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Is DNA evidence always foolproof?

glenn / June 20, 2018
Crimes Against the Government / Criminal Defense / New York State Criminal Defense

Now you can pay bail online

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Manhattan District Attorney will stop prosecuting marijuana smoking and possession

Crimes Against the Government / Criminal Defense / Embezzlement / Federal Criminal Defense / Fraud / Robbery, Burglary & Larceny / White Collar Crime

Federal criminal forfeiture: What you need to know

Criminal Defense / Federal Criminal Defense / New York State Criminal Defense / Statutes, Laws, Case Laws & Court Decisions

Double Jeopardy: What it is and when it doesn’t apply

Criminal law: What you see on TV vs. reality

Crime TV has been entertaining us for generations. From the black and white Perry Mason courtroom dramas to the dark and gritty episodes of Law and Order, we’ve been educated on how the criminal justice system works—or have we? These shows are so engaging and well-written that it’s easy to forget that they only imitate…

Your digital privacy is now before the Supreme Court

At the end of November, the Supreme Court heard opening arguments in Carpenter v. United States, a landmark digital privacy case. At issue is whether or not the police require a warrant to track the location of a smartphone. The case involves Timothy Carpenter, who was accused of joining several friends in robbing Michigan and…

Is sharing your Netflix password really a federal offense?

Have you ever logged into your parents’ Netflix account? Let your brother use your login while he was visiting? Then you may have committed a federal crime. In July 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that it was illegal to use another person’s password to access a service without the approval of the company…

How has arson evolved as a crime in New York?

Arson became a big issue in New York City in the 1970’s. In fact, arson was what some would even consider a fact of life back then– in 1976, there were 13,752 reported cases of arson. Compare that to 2012 numbers like 2,000 and it is interesting to look back at how this issue evolved…

When love turns dangerous—stalking charges in New York

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, reminding us that we have a limited amount of time left to buy chocolates and flowers and make romantic dinner reservations. These are standard ways that we celebrate the day with our significant other. But what if that significant other doesn’t feel the same way about you?…

Not everyone is Harvey Weinstein: Sex crimes in New York

Newspaper headlines everywhere are broadcasting the accusations of sexual misconduct currently being leveled at Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and many other public figures. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, and Angelina Jolie are among the actresses who have gone public with allegations of assault, harassment, and rape. A New York Times expose suggested that Weinstein has made…

Protect yourself from false accusations of domestic violence

Being accused of domestic violence can change your life forever, even if you are never convicted. It is one of those highly-publicized offenses that inspires powerful—and negative—emotions, so a mere accusation is enough to do irreparable damage to your reputation and future. What inspires false accusations? There are several reasons why your spouse or partner…

Revenge porn: New York City’s newest crime

For many people, it’s a phenomenon that has gone unpunished for far too long. Seductive and even sexually explicit images or videos of men and women are regularly posted online, usually as an act of revenge by former sexual partners. Dubbed “revenge porn,” it has  caused embarrassment, distress and depression that some victims find impossible…

What is the difference between a trial jury and a grand jury?

A lot of confusion exists about the difference between a trial jury and a grand jury, as well as their respective roles in a New York criminal case. Let’s define each one and take a close look at how they work in the criminal justice system. Trial juries When you watch a news report or…

Equifax breach highlights cyber crimes

The recent Equifax data breach has been cited as one of the biggest incidents of its kind. It highlighted the alarming reality that every person and company can have their sensitive information stolen by hackers at any time and spawned dozens of class action lawsuits filed by both consumers and shareholders. Lawmakers are now reconsidering…