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24/7/365 Emergency Hotline: 631-348-1702

If you have been arrested, or in case of an emergency, our attorneys can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 631-348-1702.

SCOTUS Rules Defendants Can’t Sue Police for Miranda Violations

The Supreme Court of the United States has recently ruled that criminal defendants who suffer violations of their Miranda rights and are acquitted cannot sue police who violated their rights. While this does not eradicate Miranda protections, it does mean that those who are acquitted of alleged crimes cannot get financial compensation for any harms they suffered as a result of Miranda violations. This decision is considered by advocates to be a major setback in holding the police accountable for violating the rights of criminal defendants.

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Protecting Your Right to Remain Silent

Under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, every U.S. citizen has the fundamental right against self-incrimination (or, as it is more commonly known, the right to remain silent). However, protecting your right to remain silent is not as easy as it sounds, and law enforcement has a number of tricks to convince you to talk even when you do not need to. Here are some important tips you should know about protecting your right to remain silent:

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What is the Right to Remain Silent?

Plenty of people have heard of the right to remain silent in the context of American criminal law. Despite it being common knowledge, however, not everyone understands it, or what its implications are. So what exactly is the right to remain silent, and what happens if someone violates that right? Continue reading “What is the Right to Remain Silent?”

Understanding Your Miranda Rights

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you by the court at no cost.” These are the famous Miranda rights, which almost everyone has heard of through popular media. But why do the police read you your Miranda rights when you get arrested, and what happens if they do not? Continue reading “Understanding Your Miranda Rights”

Five Things to Remember if You’re Pulled Over by Police

Being pulled over by the police is always a stressful event, even if you don’t believe you’ve done anything wrong. You know, at the very least, that you’re likely going to have an intimidating conversation, may wind up with a ticket, and are very likely to be late to wherever you’re trying to go. However, if you keep these five things in mind, you can minimize the harm a police stop can do.

Try to stay calm.

Remaining calm at a police stop isn’t just a good idea from a mental health perspective. It will also help you to maintain perspective and stop from acting rashly. Moreover, the more nervous you act, the more it may incentivize a police officer to escalate the stop to a search or seizure, so the less jittery you can seem, the better your odds of walking away with minimal consequences.

Don’t feel obligated to answer police questions.

While the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination (the “right to remain silent”) doesn’t apply if you’re not in police custody, you’re still not legally obligated to answer a police officer’s questions. Thus, if you believe an answer to a police officer’s question is more likely to cause harm than good, you can simply say you don’t want to answer their question. At that point, the officer may need to choose between escalating or letting you go, but at the very least you’re not providing additional evidence that may be used against you.

You may not be able to stop a police search.

Under normal circumstances, the police cannot search a person’s property without a warrant backed by probable cause. However, under the so-called “automobile exception” to the 4th Amendment, a police officer can conduct a search of a motor vehicle without a warrant, so long as they have probable cause to believe the vehicle contains evidence of a crime. This means that stopping a search of your car may be nearly impossible, so don’t get too upset if the police decide to start rooting through your car at a traffic stop.

You can refuse a breathalyzer, at a price.

Technically speaking, you don’t need to submit to a breathalyzer test at a traffic stop if you don’t want to. However, by law, anyone who refuses a breathalyzer test at a traffic stop automatically forfeits their driver’s license. So, if you don’t want to take the breathalyzer, you can refuse, but you may not be able to legally drive again for at least a year.

You can ask to call a lawyer.

Just like in any other situation where you find yourself confronted by the police and at risk of arrest, you can call your lawyer to help you at a traffic stop, if you can get in contact with a lawyer in a reasonable time period. That said, the police aren’t obligated to wait around for your attorney to show up, nor do they have an obligation to wait while you search for a lawyer to call. Thus, if you can’t get your attorney on the line right away, the next place you’ll likely have a chance to talk to them is at the police station.

