Being arrested for a crime is a frightening, traumatic experience for most people. It is easy to feel intimidated by the police and prosecutors and to be unsure of what to do or who to listen to. The simple truth is that your own attorney is the one person in the entire criminal justice system whose only responsibility is to look out for you and your best interests. Highland attorney Peter M. Cordovano helps people in the Hudson Valley who have been arrested for DWI or other misdemeanor or felony offenses, or who have been cited for DWAI or other traffic infractions.
Arrests and convictions can have serious repercussions
If you are convicted of a crime, you can face serious fines and jail time. In addition, you may be seriously affected in your ability to get a job or keep your current job. The same goes for getting or keeping a professional or occupational license. Military and government workers can find their security clearance in question. The list of potential negative consequences goes on and on, not to mention the affect that an arrest can have on your home life and your reputation in the community.
Help is available when you are charged with a crime
In order to convict you of a crime, the state must prove every element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury. This is a high standard to meet, especially when you have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. You are entitled to be advised and represented by legal counsel of your choosing at every critical stage of your arrest and prosecution, including arraignments and bail hearings, preliminary hearings, motions, plea negotiations and trial. Your attorney can raise and press all available defenses, and work with prosecutors to reduce the charges against you or find an acceptable resolution to the case
Talk to your lawyer before you talk to anybody else
The most important step you can take to protect yourself after an arrest is to call an attorney as soon as possible, and to keep from talking to anybody else until you have spoken to your lawyer. Police and prosecutors are expertly trained in getting you to make incriminating or contradictory statements that make you look guilty, but once you tell them you want an attorney, they should stop asking you questions and allow you to contact your lawyer. The police have been known to go back to somebody hours after they have requested an attorney and try to get them to waive that right by answering questions, so be vigilant and firm in protecting and exercising this right. Your lawyer can help you best if you have not already given any statements to the police.
Get Help Now for Your Hudson Valley Arrest
Any offense should be taken seriously, which means you should call an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest, or if you were approached by the police for questioning. In the Hudson Valley, attorney Peter Cordovano advises his clients on their options and provides strong, effective representation at every stage of a criminal proceeding, including plea negotiations or trial. In Ulster, Dutchess or Orange County, contact Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. in Highland for immediate assistance.