Christopher B. Kleister  Attorney and Jennifer L. McCarthy  Paralegal
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Hudson Valley Criminal Defense Attorney

Middletown DWI and DUI Lawyer

We provide comprehensive criminal defense representation. Our legal team — New York attorney Christopher Kleister and paralegal Jennifer McCarthy — understands the harsh social stigma attached to criminal charges, as well as the lasting consequences you may be facing. Criminal convictions can prevent you from voting, possessing a firearm and keeping your job or professional license. If you are convicted of a sex crime, you could face sex offender registry guidelines, as well as other DNA database participation.

At Our legal team, we evaluate criminal defense cases from every angle to determine the best course of action. We first address the charge and take steps to get it reduced or dismissed. When a conviction is unavoidable, we exhaust all options to minimize your consequences at sentencing. We are committed to protecting your rights at every stage of your case.

Let your voice be heard. Contact us today to discuss your criminal charge, or how we can help your loved one. Our Hudson Valley criminal defense lawyer is available at 845-827-1909.

Extensive Experience

Our Washingtonville team possesses extensive experience handling criminal defense cases. We provide diligent guidance for a wide range of misdemeanor and felony charges, including:

  • Assault
  • Traffic violations (speeding, reckless driving)
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Auto theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • UPM: Unlawful possession of marijuana
  • Drug crimes
  • Distribution of alcohol to a minor
  • Crimes against persons (harassment/menacing)
  • Crimes against property (property damage/criminal mischief/trespassing)
  • Possession: drugs, alcohol, prescriptions
  • Orders of protection violations
  • Probation violations
  • Kidnapping
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) cases
  • Sex crimes (rape, kidnapping, sex abuse, child pornography)
  • Domestic violence and domestic abuse
  • Youthful offenders (Under the age of 18)

Serious Consequences

Our legal team understands the serious consequences attached to criminal convictions. Depending on your situation, you may be facing a long prison sentence, probation, community service, conditional discharge and costly fines. We take a proactive approach to cases. We gather facts about your case from you, as well as from the district attorney. We compare and evaluate the evidence to build a defense. We have extensive experience negotiating resolutions beneficial to clients.

Civil Rights Advocates

As a dedicated criminal defense legal team, we have a firm understanding of correct police procedure. We conduct thorough evaluations of clients’ arrests to determine if our client suffered constitutional violations. If we find improprieties, we will fight hard to have evidence suppressed and charges dismissed. We have experience evaluating:

  • Police misconduct
  • Search and seizures
  • Search warrants

Contact Us Today

We are available to discuss your complex legal issue at 845-827-1909. For your convenience, you may also e-mail us. We proudly represent current and former members of the military at a discounted rate, as well as current and former members of the NYPD and FDNY. We also welcome and gladly accept PBA vouchers, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Personal Checks and Paypal.

Payment plans are available on a case-by-case basis depending upon the nature of the case. We are centrally located in Orange County, New York. We are close to I-84, I-87 (NYS Thruway) and Route 17. Our office is located near the Brotherhood Winery, is handicap accessible and offers easy parking options.


America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys 2019
10 Best | 2016-2018 | 3 Years | Attorney | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys TM
10 Best | 2018 | Attorney | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys TM
Member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce
2016 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
2017 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
2018 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner
2019 || TIMES HERALD-RECORD || Readers's Choice Winner

The Kleister Law Group

The Kleister Law Group
85 East Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Phone: 845-827-1909
Fax: 845-496-1272