Criminal Defense
Criminal Defense
When you are accused of, and arrested for, committing a crime, your first reaction is likely to be fear. The smartest thing you can do is promptly contact our office since the sooner we are involved in your case, the more helpful our intervention will be.
DWI & DWAI Defense
DWI & DWAI Defense
With so many deaths on our highways attributed to driving while intoxicated or impaired, there has been increased enforcement of DWI (Driving While Intoxicated, sometimes referred to as DUI) and DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) laws.
Traffic Defense
Traffic Defense
Though a traffic ticket may seem like simply an annoyance and an expense, traffic tickets can have major financial impact. Beyond fines and surcharges, in New York State, a guilty plea or conviction on a traffic violation can result points on your license.
Family Law
Family Law
If you are dealing with divorce, child custody or child support issues (including modification or violations of child support orders), the family law attorneys at Carden Dotzler Hammond are ready to assist you in working out a reasonable and just solution.

Syracuse Criminal Defense Law Firm

Helping The Wrongfully Accused Throughout Central New York

If you are entangled in a legal problem for the first time, the anxiety can be overwhelming. Why not turn to our highly skilled attorneys who will help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and put you at ease? Our track record of successful outcomes will give you confidence. You can rely on the fact that once you become our client we will support you every inch of the way.

At CDH Law PLLC we are well-prepared to protect your rights and minimize your risk. We have superior negotiating skills. Depending on the circumstances of your particular case, we may be able to have your charges dropped entirely or help you plea bargain to a lesser charge. We are always on your side, working diligently to protect your interests.

Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas
Providing Legal Representation Throughout Onondaga County

Our criminal defense attorneys always assume that you are innocent until proven guilty and will use legal tactics that have proven successful in past cases. We will do everything possible to get you acquitted. In cases where the evidence weighs heavily against you, we will use our negotiating skills to get your charges reduced.

Our criminal defense team routinely handles offenses such as:

  • Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • Petit Larceny (e.g. Shoplifting)
  • Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (driving without a valid license, or with a suspended or revoked license)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Harassment (typically involving physical altercation that does not result in physical injury).
  • Assault
  • Resisting Arrest

Carden Dotzler Hammond, PLLC has multiple areas of specialization. Our practice areas include:

 Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas
Other services
Our goal is to restore stability and order to the chaos that may precede the marital split. When you work with our practice, you can rest assured that communication will be a major part of the process.
A great deal is at stake when you are charged with an alcohol-related driving offense. Carden Dotzler Hammond will pull out all the stops to limit your financial stress and to guard your freedom.
Our firm also provides criminal defense for more heavy duty drug arrests, such as drug distribution, trafficking and manufacturing. As you may or may not know, New York has some of the toughest drug laws in the country.
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What Is Leandra’s Law?

New York does not tolerate driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The penalties are harsh and the repercussions can follow you for a long, long time. This is especially true if your DWI is subject to Leandra’s law. An Understanding of Leandra’s Law Far too many New Yorkers have been arrested and charged […]

Why Should You Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

As soon as you are arrested and charged with a crime, it is a race against the clock. Things will move quickly. Prosecutors will not delay in gathering evidence as they work to build a case against you. Your best opportunities to negotiate and have the evidence gathered in support of your defense happen sooner […]

The Types of Alimony (Maintenance) Available in New York

In New York, what is commonly known as “alimony” is referred to as “maintenance.” Maintenance are support payments made from one spouse to the other spouse. They are ordered when there is a need on the behalf of one spouse and an ability to pay on behalf of the other spouse. That is why maintenance […]



If you are searching for an outstanding law firm in Onondaga County and the surrounding counties of Central New York, you should take a careful look at Carden Dotzler Hammond, PLLC. Our veteran owned and operated practice has a well-earned reputation for compassionate and efficient service as well as for powerful legal counsel. We have excellent Google and Avvo reviews, and two of us have been designated Super Lawyers.

Carden Dotzler Hammond, PLLC is here for you in what may seem like your darkest hour. Our dedicated attorneys are well-trained and experienced and we have a track record of satisfied clients. Just take a look at our testimonials and you will see how trustworthy and effective we really are. Instead of worrying, give us a call or fill in one of the contact forms on our website. Consulting with us may be the best decision you ever make.



Look NO further for a DWI attorney! Hands down, Clifton Carden is “the man”! I have a very good job and travel the country for work, so having a regular liscence is a necessity. I was pulled over for a traffic infraction and it went south from there. Aressted and charged with four charges including DWI. (First timer) Through a very good friend, I found out about Clifton. After talking to Clifton (On a Saturday), he put me at ease and I hired him immediately. We sat down, made a plan and commenced to carry out that plan. Long story short, he saved my job, my house, my livelihood! I was completely blown away by what he did for me and my family and will be forever grateful! He is a professional to the enth degree! Semper Fi Cliff !

- Eric
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Mr. Hammond made sure that I was not taken advantage of. He spoke up for me to make sure I was heard. He made sure I knew what was going on before he spoke also what the outcome was when he finished. He stayed in contact with me throughout the whole ordeal. Great lawyer.

- Jonathan
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Clifton Carden worked with our family to procure the most favorable outcome for my son in a matter that occurred not only in another county but also several years in the past. We were ecstatic with the final result, and the professional manner that was used throughout the process. Step-by-step, my son was made aware of what was happening and what would happen in the future so as to alleviate his stress in this matter. Thank you to all the staff for a very satisfactory result, and should there be any other matters in the future for our family or others, we will surely contact Clifton Carden again or recommend him to others.

- Barb
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When I got my first speeding ticket, I was so upset and just mad at myself for my mistake. After I called and discussed it with Matt my worries were gone. He reduced my speeding ticket and was more than helpful in the entire process. This is the guy for you no doubt. Why keep looking for over prices lawyers when you can get help here for a decent price. Thanks Matt Dotzler.

- Mike
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Cliff and his team were very helpful and went the extra mile for me. He explained all my options clearly and didn’t force me to make any decisions in was unsure of. He was very thorough with my case and I was extremely pleased with the outcome. If I am ever in need of legal advise on the future his team is my first choice. Thanks for everything.

- Chris
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He informed me on all possible outcomes. Very easy to get ahold of, I felt comfortable with him in charge of my case . I did my part so he was able to easily provide me with the best case scenario for me. Great lawyer!

- Kristine
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