Cheryl Coleman
Attorney at Law | Albany, NY
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Since rejoining Albany's criminal defense bar in 2004, Cheryl has quickly regained her reputation as one of the areas most high profile and successful criminal defense lawyers. In the last few years alone, she has won more major Court battles than many attorneys have in their entire careers.

Here are some of her recent successes:

2016
More Success for Cheryl and Her Clients
November All charges dismissed against Cheryl's client, an Albany woman who had been charged with Forgery and other felonies. Cheryl made a successful Motion to Dismiss based on Speedy Trial grounds.
July Cheryl won an appeal reversing the conviction of a Chenago County man who had been convicted of killing his wife. Cheryl convinced the Appeals Court that her Client's trial lawyer was ineffective.
June Cheryl's client, a young Albany man, was acquitted of all charges by a Rensselaer County jury. He had been charged with raping his former girlfriend.
May Cheryl's client, a young college student, was acquitted of all charges by an Albany County jury. He had been charged with raping a female acquaintance at a party.
2015
Another Successful Year for Our Clients!
November Back to Back Trial Victories in November. In the first trial Cheryl's client, the former Kokopelli's Nightclub owner, was acquitted of all charges by a Rensselaer County Court Jury. He had been charged with Attempted Assault in the First Degree and other crimes involving the discharge of his licensed firearm.
In the second trial, Cheryl's client, an Argyle man, was acquitted of all charges by a Warren County Court Jury. He had been accused of molesting his underage stepdaughter.
July Cheryl's Client, a 19 year old young man from Colonie, was acquitted of all counts by an Albany County Jury. He had been charged with Rape in the Second Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child in a case involving a 14 year old female. Although a videotaped police interrogation of Cheryl's client showed him confessing, Cheryl still succeeded in obtaining the not guilty verdict.
Also, Cheryl's appeal work resulted in the Appellate Division's reversal of her client's drug sale conviction in Washington County Court. The Court held that "uncharged crime evidence" deprived her client of a fair trial.
April All evidence suppressed and case dismissed by an Albany County Court Judge in favor of Cheryl's client, a New York City man who had been charged with A-I Felony cocaine possession after a traffic stop in Albany. After a suppression hearing, Cheryl was able to convince the Judge that the stop and search of the car was illegal.
March In two previous trials, prior to Cheryl's representation, a young Massachusetts man diagnosed with schizophrenia had been found guilty of murder. Cheryl defended him for the first time in his third trial. (His two prior convictions had been reversed.) Cheryl presented the insanity defense to the jury, which deadlocked after a week long deliberations and a three week trial. A mistrial was declared.
February Felony drug charges are dismissed against Cheryl's client, an Albany man, by an Albany County Court Judge. Cheryl successful argued that the District Attorney's Office violated his "speedy trial" rights.
2014
Another Great Year!
November Cheryl’s client, a Granville man in the midst of a custody dispute, had been indicted on Felony Sexual Abuse charges involving his daughter. A Washington County Court Trial jury found him Not Guilty in less than an hour. Afterwards, jurors commented that they thought that Cheryl’s client was actually innocent. He now shares custody of his children.
July All evidence suppressed and case dismissed against Cheryl’s client, a Massachusetts man charged with bank robbery in Schenectady County Court.
February Cheryl’s client, an Albany man, was acquitted of all charges in a Felony Burglary and Weapons possessions case by an Albany County Court Jury. He faced a life sentence as a persistent violent felony offender if convicted. He was released after the verdict.
January Cheryl’s client a Montgomery County man is acquitted of all charges in a Felony Assault case, involving a stabbing. Cheryl successfully argued self defense to the jury in Montgomery County Court.
In Addition, Cheryl and her firm were successful in getting outright dismissals in approximately 5 Felony cases in Albany County Court, all due to the successful “speedy trial” motions. These cases included 2 Felony Weapon cases, and multiple Felony Drug cases.
2013
What a Year ...
