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Matthew David Dotzler

Criminal defense Attorney at Syracuse, NY

5.0   30 reviews

also known as New York Traffic Ticket Lawyers, Carden Dotzler Hammond, PLLC


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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Our firm defends individuals charged with criminal offenses in Central New York and throughout New York State. Our firm is composed of former criminal prosecutors with extensive knowledge and experience of the criminal justice system. Call or email today for a free consultation on your criminal matter.

    15 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    Our firm defends individuals charged with DWI and DWAI in Central New York and throughout New York State. Our firm is composed of former criminal prosecutors with extensive knowledge and experience of the criminal justice system and DWI law. Call or email today for a free consultation on your DWI matter.

    15 years, 100 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    Our firm defends individuals charged with speeding and traffic offenses in Central New York and throughout New York State. Our firm is composed of former prosecutors with extensive knowledge and experience of the court system and the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Call or email today for a free consultation on your traffic matter.

    15 years, 4,000 cases

I am a founding partner of Carden Dotzler, PLLC and head the Criminal Defense Practice Group. I concentrate my practice on criminal defense, DWI defense and traffic defense, along with a specialized focus in defending clients who are charged with serious felony offenses. I regularly represent clients who are charged with criminal, DWI and traffic offenses in Onondaga County Court, Syracuse City Court, and other courts throughout Central New York and New York State. I also am the lead attorney for The New York Traffic Ticket Lawyers, which specializes in defending clients who have been accused of traffic infractions, whether that be simple tickets for not wearing seat belts, or more serious offenses like DWI and Reckless Driving.

Before entering private practice, I served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office for seven years. There, I successfully prosecuted hundreds of felony-level white collar crimes in the Economic Fraud and Financial Crimes Bureau, including embezzlement, forgery, identity theft, tax evasion, counterfeiting and welfare fraud crimes. I also handled a variety of misdemeanor and traffic-related offenses, including the prosecution of larcenies and drug offenses. At the District Attorney’s Office, I gained valuable trial experience and spent countless hours in the courtroom, working closely with local law enforcement, fellow prosecutors and forensic experts.

I earned my Law Degree (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. My knowledge, training and litigation experience gives me the unique ability to zealously represent and counsel my clients in a wide array of criminal defense matters.

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Onondaga County Bar Reporter, Legal Briefs Section
February 2015 Publication
AXA Towers, Downtown Syracuse
Carden Dotzler, PLLC is located in AXA Tower 1, Floor 12
Licensed for 14 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/17/2022

