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New York Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, & Professional Discipline Lawyers/Attorneys

Whether you have been injured in a serious accident or charged with a crime, we take the time to get to know you and your case, explain your available options, and work with you to achieve the best outcome.

Our Lawyers Know That Only Results Matter

LaMarche Safranko Law is an award-winning, nationally recognized law firm dedicated to helping clients throughout New York who have been injured in a serious accident or who are facing criminal charges. Our personal injury and criminal defense attorneys provide experienced legal counsel in the areas of Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Professional Misconduct.

Andrew
In 2012, I joined George to found LaMarche Safranko Law. We did so after having worked together on several cases.

George
We, together, have a consistent theme of how we represent clients. And it all starts with communication, personal attention, and trust.

Andrew
We represent people that are going through a very tough time in their life. Either they’ve been injured, accused or charged with a crime, or under investigation with respect to their license and livelihood.

George
What makes us qualified for the cases that we take on are the more than 20 years of experience we have in representing thousands of clients who have gone through very difficult times in their lives, either a personal injury case, a criminal case, or a professional discipline case.

Andrew
Our goals for the client is to provide the best possible outcome and that can be many different things. In a personal injury case that can be obtaining a settlement. In a criminal case it can be involving a plea bargain. But I think our clients need to know when they come in the door that we are there for the fight, we are there to the end, and we take on every case expecting that it’s gonna go to a trial. If it resolves before and that’s at the best interest of the client, then that’s great, but our clients need to know that we have the experience, we have the dedication, and we have the determination to take a case from the beginning to the end.

George
We are blessed to have a pretty amazing team, which includes wonderful paralegals, a nurse attorney, a former prosecutor, and two partners who have known each other for over 20 years, who have worked together for over 10 years, and have worked with thousands of clients.

Andrew
Our roles are varying. Sometimes it’s counselor, sometimes it’s friend, sometimes it’s advocate, sometimes it’s cheerleader. A lot of what we do is dealing with people going through very difficult situations, and we work together with other professionals to make sure someone is getting the potential help they need and working with them to get the best potential outcome.

George
LaMarche Safranko Law is a good choice for anyone who is facing a criminal charge, has suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, or is facing an allegation of professional discipline for many reasons…we communicate with our clients, we listen to our clients, we understand the story we need to tell to passionately advocate for our clients. And we’re driven to make sure that the outcome in the case is a successful one.

PERSONAL INJURY

Our Personal Injury Lawyers offer legal counsel and representation in all areas of Personal Injury Law, including Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents, Construction Site Accidents, Pedestrian and Bicyclist Injuries, Medical Negligence, Nursing Home Negligence & More.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

As Criminal Defense attorneys in both State and Federal Court, we provide legal counsel for all felony and misdemeanor charges, including DWI, Assault, Larceny, Drug Offenses, Sex Crimes & More.

PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT

We provide legal representation for doctors, nurses, teachers and lawyers who have been accused of professional misconduct, or who are involved in disciplinary matters.

In the News…

Attorneys for victims’ families in 2018 Schoharie limo crash announce potential major development in the case.

WNYT NewsChannel 13

https://wnyt.com/schoharie-county-ny-news/possible-plea-deal-schoharie-limo-crash/5788842/?cat=10114&fbclid=IwAR0dahaOfAD7QOgiyAFTHMdP8qry7bRO_XN-Jg9NTM5x4owLDbNGEIUFgfQ

We are proponents of diversion programs where our clients are provided the opportunity to show that a one-time mistake should not have lifelong consequences. We are thankful to the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and the Felony Youth Diversion Program for offering this program. Congratulations to our client for working hard and proving that she can be a law abiding and productive member of society. You earned this dismissal and we were happy to guide you along the way.

News 10

https://www.news10.com/news/local-news/albany-county-da-program-gives-second-chance-to-some-non-violent-felony-youths/?fbclid=IwAR2Me9Ieu837Epg8lLXXbuBQYPMw3uZlySj4_ddnRiuycbBD-uOYl61G2wk

We are proponents of diversion programs where our clients are provided the opportunity to show that a one-time mistake should not have lifelong consequences. We are thankful to the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and the Felony Youth Diversion Program for offering this program. Congratulations to our client for working hard and proving that she can be a law abiding and productive member of society. You earned this dismissal and we were happy to guide you along the way.

