Long Island Criminal Defense FAQs
NY Marijuana Decriminalization, Breathalyzer, & Criminal Case Facts
At Laurence A. Silverman & Associates, our goal is to help you understand
your options if you are facing criminal charges. We review your criminal
defense case and provide you with the tools you need to navigate successfully
toward your goals. On this page, you can find answers to some commonly
asked questions when it comes to your criminal defense case.
Am I allowed to refuse a Breathalyzer?
Legally, you are not required to submit to a Breathalyzer. However, if
you do refuse the test, you may face consequences such as license suspension,
especially if the officer is reasonably convinced that you are intoxicated.
If you feel you were required to submit to a Breathalyzer, or bullied
into it, we can discuss your options when it comes to pursuing your case.
Is Marijuana Legal in New York?
While many states have taken up the full legalization of marijuana (weed),
New York State has yet to fully legalize the substance. However, the state
of New York has de-criminalized the pocession within a certain framework.
As of 2019, you will no longer be criminally charged for possession of
marijuana, fines are now $50 for less than an ounce and a maximum of $200
for up to two ounces. In addition, past conviction for marijuana possession
may have the chance to be wiped clean under the new law.
Do I need an attorney to enter a plea?
You do not need an attorney to enter a plea in a criminal defense case.
However, regardless of how you intend to plea, it is a good idea to consult
with an attorney in order to help you understand your options. For example,
it might be possible for you to avoid a trial by pleading guilty and proceeding
to a plea agreement. Your attorney can negotiate this on your behalf.
Do I need an attorney if I am innocent?
Regardless of your plea, and especially if you are innocent, consulting
with an attorney helps protect your rights. If you are not adeptly represented,
you run the risk of being convicted for a crime you did not commit, or
of receiving a harsher sentence than your crime deserves. Again, regardless
of how you intend to plea, contact our firm for aggressive representation.
Want to know more? Call us today!
Our goal is to help you understand your charges and achieve the best possible
results in the conclusion of your case.
Contact our firm today to begin consulting with our firm. We serve Long Island, Huntington,
and Suffolk County. Schedule a consultation at (631) 816-2684.