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How Forensic Chromatography Can Help Your New York or Federal Case

By Jeff Greco | May 20, 2022 | Comments Off on How Forensic Chromatography Can Help Your New York or Federal Case

Dustan O. Neyland has been trained in forensic chromatography by the American Chemical Society. This helps us defend drug cases, DUI cases, and rape cases where the prosecution is asserting that a date rape drug was used in the commission of the crime.  Chromatography is a process that can involve a great deal of human…

New Laws Under Consideration in New York May Challenge Wrongful Convictions

By Jeff Greco | May 14, 2022 | Comments Off on New Laws Under Consideration in New York May Challenge Wrongful Convictions

Over 300 New Yorkers have been exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit, but many more could still be behind bars. We have the nation’s third highest rate of wrongful convictions.  Many of these individuals pled guilty because they were pressured by circumstance into bad plea bargains, or because they’d been psychologically harangued into making a…

How Long Does a Criminal Case Take in New York?

By Jeff Greco | May 1, 2022 | Comments Off on How Long Does a Criminal Case Take in New York?

You already know that the 6th Amendment grants you the right to a “speedy” trial. Yet you might also know that some people who can’t afford bail or who aren’t granted an alternative pre-trial release option can sit in jail for months, sometimes even years, before they are convicted of any crime. What gives? What…

What is the Heat of the Moment Affirmative Defense in New York?

By Jeff Greco | April 28, 2022 | Comments Off on What is the Heat of the Moment Affirmative Defense in New York?

Any time you are accused of taking the life of another you are in big trouble. Sometimes the only way out of that trouble is to minimize it as much as possible. The “heat of the moment” defense is an affirmative defense, but only in the sense that it helps you reduce the severity of…

Can You Put a Gun in Your Car in NYC?

By Jeff Greco | April 24, 2022 | Comments Off on Can You Put a Gun in Your Car in NYC?

Failing to follow gun laws in New York City, or the state of New York, can have severe consequences.  You must have a license for firearms in New York. There are several different firearms licenses in New York. A general license lets you carry it with you; some of them only allow you to use…

Can You Stand Your Ground in New York City?

By Jeff Greco | April 8, 2022 | Comments Off on Can You Stand Your Ground in New York City?

A “stand-your-ground” law allows people to use deadly force when they believe it to be necessary to defend against great harm or deadly force. Under these laws, an individual has no duty to retreat. Here in New York, such laws do not exist. You have a duty to retreat in New York if you know…

What is NYC Drug Treatment Court?

By Jeff Greco | March 27, 2022 | Comments Off on What is NYC Drug Treatment Court?

If you are a charged with a non-violent drug crime you might be eligible for drug treatment court. This is a voluntary program that you can enter. If you complete the program, you may have your charges dismissed or reduced, or receive a reduction in your sentence. In criminal drug treatment courts you are diverted…

What is a No Contest Plea Deal in New York?

By Jeff Greco | March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on What is a No Contest Plea Deal in New York?

When you are charged with a crime you have three options for a plea: guilty, not guilty, and no contest. A guilty plea says you admit to the crime. A not guilty plea says that you do not admit guilt, and you want your right to a trial. Not guilty pleas go to trial unless…

Ghost Guns: Now Illegal in New York

By Jeff Greco | March 13, 2022 | Comments Off on Ghost Guns: Now Illegal in New York

In 2021, NYPD reported that it had recovered more “Ghost Guns” than in any previous year. Later that year, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation into law that resulted in a crackdown on these types of guns. A “ghost gun” is any gun that lacks serial numbers. They are usually assembled from component parts, which can…

How Does Alternative Sentencing Work in NYC?

By Jeff Greco | March 4, 2022 | Comments Off on How Does Alternative Sentencing Work in NYC?

New York offers a number of ATI, or “Alternative to Incarceration” programs. These programs keep over 5,000 people out of jail every year. In some cases, your New York City criminal defense lawyer can help you take advantage of these programs. Here’s what you need to know. Types of Programs There are several types of…

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