February 18

Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws in New York

Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws in New York sets deadlines for filing criminal charges. It prohibits prosecutors from charging someone with a crime that was committed after the statute of limitations has expired.

The Purpose of Criminal Statute of Limitations

Criminal Statute of Limitations laws are intended for the protection of the innocent. They ensure that convictions occur based on the evidence that is provided within the time constraints of the statute of limitations. The time limit for the prosecution to begin filing a criminal charge does not begin until the crime is discovered, or should have been discovered.

Crimes With No Statute of Limitations

New York State legislature has no statute of limitations for heinous crimes. The crimes with no statute of limitations include murder, any crime punishable by life in prison and embezzlement of public funds.

Statute of Limitations for Felonies

The statute of limitation is six years for felonies that are not punishable by life in prison, but still punishable by eight or more years in prison. For all other felonies punishable by imprisonment, the statute of limitations is three years.

Statute of Limitations for Misdemeanors

For most misdemeanors, the statute of limitations is one year.The statute of limitations is two years for a crime of sexual exploitation by a physician or therapist.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in New York

If you have been accused of a misdemeanor or felony, contact Reuven J. Epstein,a criminal defense attorney in Spring Valley, NY. We have successfully defended the rights of numerous clients accused of serious crimes at the Law Office of Reuven J. Epstein.

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