I’ve spent my entire career serving the public. I’ve worked as a criminal defense attorney, Assistant District Attorney, and also as a caseworker for a U.S. Congressman. Using that experience, I take a comprehensive approach on each of my clients’ cases and ensure that their cases are resolved as favorably and painlessly as possible.
I don’t usually leave reviews for anything but Michael Schillinger is not only an attorney but a god sent Angel, He has been on top of my case from day one of calling him, he was always available to speak to me and was fast in responding to any concerns I had throughout the course of my case. He has eased so much anxiety and stress that we had as first time offenders who had no clue how the court system worked and he never once made us feel like we were being neglected. Michael was with us every step of the way and worked extremely hard to get us a deal leaving us with no
criminal record or convictions. He is dedicated to his clients and truly does make sure you’re well taken care of. His office even sent us a Christmas card for the holiday and that just touched my heart because of how much his office cares to go out of their way and little touches like that mean so much to people. I highly recommend Michael Schillinger with no doubts in my heart. You will not regret it ! Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for my family and me, I am forever grateful to you.
Mike is an excellent attorney. He sat down with me and gave me all the time I needed. We were able to handle my issues that day. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer.
Mr. Michael Schillinger is a very passionate and dedicated lawyer. He personally commits himself to his clients. When I hired him, he used his professional expertise of strong technical skill and super-critical thinking ability with in-depth legal research to build my defense. Anyone who hires Mr. Schillinger has a higher chance of a good result…
When you’ve been arrested, it’s already too late to “explain yourself” to the police. Despite what many people think, you cannot talk yourself out of getting arrested. The police do not just ”chat” with you. They will actively interrogate you to get you to incriminate yourself. In fact, they can even lie to you to try and get a confession. The only way to truly protect your rights and interests is to immediately ask for an attorney and then say nothing else. Criminal accusations can lead to hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences. Being arrested, going through the booking process, and appearing in Court is intimidating, especially if you don’t have help from an aggressive and dedicated attorney like me.
Fortunately, as a skilled Islip criminal defense lawyer, I have experience working with people facing criminal charges. As your attorney, I will speak for you. I understand the criminal charges and the penalties you face. I understand the criminal procedure, the rules of evidence and I know how to use that knowledge to benefit you. Let me help you develop a viable strategy to minimize the consequences you are facing. When you’ve been accused of a crime, it’s natural to be frightened and confused. If you have been accused of any type of crime, I will fight to get you a favorable outcome on your case. Put yourself at ease by ensuring that you have someone in your corner fighting hard for you.
Generally speaking, there are three levels of offenses in New York State’s criminal justice system. While the specific consequences of each offense may vary, they all carry significant consequences, including fines, probation, incarceration, and even collateral consequences such as job loss, impact on immigration status, loss of financial aid, and even social stigma.
A violation is a minor offense not classified as a “crime.” The maximum penalty for a violation is imprisonment for 15 days or a fine. However, a guilty verdict on some violations may still appear on a person’s criminal record and can potentially rescind suspended sentences and/or parole terms.
Misdemeanors come in a few varieties. There are unclassified misdemeanors, which have their own specific penalties governed by the statute. However, the two most common types of misdemeanors in New York are class “A” and class “B” misdemeanors. Class “A” Misdemeanor carry a maximum jail sentence of 364 days, and class “B” Misdemeanors carry a maximum jail sentence of 3 months. Both can also carry probationary periods, and significant fines.
The most severe crimes in New York are known as felonies. These crimes are separated into five classes, A-E, with A being the most serious. An “A” level felony can result in life imprisonment. The class of felony will typically dictate the potential prison time a person is facing, however, sentencing times can vary greatly depending on whether a person is a first-time offender, a non-violent predicate offender, or a violent predicate offender.
Whether a person faces charges alleging a first-time offense, Mike Schillinger is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Islip and will fight to get a favorable outcome and protect their future.
Oftentimes I get new clients that come into my office complaining about their previous attorney. One of the most common complaints from them is that they felt ignored by their former lawyer. They felt like he or she did not explain the case to them, that they weren’t available, that they simply did not care. That will not be the case when you hire me. I make myself available for my clients around their schedule and keep them updated every step of the way. Unlike some other lawyers, I treat my clients as a partner when I handle their cases. I know that their cases are often the most important thing going on in their lives and that they need to be kept up to date with the most recent details of their case, so that they can make informed decisions.
Sometimes folks ask me “Well, can’t I just represent myself?” Depending on your background, the answer here might be yes – however, while you may be capable of representing yourself, facing criminal charges and navigating the criminal justice system is one of the most significant and challenging events in a person’s life, so why would you want to? I usually tell people that you also might be able to pull your own tooth, but isn’t it better to have an experienced Dentist do it for you? You need a professional who truly understands the big picture and knows how to get the job done. With your freedom on the line, don’t leave anything up to chance – make sure that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent your interests and fight for you every step of the way.
Call me anytime. I’m available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies. Or if you prefer written communication, you may also use my online contact form below or reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will hear you out and work with you to develop a well-thought-out and nuanced defense. I will fight for you every step of the way, first at the negotiation table, then through the motions and hearings, and finally in the courtroom at trial. I will review all the evidence and fight hard on your behalf. The consequences of a criminal conviction can be life-changing, so don’t take any chances with your freedom.Contact me today
On misdemeanor charges, the penalties range from three months to one year in jail, depending on whether a misdemeanor is a Class A or B. Likewise, the severity of a particular crime can influence whether the crime qualifies as a misdemeanor or felony.
Felonies are the most severe crimes – they carry higher fines, prison sentences, and probationary periods than misdemeanors, and can even result in lifelong prison sentences. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer should be able to provide you with more information about a charge and collect evidence to help prove your innocence.
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