Geneseo Criminal Defense Attorney
Legal Representation for Criminal Charges in Western New York
Were you arrested in Geneseo, NY? Or have the police shown up at your door to discuss a recent crime? If so, it’s vitally important to quickly contact a criminal defense attorney at King Law. Our law firm has represented countless men and women accused of criminal offenses, including felonies and misdemeanors. We know how to protect your rights to a fair trial and how to keep the police from hounding you and your family.
Robert King is a leading criminal defense lawyer in Geneseo, NY. As proof of his commitment to his clients, he has been honored as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the past five years—an honor few lawyers receive. Local prosecutors know him, and they know he is a tough advocate for his clients facing criminal charges. He is one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys serving Geneseo, NY.
Defending Against Serious Crimes
Everyone deserves an experienced criminal defense attorney. Unfortunately, few suspects know where to find them. They then make the mistake of hiring someone they know or calling the lawyer who worked on their divorce case. Criminal law is different, and you need someone with experience in criminal defense cases and knows what a criminal offense should look like.
The King Law legal practice will immediately step up to defend anyone accused of a crime. We can meet with you even if the state hasn’t filed formal charges to go over whether you are guilty and what defenses you might raise. It is never too soon in the legal process to meet with an attorney.
Many criminal cases settle because an overwhelmed defendant is intimidated into an unfavorable plea deal. Let our law office help you to keep this from happening. We have what it takes no matter the legal issues. If you are wondering whether you need an attorney, you almost certainly do. So call King Law!
What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer
The best criminal law offices have deep experience in all aspects of criminal defense, from police station interrogations to criminal jury trials. At King Law, we begin representing our clients immediately and can help them avoid making some mistakes that will cost them later.
We review with clients their odds of success and represent them if the police want to question them. Defendants have a right to remain silent, and we often counsel our clients to stay quiet. There is no reason to hand over evidence to the prosecutor that might put you behind bars.
We don’t rely on the police to thoroughly and fairly investigate a case. Instead, we often use private investigators to track down alibi witnesses, find physical evidence, and search for phone records or surveillance video. By building up a case this way, we get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses in the state’s case against our clients.
We can sometimes get evidence tossed from court by raising a technical defense. Many attorneys who only dabble in criminal law regularly overlook this step. We don’t. We have had judges suppress incriminating evidence or statements because our clients were not read Miranda rights, or the police performed a search without a warrant.
Often, a favorable evidentiary ruling strengthens our hand. We can more aggressively argue that the prosecutor should drop charges or offer a much more favorable plea deal. It’s no exaggeration to say some cases are won before we ever swear in a jury.
Plea agreements streamline the criminal justice system. They are not always appropriate. If the case is strong, we might argue going to trial instead of admitting guilt to any crime. But an experienced Geneseo criminal defense lawyer should always entertain the possibility of a plea deal. We keep lines of communication open with prosecutors and are skilled at planting doubt about the strength of their case.
King Law is not afraid of a high-stakes criminal trial. We know our way around a New York courtroom. Collectively, our legal team has tried 75 cases before juries.
We have numerous goals in a criminal trial. The first is to select a favorable jury that will not assume our client is guilty. Jury selection is an art, and the more experience with juries, the better. We know what to look for and which red flags indicate a potential juror is prejudiced.
We also aim to poke holes in the state’s case. On close inspection, many cases fall apart due to credibility problems with witnesses or conflicting physical evidence.
We also strive to show how our client is innocent. This isn’t required—it’s enough to show reasonable doubt to get a not guilty verdict. But we have found that telling a story about why our client did not participate in a crime helps strengthen our case.
Lastly, we tee up issues for appeal. Should you lose at trial, a higher court might reverse a conviction due to some error made by the judge. We work to get objections on the record in a timely manner.
No Criminal Conviction is Too Minor
There is no such thing as a “minor” crime. All criminal convictions are a burden. For example, if you are convicted, you will need to disclose this conviction whenever you apply for college, an apartment, or a job. Some employers refuse to even consider applicants with a criminal conviction, even one that is decades old.
Most misdemeanors and felonies can result in jail time, as well as stiff fines. Felony convictions are the most serious. A convicted felon typically loses critical rights, such as the right to vote or run for office, as well as the right to own a gun. For this reason, we often try to get felony charges reduced to misdemeanors or dismissed outright.
Speak with Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
This is an important time. At King Law, we have helped numerous people just like you staring down the barrel of criminal prosecution. One mistake should not send you to jail for years. Let us help you fight back. Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by simply filling out out secure contact form or by calling us at 585-326-8551. We can answer any questions you have and explain the criminal process in more detail.
