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Michael Charles Cimasi

Michael Charles Cimasi

Cimasi Law Office
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • New York
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My practice pattern at the Cimasi Law Office is focused on DWI, criminal defense, and traffic matters (e.g. speeding, mechanical violations, unlicensed operation, etc.) in courts across Western New York. I also represent clients on parole violations and landlord-tenant matters. I am a highly meticulous and diligent practitioner who seeks to provide dedicated service to each client, regardless how big or small the matter. I am always available by phone, and there is no fee for initial consultations.

I also teach courses in sociology and legal studies to undergraduates at the University at Buffalo ("UB") and Buffalo State College. After years of direct involvement as the Director of the UB legal aid office, I still routinely assist and counsel both domestic and international on legal issues.

My recent service work has included pro-bono legal services through the Volunteers Lawyers Project, tutoring elementary school students through the Lawyers-for-Learning Program, serving on the Zoning Board or Appeals for the Town of Amherst, New York, serving on the Alumni Board of Governors for Canisius High School, and serving as School Board Secretary for, St. Benedict School.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Free Consultation
    Initial consultations can be telephonic or in-person, and normally last thirty (30) to (60) minutes.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major cards accepted.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney / Founder
Cimasi Law Office
- Current
Focusing his private practice on DWI and criminal defense, Mr. Cimasi is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Federal District Court for the Western District of New York. He is a conscientious practitioner focused on obtaining the best outcome for each individual client, thus building and maintaining client relationships. He is personally available for contact at any time, and always will provide free consultations to prospective or returning clients. Past his practice of law, Mr. Cimasi is also an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College, a member of the St. Benedict School Board and the Canisius High School Alumni Board of Governors, as well as as well as a recent member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in the Town of Amherst. He also performs routine pro bono service in the areas of criminal and landlord-tenant law.
Zoning Board of Appeals - Town of Amherst, New York
SBI Legal Assistance - SUNY at Buffalo
Non-profit, legal aid office for SUNY Buffalo students on campus.
Judicial Clerk-Intern
U.S. Immigration Court - Buffalo, New York
State University of New York - Buffalo
J.D. (2013)
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Rising Stars is a designation of top-rated practicing attorneys selected through extensive evaluation.
Pro Bono Award
Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
Award for Pro Bono service in Buffalo City Housing Court.
Professional Associations
St. Thomas More Guild
- Current
Activities: Western New York Catholic Lawyer's Association
New York State Defender's Association
- Current
Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
Attorney of the Morning Volunteer
- Current
Activities: Pro bono tenant representation in Buffalo City Court.
New York State Bar Association
- Current
American Bar Association
- Current
Erie County Bar Association
- Current
Articles & Publications
The Rumors of the Death of Private Practice are Greatly Exaggerated
WNY Physician Magazine
Know Your Rights - Employment Contracts
SBI Legal Assistance & UB Career Services Office
Speaking Engagements
Stark Law & Anti-Kickback Primer, UB Medical School Management & Legal Education Programming, UB Medical School
Cynergy Consulting Services, Inc.
Medical Practice Integration - Who Gets to Decide?, Upstate New York Physician Conference, Rochester, New York
Cynergy Consulting Services, Inc.
Presented on opportunities and legal issues in multi-practice merger integrations.
Notary Public - New York State (Qualified in Erie County)
New York State - Department of State
Websites & Blogs
Cimasi Law Office
Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. Do people convicted of white collar crimes (in NY) go to jail?
A: It wholly depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged crime, the harm to any victims, the ability to make restitution, and the defendants criminal history (if any). But, in short, yes. Defendants can and are routinely sentenced to jail on white collar matters. Get a lawyer sooner than later.
Q. Was given a DAT first time ever I made a false statement but then said the truth can I get an ACD I don’t want no jail?
A: Being given an appearance ticket is not any indication of an outcome or sentence from the criminal charges. You should obtain an attorney prior to your first appearance. An offer to an ACD is dependent on your criminal record (if any), the DA’s policy in that jurisdiction, and the specific facts surrounding your case.
Q. If I was charged with a DWI 6 years ago as a minor and it is sealed, do I still need to install an ignition interlock?
A: It really depends what your licensure status has been for the past six years. In order to get any useful answer, you are going to need to speak with an attorney after he or she has reviewed your paperwork and licensure status. If an interlock period is required, no appeal will be meritorious. Speak to your attorney about this.
Q. Can the cops legally search your car in a DUI stop?
A: At a DWI stop, most jurisdictions have the defendant’s vehicle towed or impounded. Police will often perform searches and claim they are for “inventory” purposes (so no one can claim items were lost/stolen at impound), or for “officer safety” (to ensure no weapons or dangerous materials are in the vehicle). Also, if probable cause for another crime presents (e.g. smell of marijuana), police may execute a search for the drugs. All of these searches are controlled by the Fourth Amendment and their constitutionality is greatly dependent on the specific facts of each case. Speak to your attorney for a reading if the facts and the law.
Q. Hi, How can i get my criminal record expunge? i been arrested before but never been convicted or found guilty.
A: If you were not convicted, or the charges were dismissed, it would be sealed. It should not be searchable in public records, except for the Courts and Police for official purposes.
Q. making payments on some bad checks and i missed some payments now he is saying he will go criminal charges , can he
A: If you wrote bad checks, that could be prosecuted at least as a B-misdemeanor under the New York Penal Law. You should contact an attorney soon if you believe a complaint will be filed.
Q. On July 8, 2018 at 10:49pm, I got a ticket in New State I-87.
A: You should contact an attorney. If you do not have any prior speeding tickets within 18 months, it very likely can be reduced to a non-moving violation and your appearance can be waived.
Q. Should I pay the civil demand letter of $500? when I already paid the full $250 worth of item I stole. Will I get sued
A: You should always consult with your criminal attorney on a matter such as this, but in general, no you shouldn't pay it prior to the adjudication of the criminal matter. If the Court orders restitution, that must be paid. In my experience, 3rd party debt firms send out these civil demand letters, but it is very unlikely that they will initiate actual litigation to seek such a small amount of funds. It would not be worth the time or the filing fee. However, it is worth the price of a stamp if you send them a check based simply on the demand.
Q. What is the subject matter for vehicle and traffic laws?
A: Moving violations and mechanical violations regarding motor vehicles on public highways.
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Cimasi Law Office
66 Park Circle
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone: (716) 560-1171
Fax: (716) 833-6208