Clifton has built a team of former prosecutors dedicated to protecting your rights. Before becoming the managing partner at Carden Dotzler, PLLC., Mr. Carden was an Assistant District Attorney with the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office in Syracuse, NY, where he was assigned to the DWI Bureau. Mr. Carden supervised a county-wide case load consisting of felony and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, boating while intoxicated, snowmobiling while intoxicated, and aggravated unlicensed operation crimes.
Mr. Carden has instructed for the Prosecutor’s Training Institute, District Attorney’s Office, County Magistrates Association, Bar Association, and Stop DWI Driver Improvement Program.
In addition to his DWI duties, Mr. Carden coordinated the Veteran’s Diversion Program for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office. The program ensured that the criminal justice system addresses the needs of combat veterans who have served our country, while maintaining the safety of our community.
Prior to being appointed to the DWI Bureau, he served in the Municipal Courts Bureau where he handled arraignments, preliminary hearings, suppression hearings, various courts throughout the county, and coordinated the ride-along program between law enforcement agencies and the office.
Mr. Carden served as an Assistant District Attorney for 5 years. Before joining the DA’s Office, Clifton served on active duty in the infantry of the United States Marine Corps. His active duty assignments included serving with the Marine Corps Security Force Company in Kings Bay, Ga. and two deployments with Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 8th Marines. After leaving active duty, he continued his service in the Army Reserve with the 88th Military Police Company of Fort Eustis, Virginia. As a civilian, Mr. Carden worked in the City of Norfolk, Virginia, at both the federal and local level, as a police officer until attending law school.
Mr. Carden received his law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and his undergraduate degree from Christopher Newport University.
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I know Cliff both from his days as a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. I remember a trial where my client, who Cliff was prosecuting, was impressed with Cliff's ability to relate to the potential jurors during jury selection. Cliff brings a Marine's work ethic to the practice of law. Cliff's work ethic coupled with his experience prosecuting DWI cases serves his clients well. I endorse this attorney.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|For efforts dedicated to citizens accused of DUI.||National College for DUI Defense||2015|
|For tireless dedication and devotion||Onondaga County District Attorney||2013|
|Managing Partner||Carden Dotzler, PLLC.||2015 - Present|
|Partner||Azria Law Office||2013 - 2015|
|Assistant District Attorney||Onondaga County District Attorney's Office||2008 - 2013|
|Owner||Office of Clifton C. Carden, III, Esq.||2007 - 2008|
|Law Clerk||Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney's Office||2003 - 2004|
|Sergeant||United States Army Reserves||1998 - 2002|
|Sergeant||United State Marine Corps||1994 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|New York State Defenders Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2015 - Present|
|Onondaga County Bar Foundation||Editorial Board||2012 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Onondaga County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|(DWI) State of New York v. D.I. (Onondaga)||Reduced to a violation with minimum fine and no need for the ignition interlock device.|
|(DWI) State of New York v. V.I. (Oswego)||Reduced to a violation with minimum fine and no need for the ignition interlock device.|
|(DWI) State of New York v. J.T. (Onondaga)||A violation with no need for the ignition interlock device.|
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|Onondaga County Bar Association Bar Reporter||Past Experience Shapes Career Sucess||2013|
|Syracuse Post Standard||Attorney a credit to district attorney's office||2012|
|Syracuse Post Standard||Two SU Law School teams heading to national championship||2010|
|Delaware State Police||N/A||N/A||2010|
|University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Christopher Newport University||Government Administration||N/A||2002|
|City of Norfolk Police Academy||N/A||N/A||2000|
|Driver's Safety for County Employees||The consequences of DWI for government employees||2013|
|Driver Improvement for CDL Employees||The rights of drivers upon New York roadways||2013|
|17th Annual Bridge the Gap Program||New York DWI and Vehicle and Traffic Offenses||2013|