Consequences and Your Rights with Criminal Charges

Being arrested and charged with a crime is usually a frightening experience. It is even more frightening if you have no previous experience with the criminal justice system. The impact of a criminal conviction is often far-reaching and long-lasting, meaning you need an experienced New York criminal defense attorney on your side from the moment of your arrest.

At  The Law Offices of Simon & Gilman, LLP we understand what is at stake when someone is charged with a crime which is why we are dedicated to protecting your rights throughout the prosecution of your case. We promise to aggressively defend you and work tirelessly to minimize the negative impact of your arrest. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Queens or the greater metropolitan New York area contact  Simon & Gilman, LLP today by calling 718-459-6200 or 718-267-8542 or by filling out our  online contact form. Protect your rights and your future by calling today!

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

In the 21st century even a conviction for a minor offense will follow you for life. Moreover, the consequences of a criminal conviction frequently extend far beyond the punishment actually handed down by the court. Although each case is unique, some of the more common negative non-judicial consequences of a criminal conviction include:

  • Loss of employment and/or disqualification for employment
  • Loss of financial aid for higher education
  • Disqualification for federal or state assistance programs
  • Disqualification for housing
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Disciplinary measures for a professional license
  • Loss of civil rights, including the right to vote and own a firearm
  • Interference with visitation rights with minor children

For many people, the non-judicial consequences of a criminal conviction are far more severe than the sentence imposed by the court.

Your Rights as a Defendant

As an accused in a criminal prosecution you have a number of rights guaranteed to you by the United States Constitution. Among those rights are the following:

  • Right to remain silent
  • Right against self-incrimination
  • Right to confront the witnesses against you
  • Right against unreasonable search and seizure
  • Right to counsel

Though these rights exist, and cannot be taken away from you, you must assert your rights for them to be of benefit to you. To do that, you often need an attorney by your side. At  Simon & Gilman, LLP we believe in the concept on which our criminal justice system is founded – that an individual is innocent until proven guilty.

Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Today!

If you have been accused of a crime in New York or the surrounding area it is crucial that you obtain representation as soon as possible. Without an attorney on your side many of your rights could be violated. Furthermore, the more time that passes the more likely it is that evidence or witnesses that could help your defense will disappear. For these reasons we urge you to contact the criminal defense attorneys at Simon & Gilman, LLP today by calling  718-459-6200 or 718-267-8542 or by filling out our online contact form. Let’s start preparing your defense today!