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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…

Can You Get Removed from the Sex Offender Registry in New York?

By Jeff Greco | February 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Can You Get Removed from the Sex Offender Registry in New York?

For sex offenders, the punishment for being convicted doesn’t stop after getting out of jail. It continues with the sex offender registry. Being on the registry can lead to social isolation, humiliation, loss of relationships, an inability to get jobs, and an inability to get housing. It comes with restrictions on where you can live…

What is New York’s 911 Good Samaritan Law?

By Jeff Greco | January 21, 2022 | Comments Off on What is New York’s 911 Good Samaritan Law?

Picture this. You’re at a party where the drugs and alcohol are flowing freely. Your friend suddenly passes out and seems to be in deep trouble. You think they’ve overdosed. Will they go to jail if you call 911? Will you? Thanks to New York’s 911 Good Samaritan Law, you can generally do the right…

What is Entrapment in New York Criminal Defense Law?

By Jeff Greco | January 18, 2022 | Comments Off on What is Entrapment in New York Criminal Defense Law?

Sting operations have been part of law enforcement for at least four decades. They can entice a minor criminal into committing major crimes. In some cases, they can entice someone who has never committed a crime in their life into making a deadly mistake that can set them up for a mandatory minimum sentence.  Stings…

What is the Difference Between Possession and Possession with Intent in New York City?

By Jeff Greco | January 12, 2022 | Comments Off on What is the Difference Between Possession and Possession with Intent in New York City?

Every day, New Yorkers get convicted of drug crimes. There are two classes of drug possession crimes in New York. The first is Possession of a Controlled Substance. The second is Possession with Intent. Possession with Intent means that you’re being charged with a Class B felony. You’re being accused of being a drug dealer.…

The Definitive Guide for Those Charged with Federal Crimes in NYC

By greconeyland | September 5, 2019 | Comments Off on The Definitive Guide for Those Charged with Federal Crimes in NYC

When the United States Department of Justice charges you with a crime in New York City, you’ve got a long road ahead. The full weight of the federal government’s law enforcement and prosecutorial machine is arrayed against you.   Protecting your freedom and guiding your case to its best possible outcome is going to depend…

Is It a Crime to Insult a Police Officer?

By Jeff Greco | July 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Is It a Crime to Insult a Police Officer?

It is not a crime to insult a police officer. It is, in fact, your First Amendment Right to do so. There have even been Supreme Court decisions about this. In 1987, the City of Houston vs. Hill case protected this type of speech, in response to an ordinance that prohibited citizens from “interrupting police…

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