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What you need to know about medical marijuana in New York

Depending on the nature of their conditions, some patients in New York may be able to secure medical marijuana for treatment and pain management purposes. This is good news for certain individuals, but the regulations and laws surrounding the dispensing and appropriate use of this product are strict, and any misuse could lead to criminal charges.

Twenty-five percent of the world's prisoners are in U.S. jails

Your recent arrest is no doubt weighing heavily on you as you await your trial. You are probably concerned about the sentence you will receive if a jury convicts you because the crime of which you are accused carries heavy minimum penalties. Maybe you are also aware that, if the court gives you the chance, you could change your life for the better-a chance that incarceration won't offer you.

Corrupt police: How a good attorney can help

Earned, unearned, or the result of far too many gritty television dramas, New York law enforcement officers often have reputations as corrupt or willing to bend the law themselves. If your experience with a corrupt member of law enforcement ended with your being arrested and charged with a criminal offense, you need an experienced, aggressive attorney to help you make things right.

Report finds faults in many forms of forensic science: 3 key findings

Forensic science is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as "evidence that can be used in court based on science. It can be blood tests, ballistics, and DNA." The accuracy of these tests has often been questioned. A report recently released by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology appears to support these concerns.

Three things to do if stopped by the police in New York

Police have the right to briefly stop you, but only if there is reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. This caveat is important and could come up if a stop leads to criminal charges. If it is later found that an officer conducted a stop without reasonable suspicion, the charges could get thrown out.

Report finds field tests lead to false positive drug tests

Remember that guy you knew in high school that got pulled over for speeding and was charged with possession of drugs? He likely claimed that the substance was not drugs and you likely thought it was just a ploy to get out of criminal charges.

Prescription fraud can be a deadly crime

Many people see a news item highlighting an overdose or that someone was convicted of a drug crime and they immediately conjure up images centering on illegal narcotics such as cocaine, heroin and meth. Unfortunately, that's only a small piece of the larger picture. In recent years, prescription drugs have seen a dramatic increase.

Corrupt Cops: Meat Eaters Versus Grass Eaters

Criminal defense attorneys are no strangers to the devastating effects of police corruption. Even a slight misuse of power can turn a simple misdemeanor into a life-altering felony. While the NYPD is often shown in a negative light in popular media, it is important for New Yorkers to remember that some of those stories have a basis in reality.

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