Attorney Andrew Tabashneck says he was totally shocked when he was arrested and charged with witness tampering when he showed up to file motions on behalf of his local client.

CANANDAIGUA — The attorney who was charged on Monday with witness tampering as he showed up to argue motions on behalf of his client said he was shocked by the charge.

Andrew Tabashneck was representing Erin Rhynes, who was facing attempted murder charges in connection with an incident in Geneva. Instead of standing next to his client, he stood handcuffed next to his own attorney, a court-appointed public defender.

“I'm really in shock. I was ready to try this case on behalf of my client. I was ethically fighting for his rights and believe in my client's innocence,” said Tabashneck, who was handling the case pro-bono. “I’m looking forward to clearing my name. I’ve now got the clients' perspective of what they go through.”

Tabashneck, whose law office is based in Buffalo, stated he spent hours on the Rhynes case and it's cases like his client's that inspire him to fight for people's rights.

“I’m still waiting for more information on the allegations made against me by the District Attorney’s Office.” said Tabashneck. “I take great pride in ethically representing my clients rights and am always willing to fight for them within the framework of our constitutional rights."