If you are placed under arrest, remember to exercise your right to an attorney and get legal representation as soon as possible. A Suffolk County criminal defense lawyer, who is experienced in handling criminal cases of all sorts, can advise you of your legal rights and will fight for your best interests in court. If you or your loved one has been arrested, contact the Central Islip criminal defense attorneys at McGuire, Peláez and Bennett at (631) 348-1702.

What is the Miranda Warning?

If you have ever watched a law enforcement-based program on TV, like Law and Order or NCIS, chances are you’ve heard of the Miranda warning, and Miranda rights. You may even be able to recite them from memory. But why is it so important for police officers to tell suspects their Miranda rights, and what happens if an arresting officer fails to do so? Continue reading “What is the Miranda Warning?”

Reviews

Kyle Jermyn
Kyle Jermyn
1715704278
McGuire and his team were very professional and on top of my cases. I recommend this law firm 100%
Jaimeson Graham
Jaimeson Graham
1715692627
Highly Professional and caring firm that caters to their clients. The office manager, Daslin, takes care of every detail along with the rest of the amazing staff. Extremely organized and willing to work with anyone!
They were really good and thorough and helped me fight and win my case. I would recommend them 100+%
Yeah I'm going to recommend a lawyer for anything, always get a lawyer , this place is awesome no points and just a fine worth the money remember people don't work for free and points or conviction costs way more
Edgar Pereira
Edgar Pereira
1714087080
McGuire, Peláez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C is the third time they have help me with tickets and lic suspension I recently had tickets, they are all dismissed my lic is clean because of there awesome work lawyers and all the staff are so helpful always available to answer my questions
I have been with this firm for a couple years they have represented me now for several traffic violations/infractions. impeccable professionalism and service, and the results of the case were reduced or dismiss. I would like to show a special appreciation to the staff, from the paralegals to the interns to they are diligent, prepared and concise especially Jasmine the receptionist she welcomes the clients with open arms.
This staff is amazing! Stayed on top of my case at all times! Always kept me posted! Very professional! And had my speeding ticket knocked down to a parking ticket. Highly recommend this office!
Mark Goode
Mark Goode
1713817315
Highly recommend! Professional, easy, quick and effective.
James Closs
James Closs
1713462068
I made the right decision going there. They are very professional, nice and knowledgeable. I recommend if you need a good lawyer to go there.
Laura Gray
Laura Gray
1713454918
Attentive, responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, EFFECTIVE!
Waberte Ati
Waberte Ati
1712867408
Today, I had the pleasure of being represented by Timothy V. Sorell, Esq, of McGuire, Pelaez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C., in court, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the outcome. From the moment I met Mr. Sorell, his kindness and patience stood out. He was not only empathetic to my situation but also extremely diligent in his approach to my case.Mr. Sorell’s expertise was evident throughout the entire process. He was well-prepared, articulate, and persuasive in court. His dedication to my case was unwavering, and it was clear that he put a significant amount of effort into ensuring that we had the best possible chance of success.I would also like to extend my gratitude to the entire team at McGuire, Pelaez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C. for their support and collaboration. Their professionalism and commitment were instrumental in achieving a favorable outcome.I am grateful for Mr. Sorell’s representation and the collective effort of the law office. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of legal assistance. Thank you for your exceptional service and for securing a favorable outcome in my case.
genesis freire
genesis freire
1712327509
This law firm is the best. I was charged with a petit larceny and could have gotten q criminal record. Luigi got the case discussed. Thank you.
Scott Trapani
Scott Trapani
1712086442
