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Long Island Attorneys Providing Skilled Defense for Individuals Charged with Misdemeanors

The serious support needed in Suffolk County and across Long Island

Any charge of breaking the law sets in motion a complex legal process that can lead to very real problems — including loss of your freedom. For charges from traffic violations to the most serious misdemeanor offenses, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you obtain the best possible outcome.

With more than 80 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP have helped clients obtain optimal results for virtually all types of charges. We treat our clients with compassion and respect, and we understand their fears and concerns. We have a good rapport with judges and opposing counsel, which helps us provide a suitably aggressive defense in court.

Misdemeanor criminal charges are serious

Misdemeanor crimes may be less serious than felony crimes, but they are very real charges that can carry significant penalties. While misdemeanor crimes can entail relatively minor charges such as loitering or writing bad checks, the misdemeanor classification can also include certain drug-related or theft crimes and even third degree assault. In the best-handled cases, people convicted of serious misdemeanor charges can avoid jail time, fines and other potential penalties. In the worst-handled cases, convicted offenders can end up spending up to a year in jail.

Driving offenses in NY can have serious consequences

New York does not treat Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) by alcohol or drugs like a simple traffic violation. According to the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles, even a first offense is considered a misdemeanor crime and can result in serious penalties, including fines up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, and a six-month license revocation or suspension. First offenses of Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) earn similar sentences. The law treats other DWI or DWAI convictions, including a second offense within 10 years, as felony crimes.

You should take any traffic violation charge seriously, even if alcohol is not involved. A single reckless driving conviction adds five points to your driving record. Since it only takes 11 points within 18 months to result in a license suspension, it makes sense to retain an experienced attorney to defend traffic violations.

We provide a number of benefits to our clients

Whatever charges you face, the chances are good that the attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP have defended against them effectively in our long criminal defense history. Our attorneys have an extensive track record of success defending individuals in Suffolk and across Long Island against a wide range of criminal charges. One of our partners was a Brooklyn District Attorney, and our entire team has a good rapport with judges and opposing counsel. This experience helps us anticipate the arguments used against our clients in court, enabling us to guide them through a complex process that we understand from beginning to end.

Contact an experienced Long Island criminal defense attorney for defense of infractions or serious misdemeanor crimes

Regardless of the severity of the charges you face, experienced and compassionate criminal defense can make a vital difference. At the law firm of Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP, we have nearly eight decades of combined experience defending clients in Suffolk County and across Long Island. To discuss your legal issues and learn how we can help you, contact us online or call us at 631-360-0400.