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Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights for Clients Throughout the Hudson Valley

Aggressive protection of your due process rights in New York

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 unsure what to do or whom 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. Based in Highland, New York, Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. represents Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie, Arlington, and Kingston residents who have been arrested for DWI, cited for DWAI or another traffic infraction, or charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses. When you face criminal charges, I offer the kind of experience and advocacy you can trust.

When your freedom is in jeopardy, your attorney asserts your rights

If you are convicted of a DWI, misdemeanor, or felony crime, you can face serious fines and jail time. You may also face the prospect of losing your job and not being able to get another one. 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 does not include the effect that an arrest can have on your home life and your reputation in the community.

However, an accused person also has rights under the law, including:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to have an attorney present during questioning
  • The right to cut off questioning at any time
  • The right to be charged or released
  • The right to reasonable bail
  • The right to confront witnesses

Other due process rights include the right to a speedy and public trial and the right to  have a jury of your peers decide your fate. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to assert your rights. That’s why it’s critically important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side.

Protecting your rights at every crucial stage of the process

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:

  • Arraignment
  • Bail hearing
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Motions
  • Plea negotiations
  • Pretrial
  • Trial
  • Sentencing

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

Reach out to a seasoned criminal defense attorney immediately

The most important steps you can take to protect yourself after an arrest is to call an attorney as soon as possible and talk to no one 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 professional criminal defense representation now in Highland, NY

Any criminal charge must be taken seriously. Call Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. for immediate assistance after an arrest or if you are approached by police for questioning in the mid-Hudson Valley. For effective representation at every stage of a criminal proceeding, call 845-834-8234 or contact my Highland office online to schedule a free consultation.

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    1 North Roberts Road
    Highland, New York 12528
    Phone: 845-691-4200
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  • "Mr. Cordovano, Hello! First, I’d like to thank you for the job you did on my case earlier this year! I really appreciate all you did, and will refer anyone I know that needs wc legal help to you! I opened my mail today and received this! I was rather surprised. MAC NEEDS to pay this. It was from the day I hurt myself! Thanks again for all your help!"  -–Sincerely, Ferris Rugar

  • "I wish to thank Peter Cordovano and the rest of your staff for a job well done. Your excellent services and hospitality will be shared and highly recommended. Thanks again so much."  -–John Dorn.