Irondequoit Criminal Defense Attorney
Legal Representation for Criminal Charges in Western New York
Being arrested is a scary experience. One minute you are just living your life, but the next you are facing years in prison for a crime you did not commit. At this difficult moment, you need the trusted legal counsel that only an Irondequoit criminal defense attorney can provide.
King Law represents people suspected of crimes or arrested for alleged involvement. Our legal team understands how prosecutors think and can immediately begin defending you. Our firm’s founder, Robert King, has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star—an honor that fewer than 3% of attorneys receive. He brings a high level of experience and a proven track record of success to every case he accepts.
Please call our firm today if you are facing criminal charges, (585) 270-0882.
Don’t Go It Alone
One of the worst mistakes a person makes is waiting to hire a lawyer. The entire criminal justice system is slanted against suspects. It’s true. Imagine standing at the base of a mountain and realizing you need to somehow climb all the way to the top. This is the perspective of most criminal suspects looking up at what the future holds.
The police and prosecutor have too many advantages to name. Under the law, they can lie to you, misrepresent the facts, and try to intimidate you into accepting a plea deal. They can keep you locked up in an interrogation room for days, cutting you off from family and friends. Many suspects—even those who are completely innocent—crack under the stress and confess to a crime.
This is why you need a lawyer. No criminal charge is too “minor.” Any conviction carries negative consequences, so obtaining the best legal representation possible is the most sensible step you can take.
Criminal Penalties Involve More than Jail
There is a common misconception that if this is your first arrest, you will avoid jail. We wish things were that simple. The fact is that anyone could end up behind bars for a criminal conviction, regardless of their history. Judges will look at many factors when handing down a sentence, including the seriousness of the offense.
Furthermore, any conviction results in repercussions down the road. Even if you avoid jail, you could be fined or face community supervision which limits your mobility for years. Convicted felons lose important civil rights, such as the right to run for public office, own a firearm, and even vote.
You will also have a criminal record which you must disclose to future employers or landlords. Overcoming a criminal conviction is very difficult, so we recommend that suspects protect themselves by consulting an attorney.
Charged With A Serious Crime?
At King Law, we represent people that are charged with crimes or are suspects in criminal cases. Some people who think they may have committed a crime will meet with a defense lawyer to determine whether or not they did commit a crime, and may choose to hire a criminal lawyer in the event that law enforcement becomes involved.
The job of the criminal defense lawyer is to protect their client as well as they can. A good criminal defense lawyer will go to great lengths to make sure a suspect or defendant is treated fairly, regardless of guilt or innocence. A criminal defense lawyer should be just that. You do not want a general practitioner, the biggest law firm you can find, or a family friend. Criminal defense has its own set of players, judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agents. You cannot afford to have someone learning on the job while your life is being affected.
The prosecution is going to come after you with a whole list of reasons as to why you should be convicted, and they might even try to scare you into accepting a plea bargain. With King Law on your side, you do not need to be afraid of their intimidation tactics. From infractions to felonies, our criminal defense attorneys do not waver when it comes to shielding our clients and doing everything we can to give them the strong legal defense they deserve.
How to Find the Best Irondequoit Criminal Defense Attorney
The short answer is – if you think you might need a criminal defense attorney, it’s probably a good idea to at least call one and discuss your situation. King Law offers free initial consultations. Free consultations are typically 30 to 45 minutes and intended to determine whether there is a good fit between lawyer and client and determine what the next steps would be.
There are several instances when an experienced criminal defense lawyer is certainly required. Most common, if there is a misdemeanor or felony arrest. Misdemeanors and Felonies are serious crimes that by their very definition can lead to jail time. Even if jail is unlikely, criminal convictions have permanent consequences. It is important to try to avoid a criminal conviction if at all possible. Sometimes a person is arrested and given an appearance ticket. An appearance ticket is the law as an arrest from a legal perspective, the only difference is you see the judge at a future date, instead of being held in jail until a judge is available. If you receive an appearance ticket you still need a criminal defense lawyer.
You should also seek a criminal defense lawyer when you are aware of an open criminal investigation. Most often a person becomes aware of an investigation when a police officer, detective or investigator comes to their home. They will often give some version of “it’s not a big deal, I just need to get your side of the story.” We generally don’t recommend speaking to the police. They will oftentimes use the consistencies in your story to confirm the allegations against you, but ignore the portions of what you say that don’t help them. If you are going to speak to law enforcement it should be after careful preparation with a criminal defense attorney.
