Watertown Criminal Defense Attorney

A native of Central New York, Mr. Oastler has significant experience defending individuals in Watertown and throughout upstate New York against DWI charges. He regularly handles clients in Jefferson, Oswego, Onondaga, Lewis, Saint Lawrence, and Cayuga counties. Before working for Xavier + Associates (formerly Anelli Xavier), Mr. Oastler interned at Prisoner’s Legal Services of New York where he helped respond to the complaints of incarcerated individuals. This initially piqued his interest in representing those who were up against the resources and power of New York State. He has practiced at several other firms across upstate New York and the Hudson Valley and diversified his understanding of many areas of law and the needs of a wide variety of clients. He is sensitive to what his clients’ concerns are, and ensures that the results he achieves best address them.

Mr. Oastler chose to practice at Xavier + Associates (formerly Anelli Xavier) because his position in the firm allows him to provide comprehensive and skilled legal representation to anyone who is charged with a crime. He can provide the best service possible to his clients, while counting on a team of other attorneys, paralegals, and support staff to ensure he can focus solely on handling cases. Mr. Oastler is also not afraid to act in an aggressive manner on the behalf of a client’s case when the situation requires it. While an attorney at Xavier + Associates (formerly Anelli Xavier), Attorney Oastler has published two articles, “An Attorney’s View on Four DWI Assumptions” and “The Life of a DWI Charge”, about what legal counsel can experience during DWI cases.


Attorney Oastler obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Colgate University. He afterward obtained his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.

While attending Albany Law School, Attorney Oastler spent a full year working at Albany Law School’s prestigious Health Law Clinic where he first gained experience with clients and the courtroom. He also received a Founder’s Scholarship while attending Albany Law School and was a member of the Government Law Journal.

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Oastler is affiliated with both the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all courts in New York State and federal courts within the Northern District of New York.

What Clients Have Had To Say

Many clients have been able to reach positive results in DWI and other types of criminal cases due to the assistance provided by Mr. Oastler. Clients frequently recognize Mr. Oastler’s ability to quickly pick up on the intricacies of DWI law faster than other attorneys who practice in many different areas of law. Many clients have also observed that Attorney Oastler is a tireless worker when it comes to making sure that his client’s cases resolve in a positive manner. He ensures that each case is analyzed deeply, and that any result achieved is done while contemplating consequences in an out of the courtroom.

How A Knowledgeable Watertown DWI Attorney Can Help

Clients immediately discover that DWI attorneys are helpful throughout all phases of the legal process. A DWI attorney can begin providing assistance before an arrest is complete. The state of New York allows individuals to consult with an attorney before taking a chemical test, which can prove to be particularly beneficial. A DWI attorney like Mr. Oastler is also always available to take a client’s call no matter what time of day or night to make sure that a client follows the best potential course of action.

A DWI attorney can help enter a plea at arraignment. A knowledgeable lawyer like Attorney Oastler will be able to help a client determine whether a plea bargain is a good idea given the circumstances. If a DWI case does proceed to trial, a skilled DWI attorney will know how to best present a case so that an individual may be found not guilty of the offense. Many tests designed to determine an individual’s blood alcohol content are not always accurate, which means that the evidence in question might be unreliable. Even in situations where a client is found guilty, Attorney Oastler can argue on your behalf to make sure that the resulting penalties are as minimal as possible. In addition to helping avoid jail times and hefty fines, Attorney Oastler can also help an individual make sure that penalties assessed against their driver’s license is minimized..

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