The Harsh Reality of the NYC Criminal Justice System

Thanks to the principles laid out in The Sixth Amendment, New York’s criminal justice system is, in theory, one of the fairest and just in the world. The trouble is, theory means very little when an otherwise good system gets tangled in a mix of inequality, bureaucracy, and funding issues. In this blog, we’ll take…

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Fighting for Justice: Defending Clients in High-Profile Criminal Cases in NYC

On the face of it, the justice system should work equally for everyone in New York – but in reality, this isn’t always the case. Clearly, there are countless instances where the odds seem stacked against a defendant because of that person’s background or situation – but it’s easy to overlook high-profile clients when considering…

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What to Expect in a Title Nine Investigation

In previous blogs, we’ve explained Title IX and explored the laws surrounding Title IX retaliations. However, if you’ve been accused of wrongdoing relating to Title IX, you’re probably more eager to understand what a Title IX investigation will involve. In this blog, we’ll explain what happens in Title IX investigations – and how they can…

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Is Unauthorized Use Of A Vehicle A Felony?

Using someone’s vehicle without their permission is a crime under New York theft law. While it may not be as serious as a charge of grand larceny, it still carries with it the potential of jail time and a hefty financial penalty. To legally operate another person’s vehicle, consent or permission must be obtained from…

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NYC Evidence Tampering Guide

You probably know that evidence is used to build a criminal case and is often presented in court. But the way that evidence is collected, handled and presented creates the opportunity for tampering, which is a crime.  Definition  Evidence tampering is any action that destroys, alters, falsifies or conceals any sort of evidence.  Evidence is…

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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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Bail has been set on a Loved One….What Should You Do?

If a loved one has been taken into custody and bail is set by the judge, it is imperative that you know your options. The more you know, the quicker you will be able to get your loved one released.  What is Bail?  Bail is the money a defendant must pay to be released from…

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What is habeas corpus, and why is it important?

You’ve probably heard the term “habeas corpus” thrown around in cop shows and movies, or the big legal debate in the news about the concept, but what does it really mean, and why is it so important? Definition  Habeas Corpus is Latin for “that you have the body” or “show me the body,” and functions…

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Escobedo v. IL: Why is it important?

Several Supreme Court cases, including Escobedo v. Illinos, are vital to the rights of defendants, particularly as it pertains to their legal representation. Background & Supreme Court case In January of 1960, Danny Escobedo was interrogated by police regarding the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law, but was released after he refused to make a statement.…

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