Legal Help And Counsel Following A First Arrest

What to Do When You Face Criminal Charges for the First Time

Everything in life, from starting a new job to managing an insurance claim, involves a learning process. How, then, could you be fully prepared to handle the legalities involved with a first arrest?

At the New York City law firm of Epstein & Weil LLC we have provided criminal defense legal services to hundreds of clients since 1979, including numerous individuals facing a first arrest.

"Do I Need an Attorney?"

"I only got a summons; the charges are bogus; do I really need a lawyer?" We strongly advise those dealing with the criminal justice system for the first time, whether through a summons or arrest, to contact an attorney immediately. If at all possible, speak to your attorney before speaking to law enforcement officials or answering their questions. Why?

  • Information given voluntarily can be potentially harmful your case and should first be reviewed by an attorney to protect your rights.
  • Information potentially helpful to your case can be provided later.
  • Your summons may be for a misdemeanor and could result in a permanent criminal record.

Throughout the criminal justice process, an attorney can provide further invaluable legal help. For instance, if facts and evidence are strong, an attorney can press for your involvement in diversionary programs, including programs addressing drug and alcohol abuse, or offering community service or rehabilitation as alternatives to jail time.

If you are accused of a crime, you need an experienced advocate to defend your rights at each step. With early intervention, and with help throughout your legal entire process, you can take the steps necessary to prove your innocence or mitigate your sentence.

Who Can Help You?

At Epstein & Weil LLC firm partner and attorney Lloyd Epstein has handled countless first-arrest cases, and:

  • Has tried countless cases in State and Federal courts in New York
  • Has taught trial practice classes at New York Law School and CUNY School of Law and continuing education seminars for criminal defense lawyers around the country
  • Has extensive knowledge of diversionary programs

For knowledgeable assistance following your first accusation or arrest for shoplifting, drug possession, trespassing, graffiti or any other crime, contact our firm.

Contact Us

Contact the New York law firm of Epstein & Weil LLC for experienced criminal defense representation following criminal charges. We are available around the clock, are located very close to the Federal courts in Manhattan, accept VISA, Master Card and American Express, and speak Spanish and Hebrew as well as English. Contact us 24/7 with your legal needs and speak with a knowledgeable lawyer: 212-732-4888 or send an email by filling out our contact form.