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What is The Definition of Police Misconduct in NYC?

Sometimes the police can seem like they’re all-powerful and above reproach. But they are governed by rules and laws like anyone else. And if they break those rules or laws, and are caught,  it can have an impact on the strength of the case against you. You may even be entitled to compensation as a…

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I’ve Been Charged With Unlawful Surveillance – How Serious Is This?

So you have been arrested for Unlawful Surveillance in New York City.  You have appeared before a judge, and, because it was your first contact with the justice system, the judge agreed to release you on your own recognizance.  You think to yourself: How serious can this be? After all, you have never been in…

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Can You Really Get My Criminal Case Dismissed?

The best criminal case is often the one that never goes to trial. One of the first things your defense attorney should look at is whether there is a chance the case may be dismissed. It’s not possible in all cases. But it can happen. Here are the different grounds an attorney can use to…

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5 Things Police Shows Get All Wrong

If you watch police shows like Law and Order, CSI, The Closer, Major Crimes, and other, similar dramas you might have gotten some skewed ideas about our criminal justice system. Shows like this perpetuate common tropes which don’t always bear much relationship to reality. And you can actively harm your own case if you believe…

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New York Becomes The 42nd State To Criminalize “Revenge Porn”

New York has joined forty-one other states in passing legislation that criminalizes what has come to be known as “revenge porn.” As advances in technology continue, the online world has become integrated into our everyday lives, which, in turn, has created an outlet for behavior that previously went unchecked. What has come to be known…

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Is There a New NY Blood Alcohol Limit on the Horizon?

A new bill recently introduced in the New York State Assembly would lower the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05. It would also lower the rate for aggravated driving while intoxicated. This change is, in part, in response to National Transportation Safety Board recommendations. The NTSB recently urged all 50 states to lower…

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5 Dumb Moves to Avoid When You’re Facing Criminal Charges in NYC

From the moment you are arrested and charged with a crime, your position becomes precarious. Even small missteps can weaken your chances of making it through this event without serious, life-changing consequences. Education is the best defense. Memorize these points, even if you’re not being accused of a crime right now. And if you have…

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5 Common Types of Welfare Fraud

Welfare fraud is a serious crime. It’s a form of theft that can keep people from getting the help they need when they truly need it. It also involves a great deal of bureaucracy, which means if you fail to understand the requirements of your program you may end up committing fraud by accident. And…

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Did You Just Commit Credit Card Fraud?

It’s more likely than you think. The vast majority of credit card fraud cases involve the big players: people who are purposefully committing identity theft or who are using stolen or counterfeit card data to make purchases. But that doesn’t mean unintentional credit card fraud doesn’t happen. And when it does, perfectly normal people who…

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What to Do if You Are Accused of Bankruptcy Fraud in New York City

Most people get all the way through bankruptcy without a hitch. But every now and then, something goes wrong. Maybe you tried filing on your own and you made a mistake. Maybe you forgot to tell your lawyer something important, or missed a financial document you really should have shared. Maybe you did something prior…