Whenever you are charged with a crime it is advisable to retain a competent criminal defense attorney to represent you. He or she will be in the best position to determine what the possible results could be from a negotiated plea and/or a trial and to conduct a full investigation.They will also be able to determine the collateral consequences of any conviction. If you can not afford a private attorney, ask the Court to appoint a public defender for you.
Todd A. Spodek is a criminal defense attorney in NY
My past clients charged with fleeing police have generally wanted to keep their public criminal record clean; and I helped them understand and work toward that goal. Of the many results that can happen, I can think of at least one where the defendant could avoid a misdmemeanor conviction, and yet still end up with a public criminal record. I doubt that many who are not criminal defense lawyers with some experience, would know about that. That is just one example. I think a good question is "is it important to avoid a public criminal record?" How much could a criminal record reduce future income per year? Multiplied by how many years? (The age of the defendant has some relevance here.) If the answer is "yes," then the cost of retaining a good criminal lawyer will be a fraction of the benefit obtained as a result, if the defendant's public record ends up remaining clean.
The first question I would ask is whether the possibility exists for the criminal charges against you to be dismissed. On this page you will find a top lawyer in your state who can review the facts of your case and give you the most comprehensive answer to that first question.
If the risk of trial is too great and the possibility for dismissal does not exist within pre trial criminal proceedings, a review of any and all prior criminal history you may or not have as well as the facts within the underlying case will be extremely relevant to a determination as to whether a misdemeanor reduction will exist.
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