Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Rochester, NY

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, whether that be a felony, misdemeanor, summary, or otherwise, you need immediate legal representation. Napier & Napier, Attorneys at Law ensures every client’s rights are protected throughout the duration of their case. Robert and James personally work with each client because we know the gravity of the situation and the toll it can take on our client and their family.

Napier & Napier has provided criminal defense since 1948, and works to mitigate the consequences and give their clients firsthand advice and protection they are afforded under the law. As soon as you walk through our doors, we will put our extensive knowledge of criminal justice system to work for you, so you have the confidence that somebody is in your corner.

We represent clients for criminal cases including:

Assault & Violent Crimes

It is crucial to have an attorney defend your rights and future if you have been charged with a violent crime, as a conviction can impact your family, career, and finances. We fight to present your case, defend your rights, and have the case dismissed or the damages mitigated, as a felony or misdemeanor can result in background checks for years to come.


Since 1948, we have made it our goal to ensure those who are accused of murder, homicide, or manslaughter receiving excellent legal representation. You will work directly with a partner with more than 25 years of legal experience. Our courtroom techniques and strategies have led to many acquittals for clients charged with homicide in New York State.

Federal Crimes

At Napier & Napier, we have extensive experience defending clients accused of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) offenses in Western New York. We provide aggressive trial representation to not only protect your right, bu to also help you fight these charges.

Federal Weapons Charges

We also defend against federal weapons charges, such as:

  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Use or possession of a firearm in a federal facility
  • Possession of a stolen or illegally altered firearm
  • Offenses related to automatic weapons
  • Possession or use of a firearm in connection with the commission of a felony
  • Drug-related gun charges

Drug Crimes

If you have been arrested and charged with the manufacturing, selling, or trafficking of an illegal substance, our team at Napier & Napier is dedicated to protecting your rights. We are committed to minimizing the impact the charges have on your future.

We defend clients against state and federal crimes involving:

  • Marijuana charges
  • Cocaine charges
  • Ecstasy possession charges
  • Heroin possession charges
  • Prescription drug charges

While prescription drugs are not illegal per se, there are a number of crimes associated with prescription drugs. We defend clients against prescription drug charges in state and federal court that include:

  • Prescription fraud
  • Possession without a valid prescription
  • Possession of quantities in excess of valid prescription
  • Illegal purchase and sale of prescription drugs

Criminal Mischief

Small acts of vandalism, graffiti, and property damage can result in criminal mischief charges. Fines and even jail time are on the table depending on the extent of the damages caused. It’s important to have legal representation in these cases, as we can work on your behalf to prevent these acts from landing on your record.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are considered to be among the most heinous offenses, and as such they are aggressively tried. A guilty verdict can permanently alter your life by destroying personal relationships and having to register as a sex offender, among other serious consequences. We work to defend you and work against a criminal conviction.

We represent clients against charges that include:

  • Rape and other sexual assault and abuse charges
  • Child pornography charges
  • Solicitation
  • Internet sex crimes

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes are financially motivated crimes in the vein of fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, computer crimes, and more. While these crimes are usually associated with business people, anybody can be charged with this crime. At Napier & Napier, Attorneys at Law we work with our clients by giving them the personal attention they deserve and customizing a legal strategy tailored specifically for their case.

We represent clients against charges that include:

  • Fraud
  • Political corruption
  • Official misconduct
  • Retaliatory arrest
  • Retaliatory prosecution
  • Bribery
  • Embezzlement
  • Illegal transfer of technology
  • Unlawful procurement
  • Identity theft
  • Computer crimes

The Defense Criminal Investigative Service looks into these allegation and our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of this agency’s procedures and strategies. We can use this knowledge to protect the rights of those who are targeting by federal investigators.

At Napier & Napier, Attorneys at Law, we take the time to give your case the attention it truly deserves. We know this impacts you and your family, which is why Robert and Jim personally represent each of their clients. Give us a call or contact us for more details on a free initial consultation!