September A not guilty verdict for Cheryl's client. A Albany man charged with Attempted Murder and Weapons Possession. The trial lasted 3 weeks, and ended with the jury clearing Cheryl’s client of all charges.
August An Albany County Jury finds Cheryl’s client, (who faced a life sentence if convicted) not guilty of First Degree Robbery. The Jury acquitted him in just over an hour.
June Cheryl's client walks out of Albany County Court free after a suppression hearing in a Felony drug case. After the close of proof, the District Attorney, rather than risk the case being tossed, offered Cheryl's clint a simple misdemeanor - no probation, no jail.
May A Not Guilty verdict for Cheryl's client, a Saratoga teacher charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child for alleged conduct involving a female student. This trial took place before a jury in the Town of Greenfield, Saratoga County.

A huge, life changing victory for Cheryl's client in the State's Highest Court, the New York State Court of Appeals. Cheryl's client, an Albany man, was serving a 25 years to Life sentence following a murder conviction. But Cheryl successfully got the conviction reversed, convincing the Court that the client's trial lawyer was ineffective. Cheryl's client then pled guilty to Manslaughter and will be released in October of this year.
January Cheryl and co-counsel succeeded in getting an Albany County Judge to spare their client jail time in a high profile case involving a Voorheesville woman who pled guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide for striking and killing three pedestrians with her car while she was taking prescription medication.
2012
2012 was another successful year for Cheryl and her clients!
November 2012 All charges dismissed against Cheryl's client, a Schenectady man who had been charged with Felony Marijuana possession. Cheryl made the successful motion to dismiss under NY State's "speedy trial" law, CPL 30.30
July 2012 In one of this year's most high-profile trials, a jury find Cheryl's client, Troy restaurant-owner Michael Loporto, Not Guilty of all 22 Counts against him in Rensselaer County Court, in the so-called "Troy Ballot-Fraud" case.
June 2012 All charges dismissed against Cheryl's client, a former Albany County Prosecutor, in a domestic violence case, after Cheryl produced tapes, just before jury selection, which showed that the complainant, (the client's former wife) had planned to fake her attack. The prosecutor then made the motion to dismiss, which the Court granted.
May 2012 Another Not Guilty Verdict. Cheryl's client, an Albany man charged with Robbery, is found Not Guilty by an Albany County Court Jury in a little over an hour.
January 2012 After trial in Schenectady County Court, Cheryl's client is found Not Guilty of felony domestic violence assault charges on which he faced up to 7 years in prison. Instead, he was convicted of a misdemeanor and promptly released with "time served."
2011
September 2011 All charges dismissed by an Albany County Court Judge against Cheryl's client, an Albany man charged with a Class A-2 Felony drug sale. Cheryl successfully argued that the District Attorney had violated her client's "Speedy Trial" rights under Criminal Procedure Law 30.30.
August 2011 Cheryl and co-counsel successfully defended an Albany Parole Officer who had been charged with forcibly raping a female parolee in one of the years most high-profile trials. After 5 days of deliberations an Albany County Court Jury deadlocked 9-3 in favor of acquittal on all of the sex crime charges and convicted him of only the misdemeanor of Official Misconduct - a charge he admitted on the witness stand. The District Attorney ultimately decided against a retrial, and agreed to dismiss all of the sex crime charges.
May 2011 All evidence suppressed and case dismissed by an Albany County Court Judge in favor of Cheryl's client, a Troy man charged with Felony Drug possession by Colonie Police. During the suppression hearing, Cheryl was able to show that the police lacked probable cause to arrest.
February 2011 An Albany County Jury finds Cheryl's client, an Albany Police Officer, Not Guilty of all charges - including Felony Assault stemming from a domestic dispute.
2010
October 2010 An Albany County Jury finds Cheryl's client, a Watervliet man Not Guilty of Felony DWI for which he faced up to 7 years if convicted. Instead he is convicted of only the traffic infraction of DWAI.