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

Contact Matthew

Carden Dotzler, PLLC
100 Madison Street
Tower 1, 12th Floor
Syracuse, NY, 13202
The New York Traffic Ticket Lawyers
100 Madison Street Tower 1
Suite 1220
Syracuse, NY, 13202
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing.
Amazing attorney. Went to court with 3 traffic tickets expecting to pay for every one of them. I was assigned Mr.Dotzler and he practically got me out of every charge against me and i appreciate and respect his understanding with my situation and child support. Not only understood but voiced his opinion and got me a very fair deal. I would recommend Mr. Dotzler.
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Posted by Alex | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Dotzler was fantastic!
Matt Dotzler was nothing but incredible the entire time. My case involved some traffic offenses, and he was appointed to me by the court. This was my first time ever having to deal with a lawyer, and he made the process incredibly easy. I was pretty stressed out by the whole thing, and he made a concerted effort to work on my issue until it was done. Two of my charges were thrown out and one was reduced! A better job than I ever could have asked for.
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Posted by Katlyne | May 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Impressed
Matthew Dotzler has represented me on two separate occasions. Both times he worked very quickly and effectively to get me a favorable outcome. I could easily trust Matthew to handle my cases. He is very intelligent in law, professional, responsive to calls and messages, I feel what he charged me both times was very fair, he was overall a great person to work with. I would definitely recommend to any friend or family member.
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Posted by Troy Washington | April 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
excellent lawyer
Mr.Dotzler did a wonderful job fighting for me and defending me he got me a fair task and I completed the community service I appreciate him he's a great lawyer I would hire him anytime for any reason even though I won't be in court again thank you sir
Posted by Ryan | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matthew Dotzler traffic tickets
Mr. Dotzler helped me out on two occasions. He got both of by tickets either dropped or reduced to a non-moving violation and no points on my license. If I or someone that I know came into any traffic tickets, DWI, family court or need a will written up I would refer Mr. Dotzler. He was very excellent and did a great job for me to keep my license
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Posted by Katie | February 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic ticket
Matthew Dotzler and his team did an amazing job helping my family. They were very professional and took the time to walk us through every step! My son was given a ticket for excessive speed in icy conditions. He hit black ice, which is very common in Central New York in December, and lost control of the truck. Mr. Dotzler worked to get the charges dropped. I would very highly recommend Carden Dotzler for your legal services!!
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Posted by Arajean | January 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
My daughter sat in jail for over 6 weeks, waiting for her PD to work on her case. I went to see Matt and within 1 1/2 days he accomplished what the other guy had not done in 6 weeks. From the first time I met with Matt he seemed to want to know what was going on with my daughter beyond her legal trouble. He is quick, Knowledgeable, and compassionate. I hope I never need a criminal attorney again, but if I did he would be my first call.
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Posted by Melissa | January 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal defense
My son was arrested for an incident at a retail store involving a bb gun that was displayed as a threat. My son and another teen were arrested. I contacted Mr Dotzler and we were impressed from the first moment we met with him. He was very thorough and explained everything . He was able to get the charges dismissed and reduced . My son did community service hours. Mr. Dotzler and everyone in his office were welcoming and professional. We will contact him again if needed in the future.
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Posted by Ryan | January 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation
Matthew was referred to me by a friend when I got my second dui and I'm glad they did. Matthew was diligent and was able to get me a very generous deal. Considering that I was facing a felony and possible jail time I was very pleased with the outcome of a misdemeanor and a conditional release. Matthew knew how important it was to me to to be able to go home to Arizona after the outcome of my case that he went above and beyond to ensure I got that conditional release. If you are ever in need of a excellent attorney you will be doing yourself a great service by choosing Matt.
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Posted by Vito | December 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable & professional
I found Matthew to be a very reliable and professional lawyer. He completed the work I hired him for in a expedient manner with no surprise costs. I would definitely hire him again.
Posted by Justin | November 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
I had a DWI along with four other tickets. Matthew got four of my tickets dropped and the DWI reduced to a DWAI. I was very pleased and felt comfortable from our first consultation to the end of the case. He made the entire process so much easier than I thought it would be. I would highly recommend Matthew to anyone in need of legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Matthew Dotzler
Matt helped me out with some legal trouble I got into. He was very professional and patient with all the questions I had. He made sure to keep me updated on every step of the way and I was very satisfied with the outcome. He was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Nataliya&Petro | September 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and professional lawyer!!!!!!!!
Mathew Dotzler is an amazing lawyer!!!!! We couldn't find a lawyer to take care with our business paper work and then tickets. And we really glad we finely met Matt... He is very professional, ethical and polite person. Always promptly, with understanding explain everyhing in details. Matt resolved our business matters and all my husbands tickets quickly and was able to dismissed the ticket. He worked very hard to resolved our cases in the best way. With no doubt we will continue his services as needed and highly recommend Matt to anyone.!!!!!! Thank you Mathew!!!!!!!!!! Pleasure to work with you!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First time eviction- a sucess!
A friend of mine actually referred me to his office. Matthew took my case. He was very patient and always promptly explained everything in detail to me when I had a millions of questions for my first eviction. He handled the case in a way that is intended to fully educate and prepared me as a landlord so that I can handle any future evictions if needed. I really appreciate that! He even did extra to ensure my tenant get served. City marshal actually went there four times. I am so glad that we hired him for our first eviction!
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Posted by Mike Ivanyk | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket
When i got my first speeding ticket, i was so upset and just mad at myself for my mistake. After i called and discussed it with Matt my worries were gone. He reduced my speeding ticket and was more than helpfull in the entire process. This is the guy for you no doubt. Why keep looking for over prices lawyers when you can get help here for a decent price. Thanks Matt Dotzler
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation!!
I had a great experience working with Matthew. I hired him on short notice for a criminal charge. He was very professional and worked diligently to close my case as quickly as possible. He was efficient and responsive to my inquiries about my case and the legal process. Matthew was proactive and through his hard work was able to get all charges dropped in my case. I would highly recommend him for any and all legal matters you may have.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made Everything Quick and Painless
I got myself into trouble and wanted everything to just go away. Matthew was able to get everything dismissed, leaving me with a clean record. I spent a total of three minutes in court which made the situation less embarrassing and nerve wracking!
Posted by Scott | June 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer
Mathew Dotzler is an Amazing lawyer. I was involved in a Dwi case and Matt was able to walk me through the court system and made sure that I was taken care of at every step of the process. He was able to get my charges reduced and I was given an extremely great deal! I would absolutely use Mathew Dotlzer for any future court proceedings. A pleasure to work with!!
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Posted by William | May 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!!!
Matthew Dotzler is an excellent lawyer who not only cares about your case but also cares about you. He does not look at you as just a monetary gain but as a person who he intends on helping and taking care of to the best of his abilities. Personally he did the unthinkable with my own case and relentlessly fought for what he
Posted by Brad | May 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Invaluable assistance.
Mr. Dotzler was assigned as my wife's attorney. The Judge mistakingly assigned him to my wife's case but he still provided me absolutely invaluable information and assistance. He assisted me and said that he would continue to help until the Court found a different attorney for my wife's case. He went as far as to contact the Court and assist them finding a suitable replacement for him for my wife's legal requirements. Mr. Dotzler is the consummate professional and I would recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • The New York Traffic Ticket Lawyers
  • 2022 - Present
  • Managing Equity Partner
  • Carden Dotzler, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Carden Dotzler, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Onondaga County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Student Advocate
  • University at Buffalo Law School, Securities Arbitration Clinic
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of David J. Seeger, Esq.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Head Law Clerk
  • Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria L.L.P.
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Research Assistant
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • 2001 - 2002
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Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Management
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2007
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
  • William and Mary School of Law, Spain, Summer Abroad 2005
  • N/A
  • Tulane University School of Law, Holland, Summer Abroad 2004
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • People v. K.J.
  • Dismissed
  • People v. W.C.
  • Dismissed
  • People v. M.N.
  • Reduced
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Associations

