Schenectady County Criminal Defense Lawyers
Legal Counsel for State and Federal Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
Schillinger & Associates, PLLC. was founded on the principle that all people charged with a crime – regardless of whether the accusations against them are unfounded – deserve quality legal representation. Our Schenectady County criminal defense attorneys are proud to provide the people of our community the counsel they need when facing one of the most difficult times of their life. We have a never-back-down attitude and work relentlessly for our clients throughout their cases. Pursuing optimal results, we seek to resolve criminal matters through favorable plea deals. However, we are prepared to exercise our stellar litigation skills and present cases in court if necessary.
Our criminal lawyers in Schenectady County have handled hundreds of cases, including violations, misdemeanors, and felonies. We are admitted to practice in state and federal courts and are familiar with the justice system at both levels. No matter the charge you are facing, we will take your case seriously and give you the attention you deserve. Upholding our values of integrity and honesty, we will be straightforward with you concerning the courses your case can take. Our team will fully explain the process and your legal options and answer your questions, giving you the information you need to make informed decisions about how we proceed.
Cases Our Schenectady County Criminal Defense Attorneys Handle
At Schillinger & Associates, PLLC., we are prepared to take on all types of violation, misdemeanor, or felony charges. We have presented cases in Schenectady City Court and know what it takes to seek the best possible results for our clients.
Criminal matters we handle include, but are not limited to:
- Assault: Causing physical injury to another person. New York law separates the crime into three degrees depending on the severity of the offense.
- Domestic violence: Harming a family member or intimate partner.
- DUI/DWI: Driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration or while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
- Federal crimes: Violating federal laws, typically involving conduct affecting interstate or foreign commerce. Offenses can include, but are not limited to, mail or wire fraud, money laundering, kidnapping, bank robbery, drug trafficking, and child pornography.
- Sex crimes: Committing an offense involving sexual conduct or contact. Examples include rape, statutory rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, and sexual harassment.
- Theft crimes: Unlawfully taking another person's property with the intent to deprive them of it. The term encompasses a range of conduct, such as embezzlement, fraud, extortion, buying stolen property, and petit or grand larceny.
- White collar crimes: Engaging in a scheme to defraud to either gain a benefit or avoid a loss. Typically, these crimes are financially motivated and include, but are not limited to, bribery, fraud, forgery, money laundering, and tax evasion.
A charge for any offense is serious and can have profound effects on your reputation and future. Our criminal lawyers in Schenectady County understand what's at stake. That is why we will work fiercely for you. Leveraging our knowledge and skills, we can seek an optimal result on your behalf, such as a case dismissal or not guilty verdict.
What Is the Criminal Process in New York?
The criminal justice process involves various steps. The path your case takes will depend on your situation.
That said, a criminal case generally unfolds as follows:
- Report made: A victim or a witness will report an alleged crime to the police.
- Investigation: Officers will be dispatched to determine whether a crime was committed and who committed it. This usually involves gathering evidence and talking to witnesses.
- Arrest: If police officers have probable cause to believe that a certain person committed a crime, they will arrest the individual. However, depending on the situation, they may issue a Desk Appearance Ticket.
- DA review: The investigating officer will send their report to the District Attorney's Office. The DA will decide whether charges should be filed. If there's insufficient evidence, the charges might not be filed.
- Arraignment: If the DA's Office files charges, the defendant will be taken before a judge, informed of the charges against them, and asked to enter a plea. A guilty plea will lead to sentencing, whereas a not guilty plea will lead to a trial.
- Trial: At the trial, the prosecution and defense present evidence. A judge or jury will hear each side's arguments to determine whether the defendant is guilty.
- Sentencing: If the defendant is found or pleads guilty, they will be sentenced. For a violation, the defendant could face up to 15 days in jail. For a misdemeanor, they could be jailed for up to 1 year. And for a felony, they could be imprisoned for 1 year or more.
Whether you are being investigated or have been formally charged, our Schenectady County criminal defense attorneys will vigorously represent you.
Should I Hire a Schenectady County Criminal Lawyer?
If you're facing a violation, misdemeanor, or felony charge, it's a good idea to retain legal counsel right away. The criminal justice system is complex, and the Schenectady City Court process can be complicated. Our attorneys can help navigate your case.
Not only that, but we can protect your rights and future. We will deliver the guidance you need to facilitate a fair trial, identifying and addressing police or prosecutorial misconduct and challenging the accusations against you. We will also protect your good name and can work toward a favorable result, increasing the chances of avoiding or minimizing penalties.
Having a lawyer on your side is necessary for aggressively fighting your charges. Our team will analyze the prosecutor’s arguments, conduct our own investigation, and listen to your side of the story to determine a path forward. The defense strategy we develop will be tailored for your particular situation.
Schedule a Free Consultation to Speak with a Criminal Attorney in Schenectady County
Facing the criminal justice system can be intimidating, especially when law enforcement officers and prosecutors are doing everything they can to pursue a conviction. We’re here to level the playing field and give you hope in your case. A criminal charge can be fought, and avenues may be available to avoid or reduce jail time, fines, or other sanctions. We’ll explore every legal option for you.