Criminal Defense Lawyer in Westchester County, New York
Also Protecting the Rights of Clients
in White Plains
Being charged with a crime is a scary experience that can leave a person feeling hopeless about the future. At the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, we care about protecting you from a criminal conviction. Our Westchester criminal defense lawyer possesses over a decade of experience in the criminal defense circuit. His understanding of the law and how to use it effectively has helped him successfully protect the rights of hundreds of clients who faced serious legal penalties. You don’t have to face prosecutors alone.
When Should You Hire a
Criminal Defense Attorney?
You should hire a criminal defense attorney soon as you can. Preferably, it would be helpful to have an attorney present at the moment of your arrest. However, in reality, that is not an option. That being said, it is highly recommended to attempt to speak with a defense attorney immediately after being released from your arrest.
Call us now or contact the Law Office of Michael D. Litman online to schedule your free consultation with our criminal defense team.
Cases We Handle
The Law Office of Michael D. Litman handles criminal defense cases in White Plains, Westchester County, and the New York Metro area. No matter how serious the allegations against you may be, you can count on our criminal defense team to help you understand the charges against you and protect yourself from the devastating consequences of a conviction.
Our firm handles criminal charges including:
We also help clients who are eligible to have their criminal records sealed, making it easier for them to find employment, housing, and loan opportunities. Nothing is more important than your freedom. Our firm seeks to give you the tools you need to feel hopeful about the challenges ahead and obtain the best possible outcome for your situation.
How Prosecutors Fight for Your Punishment
In order to convict an individual of a crime, the prosecutor must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the defendant committed all of the elements of the crime in question. This means the prosecutor must show evidence that rules out any reasonable doubt that the individual committed the crime (the prosecutor is not required to prove their case beyond all doubt, as that could be too high of a standard in many cases).
The prosecutor’s strategy in a case will depend on compiling evidence that gradually removes every reasonable doubt from the realm of possibility. Your defense strategy will make the difference between a guilty verdict and a not guilty verdict, or between a light sentence and a heavy one.
A good defense strategy will include at least some of the following aspects:
Consistency with the evidence: The explanation you give in court has to agree with the facts. If the prosecution has your fingerprints at the scene of the crime, you must show how they got there or show that the fingerprints are not as strong of a match as the prosecution is suggesting.
Gaining the judge’s or jury’s sympathy: The defense may try to show that the defendant did all he or she could to avoid performing any criminal acts. This could mitigate the crimes and lead to a reduced sentence.
Explaining why things happened the way they did: Your defense will need to be explained to the jury through cross-examination and/or defense witness testimony. If for example, you say you were somewhere else when the crime was committed, your defense will need to be able to back up that story in court.
Get Started Right Away
Once you are charged with a crime, the clock starts ticking for when you will need to appear in court and be arraigned. By working with a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible, you can ensure you will have the time necessary to examine the charges and evidence against you, increasing your chances of uncovering crucial details that will prove critical to your favorable outcome.