Experienced South Buffalo Lawyers
Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP is a litigation law firm servicing clients throughout South Buffalo, NY
The South Buffalo lawyers at Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP provide our clients with aggressive, and effective legal services. Whether you are facing drunk driving, or harassment charges, or you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall, auto accident, or construction accident, our experienced lawyers are here to fight for your rights.
Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP was established in 1998. Our lawyers have extensive legal experience in matters related to personal injury, labor and employment, and criminal defense among other practice areas. Ninety-five percent of our legal practice in South Buffalo is devoted to litigation.
At Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP, our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers, committed to representing our South Buffalo clients in an aggressive and efficient manner.
Using our vast legal experience, the latest technology, persistence, and determination, we will achieve success for you and your family.
In the event that you need legal counsel, make Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP your first call.
Below are some common legal questions we hear from our South Buffalo, NY clients:
What Should I Do If I’m Experiencing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
Sexual harassment occurs in the workplace, and people contact us. Sometimes, I have conversations with people who are literally in being sexually harassed in their workplace at that time, and they’re wondering what to do about it. Under current laws, co-worker sexual harassment is treated differently than sexual harassment by one’s boss. A boss is in a position to hire or fire you. A boss also has the power to change your job duties, title, and wages, and other job-related factors. Sexual harassment by a boss often binds the employer, just as if the employer himself were doing it. If the offending party is a co-worker the case is treated a little bit differently. In other words, the employer gets a little larger slice of the apple; they get a little bit more of a second bite, so to speak.
If harassment is currently happening in the workplace, I often say to people, “Either you need to leave there because you could be negatively affected by it mentally. Otherwise, you need to complain about it to someone.” Perhaps your complaint should come through a lawyer. You might come see a guy like me, and I would send a note or letter to the employer on your behalf, saying, “I’m representing Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Smith is subject to illegal sexual innuendo and inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace.”
Most employers have a sexual, racial, or general harassment policy, and it is important that you comply with that policy because the employer has the right to claim a defense and say, “We didn’t know Sally was being mistreated down in shipping because Sally didn’t bring it to our attention.” If the issue hasn’t been brought to the attention of the employer, that employer often gets off the hook, even though you’ve been subjected to negative racial, religious, or sexual harassment.
How Many Points Go On Your License From A DWI Charge?
In talking with friends and clients, one of the most commonly asked questions about DWIs (driving while intoxicated charges) is, “How many points do I get on my license for that kind of offense?” The fact is that no points appear against your license. DWI is considered an unclassified misdemeanor under the Vehicle and Traffic Law. While being charged with driving while intoxicated is a crime in the State of New York, its penalties take a form other than points. You will face possible jail time, license suspension penalties, and an enormous amount of fines and fees. There are no points on your license at all.
How Long Do You Have To File A Personal Injury Case?
People want to know how long they have to bring their case or to file their claim. The answer to that is, “It depends.” Lots of factors are in play. How were you injured? Where were you injured? Who injured you? The length of time to initiate an action can be different depending on the answers to those questions. That’s why it’s important to seek counsel right away. That way, your attorney can preserve your claim and make sure it gets filed in time. If your claim isn’t filed before the relevant statute runs, you’re out of luck.