News 10

https://www.news10.com/news/local-news/albany-county-da-program-gives-second-chance-to-some-non-violent-felony-youths/?fbclid=IwAR2Me9Ieu837Epg8lLXXbuBQYPMw3uZlySj4_ddnRiuycbBD-uOYl61G2wk

Timeline of a Personal Injury Case

  • If injured, when ready, contact a personal injury lawyer to determine if a claim can be pursued on your behalf

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  • Meet with a lawyer to discuss the incident
  • Bring medical records or other relevant documents including an accident report if available
  • Your lawyer will help you understand the process of a personal injury case

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  • Follow the doctors’ advice
  • Go to all medical appointments
  • Report all symptoms to doctors
  • Take photos of injuries
  • Tell lawyer anytime a new doctor is seen

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  • Determine how and why the injury occurred
  • Speak with witnesses
  • Obtain any investigative reports
  • Obtain scene, vehicle and product photos, as applicable
  • Obtain medical records and bills
  • Consider all possible claims and theories of liability against any potential defendant
  • Consult with experts

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  • Communicate and negotiate with the insurance company
  • Obtain a settlement or pursue a lawsuit

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  • File a summons and complaint prior to the statute of limitations
  • Serve the legal documents on the defendants

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  • Prepare and exchange evidence with the other lawyers in the case
  • Conduct depositions of all relevant parties (also called EBTs)
  • Defense medical examination conducted
  • File motions (written applications) to the court if necessary

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  • Participate in arbitration or mediation if appropriate
  • Determine liens if any
  • Settle the case or proceed to trial

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  • You have the right to a trial by jury or by the judge who will act as both judge and jury
  • At a trial, the injured person must prove it was more likely than not that the defendant was negligent and caused injuries
  • The judge or jury will listen to all the evidence presented and the arguments by the lawyers, apply the facts to the law, and render a decision

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Timeline of a Criminal Defense Case

  • Whether you just made a big mistake, or are being falsely accused, this can be a very emotional and important time in a case
  • It is very important that you remain silent and not answer any questions about the case without a lawyer present

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  • Contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible
  • Confirm the lawyer is an experienced criminal defense lawyer
  • Meet with the lawyer who will help you understand the process of a criminal case

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  • If you have been arrested, critical proceedings and time frames begin immediately
  • You will appear before a judge who will determine if you will be incarcerated, released on bail or supervision, or released without conditions
  • If you are charged with a felony in a town, village or city court, the prosecuting agency will have six months from the date of your arrest to determine whether to present your case to a grand jury to seek an indictment or return your case to a lower court to be handled as a misdemeanor

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  • Discovery is the exchange of information between the governmental agency prosecuting you, you, and your attorney
  • In New York State this process begins shortly after your appearance in court
  • You can expect exchange of the following if it exists in your case:
    • Police Reports
    • Investigative Notes
    • Videos / Body Camera Footage / Dash Camera Footage
    • Forensic Reports
    • Photographs
    • Exculpatory Material (Brady)
    • Impeachment Material
  • You and your attorney may also be engaged in information gathering that includes:
    • Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests/Responses
    • Additional Witness Interviews
    • Expert Evaluations / Disclosures

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  • Motions are written applications to the court to request any of the following:
    • Preclude Evidence
    • Suppress Evidence
    • Seek a Ruling on a Constitutional Rights Violation
    • Seek Outright Dismissal of One or More Charges Based on Legal/Factual Matters
    • Request Hearings

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  • A plea bargain is an offer from the prosecuting attorney to resolve your case
  • Whether to plead guilty or not is always a choice you get to make, not your attorney
  • Your attorney will meet with you, discuss the facts and the law of your case, and offer advice. A plea offer takes into consideration your charges as well as:
    • Prior criminal history if any
    • Life experiences
    • Evidentiary Problems
    • Post-Incident Actions
      • Mental Health Counseling
      • Substance Abuse Treatment
      • Anger Management Treatment

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  • If you choose not to accept a plea bargain and are heading to trial, there are likely to be hearings to consider the following:
    • Preclusion/Suppression of Evidence
    • Admissibility of Evidence
    • What Prior Criminal History/Bad Acts May Be Introduced by the Prosecutor if You Testify on Your Own Behalf
  • During a hearing, there is no jury, and the judge will make factual and legal determinations regarding what evidence will be allowed at trial.

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  • You have the right to a trial by a fair and impartial jury or by the judge who will act as both judge and jury
  • At a trial, the prosecution has the burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt
  • The judge or jury will listen to the evidence presented and the arguments by the lawyers, apply the facts to the law, and render a verdict of not guilty or guilty
  • A Verdict must be unanimous

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  • If you are convicted at trial, or if you entered a plea bargain, there will be a sentencing date where your punishment will be imposed by the judge
  • If you previously entered a plea bargain, the judge will likely impose the agreed upon sentence at that time

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  • In the event you are convicted, you have the right to appeal
  • This is true whether you plead guilty or are convicted after trial
  • However, by accepting a plea bargain, you may have waived some of your appellate rights
  • It is important that your attorney file a notice of appeal on your behalf and that you discuss the appeal process with your lawyer

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Recent Verdicts & Settlements

Federal Employers Liability Act/FELA
Plaintiff suffered a significant back injury while working for CSX.

