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Federal Criminal Defense Attorney NYC | Paul D. Petrus, Jr.

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Published on Nov 4, 2015

When dealing with a federal criminal case in NYC, a person's story is often the most impactful part. Prosecutors tend to only see the negative in an alleged criminal, so being able to humanize the defendant can have a very positive impact on the prosecutor's perception of the case.

For a lawyer, one of the first things to do in criminal cases is to get positive biographical information about the client, which shows the prosecutor that this person is a human being. If the client is married or has children, this can help the prosecutor identify with them and get a more detailed picture of the defendant. This often helps the prosecutor feel more sympathetic towards the case in general, and they are likely to be much more reasonable.

Criminal defense law in New York is extremely complicated and involves a lot of work, research, and experience to be the best and most effective advocate. Federal cases can take place in New York City, New Jersey, or anywhere else in the country, and the laws are different in every state. This makes practicing federal cases difficult. Just because a lawyer knows the penalties in New York and understands how cases work at the state level doesn't mean they grasp how the NYC federal criminal defense laws work. The stakes are often much higher in federal cases, because the punishment is usually much more severe. Law firms that serve clients at the federal level must fully understand the laws of the state their case is in, and also need to possess the ability to reduce stakes for the client.

Paul D. Petrus, Jr. provides a free consultation to every potential client, because criminal law in New York City requires a very intimate relationship between the client and attorney. Since federal criminal defense laws in NYC are different from the local state laws, and the punishment is often more serious, developing trust between the client and lawyer is very beneficial. It's also important for the lawyer to be on the same page as the client, which helps the law firm represent the defendant to the prosecutor in the most accurate manner.

It's often valuable for the client and lawyer to meet in person, if possible, to get to know and understand each other, before they start to work on a case together. In certain instances, the client may be disabled, or may live far away from the lawyer's office location. The client may even be traveling abroad in some cases, which makes meeting them in person difficult. In these situations, doing a consultation over the phone is a good alternative. However, for the most part, the best practice is to meet the attorney at their office, and it's an opportunity we really like to take part in with potential clients searching for a NYC criminal defense attorney.

If you or a loved one is being charged with a crime in New York, you need the experience of a knowledgeable NYC federal criminal defense attorney. Contact Paul D. Petrus, Jr. at (212) 564-2440 or visit http://petruslaw.com to schedule a free consultation today.

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