Criminal Defense Rochester, NYCriminal Defense

The term “criminal law” is very broad and often misunderstood.

A “crime” can be anything from stealing a DVD from a store to driving a car with a suspended registration to injuring another person in a bar fight to a murder.

What all these different types of “crimes” share are the following bedrock principles:

  • You are innocent until proven guilty
  • The burden of proving your guilt remains always with the government
  • You have the absolute right to remain silent – before, during and after you’ve been arrested
  • You are entitled to the services of an attorney who will act as a zealous advocate in your defense

What’s commonly misunderstood is the range of outcomes in a criminal case.  Most people mistakenly think that a person can only be found either not guilty or guilty, and if it’s the latter, then you have to go to jail.

But the reality is much different.   There are a range of possible outcomes that are too numerous to list here.  The key is to have a lawyer acting on your behalf that understands all the alternatives and possibilities to arrive at the best possible solution for you.

Let me use my experience and knowledge to help you get through a difficult time.  I have successfully handled thousands of criminal matters, including:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Contempt
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Aggravated Unlicensed Operation
  • Menacing
  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child
  • Marijuana Offenses
  • Falsifying Business Records
  • Child Pornography offenses
  • Many others

Please put my experience of over a dozen years as a defense attorney and prosecutor to work for you.   I am on your side.


Matthew J. Rich

Matthew J. Rich is a Rochester, New York-based attorney focusing on criminal defense, DWI cases, traffic offenses, and family law. He brings nearly a decade of experience in private practice and the Monroe County District Attorney's office to assist each and every client.

If you're looking for an attorney, chances are it's because you're facing a problem of some sort. Matthew J. Rich's goal is to help you with your problem, be your informed advocate, and ultimately get you a fair and satisfactory outcome. Matthew J. Rich is on your side.