$1,100,000.00

Worksite Injury
Plaintiff was injured when a fork from a forklift truck fell on top of his left leg, severely fracturing the tibia and fibula, requiring numerous surgeries and resulting in a permanent, partial loss of use of his leg.

$1,016,000.00

Worksite Injury
Plaintiff, a roofing contractor, suffered a fractured skull, cervical spine fracture and fractured ribs after falling from a roof. The injuries left him with chronic pain and fatigue, limited tolerance for walking, lifting, or carrying and limitations in his hearing and vision.

$900,000.00

Worksite Injury
Plaintiff was an ironworker who was injured when he fell from a ladder, suffering fractures to both elbows resulting in permanent loss of strength and loss of range of motion in both arms. His impairment limited the number and types of employment opportunities and limited his future earning potential.

$750,000.00

Automobile Accident
Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle which went off the road and rolled over, causing him to suffer significant permanent injuries, including skull fracture; fractured mandible requiring surgical placement of plates and screws; facial fractures and lacerations; sternal fracture; spinal fractures; lacerations to spleen, liver and lung; multiple rib and toe fractures; tinnitus and hearing loss; post-traumatic stress disorder; facial scarring and numbness.

$1,300,000.00

Wrongful Death
Plaintiff, a 49-year-old man, was discharged from the hospital with critically low levels of potassium, which precipitated a fatal arrhythmia at home and subsequently caused his death. His family brought a claim against the hospital for medical negligence and wrongful death.

$650,000.00

Nursing Home Negligence
An 87-year-old man was discharged from a local hospital on the afternoon of his death and returned to his assisted living facility. His health began to deteriorate throughout that evening; a nurse was told to check on him but never did. Facility staff found him unconscious on the floor in his room later that evening; paramedics were unable to revive him. It was claimed that the facility failed to obtain appropriate medical advice, assistance and treatment.

$250,000.00

Medical Negligence
Plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of negligent monitoring of prescription medication.

$500,000.00

Farm/Tractor Accident
The infant plaintiff fell from a tractor being operated by a farm employee and was run over by the tractor. The 10-year-old boy suffered a femur fracture requiring surgery, multiple facial fractures requiring surgery, foot and toe fractures and loss of consciousness.

$400,000.00

Bicycle Accident
Plaintiff suffered two dislocated shoulders and a dislocated elbow after he was struck by a vehicle, which negligently swerved onto the shoulder and into the bike lane.

$250,000.00

Negligent Assault
Plaintiff was assaulted outside of a bar in Saratoga and as a result suffered a traumatic brain injury, a fractured skull, brain swelling and brain bleeding, facial contusions and bleeding, as well as lacerations and bruises on his body.  He also suffered from short and long term memory deficits and other cognitive deficits.

$400,000.00

* Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes.

Consult With An Attorney

When faced with a painful and potentially life-altering legal situation, you want the best people on your team. Someone you can trust. An advocate that listens and becomes your voice. A dedicated, seasoned professional who genuinely cares and can provide guidance in a time of uncertainty.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense or you or someone close to you has been injured, contact LaMarche Safranko Law for a no-obligation consultation, info@LSLawNY.com or call 518-982-0770. We have law offices in Albany, Clifton Park and Plattsburgh NY, and we are available to take your call 24 hours a day.

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    Vicki Testimonial Transcript
    Well, I met George in 2014. My son was arrested for a criminal offense, and George—he has this ability, it’s just who he is. He’s genuinely empathetic and he’s very compassionate and he has the ability to just make you feel safe. You know? I just always felt I was in great hands and my son was in good hands and that we would have a good outcome of our situation and we always have. And he’s brilliant. He’s a brilliant lawyer. He’s very skilled and very creative. He has excellent rapport with all the judges and DAs and officials, and he’s always found a rehabilitative outcome for my son which I genuinely appreciate.

    Laurie Testimonial Transcript
    George was referred to me by my estate attorney. They go way back and it was a great referral, I don’t think I could have done any better, it was a very good match for me. Something that was really really instrumental in the whole thing was George keeping us up-to-date on what was going on and very much included. I was invited to be at all the depositions if I wanted to be and he gave me all the written depositions to read through, so I was always up-to-date on what was going on and I felt like a part of the process. I would definitely recommend George to other people. In fact, about 2 weeks ago I did. A friend of mine was in a pedestrian car accident, she was the pedestrian and is in pretty rough shape, and he was the first person I thought of so I actually asked him if it would be in his purview and he said yes. And I know that she’s very happy with him so far.

    Jules Testimonial Transcript
    What brought me to the firm was a personal incident where Andrew was recommended to me very highly by a family friend who’s also an attorney, and Andrew represented me to great satisfaction in that case. What impressed me the most about Andrew was his direct straightforward approach, and he has this incredible way of setting you at ease and yet telling you the good and the bad of a situation. I felt that he was very much a straight shooter and lived up to the reputation that preceded him. I would recommend them and Andrew Safranko to anybody in the world. They’re just that class of a group of people.

