1. The police officer that arrested me did not read me my miranda rights. What effect does this have on my case?
Failure to administer miranda rights by a police officer doesn’t nullify the prosecution’s charges but it can be beneficial for a defendant. If an officer doesn’t read your miranda rights they are not able repeat any oral statements you may have made after the arrest.
2. I’ve just been arrested. What should I do?
First make sure to contact any family and close friends to inform them of your situation. Then you need to contact a dedicated and passionate criminal defense lawyer that will work quickly to find out the circumstances of your arrest and negotiate your release as fast as possible.
3. Can I travel out of state or country while my case is pending?
In almost all state court cases you are allowed to travel if you’re out on bail. In federal court you need special permission to travel outside the district of prosecution even if the bail amount is paid. Your attorney can advocate for changes in your bail conditions if you need to travel.
4. What is the difference between a felony and misdemeanor?
While most believe that the difference between the two is whether or not injury or violence was part of the crime, this is not the truth
A felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison.
A misdemeanor is a crime that can be punished with a fine and less than one year in prison. However, certain misdemeanors can be escalated to felonies if you are a repeat offender.
5. What is the difference between a DUI, DWI, DWAI, and Aggravated DWI?
Each of these crimes is different and their classification depends on your reported BAC.
DUI – the general term used for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
DWI – driving a motor vehicle while being intoxicated with a BAC of .08 or higher.
DWAI – the least serious form of a DUI, this is when you are pulled over for impaired driving and are found to have a BAC of .05-.08.
Aggravated DWI – the most serious form of a DUI, this is when you are found to have a BAC of .18 or higher at the time of arrest.
6. How much is a consultation?
My consultations are free and comprehensive, we take every prospective client seriously and we make sure to discuss every legal option for your case.
7. I live in upstate New York, do I have to have a lawyer there or can I come see you?
George is licensed for the whole state of New York and can practice anywhere in the state. You can call in for a free consultation to see what your options are. Face to face meetings are beneficial but if you decide to move forward with the case we can arrange remote meetings online or over the phone.
8. Where exactly are you located?
Our address is:
275 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
You can find specific driving directions from Long Island and New Jersey on our contact us page.