Criminal Defense Overview

The Right Lawyer Makes a Difference in Binghamton Criminal Defense

Our attorneys protect the rights of the accused in Broome County and throughout Upstate New York

If you have been accused of a criminal offense then you are probably feeling alone, scared and overwhelmed.  You may fear for your freedom and fear for the future of yourself and your family.  Regardless of whether you or a family member has already been arrested or are currently being investigated, you need strong protection against the state by an experienced criminal defense attorney.  You’ll want an attorney who treats you with respect and not some hypothetical criminal.  Binghamton’s Tom Jackson has been practicing criminal law in greater Broome County for over 14 years and he has a thorough understanding of both sides of the law.  As a former prosecutor for the DA’s office, Tom has handled hundreds of criminal cases and trials ranging from DWI’s to homicide and you can utilize his extensive courtroom experience by contacting Jackson Bergman today to review the details of your case.

Why You Need an Experienced Attorney for Criminal Defense

People often make mistakes.  A judge or jury can also at times make mistakes when they arrive at an undeserving verdict which leads to a wrongful conviction.  These incorrect rulings can sometimes be the result of technicalities in your case or mistakes made during a criminal investigation or at trial.  In other instances, due in part to human error or a poor criminal defense team, innocent people face unjust convictions from these errors that an experienced criminal defense attorney would have been able to identify and overcome.  You can be assured that the defense team at Jackson Bergman will work hard and look deep into your case to be sure we have a strong case and a strong defense so we can enter the courtroom knowing we’re set to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Prosecutors are Tough in the Courtroom – We can Help

While it’s not a requirement by law for you to have legal representation when facing criminal charges, a knowledgeable and experienced attorney like Tom Jackson can help your defense in a variety of ways.  An experienced criminal lawyer will work hard to protect your rights throughout all proceedings including questioning, depositions, arraignment, preliminary hearings, during your trial and with appeals and sentencing – when necessary.  You have a constitutional right to qualified legal counsel and the best thing you can do for your future is to take advantage of that right by hiring a team with a deep understanding of strategic criminal defense.

Types of Cases We Represent

DWI Defense Lawyer

DWI/DUI Defense

Drunk driving defense is a very specialized area of defense law that requires an attorney who as an expert at DWI law, not simply a general criminal practitioner.  Jackson Bergman has represented hundreds of DWI cases in the Binghamton area and attorney Tom Jackson has the advantage of having served in the District Attorney’s office as the head Felony DWI prosecutor, tasked with handling the most serious of DWI cases.  Now, as experienced DWI and DUI defense attorneys, they know how to use this knowledge to expose weaknesses of the opposition and handle expert and vulnerable witnesses in your DWI case.

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Felony Defense Criminal Lawyer

Felony Defense

The team at Jackson Bergman has handled many complex felony cases and their extensive courtroom experience has given them the understanding of how to formulate an approach to a variety of felony case types.  They will aggressively advocate for you in and out of the courtroom to ensure you get the best possible chance of a positive result in your case.  The defense team at Jackson Bergman works closely with clients to assure they have the ability to ask questions and address concerns throughout your legal proceedings.

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Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

Drug Crimes

Being charged with a drug crime is a serious accusation which can leave you feeling like it may be the end of what could have been a promising future.  Your best chance at getting back on the right path is to hire an experienced drug crimes defense team to help fight for you in court.  Having been former prosecutors, the attorneys at Jackson Bergman understand the tactics and strategy the prosecutor will use against you and we can formulate our own aggressive strategy to fight back.  By hiring Jackson Bergman, you’ll know you have an experienced criminal defense team to aggressively advocate for you with the goal of reduced penalties or the securing of a case dismissal.

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White Collar Crimes Defense Lawyer

White Collar Crimes

Regardless of whether you’ve already been accused of a white collar crime or if you feel you may be under investigation, you should seek immediate legal counsel.  The ramifications of a white collar crime conviction can be extremely damaging to your future career and your freedom.  White collar crimes vary greatly, ranging from fraud, embezzlement, bribery, and computer & internet crimes, but they all have one thing in common – the sooner you seek the counsel of Jackson Bergman, the sooner we can get to work in formulating a defense for a positive outcome in your white collar crimes case.

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Theft/Grand Larceny Defense Lawyer

Grand Larceny/Theft Crimes

Theft charges in Binghamton can be classified as anything from a Class C misdemeanor to a life felony.  Such consequences depend upon the type of theft offense that was allegedly committed.  Regardless of the degree of the accusation, grand larceny and theft crimes can result in very serious penalties which can damage one’s reputation and take away their freedom.  In addition to fines, restitution, and a possible prison sentence, theft crimes can haunt you for years and even decades after your conviction. A criminal record can make you ineligible to be licensed in certain professions and give you a disadvantage when competing with other workplace candidates.  If you have been accused of a theft crime in greater Broome County, call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Jackson Bergman for a free, comprehensive case review.

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Weapons Charges Defense Lawyer

Weapons Charges

There are a wide range of state and federal weapons charges in New York and it is important to remember that we live in a state where weapons laws are strict and where convictions often result in tough sentencing.  Weapons charges can also be added to existing charges which can cause the potential consequences of your case to escalate quickly.  If you are facing criminal charges involving a gun or weapon violation, you want a criminal defense attorney who has a deep understanding of your Second Amendment right.  Let our weapons and firearm defense attorneys help you create a swift plan of defense in an effort to achieve a favorable outcome in your case.

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Manslaughter/Homicide Defense Attorney


The law firm of Jackson Bergman provides those accused of capital murder or manslaughter charges with an aggressive defense team.  As former prosecutors, the attorneys have worked diligently on very complex and challenging homicide cases and have used that experience in defending those brought up on murder charges in the greater Binghamton region. 

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Get a Complimentary Case Review from Our Binghamton, NY Criminal Defense Team

The more time you let pass after being investigated or accused of a criminal offense, the less time our attorney’s will have to dig deep into your case to build an aggressive defense aimed at the best possible outcome.  By calling us today or filling out the case review request form on this page, you are putting our years of successful criminal defense experience on your side.