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First-Time Offenders

A single mistake should not derail your dreams.

We work with young men and women that have been arrested, for the first and only time in their lives,  every day.  The fear that a single moment in their lives will define them is always front and center.  With an experienced and skilled attorney, you should be able to resolve your first offense favorably, with the most common charges resulting in no criminal history.

A criminal conviction can mean the end of a lot of dreams. An experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney will know how to reach the best possible outcome in your case. The most common out come for our first offender clients is an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal.  The second most common outcome is a non criminal conviction for a violation level offense, which is sealed by operation of law.  That’s still not a criminal conviction.

For more serious charges, we can often obtain youthful offender status so that the charges result in a youthful offender adjudication, not a conviction.

Because we’re confident in our ability to obtain the best possible result quickly when a client has never been arrested before, we usually discount our fees.

Don’t Let A First Offense Derail Your Life

Prosecutors tend to show more leniency toward first-time offenders, especially when it comes to drug- and alcohol-related offenses. You may have the option to seek alternative sentencing such as community service or rehab. However, these options are not available to everyone. It is still critical that you work with an attorney who can provide an aggressive defense.

Attorney James Quinn Auricchio is committed to going above and beyond in helping you defend your future. He understands what is at stake, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to help you move past these charges.

What Are The Consequences For A First Offense?

Do not make the mistake of underestimating the severity of a criminal charge, even if it is your first one. Though the sentences for first offenses are typically less severe than they are for repeat offenses, you may still experience:

  • Expensive fines
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Jail time

Even if the charge does not lead to a conviction, you may lose opportunities regarding your career, your education and even your housing options. Some jobs will not tolerate a criminal record, and many schools have scholarship limitations for those who have a criminal charge either pending or convicted. Even government-based housing options may forbid people with criminal records from even living with those who have public housing options.

Whether you face drug-related charges or driving while intoxicated, work with Mr. Auricchio, the first time around to avoid these consequences or minimize their impact.

How Will A Criminal Charge Affect My College Kid?

Young people do not always make wise decisions; some may find themselves tangled up in the law before their adult lives have even begun. In addition to a criminal record, college students may suffer academic consequences. Most colleges and universities have their own disciplinary proceedings that can lead to suspension or expulsion, even if the student is not convicted.

Mr. Auricchio understands the proceedings of colleges and universities in the upstate New York area. If you live in the area but your child goes to school out of state, he can assist you and work with your child’s school.

Seek Help For A Criminal Charge

Call us today for a free phone consultation to see if we can help you. Or contact us here.