceration, or the reinstatement of your original sentence. Call a
skilled lawyer as soon as possible if you have violated probation, because
they can advocate on your behalf and help you seek reduced penalties.
Why do I need to hire a criminal defense attorney?
Conviction for a criminal offense will have very damaging effects upon
your relationships, career, freedoms, and future opportunities, which
is why you need to be confident that your lawyer has the skill and determination
to effectively challenge your charges. Public defenders often handle numerous
cases at one time, and many are overworked and overwhelmed. A private
defense attorney can provide your case with the personalized attention
and detailed investigation needed to build a powerful defense for your
trial, and they will be available to answer your questions and protect
your rights at every step of your proceedings.
My child was arrested; will they go to jail?
The circumstances of the alleged crime will influence whether your child's
potential penalties include incarceration, but the
juvenile court system is typically focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment.
It is vital that you enlist a knowledgeable attorney who can fight to
keep your child's case in the family court system and advocate for
their rehabilitation before the judge.
I was already convicted. Is there anything I can do?
If your right to a fair trial was violated at some point during your case,
do not wait another moment to speak to an experienced lawyer. Your attorney
can help you file an
appeal if the prosecution or the court made any type of legal error that had
significant impact upon your verdict. If your appeal is accepted, the
appellate court will assess the circumstances of your trial and decide
whether to uphold the lower court's original ruling or overturn the
verdict. A number of different situations can qualify for an appeal, so
it is crucial that you discuss your case with a seasoned law firm to determine
your legal options.