New York criminal defense
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…
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
The recent uproar over personal information on Facebook and its use by, now notorious, British company Cambridge Analytica was a firm reminder that devices, apps, web browsers, and email servers are stockpiling our digital data. However, politicians and marketers aren’t the only entities that consider your personal information valuable. During an investigation, law enforcement and…Read More
You’re sitting in criminal court on a Tuesday morning, listening to a judge read the charges against a friend for burglary. Your friend had broken the window of a townhouse in Greenwich Village and went inside to steal the homeowner’s television, stereo, and other costly electronics. He’d made it out with a few items when…Read More
Even when you haven’t committed a crime or done something unlawful, encounters with police in New York can be overwhelming and stressful – particularly search and seizure. Often, police questions are confusing, particularly if you are uncertain of the best answer, or whether to answer at all. Furthermore, an individual is at a disadvantage to…Read More
Criminal convictions, even for a minor crime, carry a stigma for employers, new relationships, creditors, universities, and other individuals. In many instances, places of employment can’t overlook a criminal record to see the great qualities of a candidate. Other people are haunted by criminal charges where the charges were dismissed or they were found not…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
Do You Need to Hire a NY Sex Crimes Lawyer? Are you are under investigation by the police for a sex crime? Have you have been questioned by a detective or other law enforcement officer related to a sex crime? Were you arrested and charged with a sex crime in the State of New York?…Read More
What Are the Defenses to DWI Being arrested for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated in the State of New York is not a small legal matter. The conviction of driving while intoxicated (DWI) can carry serious financial and everyday consequences. Even a first DWI conviction can result in suspension of your license…Read More
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