What are the Penalties for Assaulting a Police Officer?

Any kind of assault against a police officer is considered a violent felony, with probation not being an option, and it can land you in prison from two years to a life sentence. Although all types of assault are taken seriously in a court of law, assaults against police officers are seen as particularly egregious…

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What is Grand Larceny? New York Law Explained

Despite being one of the most commonly committed ‘White Collar’ crimes in New York City, many people don’t fully understand what grand larceny is – or the ramifications for committing this crime in any degree. Here, we’ll define the different degrees of grand larceny, provide some examples of what could be considered larceny in New…

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What is Unlawful Surveillance?

‘Unlawful Surveillance’ is the term used when someone intentionally uses or installs an imaging device to ‘surreptitiously’ view, broadcast or record a person dressing, undressing, or engaging in sexual or other intimate conduct without such person’s knowledge and when they would otherwise have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Unlawful surveillance charges are a relatively new…

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What Are Affinity Frauds?

‘Affinity fraud’ is the term used when an individual or organization uses their standing in a group to encourage victims to buy into a fraudulent investment scheme. In times of economic instability, the number of affinity fraud cases generally goes up dramatically – as do convictions – so it’s useful to understand what this type…

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Filing a False Police Report: NY Law Explained

 When you go on record with New York law enforcement – even for something that feels like a very minor incident – your words will be very carefully scrutinized. If something you say in a police report is found to be false, you could face serious charges. Falsely reporting an incident is a crime, and…

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Is Hacking a Crime? United States Hacking Laws Explained

While some state laws can be traced back hundreds of years, computer hacking, computer fraud – and similar computer crimes – are a comparatively new area of law. Since the federal laws relating to computer hacking are so new, it can sometimes be challenging to find a defense attorney with extensive working experience relating to…

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What is Contempt of Court?

If you’ve ever watched a television legal drama, like “Better Call Saul” or “All Rise,” you’ve probably watched the judge slam down the gavel and threaten to hold an attorney or a witness “in contempt.” What exactly does it mean to be in Contempt of Court? What are the potential punishments?  Definition  Contempt of Court…

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Charged With a Crime? Go Silent on Social.

Anything you say at the police station or in the police car can and will be used against you in a court of law. So will anything you say on Facebook, on Twitter, on LinkedIn, on Instagram, on YouTube, or on TikTok. Law enforcement officers are watching. So are prosecutors. In fact, even before you…

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Domestic violence during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders

Families and couples are cooped up indoors due to stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a slowdown in court operations, resources are still available for reporting incidents, and law enforcement officials are still investigating and charging individuals accused of perpetrating abuse. Pandemic stats Police in New York City say that since March, reports of…

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