Wrongful Conviction Lawyers In Rochester, New York
Jed Dietrich, Esq. believes that everyone deserves justice. Since founding the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005, Jed Dietrich, Esq., has fought for the rights of people across Rochester and Western New York.
Unfortunately, far too many people lose their voice to injustice. New York may be the wealthiest state in the country, but its courts harbor an unpleasant secret. Since the late 1980s, hundreds of innocent people have been forced to serve prison sentences for crimes they did not commit. Some of these wrongfully convicted people spent decades behind bars, ostracized by society, separated from their families, and deprived of freedom.
New York state law not only provides a pathway to clearing your record but the means to obtain compensation for the opportunities you lost after being accused and convicted of a crime you played no part in. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. knows that no amount of compensation can replace lost time. However, our office’s tenacious, hardworking, and empathetic team of legal professionals could help you get closure. Please call us at 585-939-3939 to schedule your free, discreet, and no-obligation consultation today.Understanding The Causes Of A Wrongful Conviction
The justice system is supposed to be impartial. However, it is not infallible. When people in positions of power do not do their due diligence in investigating a crime or trying a suspect, they risk irreparably damaging an innocent person’s reputation. Sometimes, law enforcement officials put too much trust in a single eyewitness. Other times, investigators are so certain that they have the right suspect that they never pursue other credible leads. And, in some rare and tragic instances, police and prosecutors may try to convince innocent people they cannot win their case, coercing them into signing false confessions in exchange for lighter sentences. According to the non-profit Innocence Project, wrongful convictions most often arise from:
- Eyewitness misidentification;
- Unvalidated or improper forensics;
- False confessions;
- False admissions; or
- Erroneous information supplied by police informants.
However, other factors can influence whether an erroneous charge results in a wrongful conviction. Anyone who is in the wrong place at the wrong time can have their freedom taken away without warning. Experts estimate the rate of wrongful convictions to be anywhere between 0.016% and 0.062% with even higher error rates possible when it comes to violent crimes.
Even though wrongful convictions are mercifully rare, they represent a grave miscarriage of justice. If you, or a loved one, have been convicted of a crime you did not commit; then you could be entitled to significant compensation under New York law. However, you have to act fast: claims are subject to strict deadlines and will be denied if they are filed too late. Please call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. at 585-939-3939 to schedule your free consultation today.Your Options For Recompense After A Wrongful Conviction
In many states, people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime have few viable options for recourse. However, New York allows people to take legal action if they meet certain criteria. Under state law, you may be eligible for compensation if:
- You were convicted of at least one felony or misdemeanor and were subsequently imprisoned;
- You have been found innocent through a pardon, reversal of a conviction, or can otherwise demonstrate your innocence by providing the courts with strong documentary evidence;
- You did not commit any of the acts you were accused of; or
- Your conduct did not contribute to or in any way facilitate the wrongful conviction.
If you were wrongfully convicted of a crime, but are unsure whether you meet the criteria to pursue compensation, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. as soon as possible.
WERE YOU CONVICTED OF A CRIME YOU DID NOT COMMIT IN ROCHESTER?
YOU COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION, BUT YOU NEED TO ACT FAST! THERE ARE STRICT TIME CONSTRAINTS APPLICABLE TO WRONGFUL CONVICTION CLAIMS. IF YOU WAIT TOO LONG, YOUR CASE WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED BY THE COURT.
CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ., AND HIS TEAM OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS AT 585-939-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!
Even if your conviction has already been vacated, you are not eligible to receive compensation until you file a legal claim against the state. New York will not automatically release funds if you do not follow its specific and complex procedures to collect damages after a wrongful conviction. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. can help you reinforce your claim by:
- Filing the proper paperwork to obtain a judgment of wrongful conviction;
- Initiating proceedings for damages;
- Gathering additional evidence to show your innocence; and
- Demonstrating how your wrongful conviction adversely impacted your life, depriving you of family, freedom, and opportunity.
The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. and our hardworking, aggressive staff of attorneys will do everything in our power to ensure you receive fair and equitable compensation after suffering a miscarriage of justice in a Rochester court. Wrongfully convicted New York residents who have taken legal action against the state and local authorities have received millions of dollars in damages. Please call us today at 585-939-3939 to find out how much your case could be worth.
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 585-939-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Rochester, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!