    Chuck Testimonial Transcript
    Well, I came to LaMarche Safranko Law because I knew Andy was here and he’s helped me in the past and I just feel so comfortable coming to him because you know you’re going to get the best outcome that you can get in a criminal law field. He’s done such a fabulous job for me and I’ve seen what he does for me, so I’m sure he’ll do the same—put out the same effort and energy and zeal it takes to win their case like he has mine. I would feel very comfortable recommending him.

    “The staff at LaMarche Safranko Law took care of  whatever I needed, it was just fabulous. It was top shelf, if I called, I got George. If he was in a meeting, they left him a message. He called me right back after the meeting. Everybody was very courteous and very nice there. If I left a voicemail, everybody got back to me quickly. The level of service  was very, very good and I would Highly recommend them.”

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    A personal injury client from Cohoes, NY

    “My family and I cannot thank George and his staff enough for all of the support and guidance they have given us over the past six months. Anyone who has ever suffered a personal injury knows how difficult they are to overcome, but I’m glad we had such an intelligent and hardworking attorney on our side so I could focus on my recovery rather than on the details of the case….

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    A personal injury client from Waterford, NY

    “Dear Andrew and George,

    I cannot thank you enough for your hard work, diligence, and selfless manner that you put towards my legal difficulties in Colonie. From the first moment I met you, you helped reassure me that things were going to turn out in a more favorable manner than I originally thought. Clearly, the final result of my court case displays the quality of time and work that you put into this….

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    A client from Colonie, NY

    “I am an attorney who found himself in the middle of a serious, personal legal matter that compromised not only my personal life but my professional life as well. I immediately contacted Andrew (Andy) Safranko, Esq. Andy worked tirelessly and extremely hard to bring my legal situation to a very favorable resolution. In so doing, Andy not only saved certain aspects of my personal and professional life

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    Anonymous Attorney from Albany, NY

    “Dear Mr. Safranko,

    Thank You so much for answering my question, and so expediently!

    The dedication, respect, and consideration with which you treat your clients, current and past, is remarkable. It is why I reached out to you when searching in my time of need, and why I would highly recommend…

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    A client from Albany, NY

    “Dear George, Andy and Staff,

    Thank you all for your kindness and all your help in getting back to my wellbeing and life.  I could not have done it without you all.  Everything is going so well again.  I recommend you highly. Thanks Again!”

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    A client from Troy, NY

    “Throughout the attorney client relationship regarding my personal injury lawsuit, George and his staff continually exhibited tremendous amounts of legal knowledge, skill, and a vast amount of expert resources that ultimately resulted in a final judgment in my favor.  George was there every step of the way to explain where we stood and what to expect next and there was never a need to question his professional judgment…

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    A client from Troy, NY

    “Dear Andy,

    Thank you so much for everything you have done for our son over the last three years.  This has been a very challenging time for our family and the knowledge that our son has an attorney as capable and amazing as you are has given us peace of mind!

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    Parents of a client from Cropseyville, NY

    “I cannot thank George E. LaMarche lll and his team for the excellent legal work they provided for my son, and in extension, our entire family. His experience, knowledge of the law, networking ability and communication is second to none. In our case, our son was wrongly accused by a small town police officer and charged with 5 tickets…

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    A client from Altamont, NY

    “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent representation on my recent matter. I have worked with lawyers, and in law firms much of my professional life, but I have never encountered the rare mix of skill, integrity and humanity in one individual—you….

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    A client from Rensselaer, NY

    “I can honestly say that the best decision I’ve ever made was retaining George LaMarche as my attorney. I was in a situation where everything wasat risk; my career, livelihood, and the ability to provide for my family. In desperation, I contacted over a dozen attorneys. The majority of the lawyers I spoke with promised results without seeing paperwork or knowing valuable facts….

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    A client from Albany, NY

    “No one likes to be in a bad situation, but if you need a lawyer George is your man. Not only does he point you in the right direction he offers good advice for your future. As much as we bring him business he does not encourage that next time anticipation….

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    A client from Albany, NY

    “I wanted to express my deepest appreciation to Mr. Andrew Safranko for the exceptional job he did in regards to my legal representation. Mr. Safranko displayed the utmost in professionalism and discretion during the entire court process, and took the time to explain each and every step….

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    A client from Schenectady, NY

    “The arrest of my husband in 2008 was an extremely difficult and emotional time for our family. The arrest turned our lives upside down. It was sudden and unexpected and had tragic emotional as well as financial consequences. I had no idea what to do under the circumstances….

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    A client from Upstate New York
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