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

DWIs for NY Drivers Under 21

August 2, 2017

Young adults are notorious for making rash decisions, most of which have relatively harmless results. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as the decision to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have devastating consequences not only for the driver, but for anyone else who is on the road. To help prevent these types of accidents, the New York Legislature passed a series of provisions that specifically apply to drivers who […] Read On

Will a New York DWAI Appear on a Background Check?

There are a variety of different DWI charges in New York, one of which is Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI/Alcohol). A driver who is arrested for driving under the influence faces these charges if his or her Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level is higher than .05, but lower than .07 or if there is other evidence of impairment. Although DWAIs are not considered criminal offenses, they can still come up on a background […] Read On

I’m From Another State. What Happens if I Get a DWI in New York?

July 7, 2017

If an out-of-state resident is convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in New York, the state treats all prior DUI-related convictions as though they had occurred in New York for sentencing purposes. But in order for the conviction to transfer, the out-of-state offense must be based on a law that is analogous to a similar New York law. Having prior DWI convictions can have a serious impact on how new offenses […] Read On

Expunging a Criminal Record in New York

June 9, 2017

Technically, expunging a criminal record is not permitted in the state of New York. It is possible, however, to have a criminal record sealed, which means that it will not be destroyed, but will be hidden from public view. Only certain individuals qualify for record sealing, so if you have questions about what is required to have your record sealed, it is critical to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in state […] Read On

What is the Difference Between a DWI and a DUI in New York?

May 29, 2017

Although many drivers believe that DUIs and DWIs are interchangeable terms, the reality is that the two charges are very different. For instance, a DWI refers to when a driver’s blood alcohol content level (BAC) measures 0.08 percent or higher. DUIs, on the other hand, are charged when a driver’s BAC is lower than 0.08 percent, but he or she is still intoxicated, or is under the influence of drugs. The penalties for various drunk […] Read On