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When Can Police Search Your Vehicle in NYC?

By Jeff Greco | September 30, 2022 | Comments Off on When Can Police Search Your Vehicle in NYC?

When police pull you over you should always refuse to consent to a search unless they have a warrant you do so. Consenting to a search waives your rights, and there is never a good reason to do so. For one thing, consenting to a search gives officers an opportunity to plant evidence in your…

What to Do If You Missed Your NYC Criminal Court Date

By Jeff Greco | September 19, 2022 | Comments Off on What to Do If You Missed Your NYC Criminal Court Date

Despite text message reminders, people still miss their court dates. Often, they even miss their court dates for good reason. Nevertheless, a missed court date can create additional problems.  Missing a court date for a criminal case is very serious. The judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. There’s a good chance you…

Can an NYC Store Detain You for Shoplifting

By Jeff Greco | September 12, 2022 | Comments Off on Can an NYC Store Detain You for Shoplifting

According to The New York Times, retail theft is on the rise. You can probably expect most of the places where you shop to be more vigilant about the possibility of shoplifting. Some stores are even getting rid of self-checkout devices because they are worried about shoplifting. What should you do if a security guard…

Can You Get a DUI While Parked in New York?

By Jeff Greco | September 5, 2022 | Comments Off on Can You Get a DUI While Parked in New York?

If you’re sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car and you’re intoxicated, then there is a chance the police could arrest you and there is a chance you could receive a DUI or DWI conviction.  Any time your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit you want to avoid sitting in…

Will You Go to Jail if You Fail a Drug Test in NYC?

By Jeff Greco | August 30, 2022 | Comments Off on Will You Go to Jail if You Fail a Drug Test in NYC?

NYC employers often require drug tests both prior to employment and during the course of employment.  There are other times you may be required to take a drug test as well, such as when you’re on probation, when you’re on parole, when you’re under investigation by CPS, or when you’re in the middle of a…

What is a SCRAM Bracelet?

By Jeff Greco | August 28, 2022 | Comments Off on What is a SCRAM Bracelet?

A Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) bracelet is an electronic monitoring device that checks blood alcohol levels. It reads the wearer’s perspiration and reports blood alcohol levels. They can also be fitted with GPS locators to keep defendants on house arrest.  SCRAM bracelets can be assigned to a defendant on a pre-trial basis as…

What is the Difference Between Being Arrested and Detained in NYC?

By Jeff Greco | August 24, 2022 | Comments Off on What is the Difference Between Being Arrested and Detained in NYC?

In any interaction with the police, it’s important to understand what is going on during every step of the process. In addition, at times the difference between a detention and an arrest can offer your attorney tools to use in your defense.  Here’s what you need to know.  Stopped and Questioned: Detained You are detained…

Is it Possible to Make a “Citizen’s Arrest” in NYC?

By Jeff Greco | August 12, 2022 | Comments Off on Is it Possible to Make a “Citizen’s Arrest” in NYC?

Six days ago, Ro Malabanan, an MMA fighter, made news when he made a “citizen’s arrest” in Manhattan. According to reports, he came upon the suspect, Samuel Frazier, as Frazier punched a construction worker. He had apparently assaulted six others before Malabanan arrived on the scene.  Malabanan checked to make sure the victim was okay,…

2022 Updates to New York’s Bail Laws

By Jeff Greco | July 31, 2022 | Comments Off on 2022 Updates to New York’s Bail Laws

In 2019, New York altered its bail laws to ensure that Judges may only use bail as a tool to ensure that defendants return to court. The new laws even prevented judges from considering the potential harm a defendant might pose to others before setting bail. As a result, there was a dramatic drop in…

What is Tampering With Evidence in New York?

By Jeff Greco | July 27, 2022 | Comments Off on What is Tampering With Evidence in New York?

When you are accused of a crime it is very important that you leave the evidence alone. You should not destroy, alter, falsify, or conceal any evidence that might have a bearing on your case. It’s also important to avoid offering any exculpatory evidence that you know to be false evidence. This crime is covered…

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