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Syracuse Criminal Defense Lawyer


criminal law specialist

When you have made a mistake — and anyone can — you deserve an attorney who will listen to your side of the story and explain where you stand.

When stress is weighing down on you, you deserve an attorney who will answer your calls, respond to your e-mails and be there for you when you need him.

When your future is on the line, you deserve an attorney who will put up a strong defense and advocate for your rights.

When the entire force of the criminal justice system is against you, you deserve an attorney with the experience.

I am that attorney. My name is Michael Spano, and I have handled criminal law matters in Syracuse and Central New York for more than over 20 years. Not only have I been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyer list for 2011, but I am the only board-certified lawyer in Criminal Trial and Advocacy in New York state by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Experienced New York & federal court criminal defense lawyer

Former Chief Assistant District Attorney

Choosing a law firm to defend you against criminal charges could very well be one of the most important decisions you make in your life. Make the right choice.

I know how to fight. I understand how to win. I know because I have stood in my opponent's shoes. I spent a decade in the District Attorney's Office, prosecuting the most serious cases and eventually leading the homicide bureau as a Chief Assistant District Attorney.

I have firsthand knowledge of what makes the opposition tick, what he or she is afraid of, what works against him or her and what doesn't. I have handled a full range of cases, from DWI or drug charges to white collar crimes, sex offenses and murder.

You Deserve a Positive Outcome

You want your criminal defense case resolved quickly. I work hard to resolve your case quickly, but never sacrifice quality and thoroughness for expediency.

As an experienced Syracuse criminal defense attorney, I take great care to explore the possible angles of your case and to follow the paths that will lead to the best possible result.

You Can Start With a Free Consultation

You can reach me day or night, and I return calls and e-mails promptly. To discuss retaining my services as your lawyer, call 315-350-3975 in the Syracuse area or toll-free at 866-781-9603, or send an e-mail.