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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…

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New Legislation In New York: The Child Victims Act

On January 28, 2019, the New York State Assembly voted on groundbreaking legislation, entitled the NEW YORK CHILD VICTIMS ACT, which would change the landscape for many future civil and criminal charges stemming from sexual abuse now barred by the statute of limitations.  It is now up to the Governor to sign the Act into…

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Understanding New York’s Murder Statute

As a former homicide prosecutor and legal analyst for the Law and Crime Network, I often get asked to explain New York’s Murder statute and how it differs from other states.   Keep in mind, that all states have their own definition of Murder. But New York’s version is fairly unique. First of all, it is…

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Arraignment in New York: What to Expect

It might come as a surprise, but a defendant doesn’t go from arrest to criminal trial overnight. There are several intervening procedures that take place before a defendant appears in front of a jury. The first step in any criminal matter in New York is an arraignment. Arraignment in New York is the first appearance…

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What Is Considered a Hate Crime in New York?

At the end of 2018, the New York Police Department (NYPD) released certain statistics on crime in New York City. One of the disturbing numbers was a small, but noticeable, spike in the number of hate crimes reported last year. These numbers reflect a similar trend throughout the State of New York, with hate crime…