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Post-Conviction Relief Attorney in Saratoga Springs, New York

After a conviction, you may feel helpless and betrayed, especially if you think you were wrongfully convicted or improperly sentenced. You may think there are no more chances. Fortunately, that’s not always true.  

The criminal justice system in New York is by no means a perfect institution. The courts are operated by people and, despite their best efforts, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges and juries do make mistakes from time to time.  

Whether it’s imposing unusually harsh sentences without justification or convicting innocent people, mistakes can spell dire consequences for those who face criminal charges.  

However, you shouldn’t accept the injustice you were subjected to as there may be legal remedies available to you. These remedies are known as “post-conviction relief.” And Clarisa Gentile at CSG Law Firm is here to help you fight the injustice.  

As a post-conviction relief attorney in Saratoga Springs, New York, Clarisa Gentile will walk you through your legal options for appealing, reducing, or altering your sentence. The law firm also serves clients throughout Fulton County and Schenectady.  

What Is Post-Conviction Relief?

Contrary to popular belief, post-conviction relief is not the same as direct appeals. Post-conviction relief is essentially a post-trial motion where the defense’s arguments are submitted to the trial court, not an appeals court. When seeking post-conviction relief, the defendant has an opportunity to challenge the conviction or sentence by: 

  • Arguing constitutional violations;  

  • Presenting new evidence; or 

  • Pointing out errors made during the trial or sentencing process.  

If a post-conviction relief motion is successful, the judge may order a retrial, alter the sentence, or order another form of relief as requested by the defendant. If you have been convicted of a crime, seeking post-conviction relief could help you protect your freedom and future opportunities. 

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How Can a Post-Conviction Relief Attorney Help?

A post-conviction relief attorney represents those who have been convicted of a crime and have reason to believe that their punishment is not fair and equitable or that there were errors made during the trial or sentencing process. They assist with criminal defense

Depending on the facts of your case, an attorney could help you:  

  • Appeal a conviction. Typically, one of the first things your attorney will do after your conviction is evaluate the possibility of filing an appeal. By appealing a conviction, you are asking a higher court (an appellate court) to review the decision in your case. If your direct appeal is denied, your attorney may explore your other post-conviction relief options.  

  • Seek a new trial. In some cases, it may be more appropriate to have your attorney request a new trial. The judge may order a retrial when new evidence emerges that was not available during the original trial or if the defendant was subject to an unfair trial due to legal errors.  

  • Seek a reduction in the sentence. When there has been a change in the law or circumstances since the original sentencing, your attorney may seek a sentence modification to get the sentence reduced.  

  • Seek habeas corpus relief. A writ of habeas corpus protects people from being jailed illegally. When appropriate, your attorney may file this writ to argue that you have been unlawfully imprisoned.  

  • Seek pardon. Alternatively, your attorney can help seek pardon to get a dismissal or reduction of your conviction. If granted, a pardon offers complete forgiveness of a crime and restores full rights of citizenship.  

When you work with a post-conviction relief attorney who understands the criminal justice system and knows how to apply the correct remedies and procedures, you increase your chances of a favorable result.  

Why Choose CSG Law Firm? 

Seeking post-conviction relief may feel like an uphill battle, especially when sitting in jail or prison. That’s why you need someone who will work tirelessly to protect your rights and seek justice on your behalf.  

Clarisa Gentile, the founding attorney at CSG Law Firm, understands the stress and frustration you are experiencing if you were wrongfully convicted or received an unfair sentence. As a post-conviction relief attorney in Saratoga Springs, New York, Clarisa Gentile is passionate about helping people who are fighting for a second chance.  

Here are some of the reasons you may want CSG Law Firm as the law firm representing your interests after a conviction:  

  1. Meticulous review. Often, the success of post-conviction relief depends on how well an attorney can review the facts of your case. Clarisa Gentile will dive deep into your case record to look for any grounds possible to seek successful post-conviction relief.  

  1. Informed advice. Clarisa Gentile has earned a reputation among her clients and peers in the field for being honest. She will offer you the truth and be completely transparent with you when discussing your post-conviction relief options and the likelihood of success.  

  1. Fierce advocacy. Clarisa Gentile approaches every client's case with utmost enthusiasm and compassion, making her a fierce and trusted ally in your battle against the criminal justice system. 

When working with Clarisa Gentile, you can count on her commitment to exhausting all legal remedies available to you to help you reverse your conviction or receive a different sentence.  

Saratoga Springs Post-Conviction Relief Attorney

In her practice as a post-conviction relief attorney in Saratoga Springs, New York, Clarisa Gentile has helped many clients obtain various forms of post-conviction relief. There are many post-conviction relief options that may be available to you without you realizing it, even if you have already served time, paid your fines, and/or completed probation. Find out if relief is available to you by scheduling a free, 30-minute consultation with Clarisa Gentile.