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Michael J Stachowski

Michael J Stachowski

" The Defense Never Rests"
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Divorce ...
  • New York, New York
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Biography

Michael Stachowski Is a skilled trial Lawyer ,having tried criminal matters from simple DWI and various misdemeanors , to serious felonies, Burglary Robbery ,Rape Murder, Assault and white collar crime ib state court . In federal court he has tried many from Immigration fraud , Drug and Gun conspiracies, RICO,Sex Trafficking and white Collar crime. He has been successful as a Defense Attorney. He has a A very successful track record as an Appellate Lawyer In both State and federal courts. He got a person out of jail after 18 years for Lack "Of Effective assistance of his trial lawyer. He has handled and tried Divorce Custody Relocation Support Finances in the area of Divorce and family law. He has tried Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice,, business dissolution and estate and Probate cases. Michael was a Confidential Clerk to the Supreme Court ,Justice Kasler. He was town prosecutor and Town Attorney in Cheektowaga for 20 years. He tried Tax certiorari and Zoning cases while there. He also did appeals for the Town.
He was educated at Canisius College Buffalo Law School. He has a Distinguished Peer rating from Martindale . He has been named one of the top 100 Criminal Lawyers in New York by the National Trial Lawyers every year since 2020. He has also been named to the Distinguished lawyers of America in Criminal Defense He is also an Eagle Scout and the Advancement chair for the GNF Council of the Boy Scouts. Michael is the kind of experienced lawyer who is relentless in his advocacy of his clients legal rights. His motto is the" Defense never rests" His results and experience make him a top choice for your legal needs.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
DUI & DWI
Divorce
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
White Collar Crime
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal Injury
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    fees are set based on complexity of the case
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 1764653
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 1764653
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2nd Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Michael J Stachowski PC
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Town Attorney
town of Cheektowaga
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Litigation Deputy/Town Prosecutor
Town of Cheetowaga
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Counsel to Dennis T Gorski
New York Assembly
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Confidential Clerk
New York Court System
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Confidential clerk to Justice Kasler Handled Criminal Trial from Attica Prison Riot
Attorney
Sportservice Corpoation (now Delaware North)
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In house counsel to largest concessionaire in country
Education
Hague Institute of International Law
Certificate Multi National Corporations
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State University of New York - Buffalo
J.D. (1973)
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Canisius College
B.A. (1970) | e
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Awards
Criminal Law
Lawyers of Distinction
Peer recommended
Top 100 Criminal Law New York State
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Professional Associations
Lawyers of Distinction
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American Bar Association
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New York State Bar  # 1764653
Member
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Erie County Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements
Car Searches 4th Ammendment, Buffalo Library
Assigned Counsel
Administrative Search Warrants, Association of Towns, NYC
Association of Towns
Tax Certiorari
Erie County Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
31 Questions Answered
Q. Can judge issue bench warrant, jail, order pre trial probation then recuse for conflict of interest 1 month later
A: This fact pattern is somewhat strange , however the judge in question has the authority to issue a Bench Warrant when a defendant fails to appear for a court appearance. He can revoke recognizance bail or cash/ bond bail and impose release under supervision of the probation department as a form of bail . The Judge’s later recusal is within his discretion and is a result of either a conflict which arose or the appearance of Impropriety which later arose and led to his recusal. Michael Stachowski
Q. If charged with first-degree manslaughter, do I have a right to speedy trial?
A: You always have a right to a speedy trial. However you should not rush a manslaughter trial because it needs proper investigation. Your case should be properly prepared for trial. All your witnesses need to be identified and the testimony prepared and ready for trial. A quick resolution is always favorable because the defendant usually has no or impossibly high bail. Do not sacrifice quality for speed. With that in mind it is still possible for a speedy trial resolution in spite of a death involvement.
Q. Fighting for paternity. Mother of .my child had another man sign the birth certificate
A: With the facts as you state them, you need blood tests as a threshold . You must first prove you are the father. A DNA test of mother, father, and child will reveal positively your Paternity of the Child. Once the paternity is established you have standing to petition for Custody. You will have an uphill Battle but the DNA will get you paternity , then you can suggest to the court to get meaningful access and Joint Custody. Joint Custody as a start will give you co parenting rights an will be evidence of your care and concern. you can further ask for shared custody with each of you splitting time with the child and block time holidays and summer.Your desire to be in the life of your child is an excellent starting point.. Custody is evaluated through the "Best Interests Of The Child" You would be best to consult a Family Lawyer. ... Read More
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Michael J Stachowski PC
2025 Clinton St
Buffalo, NY 14206
Telephone: (716) 824-5353