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Rochester, NY Criminal Defense Lawyer Protects the Accused

Determined representation for New Yorkers facing various criminal charges

If you have been arrested, or are under investigation for a crime, your freedom and your future are at stake.  The Law Office of Maurice J. Verrillo, P.C. provides capable and determined representation based on more than 30 years of experience. We understand there are times when individuals are wrongfully accused, but that many times errors of judgment or poor life choices also lead to criminal charges.  In either circumstance, you need results. We work diligently to protect your rights and achieve a favorable outcome.

What does it mean to be a Christian criminal defense attorney?

Under our American system of justice, every accused person deserves a vigorous defense, and on that we deliver. But, as a Christian law office, we believe that justice must be tempered with mercy. That means that even when the facts of the case are against you, we are determined to fight for an outcome that serves your best interests. We are passionate in advocating for our clients because we believe they are also children of a loving God, who searches for them when they are lost and rejoices when they are found.

Trustworthy advocate for a variety of criminal charges

Since 1987, accused individuals in the Rochester area have trusted us for representation in a wide range of cases, including:

  • Traffic offenses and DWI — If you’ve received a ticket for a moving violation, the fines and penalty points are just the beginning. You could be setting yourself up for a license suspension, and your insurance premiums could skyrocket. As for a DWI, you could immediately lose your license and also face jail time and steep fines. To protect your license, your freedom, and your wallet, it’s important to fight traffic offenses, but only with an experienced attorney at your side.
  • State crimes — Most criminal charges fall under state law. In New York, state crimes are categorized as misdemeanors. These range from unclassified misdemeanors (DWI) to Class B (prostitution) to Class A (petit larceny). Sentences for misdemeanors are less than two years in county jail, as well as fines. The most serious crimes are felonies, which the law divides into five classes: Class A (murder), Class B (armed robbery), Class C (certain types of robbery), Class D (certain types of fraud), and Class E (aggravated harassment). Drug crimes can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending upon several variables. Felony sentencing can run from two years in state prison to life without the possibility of parole.
  • Federal charges — If an offense violates a federal law, crosses state lines, occurs on federal property, or targets a federal officer in the performance of duties, the crime is a federal offense. When you are charged with a federal crime, you face highly professional investigation from the FBI and well-trained prosecution from the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s vitally important to retain a defense lawyer who is capable of performing up to their level.

No matter the charge, we are prepared to defend you vigorously and work for the best possible outcome under the facts of your case. Drawing on our in-depth knowledge of case law and precedent as well as our attention to detail, we have helped numerous people convicted of traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies regain their freedom and amend their criminal records.

Correcting wrongs through the appeal process

Appeals are a critical part of our justice system.  When trials were mishandled, evidence was illegally obtained, your civil rights were violated, or the judge and jury made a complete mistake, you may have grounds for a criminal appeal. Appeals take an astute lawyer and an experienced legal staff to research your case and uncover the evidence and details needed to overturn your conviction. You’ll find those at our firm.

Contact our convenient, effective, faith-based legal service in Rochester

The Law Office of Maurice J. Verrillo, P.C. in Rochester cares about the outcome of your criminal case.  Mention our website when you call us at 585-563-1134 or when you contact us online and receive a free 30-minute initial consultation.

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