October 5

What Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?

If you have been charged with a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer to represent you effectively in trial. In addition to calling witnesses in your defense and cross-examining them criminal defense attorneys may also:

  1. Assist people through the justice process including pre-trial

During the investigation period of a crime, when someone is a suspect and likely to be charged with a crime. A criminal defense lawyer helps the individual by instructing them during the questioning process.

  1. Help in convincing a court to drop the charges against you

If there is insufficient evidence or improper procedures were followed, a criminal defense lawyer may be able to persuade the court to drop the charges. For example, if you were arrested without probable cause, and not enough evidence was provided to show that you committed the crime, then charges against you may be dropped before trial.

  1. Can convince the court to reduce or waive your bail

When you get arrested, you may be detained for some time, and usually can only be released on bail. A criminal defense lawyer can try to persuade the court to reduce the bail or waive it altogether.

  1. Assist during the criminal trial

They can analyze your case and identify the strength and weakness to come up with a defense strategy. An attorney can also advise you during the plea bargain and assist with the standard steps of a criminal trial form jury selection to providing opening statements to questioning witnesses

  1. Represent you during a plea negotiation for reduced charges

If you’ve been found guilty of a crime, you may want to enter into a plea bargain with the prosecution. A criminal defense lawyer can represent you through the negotiations to reduce the sentence or punishment.

If you have any further questions about what criminal defense attorney does or you have been accused of a crime, contact criminal defense attorneys from Reuven J. Epstein.

Call us: (845) 459-0002/(800) 579-1605

Email: reuven@reuvenjepsteinlaw.com

July 31

When Can a Defendant Win an Acquittal on Grounds of Insanity?

Insanity defense is based on the principle that punishment is justified only if the defendant is capable of controlling their behavior and has an understanding that what he or she has done is wrong. Some people suffering from mental disorders are incapable of differentiating right from wrong and therefore insanity defense prevents them from being criminally punished.  Defendants who are not found guilty by reason of insanity are sent to a mental institution until their sanity is established.

What happens to a defendant if he/ she is judged “incompetent to stand trial?”

Apart from insanity as a defense to criminal charges, the question may arise as to whether or not a defendant is mentally capable to face a trial. Defendants suffering from a mental disorder cannot be prosecuted because they are not in a position to understand the proceedings and assist in the preparation of their defense.

Based on the unusual behaviour of the defendant, a judge, prosecutor or a defense attorney may ask that the trial be delayed until the defendant has been examined and their ability to understand the proceedings has been determined in a court hearing. If a judge finds that a defendant does not comprehend what is going on, the defendant will probably be placed in a mental institution until their competence is re-established.

Contact Criminal Defense Lawyer in Spring Valley, NY

Whether you are accused of a misdemeanor or felony or another type of crime, Reuven J. Epstein, criminal defense attorney in Spring Valley, NY, is ready to fight for you. We have successfully defended the rights of numerous clients accused of serious crimes. Call 845-459-0002 to schedule your appointment with Attorney Reuven J. Epstein. You can also email us at info@reuvenjepsteinlaw.com / reuven@reuvenjepsteinlaw.com.