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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

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

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

Tough Times for NY Department of Corrections

April 29, 2016

It’s not every day that you read or hear news about the New York Department of Corrections. But over the past several months, there has been no shortage of stories on the DOC, most of them negative. And the stories don’t stop with the DOC; they extend to the head of the correction officers union. As we all know, the report of an allegation in the news doesn’t mean that anyone is guilty of anything. […] Read On

Facebook Parody Leads to Felony Charge

April 9, 2016

You might conclude that the police department in Parma, Ohio hasn’t much of a sense of humor. They appear to have been so incensed at a parody of their Facebook page that they’ve arrested the man responsible and charged him with a felony, “disrupting public services.” Anthony Novak created a Facebook page entitled “The City of Parma Police Department.” In it, Novak inserted numerous articles about the goings on in the city, and it’s the […] Read On

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