New York Criminal Defense Lawyers
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have a combined 100+ years of legal and law enforcement experience. We have been recognized for our tenacious yet personal approach to serving our clients. We understand that being charged with a crime is one of the most serious challenges that anyone could face. If you are convicted you could end up behind bars. Furthermore, you will have a criminal record making getting a job, maintaining a professional license, renting an apartment and other aspects of your life more difficult. Understanding this, we vigorously defend our clients from the beginning of the case until it is resolved. While we frequently achieve favorable resolutions to criminal cases without ever going to trial, when necessary we will go to trial and use our extensive knowledge of New York state and federal criminal law to secure the best possible outcome for our clients. If you are under suspicion for having committed a felony or misdemeanor, it is critical that you immediately contact an experienced New York criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates who will review the facts of your case and explain your legal options.Cases we handle
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have experience handling a wide range of criminal cases, including both felonies and demeanors. We aggressively defend clients who have been charged with a variety of types of crimes including violent offenses, non-violent offenses, white collar crimes, federal offenses, and juvenile crimes from the moment of arrest until the case is resolved.Domestic violence
We represent clients who have been accused with domestic violence. We understand that the mere accusation of domestic violence can damage a defendant's family life, as well as his (or her) career. Charges related to domestic violence may include a variety of offenses including assault, stalking, strangulation, kidnapping, and rape. If convicted, the penalty may include years of incarceration. It is important that you have an on your side, who you can trust to vigorously defend you.Assault
Assault is a common criminal charge in New York. It is defined as intentionally causing another person physical harm. While the definition of assault seems simple, there are nuances to the charge, and the events leading up to the contact with the victim can be complicated. For instance, oftentimes a defendant faces an assault charge even though he was actually defending himself. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates understand that facing an assault charge, whether misdemeanor or felony, is stressful. We also understand the consequences of being convicted are serious. We are here to help.DWI
A charge of DWI means that you are suspected of driving while intoxicated. Oftentimes a defendant is charged with DWI after failing a chemical test such as a breathalyzer, or after failing a field sobriety test. However, because of our years of experience as criminal lawyers, we know that such tests as not completely reliable. Just because you fail a chemical test or a sobriety test does not mean that you are intoxicated or that you will be convicted of DWI. If convicted of DWI, you face fines, license suspension, and jail. We will use our knowledge and resources to challenge the evidence against you and fight the charges.Drug crimes
Being charged with a drug crime such as possession or selling is serious. Because there is such a major drug problem in New York and in the rest of the country, the penalties for drug crime convictions are harsh, even if only a small amount of drugs was involved. We understand that there are often complicated circumstances that lead to drug charges. We are here to ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the criminal process, and to vigorously defend you in a supportive nonjudgmental way.Sex crimes
Whether the charge is rape, criminal sexual act, luring a child, forcible touching, sodomy, or sexual abuse, being convicted of a sex crime is somewhat different from being convicted of other crimes. If you are convicted of a sex crime not only will you face prison, fines, and a criminal record, you will also be labeled as a registered sex offender. This means that for decades after your have served your prison term you will be required to inform law enforcement of where you live, where you go to school, and where you work. There will be restrictions on where you go. We understand the severity of a sex crime charge and the impact a conviction will have on the rest of your life. We will use our experience and understanding of New York’s criminal courts to vigorously defend you in order for you to get the best possible outcome.Child pornography
The stigma of being convicted of a child pornography crime will last longer than the prison sentence. Your reputation will be damaged in a way that is different from the damage related to being convicted of other types of crimes. Whether you are accused of selling, distributing, buying, or possessing child pornography, we will approach your case with both sensitivity and vigor. We will fight for the best possible outcome for your case as well as minimal damage to your reputation.Grand larceny
Depending on the value of the property you are accused of stealing, if you are convicted of grand larceny, the judge could send you to prison for over 2 decades. In addition, you will have a felony conviction on your record which may impact several aspects of your life, including finding a job and renting an apartment. Just because you are charged with a crime does not mean you will be convicted. However, it is important that you are represented by someone with experience. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have years of experience representing clients in New York criminal courts and understand the tactics that prosecutors use to try to sway juries and win convictions. We will use our knowledge and experience to develop a defense based on the facts of your case.Petit larceny
