You have been arrested or indicted for Grand Larceny and Embezzlement in New York. Maybe the case has not reached that point, but you are the target of an Embezzlement and Grand Larceny investigation by New York City prosecutors or law enforcement in the surrounding counties. The fear you have is almost paralyzing. What will happen to me? Will my career be destroyed? Will friends and family find out? Will I go to prison?
While the questions may be numerous and differ from person to person, one question is unavoidable. How do I find the right New York Embezzlement criminal lawyer or New York criminal Grand Larceny attorney? Prepare yourself. You may only have one chance to answer this question correctly.
Finding the right criminal lawyer will not be easy. There is no quick answer to the “best criminal lawyer question.” At a minimum, you should start your search by educating yourself on the laws and crimes of Grand Larceny and the laws and crimes of Embezzlement in New York. Upon doing so, you will be prepared to ask the relevant questions to identify and implement your defense and discuss the relevant legal issues with your criminal lawyers.
Beyond understanding the law, you should discuss with your potential counsel what, if any, practical experience he or she has had defending clients prosecuted for crimes involving Embezzlement and Grand Larceny. Has he or she responded to subpoenas by Grand Juries? Has the criminal defense lawyer advised clients during an investigation as opposed to merely post-arrest? Regardless, have they discussed the Grand Jury and indictment process with clients and advised them about the pros and cons of testifying in the Grand Jury? Is the criminal defense attorney you consult with an attorney who is familiar with the associated crimes that can be charged in an Embezzlement indictment such as Falsifying Business Records, Forgery, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Identity Theft? Is he or she familiar with the collateral consequences should you be convicted such as those involving certifications, licensing and immigration?
While past result do not guarantee future success, has the lawyer handled cases involving allegations similar to yours in both scheme and alleged monetary losses? What have those results been and what were the defenses and plans of action in those cases? Could those defenses, with a slight alteration, work for you? Has the criminal defense attorney represented clients in the particular county where your case is being prosecuted such as Manhattan, Brooklyn (Kings), Queens or Westchester? While the majority of cases do not actually make it to trial, what is the attorney’s experience in the courtroom?
Each case of alleged Grand Larceny and Embezzlement is unique and each case will likely require a different strategy and different defense. Don’t be bamboozled by a lawyer who handles criminal law as a fraction of his or her practice. Anyone can masquarade as an Embezzlement criminal defense lawyer, but you need to ask the right questions to put yourself in the best position possible to fight the allegations. Without compromising privacy issues, get specifics about the attorney’s past cases and plans on how he or she will protect your freedom and future.
Crotty Saland PC is a New York City law firm almost exclusively devoted to criminal defense in New York City and the surrounding region. Founded by two former Manhattan prosecutors, the New York criminal defense attorneys at Crotty Saland PC have not only successfully represented clients in allegations of Embezzlement and Grand Larceny, but have prosecuted those accused of the same as Assistant District Attorneys.
Extensive information on the New York crimes of Grand Larceny and Embezzlement can be found on the associated links. Additional information, including the Grand Larceny and Embezzlement “primer” can be found on the New York Criminal Lawyer Blog (NewYorkCriminalLawyerBlog.Com) by reviewing the Theft Section of the blog or searching for “Embezzlement” and “Grand Larceny.” Further information on Falsifying Business Records, Forgery, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Identity Theft can be found through the respective links as well.