Brett has been a rockstar for us. Unfortunately we have had a couple of issues with my youngest, the last one being a speeding ticket. Brett handled it professionally for us, saving us the aggravation of travel for a court appearance. He was able to get the points penalty removed and just had to pay a fine that was manageable. Well worth it vs the headache of what our insurance would have been like! If I am in this situation again, I know who my family will be turning to.
Jerry Kappatos
Jerry Kappatos
1711986807
Amazing attorneys, very helpful.
Michael Cotoia
Michael Cotoia
1711811136
Absolutely great experience! Was recommended through a friend, came in as a first time client, everyone was extremely nice, helpful, and professional throughout the whole process, was told not to worry it would be taken care of… couple months later I get a call and the tickets cleared with the exact results I was looking to get!! Would very highly recommend Chris Mcguire and this firm!! Thank you guys again!
Morgan Orlick
Morgan Orlick
1711726179
This place is awesome. You need to go to them for all your traffic needs. They helped me get a speeding down to a parking ticket. I will use them for all my future traffic tickets for now on.
Jayne Furia
Jayne Furia
1711289355
Always helpful for the tickets I’ve had, came in on a Sunday when it was closed and took on my case. Very nice lawyer (Chris) who’s respectful and great at what he does.
Super professional and helped me with my traffic ticket. Highly recommended for any issue. Thank you!
Dominic Piccolo
Dominic Piccolo
1711114725
Everyone in this law firm was outstanding. Everyone was so helpful and kind. The lady at the front desk was phenomenal. They made everything easy and simple. I will continue to come back to them if needed in the future.
Jayovani
Jayovani
1711058090
Got me no points when I was stopped apparently going 85 in a 50 by state police. I recommend Mr. McGuire for traffic court for sure.
Christine Jorge
Christine Jorge
1710953278
I recently had the pleasure of working with Chris McGuire, and I can confidently say that he exceeded all expectations. From the moment I set up a consultation with him, I was impressed by his attentiveness and genuine concern for my situation. Chris took the time to listen to all of my concerns and made me feel truly heard, which immediately put me at ease.Throughout our discussions, Chris demonstrated a remarkable level of honesty and transparency. He didn't sugarcoat anything; instead, he provided me with a thorough understanding of all possible outcomes, ensuring that I was well-informed every step of the way.I am incredibly pleased with how everything turned out, and I credit Chris for his dedication and expertise. He exemplifies what every attorney should strive to be – compassionate, knowledgeable, and committed to achieving the best possible outcome for their clients.Without hesitation, I would turn to Chris McGuire and his staff for any future legal needs. I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone in search of exceptional legal representation. Thank you, Chris, for your outstanding work
Linsay T
Linsay T
1710419681
They were absolutely great! My insurance didn't go through to the DMV properly so I got pulled over & the cop was a jerk. Wrote me a bunch of unnecessary tickets. I was really struggling financially as well & couldn't miss work over this, so they were so kind to work out an arrangement with me. Very thankful for this group of lawyers
Jose Sepulveda
Jose Sepulveda
1710361858
Marlene Pessoa
Marlene Pessoa
1710273650
Mr. McGuire was extremely honest with the consultation and that was well appreciated. I felt comfortable and would recommend them to anyone who would benefit from their services.
Cesar Garcia
Cesar Garcia
1710261013
Chris is an excellent lawyer. He is very kind and helpful. He helped me with my son’s traffic case. I would recommend him a million times and more.
For me, the best lawyers in Long Island, New York, have helped me resolve two cases, one related to traffic and the other in real estate. I am very pleased with McGuire Peláez & Bennett PC.
Jenrry Giron
Jenrry Giron
1709842453
They were so Kind and very helpful.
I was able to visit the office today where they attended with courtesy and they made me feel very comfortable. I am extremely grateful for their help. Whoever needs help with any situation I would recommend them! They are attentive and helpful.
d gonzo
d gonzo
1709239423
This is the most helpful law office I've ever dealt with. Through the past few years they have handled traffic citations for each of my teen boys, who are otherwise good drivers but unfortunately experienced mishaps. In every case they were responsive and effective and have saved us significant money by working with the court to reduce or eliminate penalties and points. Highly recommended.
