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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?
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…
Why You Shouldn’t Talk to Friends or Family Members About Your Case
You’re finally out of the interrogation room. You’ve been bailed out of jail. You’ve even obtained a private lawyer who can help you with your case. Right now, your situation is about as good as it can get, right? So maybe you feel like you can relax a little while awaiting trial. But the entire…
Is Self-Defense a Slam-Dunk Defense?
On movies and television shows all the hero has to do is say, “it was a clear-cut case of self-defense” to avoid legal consequences for punching out the villain. Or even killing him. In real life, clear-cut isn’t always so clear. Self-defense, known in New York as “Justification,” is subject to a series of criteria,…
Be Aware: Prosecutors May Turn to Your Smart Devices to Gather Evidence Against You
Amazon Alexa. Google Home. Facebook Portal. Smart devices can play our music, call Grandma, tell us how to saute and control our garage doors, lights, alarms, thermostats, and door locks. They’ll tell you the weather and the traffic, keep your schedules for you, look up whatever random fact you can think of, and order your…
In the News: The Kalif Browder Settlement
We’ve spent some time on our blog talking about the issues surrounding bail reform in America. Here in New York, one of the big cases that brought attention to this issue was the Kalif Browder case. The case also brought the issue of solitary confinement into the conversation about justice reform. The Story in Brief…
The Pros and Cons of Plea Bargains
When you take a plea bargain you agree to plead guilty to a lesser crime than the one you’ve been charged for. This usually results in a reduction in your sentence and will allow you to count time served against the sentence you receive. Other stipulations, such as giving up information about other criminal activities…
How to Properly Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent, and Why It Matters
If you’ve read other posts on this blog you already know you shouldn’t talk to the police. However, this basic point requires a little more expansion. Did you know, for example, that it’s possible to waive this right by accident, even after invoking it? Or the different ways seemingly harmless comments could be used against…
7 Fatal Mistakes to Avoid When You Get Arrested
There are few things more terrifying than an arrest. Emotions run high, especially fear, and anger. You may also be humiliated and outraged, especially if you know you’re innocent. It’s really easy to make mistakes under these circumstances. These mistakes can cost you your freedom, even if you are innocent. Resisting arrest, or appearing to.…
How to Choose a Good Bail Bondsman
When you need to post bail you may believe any bail bondsman will do. But the practices of the professional you choose can have a big impact on your life moving forward. For example, you wouldn’t want to trust a bail agent who has been known to force customers to miss court dates, thus landing…
If you are accused of a violent or domestic offense, it is likely the alleged victim will seek a New York order of protection against you. This court order comes with a specific set of conditions that must be followed. Not only does the consequence of violating a New York order of protection include a…Read More
Fraud charges in New York are confusing. Often, these charges aren’t confusing because they are complex or the underlying criminal law is complicated, but rather because there are many different types of fraud charges in New York. You can be accused of fraud involving information, money, bank accounts, credit cards, personal data, and more. What…Read More
Charges for domestic assault are some of the most complicated and personal that a private defense lawyer in NYC will handle. Not only can these charges result in serious repercussions if you are convicted, but they also involve matters of the heart and home. In some instances, domestic violence charges are the result of ongoing…Read More
The U.S. Constitution explicitly guarantees every criminal defendant the right to legal counsel. The Sixth Amendment has further been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court to require that if an individual can’t afford legal counsel, the government must provide a public defender to assist in his or her defense. In New York, eligibility for a…Read More
An NYC criminal lawyer knows that any and all criminal charges can impact your personal life and relationships, but few offenses have the direct effect associated with accusations of child endangerment. Depending on the severity of the situation, a child could immediately be removed from your care and custody called into question. Often, charges for…Read More
If you are facing criminal charges in New York, you likely started the process of finding and engaging a lawyer to handle your defense. You’ll quickly find there are a substantial number of lawyers in New York City, and hiring the right NYC criminal defense lawyer can require research and time commitment. Some people spend…Read More
NYC Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains: What Is Statute of Limitations? There are actually two layers to criminal law in the State of New York. The first layer is comprised of prohibited and illegal activity – crimes. All crimes in the state, except those proscribed at the federal level, are found under the New York Penal…Read More
Defending Against Assault Charges in New York City Assault is one of the most common crimes in the State of New York. There are nearly 45,000 assaults reported to police in New York every year. Of this 45,000, a vast number occur in New York City. In 2016, 20,876 assaults were reported in NYC. However,…Read More
How to Find the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer for Your Case Criminal defense lawyers are consistently asked, “How do I hire the best criminal lawyer after I’ve been arrested?” or “How do I find the right criminal lawyer for my case?” These questions typically come from friends, family, and acquaintances living in other cities or…Read More
Is Crime Heating Up in NYC in the Summer? In New York City the month of June means baseball games, warmer temperatures, crowded restaurant patios, rooftop bars, and the official start to summer. Sometimes this season can feel idyllic in the Big Apple, but the start of summer also means an increase in the number…Read More
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