You may wish to consult with a lawyer if you believe you could become a suspect in the future. There can be an advantage for a lawyer if they can get ahead of an investigation. We are most likely to be consulted for cases without an active investigation involving drug conspiracy or sexual assaults.
Remember that the police can charge someone who they believe assisted or aided the principal defendant in a case. If you gave a loved one money or let them use your car and they committed a crime, then you could be facing criminal charges. The same is true if you let them hide out in your home to escape police. This is another reason to avoid delay when speaking to legal counsel.
How a Criminal Conviction Can Affect You
Criminal law is a unique legal field. Understanding criminal procedure and the full array of constitutional rights takes time and effort. This is not a field even talented attorneys can just jump into and hit the ground running. Instead, they need sufficient experience in all phases of a criminal prosecution to provide high-quality representation.
Our criminal defense lawyers can assist with investigation, pre-trial defenses, plea deals, and trials. By hiring us as soon as possible, you ensure you have a powerful advocate by your side.
To bring a solid defense, we must know what happened. Unfortunately, we cannot rely only on the police to feed us the facts. Police often overlook evidence which might exonerate our client, or they sometimes withhold evidence until the last minute. King Law can investigate any crime, interview witnesses, and request information from third parties.
It is possible to win a case before ever going to trial. We can ask that a judge dismiss the case or exclude some of the prosecutor’s evidence. The Irondequoit criminal defense attorneys at King Law have brought many critical motions, such as:
- Motion to suppress evidence obtained by an illegal search or seizure
- Motion to dismiss a case for a defective indictment
- Motion to preclude evidence as unduly prejudicial
Winning a pre-trial motion often gives us leverage when negotiating plea deals with prosecutors. If they can’t introduce a bag of cocaine or an eyewitness, then the state’s case could fall apart.
Plea Deal Negotiation
Sometimes a plea deal is the best outcome for a client. With a plea, a defendant admits guilt in exchange for a lesser charge, which means their penalties are less severe. For example, we might get a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor.
Negotiating a plea deal is difficult. There is quite a bit of overlap with making arguments in court. We can plant seeds of doubt in the prosecutor’s mind about the strength of their case, or argue our clients are committed to reform if given a chance to avoid jail.
For many people the most important role of their criminal defense lawyer is negotiating a resolution to their case. It is important for a criminal lawyer to discuss the proof against the defendant, the potential defenses and likelihood of success. There is never a guarantee in trial, which leads to both sides wanting to settle most criminal cases. The skilled negotiator uses what they have learned to create doubt in the mind of the prosecutor, thereby forcing the best possible plea offer. A skilled defense lawyer may also use a tactic we refer to as a moral defense (not really a defense at all) which suggests to the prosecutor the defendant has learned from the situation and won’t do it again. A strong moral defense is supported by documentation.
Things like drug treatment records, letters of support and proof of community service often help our application. A good negotiator has the skills to backup their negotiations – their reputation as a lawyer must force the prosecutor to take their positions seriously.
Not all criminal cases go to trial. But when they do, a defendant needs a seasoned courtroom advocate.
At King Law, we have tried more than 75 cases before a jury. We know how to break down evidence so that ordinary people can understand it, and we believe in effective advocacy for our clients. Jury selection can often make or break a case, so weeding out jurors who assume all defendants are guilty is a must.
At trial, the prosecutor will go first, and we cross-examine any witnesses. Then we put on our own case with our own witnesses. Our lawyers know how to cast doubt on prosecution witnesses and undermine their credibility. We can also tell a story that shows your side of things.
A good trial lawyer always considers the possibility that a jury will find against his client. For this reason, we object to all unfair evidence on the record, which sets our clients up for a solid appeal.
Call to Speak with an Irondequoit Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
This is an emotional time. There is so much uncertainty about what the future brings. Take charge today. King Law has your best interests at heart during this stressful time. We will do everything possible to obtain justice for you and your family. To speak with a passionate criminal defense attorney, call (585) 270-8882 or send us a message.
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 Irondequoit, 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 Irondequoit 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.