Norwich, New York Criminal Lawyers

Norwich, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(607) 337-1745 5 Court St
Norwich, NY 13815
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Tom Anelli
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(800) 394-1100 272 West Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationSyracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
Criminal and DWI
Syracuse University and St. Thomas University School of Law
Tom Anelli is the Senior Partner at Tom Anelli & Associates, a practice focused solely on defending DWI charges. For almost 20 years, Tom has invested all his time learning and practicing the best methods to defend those charged with DWI. Tom’s accolades include, but are not limited to, selection to Super Lawyers, Nation’s Top One Percent, and Nation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Tom has been factory trained by National Patent Analytical Systems, the company that manufactures the breath-testing device used most by local police agencies. Tom is a NHTSA certified Instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. ...
Nicholas Passalacqua
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Utica, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(877) 874-2552 610-612 Charlotte Street
Utica, NY 13501
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Michigan State University
Born and raised in Utica, NY, Attorney Nicholas A Passalacqua knows his clients. But more importantly he knows the law. Through his training and experience Mr. Passalacqua is ready to handle any of your even most complex legal matters.

Mr. Passalacqua’s education and training in trial law began back at T.R. Proctor High School as a member of the Mock Trial team. He then went on to Sacred Heart University, where he founded and led SHU’s first collegiate Mock Trial Team to two regional championship tournaments. Finally, at Michigan State University College of Law he was a member of the Moot...
Brent Corbin Xavier
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(877) 435-7394 269 W. Jefferson Street
2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationCriminal and DWI
New York Law School
Brent Xavier has been President at Anelli Xavier, since partnering with Tom Anelli in 2006. Over the year, he has helped bring in many former prosecutors and experienced criminal litigators together to form what he believes is the most powerful team of DWI defense lawyers in New York State. His goal is to make sure his team protects clients from the serious consequences of DWI charges. His firm philosophy is that as a whole, individual efforts add up to something bigger collectively for our clients in form of great representation. Brent Xavier received his B.A. degree from Cornell University...
Christopher Thomas Brown
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Vestal, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(607) 988-3131 105 Rano Boulevard
Vestal, NY 13850
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
Chris is a former prosecutor in the Broome County District Attorney's Office who handled thousands of criminal and domestic violence cases. From traffic tickets to Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Violent Assault and First Degree Rape. Chris has brought over 100 cases to trial. His work on both sides of the courtroom gives him the knowledge and experience to help you mount an aggressive defense against a wide range of charges.
George Hildebrandt
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(800) 672-3523 304 S. Franklin Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DWI and White Collar Crime
Syracuse University College of Law
For over 30 years, George Hildebrandt has represented clients in federal and state courts in drug conspiracy and smuggling, murder, white collar, firearm and other serious cases, achieving many acquittals, dismissals and reductions to lesser charges. George has built his reputation on his hard work, preparation, substantial trial experience and knowledge of the law.
Lawrence A. Newman
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Ithaca, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(607) 229-5184 401 East State Street, Suite 400
Ithaca, NY 14850
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Nova Southeastern University
Hi my name is Larry Newman. Originally, I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. My father was a NYS corrections officer, and my mother a waitress. I have degrees in Human Biology, and Doctorates in Law and Chiropractic. I practiced as a Chiropractic Physician for ten years. Newman and Cyr is a small boutique law firm 100% dedicated to the defense of DWI charges in New York. I am licensed in NY, PA, FL, and NJ. We offer complete representation of DWI charges within Tompkins County, Schuyler County, Seneca County, Chemung County, Tioga...
Matthew David Dotzler
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(315) 930-4077 100 Madison Street Tower 1, 12th Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202
Criminal and DWI
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Matthew Dotzler is a founding partner of Carden Dotzler Hammond, PLLC and heads the White Collar Defense practice group. He concentrates on criminal defense, DWI defense and traffic defense, along with a specialized focus in defending clients who are charged with white collar offenses. Matthew regularly represents clients who are charged with criminal, DWI and traffic offenses in Onondaga County Court, Syracuse City Court, and other courts throughout Central New York.

