Long Island Criminal Defense Overview

Long Island Criminal Defense Overview

Being charged with a crime is a serious matter and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are a lot of specifics involved with the legal process. Because of such, you need someone who can help you get through your case quickly and easily. Otherwise, you could end up finding yourself spending a significant amount of time behind bars over a case that could have been handled completely differently. The team at Austin Law Associates, P.C. can help you out in your time of need. Check out the following information for what the team can do for you and your case.

Who needs a criminal defense lawyer?
Oftentimes, people think they can handle their criminal case on their own. They figure it isn’t that big of a deal or they are innocent so why bother hiring a lawyer? However, that could end up being one of the worst mistakes you ever make. Anytime you are being charged with any type of crime, you need to turn to the team at Austin Law Associates, P.C. to help ensure you get the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t leave your future to chance by trying to go it alone. It doesn’t matter if it is a misdemeanor or a felony. A crime is a crime in the eyes of the law.

What are the types of crimes that require a criminal defense lawyer?
There are a wide range of different crimes that call for a sound defense lawyer working on your side. Some of the common cases where you need a criminal defense lawyer are arson, larceny, burglary, assault and battery, financial transaction device, embezzlement, rape, murder, possession of a controlled substance, DUI and so on. If the crime involves the threat of jail time or prison time, you need to make sure you have someone who is trained and experienced representing your best interest. Essentially, you are better off hiring a lawyer like Austin Law Associates, P.C. and having them there with you than you are trying to go it alone.

When do I need a criminal defense lawyer?
The best thing you can do is to hire a lawyer as soon as you find out you are being charged with a crime of any sort. You don’t want to sit back and wait until the last minute to turn around and try to get the charges dropped. By hiring legal representation right from the start, your lawyer can begin building your case and formulating a plan of defense. They can begin gathering evidence and working on getting the charges dropped or reduced before you ever step foot in court. The sooner you can hire a lawyer the better it is going to be for your case.

Why should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?
One of the main reasons why you should hire a criminal defense lawyer is because you don’t want to be stuck spending time in jail for something that you don’t need to in the first place. With a lawyer working on your side, you can make sure that you are going to get the absolute best deal possible. What might have started out as a 10-year felony could be reduced to a five-year felony. There are even instances where a felony got reduced to a misdemeanor. Every case is different, but you don’t want to take anything to chance in the hopes that everything will work itself out. You are safer having Austin Law Associates, P.C. working on your case for you and doing everything they can to reduce the charges in your case.

How do I hire a criminal defense lawyer?
One of the first things you need to do to hire a criminal defense lawyer is to schedule a consultation with them. You will go in and discuss the specifics of your case and what you can expect to happen at your hearings. They will tell you what they think they can do for you based on the information and evidence you give them. You want to make sure and take any documentation you have surrounding the case with you.

Once you are comfortable with everything the attorney says, you will discuss their retainer. Retainer fees can vary. While some cases might warrant a $500 retainer, others might need more. It isn’t until you meet with the lawyer that you will find out what the retainer is going to be. At that point, you would just need to pay their retainer fee and let them go to work on your case. Once their retainer is paid, they will file the necessary paperwork with the court letting them know that you have legal representation.

With so much at stake, you don’t want to wait around until it is too late. Turn to the team at Austin Law Associates, P.C. and save yourself a lot of hassles and trouble.


“Not Guilty, Guilty and Innocent”; When used in conjunction with a criminal case these terms have special meanings.  Make sure you know the difference between Not Guilty and Innocent.  A person who has done something wrong must be legally proven to be Guilty or will be deemed Not Guilty.

Many criminal cases need special expertise because of the legal issues involved in a trial.  More often a skilled criminal practitioner can significantly reduce the charges so that a trial is unnecessary

Did you know…

  • In 2004 there were 519,590 arrests in New York State; 105,429 resulted in some term of incarceration (NYS division of criminal justice services)
  • That a misdemeanor conviction can never be sealed (other than youthful offender status)
  • That simple marijuana possession can affect your financial aid status
  • That persons with criminal records may be denied entry to or visa for foreign countries (civil action project ©2006)

A person who is arraigned is read a set of constitutional (Legal) rights by the court.

  • Make sure you remember them!
  • Make sure you understand them!


  • What are the ramifications of a criminal conviction?
  • Can you apply for a certificate of relief from civil disability?
  • If the Judge ordered bail, should a 170.70 application be made?
  • What hearings are you entitled to?
  • Have you been given all the paperwork and police information you are entitled to?
  • When should a supplemental demand for information be made?
  • Will a conviction result in points on your license?
  • Could a conviction raise your insurance rates?

You need to know your rights immediately.  You need someone to protect them. The longer you wait, the greater chance evidence will disappear, or memories will fade or plea bargains will be lost.


By Austin Law Associates, P.C.

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