When you are the target of a criminal investigation, it's absolutely critical that you not only know your rights but have an attorney taking the necessary steps to protect those rights. While you can't always control law enforcement's opinion about you, there are proactive things you can do to protect yourself from self-incrimination or making a false confession.
Under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution, American citizens have certain inalienable rights in criminal proceedings. These rights include the following:
In addition to the above, either a police officer or the interrogator must read you your Miranda Rights; this is where you are told that you have a right to remain silent and that you have a right to an attorney. Just because you were arrested and brought down to the police station for questioning, does not mean that formal charges are going to be made against you. The police can only detain you for a short period of time unless they press charges. Keep in mind that if you say the wrong thing or otherwise incriminate yourself at this point in time, then you can singlehandedly, yet inadvertently steer the entire investigation towards a conviction against you. This is why it is absolutely critical that you always exercise your right to remain silent and obtain legal representation from a qualified Rockland County criminal defense attorney.
It's not uncommon for innocent people to break down and make a false confession after hours in the interrogation room. Tragically, this mistake can cost them years in prison, if not their lives and believe it or not, false confessions are more common than one might think. Without a skilled and aggressive criminal attorney upholding your rights in the criminal process from the very beginning, a lot can go terribly wrong in your investigation.
My name is William J. Reddy and I have been practicing criminal law New York courts for 15 plus years since graduating from Boston College Law School. Not only am I a skilled and respected courtroom litigator, but before entering the field of criminal defense, I worked as a Senior Assistant District Attorney at the Rockland County District Attorney's Office in New York. During my time as a prosecutor I tried numerous jury trials to verdict and gained intimate knowledge of the techniques utilized by law enforcement. I personally handled numerous narcotics cases and was lead prosecutor in wiretap investigations. I have also trained younger prosecutors, worked in appellate practice and handled virtually every type of criminal case in New York City, Hudson Valley, Rockland County and New York State. In recent years I have built a successful track record for defending the criminally accused and helping numerous clients achieve acquittals, which is a rare event in the suburban courts of New York.
Perhaps the most important time to obtain an attorney is before an arrest takes place. As a former prosecutor I have an in-depth knowledge of how the prosecution will be preparing a case against you. There are steps that I can take to curtail an investigation before it leads to an arrest and formal charges being filed. If you've already been arrested, I urge you to contact me immediately. With my background and experience, I know exactly how to protect your constitutional rights during the criminal process as well as how to search for holes in the prosecution's case against you.
When your future and your freedom is on the line, it is never recommended that you hire a green or overburdened public defender that simply sees you as just another criminal in the revolving door of criminal cases. At my firm, I am dedicated to protecting my clients from self-incrimination, protecting them from unscrupulous investigators and from unforgiving prosecutors. Your constitutional rights are my foremost priority, as is keeping you out of jail or prison and on the street where you belong. When facing an arrest or criminal charges, you simply can't afford not to use a seasoned attorney with a proven track record for success in negotiations and in the courtroom. If you are facing criminal allegations in Rockland County or the surrounding area, contact my firm to learn why it's so important to seek legal representation now more than ever before.