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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.

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Skilled At Trial

Many attorneys try to avoid the courtroom or to use that venue as a bargaining chip or last resort when settlement talks fail. Prosecutors know the lawyers who, when push comes to shove, will take a case to trial, and those who won’t. James A. Baker has tried innumerable cases from petty violations up to murder charges.
He is an Ithaca criminal defense lawyer who sees value in litigation as a means for getting the attention of the opposing side; more importantly, it is sometimes the only way to get a fair shot at a just result. If you don’t explore all of your options, you put your future at risk. Your freedom and your good reputation are at stake; you need experienced and savvy legal counsel. James A. Baker is ready to take that journey with you. 

Felony Criminal Defense

Felony criminal defense requires an in-depth understanding of the penal laws, statutes and the procedures involved in mounting a defense and conducting a trial. Whether you have been charged with burglary, drug trafficking or murder, the issues you face are very complex. You are innocent until proven guilty, however. Attorney Baker can help you explore all your options, which could include dismissal of the charges, reduction of the charges, or a trial for a not-guilty verdict.

DWI Defense

You may think a DWI conviction is inevitable, what with the training of the police officer combined with the sophistication of the tests and testing materials. While challenges exist, a skilled attorney can locate those errors that have occurred and use those errors to leverage a better bargain in negotiations or to increase your chances for a favorable result at trial. Instead of jail and a suspended license following a drunk driving conviction, you could get the chance to start over.

Misdemeanor Criminal Defense

While the consequences are not as severe as felony charges, misdemeanor charges and convictions can still change your life, particularly when you’re looking at new job opportunities or trying to find an apartment. From shoplifting to assault, to drunk driving, a misdemeanor crime is anything but a minor legal matter and requires the advice and assistance of an experienced professional to obtain the best result.

College Disciplinary Proceedings

While not a formal court of law, the consequence of a guilty “verdict” in some academic disciplinary hearing carries severe consequences. Your academic future is at stake. James A. Baker will provide the same level of dedicated representation before an administrative board as he would before a judge and jury.

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