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Criminal Defense Attorney in Syracuse, New York

No matter the charge, a criminal conviction carries serious consequences that can cost time, money, your reputation, or even your freedom. At James Hopkins Law Firm, you'll find effective legal representation to limit adverse consequences from criminal charges. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in Syracuse, New York. Attorney Hopkins defends all types of criminal cases in state and federal courts, including:

  • Homicide/ Manslaughter/ Firearms – Mr. Hopkins has successfully defended many cases involving the most serious criminal charges imaginable, including murder, manslaughter, and kidnapping. Every case is different, but Mr. Hopkins has won multiple acquittals of serious felony charges after trial and has successfully resolved many other serious cases through negotiation or other means.

  • DWI/DUI – A charge of driving under the influence can happen to anybody, and the repercussions of a conviction can include jail, fines, severe license penalties, and permanent damage to your record. Allow a skilled lawyer to examine the particulars of your arrest, including any tests used to determine your level of alleged impairment.

  • Drug charges– Narcotics and marijuana cases constitute a significant portion of the caseload at James Hopkins Law Firm, as Mr. Hopkins was a former narcotics prosecutor in the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. He has considerable experience in both prosecuting and defending drug-related cases. Alternatives to prosecution might be available, and Attorney Hopkins strives to achieve the best possible results for his clients.

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  • Misdemeanors – Though the consequences are less severe than for felonies, misdemeanor convictions can still leave you with a permanent criminal record and potential sentences of jail, probation, or fines. A conviction can also result in ineligibility for student loans or may affect your employment. Examples of misdemeanor charges include petit larceny, assault in the third degree, and issuing a bad check. Traffic offenses like the aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle or reckless driving are also considered misdemeanors and can result in hefty fines, state surcharges, and higher insurance rates.

  • Fraud – Identity theft, insurance fraud, and workers' compensation fraud are examples of white-collar crimes handled by the James Hopkins Law Firm. If you have been charged with fraud in Syracuse, New York, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to examine every detail of the case.

  • Theft – A larceny conviction that doesn’t involve violent behavior or serious weapons charges can still adversely impact your life. A criminal record may prevent you from getting the job you want or otherwise impact your life. James Hopkins Law Firm works tirelessly for you to prevent this.

For more information about how James Hopkins Law Firm can represent you in these types of cases in Oswego, Madison, Cortland, Utica, and throughout Central New York, schedule your initial consultation today with his office in Syracuse.