Great help. Chris really helped me understand what needed to be done. Thank you guys!
Muy buenos abogados
Danilo Ramos
Danilo Ramos
1708189224
They are very helpful, and honest
Danny Saturne
Danny Saturne
1708181555
Absolutely professional and efficient when handling my case.
Buen abogado gracias ayudarme a remover mi multa
Marie Tossaint
Marie Tossaint
1707773192
Karen was Very helpful and kind. she's the best! I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Louis Merced
Louis Merced
1707518284
Trust this law firm !
Very nice, quickly assisted, great response from everyone working here.
Marvin Sanchez
Marvin Sanchez
1706717726
Mr.Bennett and his team helped me when i needed them the most. Amazing work!
marvin deleon
marvin deleon
1706294947
Very helpful firm and people. McGuire has helped me a lot! Very thankful for this firm.
Fatima Amaya
Fatima Amaya
1706113584
The best thing I could see done was to do things legally and they are excellent and super professional, their assistants are very kind and helpful. I thank them for everything and that they have resolved my case with professionalism.
Troy Brinkhuis
Troy Brinkhuis
1706111589
Just Stop It!! Stop searching the Internet for a good lawyer to handle your traffic tickets. M, P & B are the best, so look no further. No, I am not a friggin cheerleader, nor am I being compensated to write a good review. Actually, I did receive something from Mr. Bennett and his team of professionals: Great Results!! I'm just a 50 something years-old Army veteran, and a guy who busts his a$$ every day to make a modest living. I don't have the time or money for mediocre results. When it comes to lawyers, I tend to be a bit skeptical, cynical and judgemental, but M, P & B (Mr. Bennett and his team, in particular) made me a believer. Thanks again, guys and gals at McGuire, Palaez & Bennett 👍👍
Brandon Morales
Brandon Morales
1705598327
I’m very happy with the outcome of my case since all was reduced to parking tickets and a small fine. They were super helpful and the work from my end was minimal. Overall good people and kind to customers, attorney Bennet did a really good job in court.
Jaime Mendez
Jaime Mendez
1705112699
Muy profesional ala hora de trabajarGracias Mr pelaez
Excelente atención y solución eficaz, recomendado al 100%
Tereza ramirez
Tereza ramirez
1704750780
Son muy buenos ami pues me ayudaron mucho asi que con gusto volveré en el futuro digo si Dios me lo permite gracias
Debbie Gangemi
Debbie Gangemi
1704642320
Christopher was great to work with. His staff was friendly and efficient as well. Chris spent endless hours ( even while away ) on a case and worked through everything for me. We would definitely recommend his firm. Thank you again.
julio cabreja
julio cabreja
1704599802
Jhoselyn Rodas
Jhoselyn Rodas
1703350596
Mr. McGuire and his team are super helpful, understanding, and professional throughout the process. They kept me informed every step of the way, which I appreciated! I highly recommend this law firm! Thank you so much Mr. McGuire!
Pete Sweat
Pete Sweat
1703271616
I hired Brett and his team to help restore my license which was suspended/revoked for years due to points/accidents. Fairly priced… after trying to take care of it on my own (paying fines and taking classes) I hired Brett, they did everything they could even after I moved from NY to FL, everyone who I spoke to was very helpful ESPECIALLY Daslin, she told me everything I needed to do and calmed me down when I thought I’d never get my license. Well it took some time but I am officially a LICENSED DRIVER! If you are having license problems don’t hesitate to call them, you won’t regret it. They even sent me my $100 money order back that went unused after my license was restored. 5 ⭐️’s
Kathy Mai
Kathy Mai
1703088891
We are very grateful that we got Mr. McGuire to represent us for our case! Mr. McGuire is extremely helpful and professional, he stayed on top of everything for us, and most importantly he helped us to achieve the result that we wanted. Mr. McGuire always open to talk and provided his professional opinions to guide us through the whole process. And his colleague Mr. Sorell was also helpful to support us at the final meeting. I can't say enough good things about Mr. McGuire and his firm, I really appreciated everything they have done for us, thank you very much!
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