Criminal Defense Law FAQs

Rispoli & Borneo P.C.

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges after an arrest, contact criminal lawyers in Newark today for a free consultation. There are many nuances surrounding criminal charges and what the legal system looks like for each individual case awaiting trial. Those faced with a misdemeanor or felon may experience fear, overwhelm, and anxiety before sentencing. Fortunately, an experienced criminal lawyer can help calm nerves, answer any questions, and support their clients throughout their legal journey. 

How can criminal lawyers help?

After an incident resulting in arrest has occurred, the suspect should seek out legal assistance from a skilled attorney specializing in criminal law as soon as possible. Having the right legal help is vital for the success of a client’s case, and will greatly impact their future. When someone is charged, it is their attorney’s job to try to lessen those charges or dismiss them entirely if possible. While it is not a magic formula, attorneys understand the ins and outs of the legal process and can help their client’s cases in a unique and experienced way. Working with the prosecutor, advocating for their client, and striving for the best possible outcome are a few ways criminal lawyers like Rispoli & Borneo P.C. help their clients.

Does everyone have equal rights when it comes to arrests? 

Every person who is arrested has the same equal rights. Those rights include remaining silent when questioned during an arrest. The Miranda rights must be read to an arrested suspect during the arrest, and if they are not could have severe implications for the arresting officers. The charges could be dropped altogether if a person is not read the Miranda rights. Individuals have the right to an attorney right away, and to choose to speak or remain silent when questioned during an arrest. Most attorneys will advise their clients to stay silent until they can assist their clients with what to say and not say. The words exchanged during an arrest can and will be used in a court of law, and an attorney’s client may accidentally say something that could incriminate them during an arrest. 

What is a plea bargain?

A plea bargain is an agreement that the prosecutor and the client’s attorney try to come to terms with concerning the charges, sentencing, and upcoming trial. If the client pleads guilty, the prosecution will often lessen the charges. However, if the client refuses the plea bargain, the case will be taken to a trial before 23 grand jurors. These jurors will delegate, and examine the evidence to see if the case should proceed to a hearing in front of a judge. A plea bargain remains on the table for a client until that ultimate hearing takes place before a judge. A criminal lawyer will provide insight, counsel, and support to their client during this time, looking out for their best interest. While the trials, court time, judge, and jury may seem daunting, clients should rest assured that their attorney is fighting for their rights, and will work tirelessly for their future. If you or a loved one are in need of legal support surrounding a criminal case, contact a criminal lawyer today.