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Navigating the legal defense system for violent crimes


Being charged with a crime is a serious and life-impacting event for the accused and their loved ones. Therefore, it is important to address the criminal charges appropriately in order to reduce the affects it could have on the life of the defendant. Our firm understands that when New York residents are charged with a violent crime, their personal and professional reputation could be damaged. This is why it is important to understand the details of the charges in order to develop a strong defense to reduce or dismiss the charges against them.

When defendants in New York face an assault or battery charge, for example, the allegations are often extremely damaging, regardless if they end up with a conviction or not. Because the media surrounding the situation could paint the defendant in a bad light, the accused should take immediate action to develop a defense strategy in order to reduce the potential negative effects.

Our attorneys understand how serious the penalties for such an offense could be, and those facing violent crime charges should be aware of the potential consequences they might endure. This could also help the defendant determine what defense action to take. In some matters, taking a plea bargain might be in an accused individual's best interests.

In order to establish what defense path is in their best interests, defendants should become knowledgeable about the crimes against them. Further investigation could reveal errors in evidence gathering or witness interviewing. If a search and seizure was not properly carried out, for example, it could be used to dismiss evidence. This could ultimately lead to reduced or dropped charges.

Facing serious criminal charges can be quite frightening. Yet, aggressively challenging the allegations can put one's mind at ease and give them the best possible chance to avoid harsh penalties. Our firm's violent crimes overview could help individuals navigate the legal defense system to better their chances and help protect their rights.

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