Criminal Defense Attorneys

The defense lawyer's responsibility is to be an advocate for the accused, doing everything within the law to clear the defendant of any charges brought against them.

Arrested? Our firm is ready to fight for you!

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you need a dedicated Buffalo criminal defense lawyer in your corner who can work to counter the prosecution’s claims against you. No matter what you have been accused of doing, you have rights, one of them being the right to face your charges with legal counsel to represent you. At Smith & Messina, LLP we put our clients’ needs first regardless of what they’re up against. We understand the criminal process and we realize that when you are charged with a crime, you cannot have peace of mind until it is handled properly. Our firm works to protect your rights and your freedom at all times.

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What am I facing with a misdemeanor?

We defend clients charged with various offenses such as:

  • Traffic tickets
  • Petit larceny
  • DWI
  • Reckless driving
  • Unauthorized Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Drug Possession
  • Driving with a Suspended License

Misdemeanors are broken into two classes, A and B, in New York. Convictions for Class B misdemeanors can come with up to three months in jail and upwards of $500 in fines. Class A misdemeanors are more serious, and a conviction can bring up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

For certain charges you could also face the loss of your driver’s license or professional license or community service if you are found guilty. You need to take any criminal charges seriously, especially since they could stay on your record permanently, potentially limiting your chances of keeping your job or finding one in the future. Having previous convictions can also aggravate any future criminal charges.

We Can Help You

Our Buffalo criminal defense attorney can fully inform you of what you are facing and what your legal options are. The sooner you contact the firm, the more time we will have to build an effective defense to your charges. We can fight to have your charges reduced or dropped entirely! View our case evaluation form to discuss your options.

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Have Questions About Where To Begin?

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