Criminal Defense

The O’Connell & Aronowitz Criminal Defense team is led by Stephen Coffey and Michael McDermott, former chief felony prosecutors in the Albany and Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Offices. Our team is committed to aggressively protecting our client’s rights and reputations throughout New York State. With one of the most active criminal defense practices in upstate New York and our decades of combined experience, we have developed the experience, reputation and relationships needed to serve each of our client’s unique circumstances. Criminal matters require immediate and decisive action. Our team knows this and we take pride in our responsiveness, attentiveness and our ability immediately immerse ourselves in your defense. We also know that facing a criminal prosecution is stressful and disruptive. The process impacts businesses, families and personal lives. In addition to our responsive and direct advice, our team gives you peace of mind by having an experienced and respected advocate in your corner, fighting just for you. 

O & A Law Criminal Defense Services:

We are experienced advocates, negotiators and litigators at all levels of the criminal justice process. DWI / DUI | Larceny | Criminal Investigation | Felony | Drug Possession | Pornography | Assault | Misdemeanor | Domestic Violence | Weapons Charge | Arrest Warrant | Legal Defense for College Students | We provide assistance with the defense and resolution of criminal matters involving investigations and prosecutions in town, village, and city courts and we are experienced in major and minor crimes. Our attorneys have handled matters in every jurisdiction in the region, and we have established excellent working relationships at all levels of the criminal justice system. The Criminal Defense practice is active in our three offices representing clients across New York State.



Not Guilty Verdict

Obtained a full acquittal in a felony jury trial in Clinton County, NY

Not Guilty Verdict

Obtained an acquittal in the jury trial of a man accuses of attempted rape in Ulster County, NY

Not Guilty Verdict

Earned a blockbuster victory by jury verdict in Federal prosecution of a white collar gambling case.

Locations We Serve

Our Criminal Defense lawyers work throughout the capital region and take on some of the most complex and high profile cases. With offices in Albany and Saratoga Springs, our location allows our attorneys easy access to all areas of the state.

Our Criminal Defense practice serves counties throughout upstate New York including Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Warren, and Washington counties. When your reputation is on the line, our criminal defense attorneys can help.

To learn more about our legal services in your area, visit our location page.



I was fortunate to find Mike McDermott who represented me in cases involving unfortunate events. Mike was personable, always responsive, and overall a great professional. I would recommend him to anyone.

Nick C. Google Review

Best compassionate bunch I have EVER met . Won a very sensitive HUGE case for us that lasted 10 yrs . Cant get any better.

Cathy P. Google Review

Steve Coffey is a lawyer’s lawyer. He brings into the courtroom absolutely amazing trial skills and will fight to the bitter end to get you everything you deserve. He will fight for you and give you his all. He is easily one of the best trial attorneys in the country, right here in our own backyard.

Rich D. Google Review

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