Charged with a Crime? Here’s What You Need To Do

Were you charged with a crime? Here’s what you need to do: read this article for guidance, then contact our Rochester lawyer to get started.

Consequences for a First Time Arrest

  • Charged with a Crime Here's What You Need To DoIf you are arrested for a first time offense, your criminal lawyer will be able to negotiate with the District Attorney to avoid a criminal record.


  • If you are arrested for shoplifting or petty larceny for a first time, you will be charged with lesser penalties.
  • Attorney Michael Schmitt is able to resolve cases without criminal convictions or jail time.

Marijuana Possession

  • You will be charged based on the amount of marijuana you possessed.
  • You will also be charged based on your previous arrest records.
  • Penalties can go up if you were intending to sell the marijuana.
  • We are able to attain a non-criminal record for the offense.
  • You may be required to attend a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Felony Vs. Misdemeanor

  • If you are charged with a felony, you can end up spending time in prison.
  • Misdemeanors are less serious but can still cause a lot of problems for you.

Consequences of a Felony Conviction

  • If you are convicted for a felony conviction you could face serious time in prison which can then include probation.
  • When you are arrested for a felony, probation can last up to five years.


Have you been arrested or charged with a crime? Here’s what you need to do: contact our dedicated and experienced Rochester criminal defense lawyer today for a free confidential consultation and legal case evaluation.

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