Can I Get a DWI for Prescription Drugs?

March 5, 2018

Many New Yorkers assume that charges for driving while intoxicated (DWI) involve alcohol consumption or the use of illegal drugs. However, even taking a prescription drug that impairs your ability to drive can result in a DWI charge with the same penalties as those that would be applicable to a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. Facing charges for a DWI because you were driving after you took prescription […] Read On

Are You Eligible for a Conditional or Restricted Use License?

February 2, 2018

Driving is a privilege, not a right, and your license can be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons. For example, you can lose your license if you drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, receive too many speeding tickets, fail to make child support payments or drive without insurance. But what if you need to drive to school? What if your job requires you to have a car? New York law […] Read On

Work Release in New York

January 2, 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 years […] 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, that […] Read On

Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Programs in New York

November 29, 2017

Were You Arrested in New York City? Here is What You Need to Know about New York’s Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Programs The United States has a serious problem with mass incarceration. When viewed in contrast to the rest of the world, the numbers are truly striking. According to data provided by the Prison Policy Initiative, the American incarceration rate in the year 2016 was 716 per 100,000 people. This figure is (by far) the […] Read On

What Are the Penalties for Burglary in New York?

October 30, 2017

Theft and burglary are often used interchangeably, but while theft is typically a component of burglary, the reverse is not true. A person can engage in theft without being deemed a burglar. Burglary involves entering a home or building with an intent to commit a crime. The person may be there to steal someone or even injure or kill someone through use of a gun, knife or other weapon. That’s what makes burglary more violent […] Read On

Is it a Crime to Leave the Scene of an Accident in New York?

Most of us know that after we’re involved in a car accident, we need to stop at the accident scene. There, we need to check on others involved and exchange contact and insurance information. But what happens if you don’t stop? Or maybe someone stole your car, caused an accident and kept on driving, and now you’re the one to blame? Situations like this happen. Sometimes drivers are too scared to stop, for fear of […] Read On

How a Felony Can Be Reduced to a Misdemeanor

September 29, 2017

Nobody wants to be convicted of a crime, but some situations are wrose than others. A misdemeanor is better than a felony. Many people consider misdemeanors “minor crimes.” They don’t affect a person’s social life, employment and other rights and freedoms that we enjoy as Americans too much. In fact, 30 percent of Americans have criminal records—which includes an arrest even if there was no conviction. To put this in perspective, this is the same […] Read On

How Do You Find Out if You Have a Bench Warrant in New York?

Nobody wants to be in trouble with the law, but many people simply ignore legal issues until they become huge problems. They may ignore their jury duty notice or forget to pay their speeding traffic. Maybe they didn’t appear in court after a DWI traffic stop. These issues can come back to haunt them once they are arrested by a police officer. If you were ordered to appear in court, but failed to do so, […] Read On

George Vomvolakis Defends Yonkers Man Charged With Murder

August 23, 2017

Around 2:30 AM on July 19th, Antonio Sikolas, a 25 year old Yonkers resident, was involved in a major collision with a commercial truck in Murray Hill. The accident seriously injured Sikolas and killed his passenger, 37 year old Ryota Funakoshi a Japanese student at Columbia. Police say that alcohol was involved and that Sikolas was speeding. He has been charged with murder after the incident. Attorney George Vomvolakis has taken the case in defense […] Read On