Criminal Defense

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

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

October 30, 2017

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

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

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