Many New York residents will most likely never face a criminal trial. For those who do, however, it is important to know what to expect, so they can understand their rights and defense options.
When it comes to selecting a jury for a criminal trial, there are times during the general questioning of jurors in which either the prosecution or the defense objects to a particular juror. However, under New York law, these objections -- also known as challenges for cause -- can only be made for certain reasons.
Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience. After all, many people in New York do not have experience with the judicial system before having to face a courtroom. All of this could make going through a criminal trial incredibly stressful, especially if the accused is not guilty of the charges against them. For these reasons, it is important to have a basic understanding of the criminal trial process.
Not all crimes in New York are violent crimes. White-collar crimes also take place, and will be aggressively prosecuted. That is why it is important for New Yorkers to establish a strong defense when accused of white-collar crimes such as identity theft, fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement.