Frequently Asked Questions
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Rochester, New York
It is not uncommon to be filled with questions after an arrest, and in fact, that is why the Law Office of Robert King is here. The firm stands ready to answer any questions that you may have regarding your offense, the penalties you may be facing, and what the best legal option to take can be for you.
At the Law Office of Robert King, the firm establishes effective communication with clients, and when you retain the representation of the attorney from the firm, you are provided with their direct cell phone number. After reading through some of the most commonly asked questions regarding criminal defense, if you find that you still are seeking answers, do not hesitate to contact a
Rochester criminal defense lawyer from the firm today!
What is going to happen in my case?
There are a lot of different factors that may determine the outcome of your case, and when you contact an attorney, you can get a better idea of how your case may turn out. Your charges, the evidence against you, the location and circumstances of your arrest, the prosecutor and your defense can all contribute to the direction that your case may take.
No one read me my rights; does this matter?
With every case, there are certain factors that may determine the overall outcome of your case. If you were not read your rights, there are a few things that the firm will look at: Did you make an incriminating statement? Were you interrogated while in police custody? If so, the statement may be kept out of court. In some situations, not being read your rights can act in your favor, but it is important that you speak with an attorney first.
Should I explain my side of the story to the police?
No, it is not recommended. Law enforcement officials are gathering evidence all the time, and statements by the defendants are used against them every single day. If you are approached by a law enforcement officer, ask them courteously if you are free to leave. If not, tell them you would like to speak immediately to your lawyer and contact Attorney Robert King.
If I am arrested for a DWI, should I take a breath test?
A breath test makes the case against you stronger if you are actually over the legal blood alcohol content limit of 0.08 percent; however, if you choose not to take the test, the Department of Motor Vehicles can take away your license to drive for refusing the test. If there is a serious motor vehicle accident involved in your case, or any type of injury or death, you may be facing charges other than a driving while intoxicated. In that case, taking the test is not wise. In some cases, however, taking the test will likely allow for a hardship or conditional license while your case is pending.
How long will the criminal process take?
Each case is unique to the individuals involved, and an attorney can help you determine how long your particular situation may take. Scheduling is left up to the judge, and the court system can be slow. The average life of a case can be anywhere from six to nine months, with some exceptions. Working with an attorney can help ensure that you have all proper paperwork completed on time and ensure that process is as streamlined as possible.
How much will this cost me?
Fees in criminal cases depend on the intricacies and particular issues of each case. There may be legal fees, court fees and attorney fees. When you work with an attorney at the firm, they meet with you for free and set a price based on the unique circumstances of your case.
I have not been arrested yet, but the police are looking at me. What should I do?
If you have not been arrested but you are aware that you are being investigated, it is important that you immediately contact an attorney. When you work with the Law Office of Robert King prior to an arrest, you can gain critical access to witnesses and prevent mistakes that could put you at risk in the future. The communication you have with your attorney will be protected, and you can ensure that you are taking the rights steps to protect your freedom.
What are my rights at a police stop?
When you are stopped by police, it is important that you know your rights and exercise them efficiently. You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If you are arrested, you can politely inform the arresting officer that you are choosing to remain silent before you speak with an attorney. Even if you have already started talking, you can inform the officer that you are going to stop and then contact the Law Office of Robert King as soon as possible.
Do I need to work with an attorney?
Yes! Every criminal charge has the potential for jail or prison time. Even if you do not go to trial, you need a lawyer to fight for you. Do not leave your future and freedoms up to chance. You need to immediately retain the representation of a dedicated lawyer from the Law Office of Robert King right away. By retaining the firm, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands. Contact the firm today by completing a free case evaluation form on the website. When the form has been submitted, a representative from the Law Office of Robert King will be in touch with you shortly.