Frequently Asked Questions

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After being arrested for committing a criminal offense in Brooklyn, it is likely that you are facing many questions and concerns about your future. At The Law Offices of Lowell J. Sidney, no question will be left unanswered and no concern will be left unaddressed. The attorneys of the firm have more than 10 years of experience and will give you the peace of mind that you deserve. Upon securing the representation of the firm, the skilled attorneys will perform a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your arrest. The legal professionals will inform you of your rights and legal options and offer you qualified legal counsel every step of the way. Make every decision an informed decision. You can be confident in the supportive assistance and extensive experience of the extensively knowledgeable attorneys.

What is the difference between Criminal Law and Civil Law?

Criminal law refers to criminal prosecutions that revolve around state or federal statute violations. In criminal law matters, the burden of proof must be beyond an exclusion of all reasonable doubt. Civil law focuses primarily on conflicts between two or more parties. Civil laws are most often governed by agreements or contracts. When these laws are broken, it is referred to as a breach. The party whom you wronged can pursue compensation through injunctive relief or monetary damages. For example, in a civil law case, a private party will likely file a lawsuit and become the plaintiff. In criminal law, the litigation will always be filed by the prosecution.

What is a criminal appeal?

After being convicted of a crime, you have a number of options when seeking relief from the sentences and penalties that the criminal justice system has inflicted upon you. One of these options is a criminal appeal. When filing an appeal, you are essentially requesting that your criminal convictions be dismissed or your sentences be reduced. Due to the complex and specific nature of filing a claim, it is imperative that you secure the assistance of one of the legal professionals of the firm before you take action. Do not place your freedom on the line.

When facing criminal accusations, is there any chance of staying out of jail or prison?

It is very difficult to answer this questions without having a complete understanding of the circumstances surrounding your case. If you are facing criminal accusations, choosing the right legal representative may make all the difference of the outcome of your case. It is imperative that you secure the representation of The Law Offices of Lowell J. Sidney immediately in order to have a chance at winning in court. The skilled and highly motivated attorneys of their firm know criminal defense and will put their best foot forward in the defense of your rights and freedoms. Their staff will research all of the possibilities and inform you of your rights and legal options. Though an outcome cannot be guaranteed, the attorneys can guarantee that when you choose to work with the firm, you are making the smart choice. Take the proper steps towards a brighter future by contacting the firm today.

What is the difference between a felony charge and a misdemeanor charge?

A felony is a serious criminal charge that carries a sentence of more than one year in jail or prison. Misdemeanors are also criminal charges that carry a penalty of a year or less in jail. Both misdemeanor and felony charges remain on the offender's criminal record for life. Penalties for such charges vary in degree dependent upon circumstances surrounding the offense. It is important to understand that a violation is not a criminal charge but can in fact carry a sentence. Violation convictions are generally on a sealed record but may be indicated on employee or educational applications.

What is the difference between probation and parole?

Both probation and parole aim to break the negative habits of the offender. However, both of these rehabilitating processes have different goals and regulations. Parole generally aims to reintegrate the offender back into society. For example, if convicted of child molestation the defendant may be placed on parole with the requirement that he or she remain away from schools, parks, playgrounds and anywhere where children may be at play.

If the individual is on probation, he or she is likely subject to the jurisdiction of the court. Essentially, the judge has the right to modify or amend predetermined conditions at any time. Despite the fact that the individual was not sent to jail, the defendant is still subject to some similar conditions, curfews, requirements, and/or programs. While on probation, defendants may be required to pay for the following:

  • Fines
  • Court costs
  • Restitution
  • Court appointed attorney fees

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If your questions have not been answered by this criminal defense FAQ, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the skilled attorneys of the firm today. The firm is qualified to represent your case next – no case is too big or small for the zealous representatives.

Make the smart choice– contact The Law Offices of Lowell J. Sidney. The skilled lawyers of the firm know how to defend the rights of the accused and will exhaust their resources in order to do so on your behalf. Request your free case evaluation today!

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