Petit larceny is one of the most common criminal charges in New York City. It is the charge that you may face if you are accused of shoplifting. Because the value of the property at issue in a petit larceny case is relatively low, petit larceny is a misdemeanor. Even though the sentence will be relatively light, petit larceny is still a crime and there will be consequences to be avoided. Even though petit larceny is a misdemeanor, it is important that you are represented by an experienced New York criminal lawyer to ensure your interests are properly represented.Gun crimes
Because New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, if you are convicted the consequences will be harsh. New York gun laws apply to a variety of different types of firearms including pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, and assault weapons. There are strict laws related to licensing, possessing, selling, and manufacturing firearms. In addition, the use of a firearm while committing another crime is an aggravating factor. If you are charged with a gun crime, you face serious consequences and will need experienced representation. We have years of experience and understand New York’s laws related to guns. We will look at the specific facts of your case and develop a custom defense just for you in order to ensure the best possible resolution of your case.Internet crimes
Internet and computer crimes encompass a wide range of behaviors conducted online such as identity theft, computer hacking, online gambling, fraud, child pornography, and stalking. Defending accusations of internet crimes is complicated and requires experience. Because of our years of experience, the criminal lawyers serving clients in New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have the knowledge and resources to help ensure a favorable resolution, based on the specific facts of your case.Burglary
Burglary is a felony offense that involves entering the property of another person with the intent to commit another crime such as larceny. It is not necessary that you commit larceny or some other crime. The intent is all that is required. Burglary is considered a serious felony. If you are convicted your sentence could include several years in prison. Once you are released, you will have a criminal record. With so much at stake, it is vital that you immediately seek the support of experienced legal representationRobbery
Just like grand larceny, robbery is a crime of theft that is a felony. Robbery, however, is considered a particularly serious theft offense because it involves the use of force or the threat of the use of force. Because robbery involves force and can involve serious injury to a victim, conviction can mean years spent in prison. An experienced criminal attorney serving clients accused of crimes in New York will vigorously defend you so that the charges are dismissed or reduced pre-trial. Should your case go to trial, we will challenge the prosecution’s case to ensure the most favorable outcome given the specifics of your case.White collar crimes
We also represent clients who have been charged with crimes termed as “white collar” crimes. A white collar crime is an offense that does not involve violence and is typically committed in an office setting and typically involves money. Examples of white collar crimes include embezzlement, bribery, forgery, money laundering, perjury, securities fraud, and insurance fraud. White collar crimes tend to be complex, involving the understanding of a variety of federal and state criminal statutes. Our attorneys have the experience and specialized knowledge to defend those accused of wrongdoing by federal and state prosecutors and will vigorously defend you through the entire criminal process.Why the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
Stephen Bilkis is a veteran criminal trial litigator with extensive experience defending clients in criminal courts and in federal court. During over 2 decades of practicing law Stephen Bilkis has handled hundreds of criminal cases, establishing a reputation among both clients and peers for his superior preparation, his detailed understanding of the law, and obtaining exceptional results. Not only does Stephen Bilkis have a winning record before juries, he also is adept at winning pretrial. Stephen's deep knowledge of the New York criminal code allows him to find creative ways to routinely achieve the best possible result in each case.
The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates will be truthful with you about your case. We will not make promises that we will not be able to keep. We will, however, thoroughly review the facts of your case and give you a realistic assessment of the possible outcomes of your case. As we move forward with your case we will use our trial skills, negotiation skills, knowledge of criminal law and procedure, and understanding of alternative sentencing options to make sure that your case has the best possible outcome. We will also keep you in the loop, and we not use tactics that will surprise you. In other words, we will handle your case with integrity.
It is not easy to navigate the criminal justice system. From the time that you are arrested until your case is resolved there are many complicated steps that will affect the final outcome of your case. Thus, if you have been accused of a crime it is important to immediately contact our office to discuss your case. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has years of experience successfully defending clients in criminal courts who have been charged with assault, grand larceny, sexual assault, domestic violence, drug crimes, gun crimes and other felonies and misdemeanors. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.