Hiring experienced defense attorneys with extensive trial experience is an absolute necessity in defending any homicide, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide case in Rochester, New York.



Homicide charges include murder, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide.  All of these counts include an action (intentional, reckless, or negligent) that ultimately results in the death of another person.  Homicides are complex crimes to defend, varying greatly in the specific facts of the case and the particular crime charged.  All homicide charges are felonies.  The most common charge is murder in the second degree, which if convicted, carries a sentence range from 15 years to life to 25 years to life.  With such serious consequences, most homicide cases should, and do, go to trial. 


Homicide charges are the most serious category of charges in our criminal justice system. Only the most experienced prosecutors and police investigators handle these cases and they invest the utmost effort to obtain a conviction. They interview all witnesses, analyze each piece of evidence, try to coerce a statement or admission out of every suspect, and monitor all the phone calls and letters from any suspect in jail. In these cases, the prosecution usually presents every type of evidence imaginable including fingerprints, DNA, admissions or confessions by the defendant, eyewitness testimony, ballistics, and various types of expert and forensic testimony in order to obtain a conviction.



Manslaughter is one of the most complicated statutes in New York criminal law. Manslaughter in the first and/or second degree are usually alternative charges to murder if the defendant is accused of killing someone unintentionally. Manslaughter can be based on reckless actions or the intent to hurt someone but not kill them. However, manslaughter charges are still felonies that can result in many years in prison if convicted. If you are charged with manslaughter in Rochester, it is critical to hire a lawyer experienced and successful in defending murder and manslaughter charges in Monroe County.



Vehicular Manslaughter is charged when someone has been killed in a motor vehicle accident and the accused was either driving recklessly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Vehicular manslaughter encompasses the death of another driver, a passenger, or someone outside of the vehicle such as a pedestrian or bicyclist. It is almost always unintentional. Vehicular manslaughter has numerous complicated elements, and in some circumstances can be very difficult to defend. This charge can carry a sentence of up to 15 years in state prison if convicted.

Unfortunately, vehicular manslaughter is very common in the city of Rochester and throughout Monroe County. If you are charged with vehicular manslaughter, it is very important that you hire an attorney who has strong experience with accident reconstruction, motorist accidents, DWI laws, and who has exceptional trial skills. Call Mr. Nobles or Mr. DeCarolis immediately to have the best defense possible. The sooner your attorney can review the scene of the accident, the vehicle(s) involved, and the conditions of the area, the better, since it is all subject to change over the 9 to 12 months it takes to get to trial.

Hiring experienced defense attorneys with extensive trial experience is an absolute necessity in defending any homicide, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide case. 


Mr. Nobles and Mr. DeCarolis are those attorneys.

  • We have handled and tried numerous homicide cases individually and as a team.
  • Our experience and tenacity have led us to win many homicide trials
  • We have handled cases involving every conceivable and recognizable type of evidence including: ballistics, autopsies, DNA, fingerprints, confessions, false statements, eye witness testimony, expert testimony, gun powder residue, accident reconstruction, toxicology, serology, footprint castings, video and audio tapes, crime scene photos, phone and text message records, cell site data, 911 tapes, trace evidence, justification (self-defense), and even the insanity defense. We know how to analyze, challenge, and defend against each and every one of these types of evidence.   
  • We always carry out our own investigations and hire our own experts to review the evidence and to uncover other leads in our cases.
  • We have the experience, knowledge, and track record to successfully defend homicide cases, or to negotiate a plea deal that is in the best interest of our clients. 


Some case highlights fighting homicide charges:

  • In 2007, Mr. Nobles represented his first client charged with murder and obtained a NOT GUILTY verdict at trial.
  • In 2008, Mr. Nobles won a homicide case against a team of two prosecutors, one of which was his former supervisor and mentor.
  • In 2009, Mr. Nobles prevented the prosecution from obtaining homicide convictions against his clients four out of five times. In two of those cases, his clients were found NOT GUILTY of all charges.
  • Also in 2009, Mr. Nobles negotiated a reduction from Murder to Burglary with a 13 year sentence, as opposed to the client going to trial and facing the possibility of 25 years to life if convicted (this client did not testify against anyone, but his two co-defendants were both convicted and are currently serving 25 years to life).
  • In 2011, Mr. Nobles successfully defeated a homicide case in the Grand Jury. The case was COMPLETELY DISMISSED within two months of his client's initial arrest.
  • In 2011, Mr. Nobles and Mr. DeCarolis together defended the murder prosecution of a University of Rochester student accused of killing his friend and fellow classmate. He was found NOT GUILTY after a two-week trial based on self-defense.
  • In 2013, Mr. DeCarolis prepared his client to testify in the Grand Jury against the charge of murder in the Second Degree. The Grand Jury DISMISSED all homicide charges of any kind in less than two weeks after his client was originally charged.
  • In 2013, Mr. Nobles went to trial against a team of two prosecutors accusing a Pittsford man of murder in the Second Degree for shooting his former roommate in the back. The jury ACQUITTED Mr. Nobles' client of all charges.
  • In 2015, Mr. Nobles and Mr. DeCarolis successfully defended a highly publicized homicide case. The client was charged with murdering his father with a shotgun at close range. The case was followed with intense media scrutiny from arraignment to the ultimate DISMISSAL ten months later. At the outset, the defense team launched its own investigation and put countless hours into analyzing all the evidence, interviewing witnesses, strategizing, and preparing for trial. After more than 30 witnesses, two weeks of testimony, and 50 hours of deliberation, the jury could not reach a decision. Shortly thereafter, the judge granted the defense's motion for a trial order of dismissal based on lack of evidence.


If you are charged with a homicide or any other serious crime, having Nobles & DeCarolis by your side is your best defense. 
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