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Facing charges? Here's why a defense attorney is important

As someone who is in trouble with the law, the last thing you should do is try to represent yourself. Even if you are familiar with working in law or are an attorney yourself, the importance of working with separate council shouldn't be understated.

What do you wear to court?

Appearances matter in court. As someone who is facing criminal charges, this needs to be made clear to you. If you walk into court in an orange jumpsuit and in chains, there's going to be an automatic bias in the jury or by others. That's not fair, but it's the way that society works.

A good defense relies on honesty and trust

There are many concerns people have about working with criminal defense attorneys. Some believe that an attorney might not believe them and not take the case as seriously as they would for someone who they feel is innocent. Others believe that they'll end up being turned over to the police if they tell the attorney they're guilty or explain their situation fully.

Here's what to know about the criminal charge process

When a crime is committed and you're arrested, your opportunity to defend yourself starts immediately. It's important that you don't say or do anything that can result in a conviction. That means not talking about what you were doing, trying to explain yourself or admitting to a crime in hopes that it will help your case.

Not every theft is intentional: Fight back for your protection

Crimes aren't always violent. Sometimes, they're as simple as stealing a T-shirt from a local store. Regardless of the crime committed, there are steps that an attorney has to take to defend the accused. If you steal from another party and get caught, then you'll want to make sure your attorney knows the whole story.

A juvenile criminal record can affect you as an adult

Children often do foolish things without thinking of the consequences of their actions. Little do they realize that if they commit a crime, regardless of their age, they're not apt to get a simple slap on their wrist. Instead, a judge may require them to pay a fine, complete community service, put them on probation or even lock them up. The offense and punishment don't drop off of their record when they become an adult either.

Mahopac's low crime statistics give police more time to patrol

Data compiled by Neighborhood Scout shows that Mehopac is one of the safest cities in New York, with a crime index of 93 out of 100. It's not completely devoid of all crime, though. There are certain areas of the city that are safer than others.

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