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Accomplished. Reputable. Responsive. Dutchess County criminal defense attorney with more than 35 years of experience
About the Firm

Established Dutchess County Criminal Defense Attorney Protects the Rights of the Accused

Aggressive representation for serious charges in southeastern NY

If you’ve been charged with a serious crime, retaining skilled and knowledgeable defense counsel is imperative. When you choose Thomas J. Whalen, Attorney & Counselor at Law, in Dover Plains, that’s exactly what you get. I draw on more than 35 years of legal experience, which includes prosecuting criminal cases and successfully defending clients from serious criminal charges. When your freedom and your future are at stake, you can trust me to protect your rights and work tirelessly to deliver a positive result.

Reliable defense representation in Dover Plains, NY

An arrest puts your future in jeopardy. What will happen to your education? Your career? Your relationships with family and friends? Your finances? To limit the damage of your arrest and have the best chance of a positive outcome, you need an attorney who is:

  • Accomplished — I began my legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Dutchess County. I have since built a successful private practice, providing trial and appellate representation.
  • Reputable — I am proud to be known for integrity and zealous representation throughout Dutchess County.
  • Responsive — I understand the anxiety that comes with an arrest. I respond to your concerns to give you peace of mind and to develop a defense strategy that truly serves your best interests.

When you retain my services, you get an advocate with proven skill who can challenge the case against you and protect your rights throughout the process.

Areas of Practice

Capable management of cases at trial and on appeal

For more than 35 years, I have helped countless clients through legal challenges that put their future in doubt. You can rely on my knowledge and skill in cases related to:

  • Criminal defense — I capably manage cases arising from a variety of charges, including DUI/DWI, assault and battery, theft, drug crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, and homicide.
  • Appellate representation — When questionable legal issues arise during the course of a case or after judgment is rendered, I provide appellate representation for clients seeking to overturn adverse rulings.
  • Surrogate’s Court cases — If a loved one has died and you need to probate a will or settle the estate without a will, I provide reliable representation in the Surrogate’s Court. I also manage litigation such as will challenges and breaches of fiduciary duty.

In all the cases I undertake, I am deeply involved and personally committed. My clients work directly with me, as I take a hands-on approach to resolving legal challenges in their favor.


Contact an established counselor at law for your urgent legal needs

Thomas J. Whalen, Attorney & Counselor at Law fights for clients’ rights and for their future. Since 1980, I have provided aggressive representation against serious criminal charges. Call me at 845-293-5516 or contact my office online to schedule a consultation. My office is conveniently located at 3146 Route 22 in Dover Plains, just a stone’s throw from Dutchess Court Plaza.

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