Syracuse Criminal Defense Law Firm
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 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).
- Resisting Arrest
Carden Dotzler Hammond, PLLC has multiple areas of specialization. Our practice areas include:
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MEET OUR TEAM
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.
A founding member of CDH Law and the firm’s Managing Partner, Mr. Carden leads the family law and divorce practice group. His no-nonsense, results-oriented approach to his practice has garnered a cult-like following from his clients.View full bio
Mr. Dotzler is a founding partner of Carden Dotzler Hammond, PLLC. He concentrates his practice on criminal defense, DWI defense and traffic defense.View full bio
Mr. Hammond is a former military trial and appellate lawyer with over a decade of experience fighting for service members and their families. He served nine years and two combat tours as an active duty US Army officer before joining CDH Law.View full bio
Brian is an associate at CDH Law, focusing primarily on the firm’s criminal defense practice. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hartwick College in 2015 and his Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2018.View full bio
Joanna is CDH Law’s Paralegal Specialist. Her detailed knowledge of the New York criminal and traffic laws is a key asset to the firm’s criminal defense and traffic practice. As a client of CDH Law, you will likely interact with Joanna in addition to our attorneys.View full bio
Karen Balman is office manager and legal assistant at Carden Dotzler Hammond. A Central New York native, Karen graduated from LeMoyne College with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Syracuse University.View full bio
Often, our clients need professional investigation to support a complex criminal defense or divorce case. CDH Law is proud to partner with Mr. Brown and 1st Choice Private Investigations L.L.C. for its investigative needs.View full bio
HE IS PROFESSIONAL TO THE ENTH DEGREE!
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 !
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.
WE WERE ECSTATIC WITH THE FINAL RESULT
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.
THIS IS THE GUY FOR YOU NO DOUBT.
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 helpfull 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.
I WAS EXTREMELY PLEASED WITH THE OUTCOME.
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.
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!
100 Madison Street Tower 1, Floor 12
Syracuse, NY 13202