When do you have the right to an attorney?
If you are ever accused of a crime, the first step you'll want to take is to exercise your right to an attorney.
If you can't afford to hire an attorney, you still have a right to an attorney, and the state should provide you with one.
How can your attorney help?
- You may want to speak to your attorney immediately. For local criminal cases, you'll be arraigned within 24 hours in New York. This means that you'll appear before a judge who will then decide if you can be released on bail or whether you must wait in jail. If you don't have your attorney before this arraignment, you won't have anyone fighting for your release.
- Your attorney will help you defend your case, find the best resolution, negotiate the terms, or fight for you if the other options aren't available.
- An attorney can build your case to take to court.
- They can help bring in experts, investigators, and witnesses.
- They keep you updated on all court appearances, hearings, and procedures.
- Discussions with your attorney are confidential.
- An attorney can tell you who you must speak with and who you don't have to speak to.
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