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Craig Edward Mcelwee

Criminal defense Attorney at Hauppauge, NY

4.2   5 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 28 years
    Florida - FL 25 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Craig

Learn Craig’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    28 years, 5,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    28 years, 350 cases

  3. Domestic violence

    23 years, 500 cases

  4. Education

    19 years, 55 cases

  5. Personal injury

    19 years, 55 cases

I am a former prosecutor in Florida and New York. I am now an active criminal defense practitioner in Suffolk and Nassau Counties. I have defended matters ranging from traffic violations to Murder. I have a very good reputation and relationship with the Bench and Bar which assists me greatly in my success rate representing an innocent client as well as in plea negotiations with those who are seeking leniency upon an admission of guilt. Visit my web site at .

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Law Offices of Craig E. McElwee
1200 Veterans Highway
Suite 360
Hauppauge, NY, 11788


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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
In one of the most frightening times in my life Craig Mcelwee came through as my hero. I was charged with sale of 20 dollars of marijuana and possession of two grams of marijuana. The outcome was one year ACOD and I could not believe that he basically made my situation a slap on the wrist. During the entire situation his communication was amazing and I know I was a valued client. I highly recommend Craig Mcelwee as a defense attorney.
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Posted by Jill | April 26, 2010
An Atttorney that knows his stuff!
It's not easy to find a "good lawyer"! People often ask "do you know a good lawyer?" Now after knowing and being represented by Craig Mcelwee, I can honestly say YES! I would highly recommend him and is services. HE is fast and efficient. The job actually "gets done" not dragging on wasting time and money. More attorneys should be like Craig. I am so glad to have found a counselor I can depend on.
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Posted by John | April 18, 2010
Craig is a true professional
Craig bent over backward for me. He is always accessible, trustworthy and super sharp. I had full confidence that he would get the job done and he did! I would always want him on my side.
Posted by Sven | April 16, 2010
My experience with Craig
Mr. McElwee has been the second lawyer I had to use in my relatively novice experience with the law. The first one I had to fire for gross incompetence. Mr. McElwee has not only been an excellent lawyer but an excellent human being which in the business of law is an assuredly extremely difficult quality to find. I will never have a moment's hesitation to recommend him to a family member, a friend or a colleague. Mr. McElwee has in essence resurrected the hope in me that NOT all lawyers are the same, that there are excellent ones out there who have a conscience, have a honorable character and are honest. Thank you Craig, for being all of that and more.
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Posted by Arthur Miller | September 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did a poor job for me
Mr. McElwee represented me on behalf of the state in a case where I was assaulted and almost killed in a bar. Before Mr. McElwee had the cased dismissed without my knowledge there was a very capable attorney handling my situation and was extremely confident we would do well with a jury. For no apparent or explained reason McElwee pulled the attorney I was working with for a year and half and assigned a freshman ADA. She knew little about the case and when she tried to explain it to me she had the time line of events completely wrong. There was supposed to be one more hearing before court and McElwee who supervised this new attorney went into court with minimal understanding of my case. (He never spoke to me). Then he agreed with defense to drop the case. I would have never found out if 3 days later I called the court and asked when my next court date was! He was poorly prepared, he didn't understand my case and let someone who near killed me off of the hook. My recommendation is to not hire this attorney ever.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Offices of Craig E. McElwee
  • 2004 - 2018
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Suffolk County District Attorney
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Florida State Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Burt H. Stutchin
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • New York Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Hofstra University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • People v N.G.
  • Not Guilty on all charges
  • People v McGrier
  • Acquittal on all charges
  • People v. Romney
  • Acquittal on all charges
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  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association
  • PRESIDENT/Immediate Past President
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association
  • 1st Vice President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association
  • 2nd Vice President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2019
  • Phi Alpha Delta - Tilden Chapter
  • Treasurer
  • 1993 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers of 2014
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014


  • Supreme Court Slip Opinion
  • People v. Eric Stevens
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Avon Park Senior Association Meeting
  • Traffic laws and Senior Mobility
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Diligent and hard-working attorney, always brings his best to every case I've handled with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is a true professional that safeguards the best interest of his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with this attorney on several matters and strongly recommend him for criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is one of the finest attorney's I know. He is a professional, a gentleman, and most importantly, an aggressive advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is one of the best trial attorneys, I know. Very diligent when representing his clients. Always seeks the best disposition for his clients. He is not scared of a fight."
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Hauppauge Criminal defense Lawyer Craig Edward Mcelwee
Craig Edward Mcelwee
Criminal defense Attorney
Hauppauge, NY
Licensed for 28 years
Free Consultation