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Todd W. Carpenter

DUI and DWI Attorney at Poughkeepsie, NY

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2007
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Todd

Learn Todd’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    - Misdemeanors; - Felonies; - Gun crimes; - Drug crimes; - Violation of Probation; - Sex offenses; - Homicide; - Manslaughter; - Robbery; - Burglary; - Assault; - Larceny.

  2. DUI and DWI
    - DWI; - Aggravated DWI; - Felony DWI; - Vehicular Assault; - Vehicular Manslaughter; - Refusals; - Ignition Interlock Devices.

  3. Real estate
    - Residential purchase and sale; - Contract negotiations; - Closings.

  4. Divorce and separation
    - Contested divorce; - No fault/uncontested divorce; - Separation agreements; - Child support; - Maintenance; - Equitable distribution.

  5. Family
    - Custody petitions; - Visitation petitions; - Grandparent visitation; - Family Offense Petitions; - Neglect petitions; - Support hearings.

  6. Personal injury
    - Slip & fall; - Dog bite; - Medical malpractice; - Premises liability; - Negligence.


For over a decade I have been helping good people get through bad sitiluations, be it a frightening criminal charge, a contentious family court case, or fighting for fair compensation in a personal injury matter. Along the way I have established a reputation in the legal community as an honest, effective and fair advocate for my clients.


My knowledge, experience and track record in DWI and Criminal Defense has resulted in multiple invitations to lecture and instruct other practicing attorneys in the art and science of DWI and Criminal Defense.


As the owner of Carpenter Law, it is my ultimate goal to provide all of my clients with the best possible representation and customer service. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have, and in most instances I provide a free consultation. 

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Carpenter Law PLLC
4 Liberty Street
Second Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601


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Posted by Christine | December 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Lawyer
We hired Mr. Carpenter to assist with a family court matter, involving a complicated case. I had spoken with several lawyers who were not certain about how to go about the case. After meeting with with Mr. Carpenter, we were confident that he was the lawyer for us. He was quick to respond to our questions and concerns, but was also compassionate to our feelings. The case was long (took roughly a year from the start, with several bumps), but we got the end result that we were looking for! My son actually wrote Mr. Carpenter a letter thanking him for his work and kindness. I would use Mr. Carpenter again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend him to others!
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Posted by Beth | October 30, 2018
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Criminal contempt 2nd
Todd was amazing handling my sons case and getting the deserved outcome, his innocence. Todd not only pushed to get the proof needed to prove his innocence but continued to exceed our expectations. Todd is a go getter and invested in his clients.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Was in a car accident July 2017 and Todd took on my case ..... He was a great lawyer keep me updated on everything and talk to me about anything I didn’t understand.... And he got me a nice pay out....Would highly recommend him to anyone....
Posted by Miguel | April 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Me Miguel Lora
This lawyer helped me with a criminal case and has served as a Realestate attorney for me. His dedication and professionalism was outstanding. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Ashlee | April 17, 2015
Best of the best!
Todd was such a big help in my DWI case. He kept me informed on everything that was going on. Explained every detail to me and referred me to everything I needed to help me though this process. He is extremely knowledgable and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone! Thank you Todd for being the best of the best!
Posted by Ann | September 5, 2014
Thank You For Your Help!!!!
Mr. Carpenter provided adequate representation during a very harried and undesirable process with my father. I would recommend his services anytime .
Posted by William | July 8, 2014
Representing my daughter
Todd was directed to represent my daughter by the Public Defender's office in Poughkeepsie, NY. He represented my daughter on burglary charges. He worked with my daughter as she wound her way through the legal maze and was interviewed by the ADA. He was instrumental in getting the best "deal" he could for my daughter, especially considering the number of counts. Todd made it clear my daughter was his client, not her mother or myself. Even so, Todd kept us abreast of all aspects of the case along with the various options my daughter had to consider. My only somewhat negative comment, and it really isn't negative at all, is that Todd could use some help in his practice. All in all, he was easy to communicate with and did a great job of explaining the legalize to my daughter and to her parents.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Carpenter Law PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Catalano & Carpenter LLP
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Owner
  • Todd W. Carpenter, Attorney at Law
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Jonna M. Spilbor, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2012
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  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Syracuse University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Aggravated DWI - conviction would result in extended license revocation
  • Motion to Dismiss granted; all charges pending against client dismissed; client's license was never suspended or revoked.
  • Assault 2nd Degree (Intent to Cause Physical Injury with Weapon) - Class D Felony
  • Disorderly Conduct, Time Served, Conditional Discharge, Full Order of Protection, fine and surcharge.
  • Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree
  • Dismissed in the Interest of Justice
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  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation Selection
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics for County Court Practitioners
  • Ethics
  • 2020
  • 2017 Criminal Law Update
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Defense
  • 2017
  • Representing the Impaired Client: DWI and DWAI
  • Criminal & DWI Defense
  • 2015
  • 2014 DWI Update
  • DWI Defense
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
Endorse Todd
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is an exceptional advocate and extremely well-versed in all aspects of DUI and DWI defense. I am always interested to hear Todd's opinion on new developments in the field and his interpretations of novel issues that arise in the course of representing the DWI client. I heartily endorse Todd."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is a skilled and experienced attorney. His knowledge of DMV Regulations and complex DWI defense issues is impressive and allows him to secure not just a favorable resolution, but one that saves his clients valuable time and money."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is a very careful, methodical and intelligent lawyer capable of handling a wide variety of cases. He devotes his time and attention to his clients and pays close attention to detail. He is an excellent advocate and a wonderful person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ive known Todd for approximately 7 years. Todd is a well respected member of the bar with an excellent reputation as a highly competent, zealous advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Todd really knows his stuff - give him a call if you may need his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Carpenter for his reputation and skills in the area of criminal law and DWI."
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