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What to Do If You’ve Been Accused of Insurance Fraud

A recent story in Buzzfeed chronicled several alarming tales of individuals who ended up falsely accused of insurance fraud. What did they do to trigger suspicion against them?   They simply filed a claim. And for whatever reason, the insurance company decided the claim appeared fraudulent. They turned it over to local law enforcement and…

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What is Criminal Mischief in NYC?

Criminal mischief crimes are crimes against property. Depending on how much damage has been done,  this crime may be treated either as a misdemeanor or as a felony. The damage must be intentional, and the type of property is not relevant, whether a building, a cell phone, a car, or something else.  The damage itself…

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I’ve Been Arrested for Assault – Is This a Misdemeanor or Felony?

You’ve gotten into a physical altercation with another person and now you have been arrested for “assault”. The question many defendants often ask is whether they have been charged with misdemeanor assault or felony assault.  It is an important distinction to understand, as the consequences for both can significantly impact your future. In New York,…

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Can You Go to Jail for Insulting a Police Officer?

If you’ve ever been tempted to call a police officer names, you’re hardly alone. After all, nobody likes getting a ticket, or being accused of a crime. But can insulting a police officer get you into trouble in and of itself? The answer is a solid, “maybe.”   Insults are protected by the First Amendment.…

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What are the Steps in a Criminal Trial?

Criminal cases do not go straight to trial. They go through a lengthy series of steps which must be completed before the courts can move on to the trial phase. Here’s what the process looks like after you’ve been arrested and charged. Note that you can opt to take a plea, if one is offered,…

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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…