Before entering private practice, Matthew served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office for seven years. There, he successfully prosecuted hundreds of felony-level white collar...
Dennis B. Laughlin
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Oneonta, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(607) 432-6959 15 South Main Street
Suite 103
Oneonta, NY 13820-2688
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Western New England University School of Law
- Eagle Scout - BS and MS in Computer Science - Attorney for the Village of Cherry Valley New York - Attorney for the Town of Edmeston New York - Attorney for the Cherry Valley Children's Christmas Fund, Inc.
Lourdes Pilar Rosario
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(315) 362-2639 311 Montgomery Street, Suite 1
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Albany Law School and Albany Law School
If what you seek is an attorney in Syracuse, New York, who is accessible, experienced, knowledgeable and dependable, you’ve reached the right one. Lourdes’s practice is primarily in family and divorce. Through her practice, Lourdes has represented countless individuals and helped families navigate the often complex family law issues. Her clients receive the attention to detail, legal knowledge, and aggressive legal representation they deserve and have come to expect. In fact, as a result of her diligent and zealous efforts and dedication, Lourdes and her clients share long term and professional relationships.
James Ryan Daley
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(315) 424-8326 100 Madison Street
Tower 1, Floor 17
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
I have prosecuted hundreds of DWI cases at both the misdemeanor and felony level, including matters involving serious injuries, repeat offenders and vehicular homicides. I've successfully conducted numerous DWI trials and my knowledge of DWI law combined with my courtroom experience provides a level of expertise that serves to ensure that our clients receive the best representation possible when charged with DWI and related offenses. I was also responsible for the prosecution of violent felony offenses including burglary, robbery, assault, illegal weapons possession and homicides. These duties included conducting countless hearings and trials. My experience in handling the most...
Nicholas Joseph De Martino
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(315) 424-8326 100 Madison Street
Tower 1, Floor 17
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Western New England University School of Law
Nick is a lifelong resident of Syracuse, and of the City’s “Northside.” A graduate of Henninger High School, Nick holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science from Brockport State University, in Brockport, New York, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western New England College, School of Law, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Nick began his legal career in 1986 by serving as a Deputy County Attorney with the Onondaga County Department of Law, where he prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases. He then went on to serve for 16 years as an Assistant District Attorney with the...
J. David Hammond
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(315) 930-4077 100 Madison Street Tower 1, 12th Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202
Criminal, DWI, Military and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
David Hammond is a partner attorney at Carden Dotzler Hammond, PLLC where he focuses on criminal offenses including drug, DWI, and traffic offenses.

David will fight for you as you confront your legal challenge. Whether you are facing a serious criminal charge or a routine traffic ticket, a complicated custody matter or an uncontested divorce, no challenge is too large.

He is able to achieve results because of his discipline. Serving in the military forged self-discipline into his character. David served nine years and two combat tours as a US Army officer. While in the army he was a prosecutor and spend...
Kathryn Donnelly
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Vestal, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(518) 218-7100 4100 Vestal Road
Suite 104
Vestal, NY 13850
Criminal, Military and Securities
The University of Texas School of Law
As an associate with the firm, Kathryn concentrates her practice on military law; regularly handling cases involving Article 15s, letters of reprimand, courts-martial, security clearance and officer/enlisted separation proceedings. Kathryn’s nearly two decades of legal experience in military law, and her unique training as a military intelligence officer, enhances Tully Rinckey PLLC’s nationally-recognized military law practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Kathryn most recently worked as staff judge advocate for the Department of Defense Criminal Investigation Task Force. She provided legal support to special agents, intelligence analysts and support staff from all military branches, including deployed elements in Iraq, Afghanistan and...
Scott Brenneck
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(315) 424-8326 100 Madison Street
Tower 1, Floor 17
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
At Team Green Lawyers, we understand that defending a person who has been accused of a crime takes more than just an understanding of the law and the process. It takes knowing your client, mastering the facts and understanding the vast potential consequences. We have devoted our practice to helping people accused of a crime or violation get the best result possible. We take the time to get to know our clients, the facts and their concerns. We research the relevant legal issues and test all the theories that may help or hurt a client's particular situation. We are in...
Karl E. Manne
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Herkimer, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(315) 866-7642 107 Court St
Herkimer, NY 13350
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Personal Injury
Albany Law School
The Manne Law Office is a law firm dedicated to aggressive advocacy on behalf of clients involved in litigation, and to competent, professional and attentive representation of clients in all other matters. Our focus is always on helping our clients attain their objectives as swiftly and as directly as possible. We are a full service law firm with over 23 years of experience. In all matters attorney Karl Manne personally assists clients in evaluating their individual needs and circumstances, determining their goals and priorities, formulating a resolution or developing a plan of attack, and then implementing that plan through...
Benjamin Karl Bergman
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Binghamton, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(607) 296-4190 477 State Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
Michael C Cyr
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Ithaca, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(607) 229-5184 The Gateway Center
401 E. State. St., Ste. 400
Ithaca, NY 14850
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Suffolk University Law School
Hello! I'm Mike Cyr, an Ithaca DWI Lawyer at NEWMAN & CYR. We are a law firm based in Ithaca, NY and our practice focuses on DWI defense, criminal defense, and traffic-related matters. I hope you enjoy my blog and videos --you can always ask me a question. I represent people throughout the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY. I also represent college students at Ithaca College, Cornell University, and SUNY Binghamton with regularity. My personal defense philosophy is "past, present, and future" --i.e. minimize the charges, fight the case, and protect the future. ...
Joshua Bannister
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LITTLE FALLS, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(315) 508-5383 598 E MONROE ST
LITTLE FALLS, NY 13365
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Joshua is a native of Herkimer County. After college, he served our country as a Marine Officer, achieved the rank of Captain, and served on three deployments to the Middle East. Following service in the Marines, Joshua attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2015. Joshua gives 100% to everything he does. Following a recent jury trial in the Village of Herkimer [Docket No. 17050159], Joshua's client was found not guilty on all counts which was the first misdemeanor acquittal in Herkimer County in...
Joseph John Centra
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(315) 426-1648 217 Montgomery Street
Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and St. Bonaventure University
My practice primarily focuses on DWI/DUI, criminal defense and traffic matters. These cases range from minor first time offenses to the most serious arrests including DWI, violent felony offenses, economic (white collar) crimes, and narcotics possession and distribution. As an attorney, I have handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases.

