What to do


If you have been arrested do this first....

James Quinn Auricchio, Former State and Federal Prosecutor has been named one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in New York State

We’re biased, but the first thing you should do is call us for a free consultation.  There are some important steps that a skilled and experienced attorney will take right away to ensure the bests possible result.

Getting arrested is traumatic, but it does not have to ruin your life.  It’s what you do next that matters most.  Call us today (24/7)  for help.  716-604-6094.

In the meantime, here are 7 rules to follow to help you along.

Relax.  Stay calm.  We don’t do our best thinking when we’re stressed.

Shut up.   At the risk of being rude, Shut up.  You cannot change the outcome of your case yourself and you’ve probably already done more harm than good. Give the police your name and basic information. Give them nothing about the allegations against you.

If you appear in front of a judge, you should have a lawyer with you, and if you did not bring one, the Court should have given you one. If they don’t, then ask for one.  Do not speak on your own behalf.

Find a lawyer. Before you agree to hire an attorney, make sure you’re comfortable with their experience and ability to communicate with you. The best lawyer is the one you can effectively communicate, that makes you feel most comfortable.


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Don’t lie to your lawyer.  There is nothing that says you are required to tell your lawyer anything about your case, but if you choose to tell your lawyer anything, make it the truth.

Avoid the drama.  You may be tempted to investigate your own case.  Don’t do it.  If you have specific concerns about your case, tell your attorney.  A quality defense attorney will investigate every case thoroughly.  Too many things can and do go wrong when people try to investigate their own cases.

Don’t talk about your case.  Even after you hire your lawyer, your family and friends may want to know what happened.  Don’t do it.  Keep the facts of your case to yourself. If necessary, tell them that your lawyer ordered you not to talk about your case.  When you tell someone a fact about your case, you are making that person a witness.  Don’t make witnesses.

Follow your lawyer’s instructions.  Your lawyer will identify things that you can do to improve the outcome in your case.  For example, in some cases, a drug and alcohol evaluation may be indicated.  Ask your lawyer what you can do to help and do what they tell you to do.


Don't judge value by price.

The best lawyers are not the most expensive ones. They’re not the cheap ones either.

If you judge the best lawyers by the results they achieve for their clients, the best lawyers are the ones that have experience, that know how to effectively communicate with their client, and work hard to achieve the best possible out come for their client.

Experience allows a good attorney to obtain the best possible result in less time.  That means they don’t have to charge their clients a ton of money.  That doesn’t mean you want the cheapest lawyer either though.

Be careful, some lawyers will charge substantially less than others.  They work off of volume.  But if your case presents unique challenges, they’ll be way too busy to notice issues that could make the difference in your case.

Plan on sitting down with three lawyers when you’re choosing.  After ten minutes, most experienced lawyers will be able to give you a pretty educated estimate as to the costs and give you a quote.

In the end, pick the one you feel most comfortable with.  Don’t let price, high or low, dictate your choice.

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