Tuesday, December 9, 2014
At our new office, we have embraced our part of the Geneseo tradition. Along with the other tenants of our office building, David A. Hoffmann, Attorney & Counselor at Law has decked the front window of 75 Main Street. The Geneseo Merchants Association is sponsoring a contest for local businesses. We will continue to update the site when we receive our award! In the meanwhile, enjoy a stroll through the historic village and take in the decorations in all of the storefronts.
Friday, November 21, 2014
When clients come to me charged with a Felony level offense, one of their first questions is "What is the Grand Jury?". In this installment of GeneseeSun.com's Courtroom Spotlight, we discuss the Grand Jury, and its role in criminal cases. If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony or any other level offense in Livingston County or the Genesee Valley, call David A. Hoffmann, Attorney & Counselor at Law. There are important and time-sensitive steps that can be taken before the matter gets presented to the Grand Jury. If you have already been indicted, it is critical that you hire an attorney you can trust with the experience necessary to guide you through this confusing and difficult process. The video content is provided by GeneseeSun.com after a period of exclusive availability on their site. For the most up-to-date episode(s) of Courtroom Spotlight, see http://www.geneseesun.com/category/suntv-newsroom/. The information provided in this program is not intended as - and should not be perceived to be - legal advice. Every case is different. Speak to an attorney about your specific legal issues.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
GeneseeSun.com has invited Mr. Hoffmann to return to the Courtroom Spotlight program to continue to inform the community about legal topics in the news. While they do not discuss specific cases, the program attempts to educate people about the complex legal issues behind the headlines. In this episode, the panel discusses "Hate Crimes", a topic of some interest locally as of late, due to allegations of assault targeting a SUNY Geneseo transgender student. While the facts of this particular incident are not discussed, the attorneys talk about the legislative history and intent of the relatively new Hate Crime laws, and what impact the new laws have on these types of cases. The information provided in this program is not intended as - and should not be perceived to be - legal advice. Every case is different. Speak to an attorney about your specific legal issues. The video content is provided by GeneseeSun.com after a period of exclusive availability on their site. For the most up-to-date episode(s) of Courtroom Spotlight, see http://www.geneseesun.com/category/suntv-newsroom/.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I am honored to have been invited to participate in GeneseeSun.com's Courtroom Spotlight. The GeneseeSun.com is a 24/7 community news, sports, and broadcast site for Northern Livingston and Southern Monroe Counties in Western New York. In addition to breaking news, the site features also community events, sports coverage and human interest features. Recently, the Publisher, Josh Williams, approached me with questions regarding specific criminal charges which were making headlines. An idea was born to broadcast a weekly program to help the community better understand some of the complex legal issues in the news. All too often, misinformation and conjecture take the place of facts and understanding. Courtroom Spotlight is intended to clarify some of the issues and reveal the truth behind the buzzwords. The information provided in this program is not intended as - and should not be perceived to be - legal advice. Every case is different. Speak to an attorney about your specific legal issues.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
We are making progress on our new primary home in Geneseo, NY. If only there were frequent flyer miles for the New York State Thruway! I continue to make appearances in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lockport in addition to my work in Avon, Geneseo and Livonia. While we are not yet ready to publicly announce or new address yet, I expect to be up and running by October 1. In the meantime, I want to once again thank my colleagues who have generously offered to allowed me to share office space during this transition, especially Brandt, Roberson and Brandt in Lockport and Michalski Militello in Avon/Pittsford.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I receive a lot of phone calls from people who just have a quick question or are just looking for some advice. I always try to help, and I don't want to be rude, but it can be difficult and dangerous for a lawyer to give advice over the phone. Without taking the time to get all of the information, it can be very hard (and reckless) to give out legal opinion. If you call me, you'll probably hear me tell you to call the police, or some other agency uniquely positioned to handle your issue. Or you may hear me say something like "based on what I'm hearing" or "without more information" followed by general legal rules and principles. Just like general info available on a blog, you cannot take free advice given after a five minute phone call as binding legal precedent. Remember that you get what you pay for - especially when it comes to free advice. Any attorney (or accountant, or doctor) who is giving out professional advice without actually looking into the issue probably isn't worth paying for, anyway.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
One Fourth of July when I was in high school, my family was in our backyard enjoying some very tame fireworks. A police officer snuck up on us, expecting - I imagine - to bust a group of drunken teenagers. Wasn't he surprised to discover my forty-something father lighting off "buzzing bees" and "sparkling lanterns" in front of mom, the kids and grandma all sitting quietly in lawn chairs? We got off with a warning, but possession of even these seemingly harmless little pyrotechnics remains a misdemeanor in New York State. If you and your grandma get arrested for possession of bottle rockets (or anything else) this weekend, remember to be polite and respectful to the officer and call me immediately at (585) 447-7597.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Remember that the judge you are going to appear in front of is human. First impressions matter! He or she cannot help but form certain opinions of people. A criminal defendant wearing a shirt and tie presents a different image than one in an undershirt and ripped jeans. Think about that while you are getting ready for court. And get ready for court early. Tardiness at court is not only rude and disrespectful, but could lead to an increase or revocation of bail. It is worth your time to be on time and avoid doing time.
Try to stay out of trouble. But if trouble finds you, be respectful and polite to the police officer. Let him or her know that you have an attorney and that you cannot answer any of their questions until you speak to me. Then ask them to call (585) 519-4117 or ask if you can call me yourself.