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In the News: Disclosure Laws Change to Give Defendants a Fighting Chance

By Jeff Greco | May 7, 2019 | Comments Off on In the News: Disclosure Laws Change to Give Defendants a Fighting Chance

Spend a few hours listening to the hit podcast Undisclosed and you’ll hear some jaw-dropping stories. Many of them revolve around prosecutorial misconduct which leads to wrongful conviction.   As the name might imply, much of the misconduct revolves around evidence which never quite makes it to the defense.   New York has one of…

5 Grim Yet Surprising Facts About Our Criminal Justice System

By Jeff Greco | May 1, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Grim Yet Surprising Facts About Our Criminal Justice System

Most people believe they know all about our criminal justice system. Television shows present us with a familiar semblance of it.   And every episode of almost every show brings us a miracle. The good guys win without fail. The bad guys are the ones that get arrested. The trial takes place the very next…

In the News: State Budget Includes Bail Reform

By Jeff Greco | April 23, 2019 | Comments Off on In the News: State Budget Includes Bail Reform

New York City has already reduced the use of cash bail, but the new state budget puts real reforms into place. Though cash bail won’t be eliminated entirely, it will no longer be used for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. This means individuals of modest means who are charged with these crimes will have an equal…

What Are the Duties of a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

By Jeff Greco | April 16, 2019 | Comments Off on What Are the Duties of a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Every lawyer has ethical and professional duties to their clients. It’s important to know what those duties are before you hire a lawyer. How else will you know what questions to ask? How else are you going to know whether those duties are being met? Here are the three things you should expect from your…

Do Confessions Always Lead to Convictions in New York?

By Jeff Greco | April 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Do Confessions Always Lead to Convictions in New York?

Once upon a time, if police got you to confess to a crime in an interrogation room, they could almost count on a slam-dunk conviction. Juries often took the confessions at face value, reasoning nobody would ever confess to a crime they did not commit. But thanks to podcasts like Serial and documentaries like Making…

What is a Pretrial Motion?

By Jeff Greco | March 25, 2019 | Comments Off on What is a Pretrial Motion?

A criminal defense lawyer’s work starts well before the trial does. In addition to examining your case, following up on potential alibi witnesses, and there are a range of issues that will get decided, or may get decided, well before you get into court. The way we decide those issues is by submitting certain motions…

4 Things to Know About Criminal Case Appeals

By Jeff Greco | March 22, 2019 | Comments Off on 4 Things to Know About Criminal Case Appeals

Appeals are extremely misunderstood. In dozens of crime dramas, brooding detectives snarl about the slick criminal who appealed his conviction and “got off on a legal technicality.” They downplay the fact that legal errors by the judge or the prosecution often represent gross violations of the civil rights of the accused. Trust us, appeals are…

5 Ways to Tank Your Criminal Case

By Jeff Greco | March 15, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Tank Your Criminal Case

As criminal defense attorneys in NYC we meet plenty of people who make our jobs a lot harder long before they become our clients. Dealing with the criminal justice system is so confusing and so stressful making mistakes is easy. Ideally, if you know you’re under investigation for a crime, or could be,  you’d have…

Should You Testify in Your Own Trial?

By Jeff Greco | March 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Should You Testify in Your Own Trial?

Like anything having to do with the law, the question of whether you should testify in your own trial is hardly an absolute. While you may have heard the vast majority of defense lawyers advise against the defendant taking the stand, the reality is a little more complex. Sometimes it’s a good idea. Sometimes it’s…

Is An Insanity Plea a Good Defense?

By Jeff Greco | March 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Is An Insanity Plea a Good Defense?

It happens all the time in novels and on television. The bad guy goes around doing terrible things. The hero cop drags the bad guy in. Then, they get to court. “He got off on an insanity plea,” Hero Cop says, grunting in disgust. Maybe the cop tosses down a shot of alcohol or stares…

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