Saratoga County Criminal Lawyers

Saratoga County Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, or if you believe that you may be suspected of having been involved in criminal activity, you should talk to an attorney immediately. A criminal case is an uneven match: the full power and resources of the government against YOU. A conviction can have devastating consequences, so it is important to defend yourself as vigorously as possible. At LeCours, Chertok & Yates, LLP, in Saratoga Springs, New York, our attorneys have more than 75 years of combined experience in defending people charged with criminal, DWI/DUI, and vehicle and traffic offenses.

Criminal Defense

If you are facing prosecution for a crime, even for what you consider to be a minor offense, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Saratoga County to advise you of your rights and options, explain the challenges that you may face, and discuss each of your potential strategies, their advantages, and their risks. Your attorney must be equipped to deal with the complexity of your situation while ensuring that your rights are respected. This may mean negotiating a fair result, if that is the right path for you, or fighting for you through trial, verdict, and any appeals that may be appropriate.

In many cases, a defendant may have a substantive or procedural defense against the charges lodged against him or her. This may not be obvious to an ordinary person because these cases often hinge on technicalities and nuances with which only a knowledgeable legal professional will be familiar. However, the prosecution must prove each element of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, and often there are ways to argue that its evidence is insufficient with regard to one or more elements.

An experienced Saratoga County criminal defense lawyer also can review the facts and circumstances of the alleged criminal conduct, the defendant’s arrest, and law-enforcement’s investigation of the case in order to determine whether the defendant’s constitutional rights may have been violated. For example, the Fourth Amendment protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, while the Fifth Amendment provides the right to counsel during interrogation, and to refrain from self-incrimination. Since evidence that is obtained illegally is inadmissible in court, it may be possible to get a favorable plea agreement under these circumstances or even get the case dismissed. There also may be affirmative defenses to explore, such as self-defense in an assault case or entrapment in a drug case.


Driving While Intoxicated (also referred to as ‘DUI’, or ‘Driving Under the Influence’, in many states) can result in harsh punishments under New York law. Even a first-time DWI offender faces a fine of up to $1,000, jail time of up to a year, and revocation of his or her driving privileges. Subsequent offenses have the potential for thousands of dollars in fines and several years of imprisonment – not to mention lifetime revocation of your driving privilege, as our DWI lawyers can explain in more detail. New York is a “zero tolerance” state, which means that if you’re under 21, even a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02% can have serious consequences. For adults, the BAC required for a conviction of DUI is .08%, although people with a BAC of .05% to .07% may also face charges in some situations. People who drive after taking illegal drugs or even certain prescription drugs also may face criminal penalties.

DWI offenders also face surcharges and crime victim’s assistance fees, as well as assessments from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as part of New York’s driver responsibility program. It is important that someone accused of DUI or DWI speak to a criminal defense lawyer in Saratoga County as soon as possible after his or her arrest so that his or her legal rights can be protected.

Traffic Tickets

New York has a strict point system for people who accumulate traffic violations. Accruing a certain number of points over a period of months can result in your New York driver’s license being suspended or revoked. Since seemingly minor traffic tickets can add up quickly, it is important to speak to a traffic ticket attorney before pleading guilty and paying a ticket. A clean driving record is important not only to avoid fines and possible jail time but also to keep insurance rates reasonable. A history of tickets and moving violations also can interfere with future employment options if a driver’s license is revoked or suspended.

We also handle personal injury cases (including auto accident cases), real estate closings, consumer bankruptcy, wills and estate administration, and general litigation.

Personal Injury

People who have been hurt by the careless actions of others, such as in motor vehicle accidents, have the right to seek compensation from the person whose failure to act in a reasonably prudent manner caused their harm. Personal injury claims must be filed within the applicable New York statute of limitations, or the injured person’s case probably will be dismissed. Automobile accident cases and other personal injury lawsuits have certain statutes of limitations, so it is important to promptly consult an experienced personal injury attorney if you have been hurt by another party’s failure to use reasonable care. Damages available after car crashes and other accidents include compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, and other economic and non-economic losses.

Real Estate Closings

In addition to serving as Saratoga County criminal defense attorneys and providing representation in accident claims, we handle residential and commercial real estate matters, such as deeds, mortgage documents, title searches, and other matters pertaining to real estate closings. It is important that these documents be drafted or at least reviewed by a competent real estate lawyer, even in a direct seller to buyer transaction, since a mistake or a failure to understand the finer points of property law can be very costly in the future.

Consumer Bankruptcy

Even when we keep track of our finances and do our best to stay ahead, hardships can happen. A layoff or job loss, unexpected medical bills from an illness or accident, or even a divorce or separation can cause money matters to spiral out of control quickly. Our bankruptcy lawyers help people who are feeling overwhelmed by consumer debt like mortgage or car payments, credit card bills, medical expenses, and payday loans. Depending upon your situation, a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy may be the answer, or a Chapter 13 wage earner’s plan for the repayment of a debt in installments may provide much-needed relief from creditors while permitting you to keep a home and vehicle. Our attorneys can look at your particular situation and advise you on your options.

Wills and Estate Administration

Regardless of your age, it is wise to speak to an estate planning attorney about preparing for the possibility of death or disability. A simple will may be all that is required for some people, while others may benefit from additional documents, such as a power of attorney for financial matters, a durable power of attorney for health care, a living will, or a trust. Since each person’s situation is unique, using a “one-size-fits-all” will or other generic form from the internet is very risky. Planning ahead can ensure that your final wishes are known and carried out in due time, and it can also save loved ones left behind a great deal of time, cost, and anxiety.

General Litigation

Disputes can arise in any area of your personal or professional life. If you find yourself in a situation that requires litigation in court, our trial lawyers are here to advocate aggressively on your behalf. We handle matters such as disputes between landlords and tenants, boundary line issues between neighbors, contract disputes, and estate litigation.

Consult an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Saratoga County or Seek Guidance in a Civil Dispute

At LeCours, Chertok & Yates, LLP, our Saratoga County attorneys are here to help with a variety of legal needs. We represent people in Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Warren and Washington Counties, including the Cities of Saratoga Springs, Mechanicville and Glens Falls; the Towns of Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Galway, Greenfield, Halfmoon, Malta, Milton, Moreau, Northumberland, Queensbury, Stillwater, and Wilton; and the Villages of Ballston Spa, Schuylerville, Waterford, and Fort Edward. Our criminal attorneys have obtained favorable plea bargains in thousands of cases, and we also have compiled a strong record in cases in which a trial has been necessary to vindicate a client. For a free appointment, call us at (518) 583-4600 or contact us online.

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