Law Offices of Jeffrey P. Santoro in Williamsville, NY

Any court proceeding, whether a criminal case, divorce or family court proceeding, can be a stressful and anxiety-ridden experience. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey P. Santoro it is our priority to answer all of your questions and guide you through the quicksand of the legal process, all in a professional manner to reduce your stress and anxiety to a favorable result.
With over 27 years of experience and extensive legal knowledge, Mr. Santoro will provide a personal and aggressive defense of your interests to achieve your best result. Mr. Santoro has extensive experience from intake through trial and appeals in the areas of criminal, matrimonial and family law, and is a respected attorney in WNY.
The Law Office of Jeffrey P. Santoro covers all legal matters in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Monroe, Wyoming, Livingston, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties.
We as a family faced our most difficult time. We finally have closure. We want to thank Jeff Santoro. He believed in us, felt our feelings in the same way we did and created social justice where needed! Jeff, you are an amazing stood by our side, at times you stood in front to protect us and were our voice! We thank you for your passion and support during all of this. It helped us to have some peace knowing you were with us! Our best... Don, Karen and Pumpkin!

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Criminal Law
Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense or the most complicated crime, rest assured that Mr. Santoro will be thoroughly prepared and zealous in representing you.

If you are a “person of interest,” under active investigation or are in the process of being prosecuted for a felony or misdemeanor, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney prepared and knowledgeable to prepare your defense. Throughout all phases of your proceeding you are entitled to choose a lawyer to defend you. Attorney Jeffrey P. Santoro not only understands how to fight against substantive issues, but is also qualified to fight the procedural issues as well. (i.e. Did the police violate your constitutional rights against an unlawful search or seizure?). As a criminal defense attorney in Western New York, Mr. Santoro has the complete understanding of the criminal law, as well as the procedural requirements for the specific Justice or Town Court which is important to help your case.

The level of crime you have been charged with (violation, misdemeanor or felony) will determine the potential penalty to be imposed (fines, imprisonment or both). Mr. Santoro will help you understand the charges and penalties you are facing, as well as the likely result. Mr. Santoro has been successful in all stages of the criminal process, having had cases dismissed at the time of arraignment, through motion during the proceedings, and after trial.

If you are convicted of a crime (misdemeanor or felony) not only are you are at risk of serving a sentence of imprisonment, significant fines and surcharges, but you also face the possibility of having a permanent criminal record which will impact your current employment or future employability, being placed on parole or probation – which has strict limitations and additional punishments for failing to comply, and in some instances, may expose you to a civil lawsuit for damages.
When should you seek the assistance of an Attorney in a Criminal Case:
At the time of your initial interaction with any law enforcement officer the officer, is looking for evidence to establish your guilt. So it is important to speak with a lawyer from the start to establish your defense.

Often people do not realize that their actions rise to a criminal level, believe that they can talk themselves out of the charge with the local law enforcement officer, or believe that they can act as their own attorney. Unfortunately, the law enforcement officer that has stopped you or is investigating the situation has often made up his/her mind as to whether or not there is going to be an arrest. At that point, the officer is just trying to get more evidence to strengthen their case against you. They are not trying to get evidence as to whether or not they can make an arrest — they've already determined they are going to make the arrest, it's just a matter of getting additional evidence or information against you.

Law enforcement officers have a large “bag of tricks” to get you to provide information, make statements or “voluntarily” hand over evidence when they actually have no basis for the intrusion against your constitutional rights. This is something the officer will never tell the suspect. They won't tell a suspect “we need to interview you because we are going to arrest you, but we're just trying to get more evidence against you”. No one would talk if they revealed this information. This is a grave mistake, and a lot of clients try to handle these situations themselves.

Once a law enforcement officer is investigating you for a crime, it's time for you to obtain professional help.

Bail in New York

Bail is the amount of money or property that is required to allow a person to be released from jail during the pendency of their case. The bail amount is first set at arraignment, and any prior criminal history, in New York or any other state, will affect the amount of bail required for release. So if you or someone you love is scheduled to appear at an arraignment, don't leave their release to chance, contact the Law Office of Jeffrey P. Santoro, we have experience in obtaining low or no bail requirements for the release of you or your loved ones.
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