When is it Smart to Take a Plea Deal?
While a plea deal is never anyone’s first choice, there are times when it makes sense. Here’s when you and your attorney should start having serious discussions about plea bargaining your case. 1. When the prosecution’s case is just too strong. This often happens when you are, in fact, guilty. You know…
In the News: Marijuana Legalization Struggling in NY
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting marijuana legalization you may be in for a disappointment. According to The New York Times, two days ago, efforts to legalize marijuana seemed to stall in New York, in part because they fell apart in New Jersey. Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) responded by introducing a new bill. She has…
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
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
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?
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?
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?
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
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
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…
Assault and aggravated assault are serious offenses in the State of New York. Either of these charges can result in a criminal sentence and imposition of a criminal fine if you are convicted in court or plead guilty. Meaning if you are charged with an assault offense in NYC you better act fast to contact…Read More
Terminology is a confusing aspect of New York’s criminal justice system. Not only are a huge number of unique terms used on the legal side, the very description and classification of crimes are unfamiliar to most people who are not a New York criminal lawyer or in law enforcement. You might be thinking, “why is…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
How Much to Tell the Police if Questioned in NYC For most people, casual interactions with the police are commonplace. You may pass New York State Troopers in your car or local officers as you walk down the sidewalk. However, there are few instances more confusing and intimidating than being stopped or questioned by the police.…Read More
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