At the office of Neil S. Ruskin, there is one thing we would like to communicate to anyone who wishes to mount a defense against any criminal charge in New York. This warning could apply to nearly every criminal defendant or suspect we encounter in our work.
In the simplest terms possible, the police are not on your side. As much as they may offer deals, seem sympathetic or enlist your help, these people are employed by the state to investigate and prevent potential criminal activity.
We have observed completely innocent people who, while wholeheartedly willing to cooperate with police endeavors, end up putting their own cases in jeopardy during conversations with interrogation personnel. It is often safe to assume that every question and every statement made during a police encounter is an attempt to record and gather information that could be used against you in plea negotiations or court procedure.
If our clients were to speak with police and share statements that could hurt them in court, we may still be able to oppose the admission of these statements into evidence. It is true that the investigators and enforcement employees sometimes overstep their authority and violate the civil rights of detainees. However, we believe that it is much simpler to exercise restraint: to avoid saying anything until the case is fully analyzed from a legal perspective.
We work in defense law because we believe in the rights of our clients. These include the right to remain silent in the face of official interrogation, regardless of any type of persuasion, intimidation or other rhetorical techniques that investigators may use. We believe that this is one of the cornerstones of our free society, and we will go to it any lengths in negotiations or in court to protect it. Please read on at our main website for more information.