Criminal Defense

Santarpia Law, Buffalo, New York Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Santarpia provides experienced legal counsel and representation to adult and juvenile clients in all areas of criminal law, including violations, misdemeanors and felonies. If you were charged with a criminal offense, or if you are aware of an ongoing investigation or impending charges, it is advisable to contact an attorney immediately. Early intervention will allow your attorney to handle the case from the onset and make sure that your legal rights are protected.

Violations, Misdemeanor and Felony

Violation – a violation has a potential maximum sentence of up to 15 days in jail.

Misdemeanor – a misdemeanor is an offense that is punishable by up to one year in jail, in addition to fines and other penalties.

Felony – felonies are the most serious criminal offenses. A felony conviction ranges from a year to a life sentence.

Santarpia Criminal Law Practice Areas

DWI – New York has some of the most serious penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the country. It is essential to understand that an arrest is not a conviction and that there are various aspects of a DWI arrest that may be vigorously challenged, including the field sobriety test, the accuracy of the Breathalyzer test, the results of the tests, whether or not the arresting officer actually had probable cause, and more.

Theft Offenses – Theft offenses vary and include shoplifting, retail theft, bad checks, identity theft, auto theft, burglary, robbery and many others.

Drug Offenses – Possession, sales, trafficking, manufacturing, distribution, medical marijuana offenses and all others. 

Sex Offenses – Sex offenses are extremely serious and requires vigorous, effective defense. Sex offenses include rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual act, forcible touching and many others.

Property crimes – There are a wide array of property crimes, including breaking and entering, criminal mischief, arson, burglary, graffiti, larceny, stolen property, theft of service and many others.

Violent Crimes – Includes assault, aggravated assault, murder, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault, gang assault, kidnapping and many others.

Violations of Probation – Violation of probation often results in reinstatement of the original sentence. Probation matters require aggressive, skilled legal representation.

All Other Offenses – Santarpia Law represents clients charged with all crimes, whether listed above or not.