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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…

Can the Police Force You to Unlock Your Phone in NYC?

By Jeff Greco | February 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Can the Police Force You to Unlock Your Phone in NYC?

Your cell phone is full of information police would love to get access to. It’s got messages, location data, your financial data, photos, and a whole lot more. And you’d better believe they want every scrap of it. Fortunately, your phone is covered by your 4th and 5th Amendment rights. Law Enforcement Needs a Warrant…

Can NYPD Enter Your Home Without a Warrant?

By Jeff Greco | February 20, 2022 | Comments Off on Can NYPD Enter Your Home Without a Warrant?

Warrantless entry is a scary thought. The times when police may and may not enter our homes are covered by the Fourth Amendment.  Nevertheless, exceptions do exist. When Police Need a Warrant Most of the time if police want to enter your home they need a warrant. If it’s an arrest warrant it must list…

Police Stepping Up Patrols on NYC Subways

By Jeff Greco | February 17, 2022 | Comments Off on Police Stepping Up Patrols on NYC Subways

In 2021, New York City reported more subway assaults than in any year since 1997. There was a total of 461 felony assaults on the subway system last year, including eight homicides. One of those homicides was Michelle Alyssa Go, a woman of Asian descent who was pushed to her death. The murder made national…

Does the DA Prosecute Minor Crimes in Manhattan?

By Jeff Greco | February 14, 2022 | Comments Off on Does the DA Prosecute Minor Crimes in Manhattan?

When Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg took office, he said that he would not prosecute certain nonviolent, minor crimes. The listed crimes included fare beating, marijuana misdemeanors, resisting arrest, trespassing, and prostitution, so long as these crimes were not committed in concert with other felonies. He also recommended that incarceration be the last resort for…

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