When you are charged with a crime, your future is directly affected by the attorney you choose to represent you. With so much at stake, you need an attorney who is aggressive and determined to get you the justice you deserve. You need an attorney who is focused on you and devoted to providing you with effective legal representation. I, Martin P. Bonventre, am from the Capital District, and committed to defending clients in the region.
Martin P. Bonventre
Martin P. Bonventre was born in Buffalo and raised in the Albany suburb of Delmar. Since admission to the New York State Bar, Martin has focused his practice on criminal and DWI defense. He has also represented clients in contract disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, mechanic’s liens, and corporation / non-profit formation. He is a member of a number of legal associations including the Albany County Bar Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the New York State Defenders Association.
Martin graduated from Albany Law School in 2010. While in law school, Martin was a member of the Albany Law Review and Albany Law Rugby Football Club. He also worked with the Student Hurricane Network to organize, recruit and lead 10 volunteers on trip to New Orleans trip to help renovate houses. His group was awarded NYSBA President’s Law School Group Pro Bono Service Award. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Geneseo and was awarded the USAA National Collegiate Award for Philosophy & Religion.
When away from the office, Martin enjoys playing and listening to blues guitar music and frequents local open mics. He continues to play rugby and helped the Syracuse Chargers win the 2011 New York State Championship and reach the 2011 DIII Men’s Club National Championship Finals.
Professional Awards and Associations
New York State Bar Association
Albany County Bar Association
New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New York State Defenders Association
Albany Law Rugby
Juris DoctorAlbany Law School of Union University
Bachelor of ArtsState University of New York College at Geneseo
NYSBA Trial Academy at Cornell University
New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2012 Syracuse Spring Seminar
Interactive Criminal Law From the Midnight Call to Filing the Notice of Appeal, 2011
Below are some of our latest client testimonials. Although the results of actual cases may be displayed, Anelli Xavier cannot represent such results to be indicative of those that may be obtained in any particular case.
Martin’s Featured Testimonials
People vs. N.W.
“First let me thank you for the tremendous outcome of my case. I appreciated your prompt responses to my email and direct answers to my questions. You did an excellent job of informing me of the range of possible outcomes and took the time to understand what my goals and concerns were for the dispositon of this case. Again, thanks for all your help on this. I never imagined that this would be settled in such a satisfactory mannor.”
People vs. T.N.
“Professional and know what they’re doing. Really satisfied with everything. I have no plans on needing your help again, but you’d be my first choice!”
People vs. L.C.
“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the wonderful job you performed with my case. I called you and explained my case to you and told you what I expected an you rose to the occasion. I am very satisfied with the results and would recommend anyone in need of services to call you. You have been wonderful with keeping me informed throughout and most of all explaining the charges and detailed consequences. Even in my most vulnerable moments you kept me on track with hope but with reality.
Again, thank you for all you help, it was well worth my expense to have you serve as my lawyer!”
Martin’s Featured Case Results
Our client was charged with speeding (88 in a 65) and a DWAI due to having a .07 BAC level according to the breath test. In this case our team of attorneys knew that the situation was much different for our client given that she had a New Jersey license. Even though her BAC was relatively low, a typical DWAI offer would not help our client as it could result in up to a two year suspension of her driving privileges in New Jersey. It took many lengthy conversations with the ADA handling the case but we were able to negotiate a disposition that allowed our client to two violations that were unrelated to speed and alcohol. The allowed our client to avoid any potential consequences to her license in NJ, escape with minimal fines, and no criminal record.
Our client was charged with two misdemeanor counts of DWI. She was traveling with some friends to an event and was pulled over by the New York State police. There were significant facts alleged that our client and her passengers disputed. While she was arrested and her breath test was above the legal limit, we were able to show the assistant district attorney that there were significant legal issues with the stop and subsequent arrest of our client. As a result of our relationship with the DA’s office and persistent negotiation on our client’s behalf we were able to secure a plea bargain that was not a crime or associated with the consumption of alcohol. Our client plead guilty to the non criminal offense of disorderly conduct in satisfaction of all the charges pending against her.
In this case our client was charged with the misdemeanor charge of DWAI Drugs. She was alleged to have driven down a one way street the wrong way. Her BAC was relatively low and Hydrocodone was found in her system. We were able to show the ADA that she did not have a history of drug abuse nor was she a continuous offender. Our client had significant medical issues which made it necessary to take narcotics for pain. Even though her prescription itself was not a legal defense to the charge, it did sway the prosecutor to offer her a plea outside of the alcohol and drug category. She plead guilty to disorderly conduct and a parking ticket. This plea allowed her to avoid any criminal record and any charge associated with drugs or alcohol.
Anelli Xavier Reviews
People vs. Jennifer S.
“Very friendly. I wish I called sooner. Friendly, knowledgable, and very good representation! Very professional!”
People vs. Craig C.
“I like that they stayed in constant contact with me throughout the entire process and helped me with any question I had. I would definitely use them again!”
People vs. Morgan R.
“I enjoyed the fact that Gus talked to me just as one of the guys, he was professional yet casual.
Next time I will just take a cab, it was a pleasure working with your firm but let’s face it…if I knew it before, it’s definitely instilled now, I don’t ever want to be in that position again.
Keep up the practice, this state needs a powerful firm to maintain checks and balances with some of the nonsense that goes on. As for me, lesson learned. And again, I appreciate the time all of those involved spent working on my case. Hopefully we never have to speak again unless you’re interested in catering or a golf game!”
People vs. Michelle H.
“They seemed to actually care about my case when I met with them to discuss the details of the night in question – really great in responding to emails. I had Derek Wild as my attorney. I felt he was very thorough with the proceedings. When he couldn’t show, another gentleman took his place and also did an amazing job for not knowing my case as well.”
People vs. Sarah E.
“…I was very pleased with my outcome although it took a long time to come to that resolution. I hope none of my family or friends have to go through the life altering even of a DWI. I was thoroughly impressed with how readily Tom Anelli was willing to meet with my father and I to answer some of our questions. He seemed genuinely concerned about my situation and the wrong doing in me losing my teaching position. Where previously I had felt like I was just a number, that was a case in such a huge law firm, after that meeting I felt as if I was “Sarah”.”
People vs. Kenneth M.
“…all of my questions were answered very much to my satisfaction. Although I’m not really into email, I always received a phone call. I have to say that Kevin O’Brien and Mike Viscosi did a excellent job. It really impressed me when the judge complimented Mike on a job well done, and as a matter of fact, I think that everybody at the hearing was impressed. Thanks again for your excellent legal assistance.”
People vs. Travis S.
“My team did an amazing job of answering all my questions and explaining things to me in a way I could understand. I always felt informed and prepared. Patrick Hennessy met with me before every court appearance and went over everything with me. Extremely competent team. I had constant contact with my team and anytime I had a question it immediately got answered by text, call or email. Hands down, best at handling DWIs. I heard horror stories about DWI lawyers but was very impressed by my team. Patrick Hennessy and his team are the best and I would recommend them to anybody.”
People vs. Andrew F.
“I was very satisfied with the way my case was handled and the outcome of the case. Kevin O’Brien and his team were very professional and were always available when I had a question. When corresponding via email, responses were prompt and thorough. The team and your firm did a great job of taking the bulk of the stress from this ordeal off of me.”
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