White Plains Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are charged with a crime in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, you will need an experienced White Plains criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and defend you against the charge. The experience of being accused and then arrested for  a crime can be terrifying. The criminal justice system can be harshly impersonal. Let us help.


When you’re arrested and charged with a crime, the law practice of Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC can be a resourceful and powerful ally that works hard on your side. Kimberly and our other attorneys provide every client with the professional, high-quality defense you need when you’re faced with a serious criminal charge. We aggressively fight for our clients and for the best possible result in every case. Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC represents clients charged with:

  • Armed robbery
  • Assault
  • Homicide
  • Drunk driving
  • White collar crimes
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug offenses
  • Traffic offenses
  • Other criminal charges

The White Plains criminal defense lawyers at Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC have the legal background and skills that every client needs. We work with a skilled team of experts and investigators. We thoroughly review the facts of your case and work with you to craft the best possible defense. Kimberly knows that an aggressive, tenacious defense is essential to winning your case. She also understands that client-attorney relationships are built on personal trust, so she works hard to make clients as comfortable as possible. We provide the highest-quality legal advice and defense representation from the start of your case until its resolution.


In the state of New York, offenses against the law are divided into three main categories: infractions (or “violations”), misdemeanors, and felonies. Infractions are, generally speaking, minor offenses punishable by fines but not jail time. Felonies are serious crimes that often land defendants in prison if they are convicted. Most offenses fall into the middle category – they’re misdemeanors.

Although many people equate “misdemeanor” with “trivial,” that’s a mistake. If you’re convicted of a misdemeanor in the state of New York, you can serve a year in jail and be fined up to $1,000. If you’re charged with a misdemeanor – or with a felony – in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, you’ll need immediate, trustworthy legal representation. You’ll need to contact an experienced Westchester County criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible.

Misdemeanors in New York include trespassing, simple assault, public intoxication, vandalism, disorderly conduct, and prostitution. Jail time is usually reserved for those convicted of the more serious Class A misdemeanors, but even if you are convicted for a lesser Class B misdemeanor, you could still serve three months in jail and pay a fine of up to $500. So don’t be mistaken by thinking that a misdemeanor is “no big deal.” And don’t try to act as your own attorney. Only an experienced Westchester County criminal defense lawyer can effectively assess your case and offer the counsel and the defense you need in order to prevail in your case.


Many times, officers will collect evidence to use against you while conducting a search of your vehicle or property, but to do so, they need a search warrant. A search warrant is an order that allows officers to search your home or your car. The officer must have the search warrant when he arrives at your home with the intention of conducting a search in your home. If he wants to conduct a search of your car, then he must present a search warrant. If you ask to see the search warrant, then the officer must present a copy of the search warrant for you to see.

However, remember that there may be certain exceptional circumstances in which an officer may actually search your home or your premises without a warrant. For example, if the search is part of a lawful arrest of an individual, then officer can go ahead and search their home during the arrest.

It is very important to learn whether the officer was behaving legally at the time of the search in your case. Remember, that any evidence that was recovered during an illegal search may not be admissible in a court. Therefore, if the officer had no right to search your home, and recovered evidence during an improper search, then your New York criminal defense lawyer may actually ask the court to set aside this evidence.

If you are arrested because of something found during a search, you will be taken to jail and may be released on bail. Bail is the money or property that you will have to present for you to be released. Your friends or family can arrange for the bail amount. Basically, bail is set to ensure that you will return to court, during future court dates.

There are certain guidelines that the court will use to establish the bail amount. The court will consider the charges against you. Serious crimes or felony crimes may have a much higher bail amount set. In fact, for some serious crimes, you may not even qualify for bail. It’s important to discuss your legal options with a New York criminal defense attorney if bail is denied in your case.


Many of the suspects who are charged with crimes are genuinely guilty, at least of something. However, if you are improperly charged with a felony or a violent crime, one of your defense attorney’s priority tasks is making sure that you’ve been charged correctly. In some cases, the correct charge may be a reduced charge or no charge at all. Even if you’re eventually convicted of the charge on the basis of overwhelming evidence, an experienced New York criminal defense lawyer can often help you seek out reduced or alternative sentencing.

Our criminal defense lawyers are familiar with the local courts, so you can move forward with confidence, whether you’re facing litigation or a plea deal. We are aggressive and we don’t back down until we generate resuls for you, our client. With offices in Peekskill and Poughkeepsie, Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC serves New York clients in Beacon, Fishkill, Wappingers Falls, Newburgh, Tarrytown, Greenburgh, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Putnam County, Orange County, and Rockland County. To learn more about how our White Plains criminal defense lawyers can help you, arrange a free consultation by calling our law offices at (914) 402-4541.

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