Work Release in New York

January 3, 2018

  When a person is sentenced to prison, they don’t necessarily have to stay incarcerated 24 hours a day. In New York, there are several temporary release programs that an inmate may qualify for. These programs have the main goal of helping inmates become acclimated to their community and allowing them to spend time with their families. An experienced Manhattan criminal defense lawyer can help you to understand your options. Those who are within two […] Read On

The Police Called Me for Questioning, but I Haven’t Been Arrested. What Should I Do?

  On TV and in movies, we see the bad guys get arrested and then taken down to the police station for questioning. In real life, though, it doesn’t always happen in that sequence. Sometimes crime suspects are asked to come in for questioning even before they are arrested. But why? It’s a trap used by law enforcement. Police officers know that most people are scared of going to jail. So if you’re arrested first, […] Read On

When Do I Need a Tax Fraud Lawyer?

December 20, 2016

Accusations concerning tax fraud are very serious. The Internal Revenue Service will waste no time and show little mercy in attempting to recover money from you if they feel you’ve acted fraudulently. Going up against the tax code in the US can be a daunting task for the uninitiated; the code weighs in at more than 70,000 pages at last count. If you don’t know your way around the tax code already, having to defend […] Read On

What Constitutes Stalking in The State of New York?

December 2, 2016

Stalking cases are often confusing for the accused. In many cases, it’s hard to conceive of how the actions that resulted in your stalking charge could have frightened the alleged victim. It should also be mentioned that what may ‘frighten’ an alleged victim can be a very wide range of actions, and this can make what promises to be an emotional case even more confusing for the accused. Stalking is recognized as a crime in […] Read On

First Time Marijuana Penalties in New York

October 10, 2016

Cannabis laws are swiftly changing across the country. States like Washington, Colorado, and Oregon have fully-regulated, legal marijuana markets. As perceptions change towards the drug, legislature follows. However, marijuana is still an illegal substance in New York. That means you can be arrested, processed, and jailed if you are caught with marijuana. The outcomes of your interaction with the police will differ based on the facts of the case. Still, the point remains – you […] Read On

Criminal Justice Reform in New York Lags Behind Other States

September 8, 2016

You might expect New York, which some view as the bastion of liberalism in the United States, to be at the forefront of criminal justice reform. After all, in several states, marijuana has been decriminalized, and many states have taken steps to reduce their prison populations, have made possession of hard drugs a misdemeanor, and have restricted police tactics such as the use of cellphone tracking technology. The fact is, however, that justice reform in […] Read On

NY Assemblyman Wants Stronger Boating while Intoxicated Laws

August 24, 2016

DWI is in the news constantly. Reports surface on a regular basis of crashes, driving while intoxicated with children in the car, injuries, fatalities, and more. One group or another calls for lowering the legal limit for blood alcohol levels, stiffer sentences, ignition interlock devices, jail for first offenders, and the list goes on. We hear much less about boating while intoxicated, and when we do read an article or see a newscast on the […] Read On

CTE Concussion Defense

August 17, 2016

You’ve heard about a variety of defenses raised in criminal prosecutions. Some of them consist merely of evidence that the defendant did not commit the crime charged. An alibi is an example. Some other defenses, however, admit that the defendant committed the act, but assert that he is entitled to an acquittal for one of a variety of reasons. Those reasons include, among others, that the defendant (a) acted in self-defense, (b) was induced by […] Read On

Charges Dismissed Against West New York Mayor

July 18, 2016

A New Jersey mayor has had the bulk of the kickback charges against him dismissed by a federal judge. Felix Roque is the mayor of West New York, New Jersey, a town just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. He had been indicted by a grand jury on three counts that, interestingly enough, were not related to his public duties. They concerned Roque’s medical practice – he’s an anesthesiologist. Here’s the background of the story. […] Read On

NYC Traffic Law Ruled Unconstitutional

June 29, 2016

Who would have thought that a New York City traffic regulation would end up the subject of a constitutional battle? But that’s what has happened in the Big Apple, where a Queens judge ruled that the one of the city’s “Vision Zero” traffic laws is unconstitutional. The regulation at issue in the case, §19-190 of the New York City Administrative Code, provides additional penalties for failure to yield the right of way on city streets. […] Read On

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