Our Blog

Crimes Against the Government / Criminal Defense / Federal Criminal Defense / Fraud / White Collar Crime

Common examples of healthcare fraud

glenn / November 15, 2018
Crimes Against the Government / Criminal Defense / Federal Criminal Defense / New York State Criminal Defense / White Collar Crime

Tax crimes in New York

Assault / Crimes Against the Government / Criminal Defense / Drinking Crimes / New York State Criminal Defense / Statutes, Laws, Case Laws & Court Decisions / Violence & Violent Crimes

You were arrested for what?

Criminal Defense / Federal Criminal Defense / Statutes, Laws, Case Laws & Court Decisions

What is a treaty transfer case in criminal law?

Assault / Crimes Against the Government / Criminal Defense / Federal Criminal Defense / Sex Crimes / Statutes, Laws, Case Laws & Court Decisions

You have the right to remain silent: History of the Miranda warning

What is a 440 motion?

We’ve all watched courtroom dramas with riveting trial scenes. The most memorable are those in which the defendant is found guilty of a crime he did not commit. We sympathize with his feelings of shock and dread as he contemplates a lengthy prison sentence. It’s a grim situation that occurs in real life. Even if…

Falsely accused? Know your options

Few things can destroy a person’s life more than being falsely accused of committing a crime. When the police approach and ask you questions, explaining that someone accused you of stealing money from the cash register at work, what can you do? You know you’re innocent, so should you tell your side of the story…

Should you accept? The advantages and disadvantages of plea bargaining

Prosecutors will often present defendants and their counsel with plea bargains in criminal cases. When you accept, you’re often entering a guilty plea to lesser charges in exchange for a lighter sentence or similar incentive. Such an offer should never be discussed if your defense attorney is not present, as an opportunity that looks attractive…

Live-streaming crimes

These days, social media documents practically everything we do, from birthday parties to vacations and weddings. Now it appears that people are using Facebook, Periscope, and other Internet platforms to live stream their crimes. In April of 2016, 18-year-old Marina Lonina and 29-year-old Raymond Gates, both residents of Ohio, were arrested after Gates raped Lonina’s…

Graffiti: Art that gets you arrested

In New York, graffiti is practically part of the local landscape. Everywhere you go, you see bright lettering, splashes of color, and even large murals displaying some personal, social, or political messages on the side of a building and on or around bridges and overpasses. Although graffiti makers and their supporters proclaim its artistic value,…

Is DNA evidence always foolproof?

DNA made its first appearance in the mid-1980s, but it wasn’t until 1987 that it became an integral part of the U.S. criminal justice system. On February 5 of that year, an Orange County, Florida jury convicted serial rapist Tommy Lee Andrews after tests matched his DNA to a semen sample taken from one of…

Now you can pay bail online

Traditionally, the only way to post bail for someone in New York City was to make the payment in person at one of the jails or courts. A fax message was then sent to the facility holding the person to indicate that their bail was posted and they were free to go. The system’s flaws…

Manhattan District Attorney will stop prosecuting marijuana smoking and possession

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance has confirmed that starting August 1, his office will no longer be prosecuting marijuana smoking and possession cases. The announcement was the result of six months of policy analysis and research that included discussions with legal authorities in areas where marijuana possession and use is no longer a criminal…

Federal criminal forfeiture: What you need to know

Did you know that if you are convicted of a federal offense that you stand to lose more than your freedom? Using a process known as criminal forfeiture, the government can seize certain assets and property after and, in some instances, before your conviction. Criminal vs. civil forfeiture Criminal forfeiture is part of an overall…

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

We hear the term “double jeopardy” thrown around a lot in courtroom dramas and there’s even a 1999 movie of the same name. Despite—or perhaps because of—the fact that the term is so prevalent in popular culture, the true meaning is not well understood outside of the legal profession. Double jeopardy, which is referenced in…