SYRACUSE, NY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
LET KING LAW HANDLE YOUR SYRACUSE CRIMINAL CASE
Being accused of a crime is a frightening experience. Few people know how to respond when arrested by police or when they see a loved one taken away in handcuffs. If you are suspected of a crime, or if a loved one is, you should meet with an experienced Syracuse criminal defense attorney. The sooner you begin building a defense, the better your odds of beating a charge.
The Playing Field is Tilted Against You
There are many protections afforded to criminal suspects. However, few of them mean much in practice if you do not have an aggressive criminal defense attorney in your corner.
Consider one: proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors need very strong evidence before they can convict someone of a crime and possibly put them in jail. Nevertheless, most juries simply assume a defendant is guilty, and convictions are alarmingly easy for prosecutors to obtain. All suspects need an attorney who can poke holes in the state’s evidence and argue that the evidence doesn’t fit together.
Another one: the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Typically, police need a search warrant to arrest you, or they need solid reasons to suspect you are guilty of a crime to even stop and talk to you. However, police often violate these rules, and defendants need an attorney who points out the violation to a judge.
The only way to level the playing field is to hire a solid criminal defense attorney in Syracuse. At King Law, we fully investigate a crime, holding a magnifying glass to the actions taken by police. Where appropriate, we can ask the judge to toss evidence that was illegally obtained, which can dramatically increase your odds of a favorable disposition.
Prosecutors Are Not Always Lenient
You might have heard that prosecutors hand out plea deals like candy so they can avoid the time and expense of a trial. There is some truth to this. For non-violent offenses, many prosecutors will try to get a plea deal. However, this does not mean that their offer is the best deal you can get.
Often, prosecutors pretend their evidence is much stronger than it really is. There might be exculpatory evidence out there, like an alibi witness, that casts doubt on the state’s theory of the case. We can find this evidence and seek a dismissal of charges, where appropriate.
Criminal Defendants Have Rights
The Constitution, as well as the New York Rules of Evidence, provide ample protections to defendants. Some of the more important rights include:
- The right to remain silent. You cannot be forced to incriminate yourself. And when police handle interrogations unlawfully, your statements can be suppressed.
- The right to a fair trial. The prosecutor cannot use hearsay and unfairly prejudicial information to convict you.
- The right to fair police lineups and photo arrays. If the line up or array is unduly suggestive—singling you out based on your race, for example—then the identification might be inadmissible.
A criminal defense attorney needs to understand the proper way to challenge any illegal or unfair evidence. Often, we must file a pre-trial motion and request that the judge keep out this evidence.
A Conviction Carries Serious Repercussions
Most crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. Both can result in incarceration. Losing your freedom is a very serious problem, but it could be the reality if you do not hire the right Syracuse criminal defense attorney.
There are other, less well-known collateral consequences that flow from any conviction. For example, a felon can lose their right to vote, as well as the ability to own a firearm or serve on a jury. Many employers and landlords also require that applicants disclose a criminal conviction on their application. Even a misdemeanor could result in a rejection.
Many professionals and small business owners also need licenses to operate legally, and convictions can result in the loss or denial of a professional license. We encourage all criminal suspects to do everything possible to fight off a conviction, since the consequences can be severe.
Defendants Need Their Own Lawyer
New York has many dedicated and highly skilled public defenders. However, these folks have massive caseloads and are usually overworked and overstretched. A public defender, no matter how skilled, cannot commit the necessary time or resources to a case the way a private attorney can.
At King Law, our Syracuse criminal defense attorneys will fully investigate a case and search for evidence that shows your innocence. We can dedicate the necessary time to pre-trial motions and jury selection that give our clients the best chance for success.