I started my career working as an Assistant District Attorney where I started out in the Law and Appeals Bureau. In the Law and Appeals Bureau I prepared several legal briefs and had the unique opportunity to argue cases in both the Appellate Division of...
Edwin Grasmann
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Manlius, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(315) 692-4423 128 West Pleasant Street
Manlius, NY 13104
Criminal, Administrative, Business and Health Care
EDWIN J. GRASMANN 128 W. PLEASANT ST. ⢠MANLIUS, NY 13104 HOME: (315) 692-4423 ⢠DOCEJG@AOL.COM CELL: (631) 807-0205 PROFILE Retired physician and admitted attorney with outstanding proficiency in analyzing and consulting on legal health matters. Four plus years experience in all aspects of plaintiff litigation including depositions, pleadings, new client intakes and medical record reviews. Specialty in medicolegal analysis of medical and personal injury cases. Admitted in New York, Massachusetts and United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of New York.Also practice in certain areas of Criminal Law, Medical Malpractice, VA Law,...
Dennis J. Nave Jr.
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(315) 200-1429 432 North Franklin Street
Suite 80
Syracuse, NY 13204
Free ConsultationSyracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
Criminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
Dennis Nave prides himself on being a young, intelligent and knowledgeable attorney who is motivated to defend his clients’ rights and interests. For the vast majority of Dennis’ career, he has been passionate about defending individuals facing DWI, traffic, and criminal charges. He approaches each of his client’s cases as unique and each person as his equal, always going the extra mile to ensure his clients are fully educated on their case and knowing they are receiving the best quality representation. He provides 24-7 access to his clients so when they are in need, Dennis is always available. Dennis...
James David Hartt
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Liverpool, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(585) 490-7100 290 Elwood Davis Road
Suite 290
Liverpool, NY 13088
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, Education and Employment
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Attorney James D. Hartt represents victims of employment discrimination statewide. He has significant experience representing clients in the NYS Division of Human Rights, EEOC and in State and Federal Courts. Call Attorney James D. Hartt today to set up your free initial telephone consultation.
With Offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and a Satellite Office in Manhattan, Attorney James D. Hartt is proud to offer his legal expertise to New Yorkers statewide.

James practices in several other areas of law, including but not limited to: criminal defense, professional licensure defense, civil litigation, education law, and others!
Liam G.B. Murphy
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Groton, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(877) 212-4722 170 Main Street
Groton, NY 13073
Criminal, Appeals, Business and DWI
New York University School of Law
Shaw & Murphy is a general practice law firm focused on providing high-caliber, personal and commercial legal service to clients in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of New York.

We are a general practice on purpose: We believe clients benefit from a broad view of the law. We understand, for example, how divorce, custody, visitation and child support impact your business or that buying a house can also impact your estate planning.

