Whether it is a traffic offense, a misdemeanor or a more serious criminal allegation, defendants should understand their rights and options following a criminal charge. The law firm of James M. Wagman understands that defendants can be wrongfully accused or improperly charged. This is why defendants should seek to protect their rights and invoke a defense strategy that could help them reduce or dismiss the charges against them.
Facing criminal charges is a difficult situation to deal with for defendants in New York and elsewhere in the nation. Not only do the allegations create hardships such as a damaged reputation, but past convictions or a conviction on the current allegations could have long-term impacts that could be worse than the penalties they could or will face as a result of the criminal charges.
Facing a criminal charge should never be taken lightly. When defendants in New York endure criminal accusations, their life could be impacted no matter the results of the case. Our firm understands that criminal allegations can be just as harmful as a conviction. Even if criminal penalties are not endured, the accused's personal and professional reputation could be severely damaged. By taking action and devising a defense strategy, the suspect could reduce or eliminate penalties and consequences.
Facing criminal charges can have several effects even if the defendant is not convicted of the alleged crime. For some defendants, the media coverage of their charges and pending cases can often impact their life. Even if conviction does not result, this could impact the defendant's life significantly. This could mean enduring consequences much worse than the possible penalties the crime could carry.
When a person is suspected of a crime, they can endure serious penalties while also incurring damages to their personal and professional reputation. Even if they are accused of a lesser crime such as a misdemeanor, the defendant should understand their rights and options in the situation. This could help reduce the consequences they face while also limiting the personal impacts the allegations and charges will have on them.