  • United States Federal Court
  • Admitted to Practice; Northern District of New York
  • 2017 - Present
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Nominated Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Licensed Notary Public, NYS Dept. of State
  • Licensed Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Town of Camillus Republican Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church
  • Parish Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Believe in Syracuse
  • Exclusive Legal Sponsor
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York State Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, Progressive Law Society
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • Member, Dean's List
  • 2000 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award, Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor Award, Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Avvo Rated Top Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Onondaga County District Attorney's Office
  • 2015
  • Enhanced Training and Services on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse
  • United States Department of Justice
  • 2014
  • Prosecuting Mortgage Fraud Training
  • New York Prosecutors Training Institue
  • 2013
  • Prosecuting White Collar Crime Training
  • New York Prosecutors Training Institute
  • 2012
  • Prosecuting Financial Crimes Training
  • New York Prosecutors Training Institute
  • 2011
  • Prosecutor Basic Course Training Seminar
  • New York Prosecutors Training Institute
  • 2009
  • Criminal Law Concentration
  • University at Buffalo School of Law
  • 2007
  • Scholarship, Spain Summer Study Abroad,
  • William and Mary School of Law
  • 2005
  • International Law Certification
  • Tulane University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Sigma Xi Honors Society
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • 2003
  • Psychology Department Scholar of the Year Award
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • 2003
  • Alpha Chi National Honors Society
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • 2003
  • Dean's List
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • 2002
  • Honors Student Association Inductee
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • 2002
  • Dean's List
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • 2001
  • Dean's List
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Credit Union Conference
  • Suspicious Activity Reports and Banking Activity
  • 2014
  • Retail Loss Prevention Conference
  • Law Enforcement Retail Loss Prevention
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (13)
Endorse Matthew
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Matt. I had the pleasure of working along side of Matt as a fellow ADA in Onondaga County for several years. He was always well versed in the law and the details of the cases that he prosecuted. Since becoming a criminal defense attorney, I have observed him in court on numerous occasions. He always on top of his cases and his clients have clearly been well prepared for court and know exactly what is to occur with their case. Matt is an extremely intelligent and skilled lawyer that puts his client's first. I would not hesitate referring anybody to him for representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is precisely the kind of lawyer anyone would want on their side. He has experience as a prosecutor and therefore possesses a very balanced view of the Justice system. Not only does he have great comprehension of the law, but far more important, he understands and relates well to people and their problems. You would be wise to consult with and retain Matt to be your lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having had the opportunity to work both along side Mr. Dotzler for a number of years and as opposing counsel, I can attest that Matt Dotzler is a hard working advocate who works tirelessly for his clients. Mr. Dotzler has an unmatched work ethic and His practice of law is marked by professionalism and excellence in all he does."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is an incredible lawyer and person. He remains steadfast under the most stressful circumstances and his calm personality puts clients immediately at ease. I always look forward to any opportunity to work with Matt."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for several years and have seen his expertise and strong advocacy skills in representing his clients. I do not hesitate to endorse and recommend Matt."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt since 2009, and I highly recommend him for his skill in handling criminal defense, DWI/DUI cases, and traffic matters. Matt is hard working, intelligent, and dedicated to his clients. Not only is he willing to tackle tough legal issues head on, but his skill and knowledge in the field allow him to secure exceptional results for his clients. For these reasons, I strongly endorse Matt."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for years at this point. His knowledge of the law and work product is exceptional. I would not hesitate to recommend any criminal matter to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Matt for almost 10 years as a fellow attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Mr. Dotzler since he worked for the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. Matthew has always been an excellent advocate who is always prepared. His excellent insight into the decision making process of the DA's office and the prosecution of cases a great lawyer for people who are facing criminal prosecution."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew acquired exceptional experience in his field during his tenure with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. He is an intelligent, hard-working lawyer not only in the courtroom, but in the office as well. I know he takes good care of his clients, so I feel confident referring clients to his firm. I highly recommend Matthew Dotzler."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt throughout law school and his near 10-year legal career. He is extremely intelligent, and is direct, efficient, and effective in advocating for his clients. He truly cares about his clients, and does everything in his power, ethically, to protect their interests. He responds quickly to phone calls, emails and other communications. He is a gentleman both in and out of the courtroom, and has earned the high respect of local prosecutors, judges, and fellow attorneys. Matt is among the elite criminal defense attorneys in Central New York, and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Matt to be a skilled lawyer, a consummate professional, and a tenacious advocate. I don't hesitate to refer clients to Matt."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a fellow lawyer in the Syracuse area, Matt always presents himself well in court each and every time he appears with and on behalf of his clients. He has an excellent presence and a command of the law few others possess. Matt is a lawyer whom you can trust to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I know Matt from his days at the District Attorney's Office. He was always professional, knowledgeable, and confident. Matt is a skilled attorney and one of the nicest people I know. I endorse this attorney."
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