Our lawyers and paralegals work together to provide clients with cost-effective solutions. We offer our wide experience in many areas of the law and our varied life experiences as...
Thomas Hegeman
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Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Albany Law School
I have been practicing criminal and family law (no divorce) for 40 years. I have handled thousands of cases and taken numerous criminal cases to trial with good results. I am regularly in court and am familiar with the judges and prosecutors. As part of my family law practice I regularly represent children in Family Court. I take many Continuing Legal Education courses to keep my skills up to date.
Stefano Cambareri
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(315) 426-1648 217 Montgomery Street
Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202
Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
Criminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
Stefano Cambareri is the managing partner of the Syracuse, New York law firm of Cambareri & Cambareri, LLP and has managed the firm since its formation in 1999. His legal practice focuses on criminal matters, with an emphasis on DWI/DUI defense. Mr. Cambareri also represents clients charged in a wide variety of cases, including murder, narcotics possession/distribution and white-collar criminal offenses including tax fraud, falsification of business record and other theft type offenses. Prior to the formation of Cambareri & Cambareri, Mr. Cambareri spent nearly nine years as an Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney where he handled cases...
Becky Leigh Arnold
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Binghamton, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(607) 722-8272 142 Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
University of Tennessee College of Law
Over 20 years experience in Divorce & Matrimonial Law, Family Law, Criminal Defense and General Practice. You will receive the attention, dedication and respect you deserve! Compassionate, Caring Representation
Thomas Dean Jackson
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Binghamton, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(607) 296-4190 477 State Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Criminal and DWI
I graduated from Albany Law School in 2000, and after passing the New York State Bar in 2002, I joined the Broome County District Attorney’s Office. I began my career as a prosecutor in the local courts prosecuting misdemeanors, violations and traffic cases. During that time I handled more than 40 misdemeanor jury trials and hundreds of non jury traffic and penal law trials. I was fortunate enough to practice in all the courts in Broome County and had jury trials in most of them. After only 3 years at the DA’s Office, I was promoted to Assistant District...
Robert A. Clark Jr.
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(845) 224-9067 432 North Franklin St.
Suite 80
Syracuse, NY 13204
Criminal, DWI and Family
Syracuse University College of Law
Kenneth Matthew Christopher
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(315) 422-0501 430 E. Genesee Street, Suite 111
Syracuse, NY 13202
Criminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
Christopher Jude Pelli
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Utica, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(315) 733-3271 3 Derbyshire Pl
Utica, NY 13501
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse Univ. College Of Law
I grew up in the Mohawk Valley, and have worked almost continuously since I was about 10 years old. I learned early on the importance of a strong work ethic, and good communication. While attending Syracuse University School of Law, I worked for the New York State Office of the Attorney General, under both Dennis Vacco and Elliot Spitzer. After graduation, I postponed taking the bar exam to take part in a special Criminal Law Clinic in Syracuse, where I was allowed to represent indigent individuals under the supervision of Law School Professors. Several months later, on my first attempt,...
Gary Bruce Ketcham
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(315) 288-0735 Lincoln Park Dr
Syracuse, NY 13203
Criminal, Appeals, DWI and Family
G Bruce is a Syracuse NY Attorney practicing in the following Legal areas: Criminal Law, Family\Divorce, DUI, Civil practice, Soc. Sec. Disability, Benefits Entitlement.
Michael Raphael Cardinale
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Cortland, NY Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(315) 698-9630 4030 West Road (Route 281)
Cortland, NY 13045
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Personal Injury
Albany Law School
Bruce Robert Bryan
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(315) 476-1800 333 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Criminal and Appeals
Fordham University
Appellate lawyer with more than 20 years experience handling complex state and federal appeals in New York and elsewhere. Adjunct professor teaching appellate practice in Ivy League Law School. Experience in United States Supreme Court.
Brett S. Noonan
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Endicott, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(607) 953-6367 423 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Albany Law School
George Henry Sallaway
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Fayetteville, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(315) 256-9240 Fayetteville, NY 13066
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
University of Iowa
Eric Webster Sherwood
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Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(315) 473-9985 247 W Fayette St
Ste 315
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Personal Injury
University of Dayton
I am a sole practitioner who has been specializing in Criminal Defense and Personal Bankruptcy Law for over 20 years. I handle all aspects of criminal law, including DWI defense and traffic matters.

I am admitted to practice in all of the courts of the State of New York, as well as the Northern District of New York.
Kelly E. Fischer
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Binghamton, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(607) 772-6104 142 Front St
Binghamton, NY 13905
Criminal, DWI, Family and Nursing Home
John 'Jack' Kotchick
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Binghamton, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(607) 296-3239 95 Court Street
2nd Floor
Binghamton, NY 13901
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Robert S. Temple
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East Syracuse, NY Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(315) 437-2684 211 N Center St
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and DWI
Syracuse University College of Law
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.