Newark, NJ asked in Criminal Law for New York

Q: False accusation of sexual abuse of minor. Word of minor only. No witnesses or evidence whatsoever.

Arrested. Out on bail. Pay for defense attorney or rely on free legal aid. I do not have much money.

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Kristen Epifania
Kristen Epifania
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: The decision to hire a private attorney or go with a public defender is solely up to you. If you qualify for a court appointed attorney, then you can stick with them, with the understanding that you don’t get to choose who it is - you will have whoever the court assigns. The accusations against you are serious, as is anything that involves a minor, so it is important that you feel comfortable with the attorney you have. Every private attorney has their own fee structure, so it is best to contact them individually if that is something you’re interested in. Good luck.

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Michael Arbeit
Michael Arbeit
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Freeport, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: What county is this case pending in? I would try and retain an experienced criminal defense attorney for proper representation. Legal Aid attorneys are very good. The only draw back is the tremendous case load they may have to carry. So, they may not be able to give the type of attention to your matter that a private attorney would be able to.

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