Being arrested can be a confusing and harrowing experience. If you have done nothing wrong, the entire course of events will frustrate you. It may even prompt you to become indignant and to dismiss the charges against you as mere folly. That is exactly the wrong attitude. You must take seriously the fact that you have been arrested and charged with a crime.
Your first move must be to retain the services of a lawyer. Whether you have been charged with domestic violence, DWI, rape, or a white collar crime, the lawyers at the Spodek Law Group can help. No matter the jurisdiction in the city of New York, you will be able to avail yourself of the firm’s services.
All you know about the charges against you is that they are unjust. When you are cuffed, taken to jail, and charged, the person who brought accusations is not named. At that moment, all you can do is establish your legal defense. It is important to keep a cool head. Letting your emotions run riot will do nothing to help your case, and may indeed make things worse for you. The authorities may have nothing on you. But that can change if you lose control.
Indeed, it is best to say nothing until your lawyer arrives. Once you are taken in, the authorities may tell you that things will go a lot better for you if you cooperate. But this is just a ploy to get you to incriminate yourself. You must be strong and exercise your Fifth Amendment right until you are able to speak to legal counsel.
Depending on the nature and severity of your crime, you could spend decades in prison and be assessed thousands of dollars in fines. Even if you are given a relatively light sentence, you will have a criminal record. Such records are public. Anyone can get a hold of them. Living with a conviction, especially why you have done nothing wrong, can be maddeningly perplexing. It will certainly make life hard. You will find it difficult to find a job and a place to live. In the instances of child sexual violence and abuse, your name will go into a child sex offender registry which will follow you no matter where you go. Some states have passed laws so strict that it is impossible for convicted child sex offenders to make a living or rent or buy a home; they are not allowed to see their children or those of relatives.
Apart from the material deprivations of a conviction, there is the shame and dishonor it will forever bring on your name. If you are in a profession in which character and integrity mean everything –law and education for example—you might find it impossible to work in those fields again.
The bottom line is that an arrest can lead to conviction, which will definitely lead to the ruin of your life. You must get out in front of the situation immediately. The only way to do that is to hire a lawyer.
If you are guilty of the crime you have been charged with, you will still need legal counsel. The lawyers at the Spodek Law Group can act quickly. The firm has offices all over the boroughs and communities of New York City and can get to whichever lock-up you happen to be at. Your lawyer can get your through your arraignment and help you post bail. They can also negotiate with the prosecutor’s office on your behalf. This could lead to a much reduced sentence and the chance for you to begin life anew once you have been released.