New York Criminal Defense Lawyers
A criminal conviction can put your whole life at risk. Beyond the fines or jail time imposed by the sentencing court, you face years or a lifetime of reputational damage from living with a criminal record. You could lose your job or professional license, or your right to vote or own a gun. You could find that getting credit or renting an apartment is now next to impossible.
As a person accused of a crime in New York, you are entitled to a presumption of innocence, and you have the right to a good defense. At the Law Offices of Miller & Miller, we’ll work to provide you with the best defense and help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case or avoid the worst consequences that an overzealous government prosecution can throw at you. Make sure your first call after an arrest is to Miller & Miller, and put yourself in the best position to deal with the charges leveled against you.
Help With All New York Felonies and Misdemeanors
The Law Offices of Miller & Miller take on cases involving the most serious and violent felony charges. We have successfully defended clients at trial charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault. We apply the same level of skill and dedication for clients charged with lesser offenses as well, from shoplifting and credit card fraud to domestic violence and stalking. Below are descriptions of some of the charges we defend clients against in New York courts and a look at some of the ways we can help. Call Miller & Miller for help with any criminal case in New York.
Drunk driving (DWI/DWAI)
In New York, driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more is the misdemeanor offense of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), whereas driving with a BAC between .05% and .07% is the less serious traffic infraction of Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI). We’ll fight your DWI arrest by questioning the legality of the initial stop, challenging the reliability of the testing equipment, arguing the constitutionality of your arrest, or pleading to a lesser offense. We’ll help you escape a conviction or avoid the most serious consequences of DWI, which can include a year in jail, $1,000 in fines, and a six-month driver’s license revocation, all for a first offense.
Persons found in possession of illegal drugs are often charged with more serious offenses such as drug trafficking, distribution or possession with intent to sell. Don’t get railroaded into pleading guilty to a crime you didn’t commit or that the prosecutors can’t really prove. Were you actually in possession of illegal narcotics, or merely in their presence? Did you in fact know you were in possession of illegal drugs? Did the police have the legal authority to stop you and search you, or did they violate your constitutional rights? We’ll mount a strong defense against drug charges and make sure the prosecution understands that we know when they don’t have a good case.
New York’s penal law includes more than two dozen separate crimes under the heading of Assault and Related Offenses, ranging from misdemeanors to Class B felonies punishable by a 25-year prison sentence. The prosecution must prove several elements to an assault charge, including whether the defendant actually intended any harm. Defendants may also benefit from affirmative defenses such as self-defense, defense of others, or the justifiable use of force.
Offenses such as sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse or sexual misconduct often involve the complex question of consent. When defenses such as consent or misidentification are available, we’ll help you avoid the decades in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender which can come from pleading guilty to or being convicted of a serious sex crime.
Burglary and armed robbery
Burglary and robbery are commonly thought of as interchangeable, but they are entirely separate offenses. Burglary involves knowingly entering or unlawfully remaining in a building with the specific intent to commit a crime (such as theft) inside. Robbery, on the other hand, involves the use or threat of physical force to steal property from another. Although distinct, the two charges have some commonalities. Both offenses can be defended by challenging the prosecution’s assumption of the defendant’s intent. Another thing both crimes have in common is that prosecutors tend to charge the most serious level of offense they think they can get away with. We know the law and what needs to be proven. We can help knock down the charges to a lesser offense for a favorable plea or zealously defend you in court.
Murder and homicide
The aftermath of a homicide conviction in New York can range from living with a felony criminal record to spending the rest of your life in prison. At Miller & Miller, we defend people charged with murder, manslaughter and other homicide offenses, making sure you are treated fairly and that you take full advantage of your constitutional rights as an accused. We’ll fight for the best outcome in your case no matter what the situation. You deserve a fair trial with representation from a competent criminal defense attorney. It’s your right.
Call Miller & Miller in Brooklyn After an Arrest in New York
After any misdemeanor or felony arrest, call an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Do this before you call a bail bond company, before you talk to a cellmate, and certainly before you talk to the police. Talking to an attorney before doing anything else can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. In New York, call the Law Offices of Miller & Miller for immediate assistance.