August 2010 Another trial victory - this time without ever going to the Jury. An Albany County Judge dismissed the case against Cheryl's client, an Albany man charged with Felony weapons possession at the end of the District Attorney's Case after Cheryl successfully moves for a trial order of dismissal.
May 2010 A Not Guilty verdict for Cheryl's client, a 17 year old boy charged in Albany County Court in the stabbing death of an Albany man in October 2009. Her client was freed immediately after the verdict.
March 2010 All charges dismissed by a Rensselaer County Court Judge against Cheryl's client who had been charged in a multi-count indictment for a Troy "home invasion." After the Decision, the prosecutor decided not to re-indict, and Cheryl's client was cleared.
January 2010 All evidence suppressed and case dismissed by an Albany County Court Judge against Cheryl's client, an Albany man, following a suppression hearing. The Judge ruled the search of Cheryl's client - an Albany man charged with Felony drug possession - was illegal, and that the officer's testimony was also not credible. Her client was freed.
January 2010 All evidence suppressed by a Schenectady County Court Judge against Cheryl's client, a Schenectady man, charged with Felony Drug and Stolen Property possession in his home. The Judge found that the search warrant was defective. Cheryl's client was released from jail.
January 2010 A Not Guilty verdict by a jury in Bethlehem Town Court for Cheryl's client, a Greene County man charged with Criminal Contempt for allegedly violating an Order of Protection.
2009
2009 was another great year for Cheryl and her clients
December 2009 A Not Guilty verdict by an Albany County Court Jury for Cheryl's client a New York City man charged with perjury in the First Degree. He had been accused of testifying falsely at a friend’s murder trial but was acquitted in a little over an hour.
And Cheryl succeeded in getting 3 Felony cases dismissed without ever going to trial.
May 2009 All charges dismissed against an Albany man who had been charged with Rape in the Third Degree. Cheryl succeeded in getting the indictment dismissed under New York State's "speedy trial" statute.
April 2009 All charges dismissed against a New York City man indicted for Felony Drug Possession. Cheryl was able to get the prosecutor to agree to move to dismiss the indictment against her client after the co-defendant acknowledged that Cheryl's client had no knowledge.
March 2009 Indictment dismissed against Cheryl's client, an Albany man charged with Felony Assault. After the Judge's Decision, the District Attorney decided not to re-indict.
2008
What a year! 2008 brought Cheryl success. Just look at these examples:
December 2008 A Not Guilty verdict by a Schenectady County jury for Cheryl's client, a young Long Island man charged with Robbery and Assault.
December 2008 All charges dismissed against Cheryl's client, a Schenectady Police Officer who had been indicted along with three other officers in an alleged beating incident. He has returned to work.
September 2008 A complete acquittal in Columbia County Court for Cheryl's client, charged in a 21 count indictment with rape and sexual abuse. The jury found Cheryl's client not guilty of all but the final count - a misdemeanor of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Then, the Judge dismissed the final count, making her client a free man.
June 2008 Cheryl won a victory for her client, an East Greenbush man, in the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest Court, reversing his conviction in an acquaintance rape case. (See 2006 Accomplishments).
April 2008 Cheryl obtained a Not Guilty verdict from an Albany County Jury for her client, a young Albany man charged with Felony Weapons Possession and Reckless Endangerment. Her client was released immediately after the verdict.
April 2008 Cheryl obtained a Not Guilty verdict from a Rensselaer County Jury for her client, an Albany man, charged with attempted murder for shooting his former girlfriend.
March 2008 Cheryl obtained a Not Guilty verdict in a Murder trial along with co-counsel in Albany County. Her client a young Albany man, was acquitted of all charges.
March 2008 Cheryl succeeded in getting all evidnece thrown out in Rensselaer County Court. Her client, a Corrections Officer had been indicted on Gun and Drug charges.
February 2008 All charges dismissed against Cheryl's client, an Albany man charged with Attempted Murder.
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