Protecting Your Future After A Criminal Charge
Misdemeanors and felonies can be expensive not only financially but also emotionally. Even minor crimes can result in fines of hundreds of dollars or jail time, which may threaten your job and the stability of your family. In addition, you may lose respect from your community for being caught doing something so risky.
After being charged with a crime, you need to think about the long-term effects it could have on your life. Having served as a prosecutor for Monroe County, attorney Adam Willman is incredibly familiar with how the risk of a criminal conviction can affect his clients. He has an in-depth understanding of New York’s criminal justice system and knows what matters in a strong defense. He will work diligently to advocate for you and your future.
How Misdemeanors And Felonies Are Judged
Misdemeanors in New York are divided into three categories: Class A, Class B and Unclassified Misdemeanors. Regardless of what class your crime falls in to, you’re unlikely to serve a jail sentence longer than 364 days or pay more than $1,000 in fines. However, the crime will still be listed on your criminal record which could affect your career and reputation.
The consequences for felony convictions are a little more complicated because crimes are judged not only on the class they fall in to, but also their severity, the nature of the crime and circumstances surrounding the event. Felonies generally carry a prison sentence of over one year and may also include fines, depending on the crime. For example: in New York, possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance is generally considered a felony and may be penalized with decades in prison or up to $100,000 in fines.
Fortunately, there are ways to fight drug possession charges, as well as other felonies, and a skilled attorney can help evaluate your case and build a strong defense to protect your freedom.
Speak With A Lawyer For Free
At the Law Office of Adam J. Willman, we offer judgement-free representation that is unique to you and your situation. Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, felony, DWI or other crime, we will have an honest conversation with you about your circumstances and what we can do to help. We offer free consultations and can schedule your first appointment when you call us.