Experience You Can Count On

Criminal cases demand great skill from your defense attorney. James A. Baker has the experience and expertise to protect your rights during any criminal prosecution.

Serving Ithaca and Surrounding Counties For Nearly 40 Years

Aggressive Criminal Defense Since 1981

Attorney James A. Baker has spent almost 40 years practicing criminal defense in Ithaca and surrounding counties. He has defended individuals who have been charged with misdemeanors and serious felonies. He is tenacious in his pursuit of justice: He overcomes long odds to secure the best possible results for all his clients.

From student Campus Code violations and drunk driving charges, to defense of murder prosecutions, he prepares every case meticulously. He does not hire associate attorneys; every case receives his personal attention, from intake through trial.

He conducts hands-on investigations and examines every aspect of the incident. He conducts interviews with witnesses, and thoroughly reviews police records. He routinely visits the alleged crime scene as well.

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James A. Baker

Skilled With All Aspects Of Criminal Cases

James A. Baker’s legal knowledge and trial abilities are well respected throughout the Ithaca legal community. He has, on several occasions, been appointed Special Prosecutor by the Tompkins County courts. In his capacity as a Special Prosecutor, he secured a murder conviction using DNA profiling to identify the Defendant, in one of New York State’s first DNA-related Prosecutions.

This experience means he understands both sides of criminal cases. Knowledge of how the prosecution builds their case is helpful when building the strongest possible defense case.

He has been trained and certified by the New York State Capital Defender’s Office to represent individuals charged with Capital Murder in New York State, and has been directly involved in two death penalty cases, once as lead counsel.

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