From the outside looking in, it is difficult to understand New York criminal procedure. Many first-time defendants anticipate that their arrest will immediately result in a New York criminal trial, but that isn’t the case. It can take weeks and even months before your case is argued before a jury. Yet, the intervening steps, wedged…

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Criminal charges involving domestic violence, stalking, assault and battery, sexual assault, and harassment are very personal. The defendant is accused of committing a crime that directly harms the person and hinders the safety of the victim. For this reason, a judge, whether in criminal court or family court, will frequently issue an order of protection…

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