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Criminal Law

While the term “criminal law” relates to definitions of all criminal offenses in the state, the term also covers the rights of an individual who is accused and defines the entire process, from the moment a person is arrested, through to the court case if the accused is tried. No one wants to experience the anxiety caused by being accused of a crime. But, consider that even traffic violations may be considered to be criminal activities.

If you are accused of a crime, you need to determine how serious your crime is considered to be, and you need to know your legal rights throughout the process. The best way to protect your rights is to have an attorney present, no matter how small the issue seems to be. Michael C. Adges knows New York’s criminal law system. He can determine if you need his legal support. When you need it, he will work to protect your rights and make sure your case is treated fairly.

Mr. Adges can help you with these types of cases:

  • Traffic violations
  • Driving while intoxicated


Traffic violations
In the public eye, violating a traffic law is not seen as a crime. In fact, while they may be seen as relatively minor, traffic violations are criminal acts. Depending on the nature of the crime, particularly if there is the potential for deadly results, traffic violations are viewed and treated seriously within the New York court system.

You may consider your violation to be minor, but some offenses could lead to loss or suspension of your driver’s license. If you have received several tickets over a short period of time, even a mechanical violation can be seen as serious by the court, and you can pay a significant price:


  • The fine
  • Costs associated with retrieving your car if it is impounded
  • Increased insurance costs


The criminal process can be complex and confusing. You need an attorney who knows New York’s traffic court system. The Law Offices of Michael C. Adges can look at your current situation and develop a plan of action that will provide you with the best possible resolution.

Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
Driving any vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. New York law expressly prohibits driving any vehicle, including cars, boats, or other recreation vehicles while intoxicated. If you are charged with this serious crime, particularly if you cause injury as a result of intoxication, you could face suspension or loss of your license, fines, and jail time.

You need to contact an attorney as soon as possible when charged with a DWI and before talking to law enforcement officials or others. When you call Michael C. Adges, you will get the support you need to ensure the best outcome for your case. Mr. Adges can help with the entire process surrounding, including these:

  • Discuss your case with you to determine the best strategy for representing you
  • Accompany and advise you during initial questioning
  • Recommend programs to help you handle addiction problems
  • Handle communications with other attorneys who may be involved in the case
  • Defend you in court


Each step of the complex criminal process has rules to protect your rights. One rule states that the prosecutor must prove both guilt and intent. Another rule is that you have the right to an attorney. Michael C. Adges has the experience to make sure all your rights are protected.

Contact us
If you are facing a personal financial crisis and you need an attorney, contact the Law Offices of Michael C. Adges at 516-742-1741 or contact us online.