We Can Raise Technical Defenses
Many laws restrict how the police investigate crimes and how prosecutors charge them. We use these rules to our client’s advantage.
Technical defenses are things like:
- Suppressing evidence because it was illegally obtained
- Suppressing a witness identification due to an unduly suggestive photo array or lineup
- Preventing the introduction of unduly prejudicial “guilty by association” evidence
- Seeking dismissal due to defects in the charging documents
If we are successful, we can put pressure on the prosecutor to drop charges. For example, it is much harder to obtain a drug conviction if the prosecutor can’t introduce the bag of drugs. These technical issues often matter on appeal, and we raise them in the correct way to preserve them for appellate review.
We Can Negotiate a Plea Deal
Some cases can be resolved to our client’s satisfaction with a plea deal. There are certain advantages to a plea. For one, we can often get a charge reduced, which will lessen the penalties. For another, there are few guarantees at trial. If convicted by a jury, a defendant could face the maximum number of years in jail, so settling for a reduced charge might be the most sensible option.
At King Law, our Brockport criminal defense attorney always considers a plea deal as a possible solution. We thoroughly discuss with our clients whether we think it is a good deal to take, but ultimately the choice is theirs.
We Can Defend You at Trial
Our investigation and motions build to this moment—the criminal defense trial. Our trial strategy will depend on the facts we have uncovered along the way. In some cases, we might shine a light on the holes in the prosecution’s case. For other defendants, we might present a compelling case to show why they are innocent.
Our trial experience is deep. Collectively, our attorneys have tried 75 cases before a jury. This experience allows us to approach each case with the confidence that we can select an open-minded jury and present evidence to them in a way that is compelling.
Criminal Defense FAQs
No One Read Me My Miranda Rights; Does This Matter?
With every case, there are certain factors that may determine the overall outcome of your case. If you were not read your rights, there are a few things that the firm will look at: Did you make an incriminating statement? Were you interrogated while in police custody? If so, the statement may be kept out of court. In some situations, not being read your rights can act in your favor, but it is important that you speak with an attorney first.
The Police Didn’t Have a Search Warrant; Can They Still Use Evidence They Find?
Maybe not. The law regarding unreasonable searches and seizures is complex. Generally, police need a search warrant before they can search your home or person, but there are many exceptions. And a person can always consent to have their property searched. If you own a home with your spouse, for example, he or she can give permission, perhaps unwittingly. We closely analyze the facts of any search and bring appropriate motions to get evidence suppressed if we believe the police violated your Constitutional rights.
How Long Will The Criminal Process Take?
Each case is unique to the individuals involved, and an attorney can help you determine how long your particular situation may take. Scheduling is left up to the judge, and the court system can be slow. The average life of a case can be anywhere from six to nine months, with some exceptions. Working with a lawyer can help ensure that you have all proper paperwork completed on time and ensure that process is as streamlined as possible.
Why Should I Retain King Law for My Criminal Case?
At King Law, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands with our Rochester, NY criminal defense attorney. Several years ago we started having a “second chair” or second lawyer on our most serious cases. We had some great results working together. The simple fact is there are hundreds of decisions made by a criminal defense lawyer during a criminal case. Nobody gets every decision correct. We found that the second lawyer improved decision-making. There was also the benefit of discussing strategic decisions with another lawyer. About a year ago we decided to put two lawyers on every single case. Our results have been outstanding. Two educated lawyers have meant better results, but also better service for our clients. There is always a second person to take a phone call or discuss strategy.
Don’t Take Our Word For It
Hear Directly From Our Past Clients
“If you want the best then Robert King is your man.”
“Mr. King changed the trajectory of our lives for the better vs. what could have been a terrible outcome.”
“He got an unbelievably great verdict in an impossible situation!”
No case is too complex for Attorney King. Some of our results include:
Assault in the First Degree – Dismissed
Aggravated DWI with .37 BAC – Reduced to a fine
Rape in the First Degree – Dismissed
Harassment & Child Endangerment – Dismissed
Possession of Heroin & Cocaine – Dismissed
Contact a Rochester Criminal Defense Attorney at King Law to Protect Your Rights
Are you considering speaking with a criminal defense attorney regarding your case? Now is the time to contact King Law and retain the representation of an aggressive and highly experienced lawyer. The firm can investigate every element of your case to ensure that your rights were never infringed upon during the arrest or investigation.