Criminal Defense

Monday, March 20, 2017

New York just moved one very important step closer to common sense criminal justice reforms

What might this new law mean for youth offenders?

The idea surrounding youth accountability for crimes is often controversial. Some people worry about youth who might only be 16 or 17 years old paying an ‘adult price’ for the crimes they commit.  Others point to the importance of enforcing strict criminal penalties, especially as a deterrent to others.  

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Heading to Traffic Court? Don't Forget Your Attorney

Getting caught speeding, failing to pass properly, or running a red light could lead to large fines, costlier insurance, or even the suspension of your license. Police can hand out tickets for a number of reasons and cameras can even snap photos of your license plate if you have violated a law.

Most people simply accept punishment and pay the fines. Fines can add up quickly if you are not careful. You do have the right to contest your tickets in traffic court.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

NY Lawmakers Seek to Limit Use of Stingrays

What are my rights under the Fourth Amendment?

Lawmakers in the state Assembly recently introduced legislation that would ban the use of cell site simulators or "stingrays" by law enforcement without a search warrant. These surveillance devices trick cell phones within range into connecting to the simulator instead of cell phone towers.

In short, stingrays allow the police to track individuals who are using electronic devices and capture communications content including phone calls, text messages and social media usage. The problem is that stingrays sweep up all devices within range, not just the communications of targeted individuals.

The legislation was prompted in part by an ACLU report in the summer of 2016 that found two local law New York law enforcement agencies invested more than half a million dollars in stingray devices which they rarely obtained warrants to use.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

How can I get my New York criminal charges expunged?

Many individuals who have made mistakes in the past and are working to move on may still be haunted by prior convictions. Television and well-meaning friends and relatives usually bring up the topic of expungement as a means to vanquish past offenses. Unfortunately, if you were convicted of a crime in New York, expungement, or record destruction, is not an option. There are other options however, your

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Drug Tests to Be Excluded from Lake George Boat Crash Prosecution

When does a violation of criminal procedure prevent prosecutors from using incriminating evidence at a criminal trial?

A man charged with manslaughter, assault, criminally negligent homicide and boating while impaired has just received a huge break. Though witnesses saw him taking drugs, including cocaine and hashish, and though drug tests found three types of drugs in his system, his criminal defense lawyers will not have to deal with all of the evidence at trial. Warren County prosecutors have announced they will not be using the drug test results because of a procedural error.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What are the top 5 mistakes people make when facing assault allegations?

If you have been charged or are otherwise facing allegations of assault, you are likely having some anxiety about the process and what you should do next. The best thing you can do is talk to an experienced criminal attorney before you do anything else. Below, we have some of the top 5 mistakes that people facing assault allegations have made, so you can avoid making these costly mistakes yourself.

#1 Talking to the Police

While we understand that you may feel that having the police understand your side of the story will make everything go away, talking to the police without the advice of a lawyer is the worst thing you can do for yourself.  Often, you are actually arrested when you get to the station.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Child Abuse Charges Are Difficult to Defend Against

How can your lawyer defend you against charges of child abuse?

As individuals who have been wrongly accused of child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, know all too well, innocence can be very difficult to prove. Just as we know that child abuse is much more common that we used to believe, we should be aware that false accusations of child abuse are not infrequent. Such false charges are especially common in highly dysfunctional families and in families going through unusually acrimonious divorces. If you find yourself accused of, or charged with, child abuse, whether physical, emotional, or sexual, it is essential that you engage the services of a

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Courting of Public Officials Leads to Fines for Real Estate Company

What criminal law problems can arise when real estate and business professionals and real estate developers seek help from political officeholders?

For real estate developers and businesspeople trying to maintain friendly relations with politicians, caution is a must. The New York State Ethics Commission in Albany has announced a settlement with two companies for their role in criminal cases involving Dean Skelos, the former New York State Senate Majority Leader, and Sheldon Silver, the former State Assembly Speaker.

Real estate company Glenwood Management Corp.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Boyfriend of ‘Catwoman’: Assault situation ‘very disturbing’

What sentences might the Catwoman face for her actions?

Being charged with assault and battery is serious. Charges can range from probation to real jail time. New York is waiting with morbid fascination to see what will happen to Jocelyn Wildenstein, after being arrested on assault charges.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

'Rash of Hate Crimes' Reported Day After Trump's Election

What constitutes a “hate crime” and what can it mean for sentencing?

The entire country has seen an uptick in hate-crime violence in the wake of the election this month, as some Trump supporters have been emboldened by Trump’s campaign positions against minority groups.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, suicide hotlines are ringing off the hook, reports of school bullying has increased and more KKK literature drops have been witnessed. Swastikas painted next to Trump’s name have also been found scrawled on vehicles, homes and buildings associated with minority groups.

The Law Center has received over 400 reports of violence and intimidation between November 8th and November 14th against people of color, Muslims, immigrants, the L.G.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Arrest Process

What takes place if I am arrested? How should I respond?

For most of us, being arrested is a frightening prospect, so understanding what will occur can keep you from panicking.  As soon as you are arrested, it is essential to contact a skilled and experienced defense attorney who can represent your interests.

Though the steps may vary somewhat from one region in the U.

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