In 2021, according to statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, there were about 21,624 misdemeanor and 3,757 felony DWI arrests statewide. In New York State, motorists are prohibited from operating a vehicle while intoxicated, ability impaired, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Importance of Hiring a Local Attorney With Connections
When facing criminal charges in New York State, hiring a knowledgeable attorney is crucial to help build your case. Among the qualities of a criminal defense attorney is a connection with the local legal community. A local attorney knows the police officers, prosecutors, clerks, and judges, understands how they think, knows how the courtroom operates, and has valuable inside knowledge on how to handle your case.
At the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, PLLC, we are focused on providing aggressive representation and clear direction to clients in their criminal cases. With our extensive knowledge and local connection, we can investigate your case thoroughly, gather substantial evidence to dispute the charges against you, and help keep your record clean. Our firm is proud to serve clients throughout Westchester County, Harrison, White Plains, and Yonkers, New York.
Qualities to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney
Statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services indicate that there were approximately 274,592 adult arrests statewide in 2021. If you've been arrested for committing a crime or violating the law, hiring the right criminal defense attorney is crucial to ensure effective representation. Here are some qualities to look for in a criminal defense lawyer:
Extensive Experience and Knowledge: The attorney must have extensive knowledge and experience representing individuals who have been charged with similar offenses.
Detailed and Thorough: The lawyer should be able to assess your case thoroughly without overlooking any slight detail and conduct an in-depth investigation.
Strategic: The attorney must be able to examine your various legal options and available legal defenses to decide the best possible strategies to fight your charges.
Objective and Unbiased: Also, the defense counsel should offer unbiased and objective opinions about your case and various legal options.
Intelligent and Aggressive: The legal counsel should be willing to go the extra mile to defend your rights, know when and where to be aggressive, and help you make intelligent decisions.
Listen and Communicate Effectively: The defense counsel must be able to communicate intelligently, listen attentively to you, and establish a cordial interpersonal relationship with you.
Connections to the Local Legal Community: Lastly, the lawyer must have connections with the local legal community, the police, judges, prosecutors, and other authorities involved in your case.
Why Are Attorney Connections Important?
Furthermore, the importance of having a criminal defense attorney with connections to the local legal community can never be overemphasized. A local attorney is familiar with your area and knows the local laws, law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors, and clerks.
Also, the local attorney will know the right people to contact to gather more information and evidence for your case. Using their connection and relationships, your attorney can work with all parties involved in your case to ensure that both the law and your rights are upheld and help you get the right results.
Why Is Having Connections to Prosecutors Important?
In addition, having connections to prosecutors helps the attorney see things from the prosecution's perspective. Your attorney can use his understanding of how the prosecutor thinks to determine the best strategy for your unique situation.
Our attorney at the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, PLLC, has extensive experience working several internships in both prosecutors' and public defenders' offices across New York before starting his private practice. We will present your case diligently, teach you how to answer the prosecutor's trick questions credibly, and help protect your rights.
Why Is Having Connections to the Local Courts / Court System Important?
Also, an attorney with connections to the local court will be more comfortable in the courtroom. Such a lawyer understands the local laws and rules of practice of the court. Also, the attorney knows how the courtroom is operated and can walk you into your criminal proceedings with self-assurance and confidence.
Why Choose a Local Attorney?
Here are some reasons to choose a local attorney to handle your criminal case:
A local attorney knows the laws and has connections within the community.
A local attorney is more accessible.
A local attorney helps you save money on travel expenses, hotels, and food.
A local attorney can get you the support you need within the community, regardless of the outcome of your case.
A local attorney can utilize their helpful connections and relationship within the community to get you the most favorable result.
Having spent their life and career in New York State, our attorney at the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, PLLC, is part of several associations, including the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Westchester County Bar Association, and New York State Bar Association. Attorney Michael Litman can use his relationships and connections within the local community to fight your charges, assist with your case, and help you achieve the most favorable outcome for your unique situation.
Skilled Legal Guidance Every Step of the Way
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney with connections to the local legal community on your side can make a significant difference in your case. At the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, PLLC, we have the diligence, expertise, and local resources to represent and defend individuals in their criminal cases.
Your legal team can investigate all elements of your case and strategize an effective defense to help fight your charges. Using our broad understanding of local and state laws, we can help you through the New York State criminal justice system and represent you vigorously at every step of the legal process.
Contact us at the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, PLLC, today to sit down with a reliable criminal defense lawyer. Our attorney can fight for you and improve your chances of a better tomorrow. Our firm is proud to serve clients throughout Westchester County, Harrison, White Plains, and Yonkers, New York.
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An adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) is one of the best outcomes that can be offered in a plea bargain, aside from a complete dismissal. If you are offered an ACD, you will be able to resolve the case without entering a guilty plea.