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John J. Carney

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I have been a criminal lawyer for 33 years and have practiced in Buffalo, New York City, Niagara Falls, and many other cities in New York State. I have handled some of the most high profile cases in the state throughout my career, often appearing in newspaper articles, television news shows, and as a legal commentator. I was the  first lawyer chosen in New York State by a panel of judges for capital murder case training in New York City and have handled over 60 murder cases in my career. I have been a CLE criminal law instructor for more than 20 years and have a criminal law blog that reaches thousands of clients every month with free legal advice. I handle cases in State as well as Federal Court and have extensive appellate experience. My offices in Buffalo and Manhattan are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to better serve my clients and their families. We offer free consultations and low flat rates with affordable payments plans for most cases so that you will know the total fee up front and avoid any surprises later. This allows the client to compare our fees to other firms and decide if they are able to afford our services. I do not believe that a client should have to sign a retainer agreement without knowing what the total fee that they are responsible for will be. That is a problem for many people who are asked to pay an hourly rate of $300-$500 to their lawyer with no idea how much the total fee will be. With a flat rate fee you are able to choose an attorney that is right for you and who you have confidence and trust in right from the beginning.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    33 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    33 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  3. Federal Crime: 15%
    33 years, 950 cases
  4. Family: 14%
    33 years, 2 thousand cases
  5. Other: 6%
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  • Sabby C. Santarpia

    I endorse this lawyer. John Carney is a very capable and knowledgeable attorney. I have had the pleasure of working with John as co-counsel on many criminal matters over the past 23 years. He knows the ins and outs of the criminal procedure law and is well respected in all courts.


    Sabby Santarpia Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gregg A. Pinto

    John has always been one of the most honest, hard-working, and knowledgeable attorneys I have ever come across in the Criminal Defense field. His clients always end up getting a better deal than any other lawyer could have gotten them. I've also noticed that the judges have so much respect for John because of his outstanding reputation, and that leads to great results for John's clients. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, I fully endorse John Carney.


    Gregg Pinto Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of John J. Carney

401 East 34th Street,
Suite N32D
New York, NY, 10016-4914

Law Offices of John J. Carney

3099 William Street
Buffalo, NY, 14227

Law Offices of John J. Carney

534 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14202



NYCurrently registered 198407/10/2016
DCInactive 199207/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Lawyer of the Year for Litigation 2014Martindale-Hubbard2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ArbitratorBuffalo City Court2001 - 2003
Lead AttorneyLaw Offices of John J Carney1988 - 2014
AttorneyCJA Federal Attorney Panel1987 - 2014
AttorneyAssigned Counsel Program1984 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York Criminal Bar AssociationN/A1984 - Present
Federal CJAmember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gun Charge ManhatanCase dismissed
RobberyCase dismissed
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substanceacquitted at trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE 123, IncCriminal Law Procedure2013
New York State Bar AssociationCriminal Law Procedure2012