Criminal Defense Lawyers

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If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense in the CNY region, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney in Syracuse, NY who will listen to your concerns, and be by your side every step of the way. At Nave Law, we pride ourselves in our experienced team of attorneys who are ready to come to your defense, and fight for the best possible outcome. At Nave Law, we handle ALL types of criminal offense. We’ve provided examples of the offenses we handle, but our services aren’t just limited to the offenses below. If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, don’t wait. Contact us today!

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is a heightened level of assault which typically involves the use of a weapon or serious injuries. This offense is often considered a felony, whereas regular assault is a misdemeanor. This is a serious offense that can result in big fines and many years of imprisonment.

Grand Larceny

Grand larceny is a theft crime that can include credit card theft and embezzlement, and involves stealing property or money that is valued at a high dollar amount. This is a serious crime that is often considered a felony, resulting in jail time of at least one year.


In New York State, intentionally aggravating, annoying, or alarming an individual is considered harassment. This includes sexual and virtual actions. Harassment in the first degree is considered a misdemeanor, while harassment in the second degree is a violation.

Identity Theft

Identity theft takes place when someone uses another individual’s personal information, including identification, credit card numbers, or social security numbers to make purchases or gain something of value which can include goods, property, or services. First Degree identity theft is the most serious identity theft crime, punishable by 7 years of jail time and includes fines of $5000 or more.

Insurance Fraud

This type of fraud takes place with an attempt to get a fraudulent outcome from an insurance process. This crime can take place from different perspectives: From an insurer denying a benefit that is due, or when a claimant tries to get a benefit or advantage that is not rightfully theirs.


Manslaughter is broadly defined as the death of an individual because of reckless actions. There is no forethought or premeditation to this crime. There are two types of manslaughter: Involuntary and voluntary. Involuntary means the death was unintentional, while voluntary means that the individual accused with the crime intended to hurt or kill the victim.


This crime involves the premeditated killing of one individual by another. First degree murder, aggravated murder, and murder in the second degree are all types of crimes associated with murder. If you or a family member has been charged with murder in CNY, this is a serious felony. You need an experienced Syracuse criminal defense attorney on your side. At Nave Law, we’ll carefully review your case. We’re committed to fighting for your constitutional rights.

Vehicular Assault/Homicide

Vehicular Assault occurs when the individual driving causes harm to another person. Vehicular homicide occurs when a person dies because of the actions of the other individual driving a vehicle. Both of these crimes can be a result of reckless driving or driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.


Arson is defined as intentionally setting fire to a property. This crime is usually classified as a felony because of the dangers it can pose to individuals and surrounding property and land, and involves jail time. If you feel you have been wrongfully charged, contact Nave Law today.


Unlawfully entering a building with the intent to commit a crime is considered a burglary. This is a serious crime, and typically it is considered a felony. Without a proper defense, prison or jail sentences are likely, along with significant burglary fines.

Criminal Possession of Marijuana

Possession of Marijuana in these terms is a criminal offense and requires a serious defense. An individual can be found guilty is they possess marijuana in a public place and it is burning or open to public view, or if they unlawfully possess more than 25 grams. There are harsh criminal penalties to this crime, but with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, the case may be able to be dismissed, or the charges lessened.

Criminal Possession of a Weapon

This is the unlawful possession on a weapon by an individual. A “weapon” can include many items, including a firearm, blade or knife, or bludgeon. The most common is usually a firearm. If you’ve been charged with this crime, you need a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side. Nave Law can help!


This is a wide term that can refer to many types of offenses that involve “fraudulent acts.” It can involve the deception of a person or business for personal gain. Types of fraud can include: bankruptcy fraud, tax fraud. Identity theft, insurance fraud, and credit/debit card fraud. Penalties for this offence differ based on the type of fraud, but can include jail time, probation, or fines—or all three.


Typically taking place on college campuses, hazing is illegal—and in the worst cases can result in injury or even death. If you’ve been charged with a hazing crime, you could face a permanent criminal record, prison time, or substantial fines. If you’ve been charged, it is extremely important to have a strong defense. At Nave Law, we will fight for your rights and the best possible outcome so you can get your life back on track.


In New York State, rape crimes are recognized in three different degrees of severity. All degrees of this crime are considered a felony, and if convicted you could face prison time as well as $5,000 in fines.


Robbery in New York State is defined as forcible stealing, meaning that the individual committing the crime uses or threatens force against the victim being stolen from. There are three degrees of robbery indicating different levels of severity, and all are considered felonies.


Tampering can be considered any action that is done in an attempt to conceal a crime. This can include tampering with, or destroying evidence. Depending on the type of tampering, this can be considered either a misdemeanor or felony. If you are accused of tampering, there needs to be a proven intent. A strong defense is a must if you are attempting to fight these charges. Nave Law has experienced criminal lawyers in Syracuse, NY that can help!


Also known as larceny, this refers to the crime of taking someone’s property without consent. There are different levels of theft, the most minor being petty theft. This is charged when the value of an item is less than a certain amount. Shoplifting is usually considered a type of petty theft. The greater the value of the items or property stolen, the greater the consequences. If you feel you have been wrongly charged, contact Nave Law. We’ll examine your case, and fight to get your charges lessened or dismissed wherever possible.


Entering a property without permission is against the law in New York state. If you are only found to be trespassing, this is considered a violation. However, this crime can become far more serious if you are found to be trespassing with a weapon. There are three degrees of trespassing, and this crime is often tacked onto burglary, making the consequences even more serious.

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