What to Consider When Contemplating a Plea Bargain in New York

While a plea bargain should not necessarily be your front line strategy when accused of a criminal case, there are times when it’s going to be your best option.  Here are some times when it might be a good idea to take a plea bargain from a New York criminal prosecutor. Deferred Prosecution Agreement A…
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What is a Vacated Conviction in a New York Criminal Case

If you kept up with the hit podcast Serial some years ago then you’re familiar with Adnan Syed, accused of killing his girlfriend Hae Min Lee when he was just 17 years ago. Now, at 41, he is out of prison thanks to a prosecutor’s request to vacate his conviction. Adnan’s case was in Baltimore,…
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What is a Hate Crime in Brooklyn, NY?

A recent report stated that hate crimes are up 76% here in the Brooklyn area, as well as in the rest of New York City.  Hate crimes are covered by New York Penal Code 486.05.  According to the code, a person commits a hate crime when: They intentionally select a target in whole or in…
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Will an Ankle Bracelet Be an Option in Your Brooklyn Criminal Case?

An electronic monitoring device isn’t exactly freedom—if you’re fitted for one, you’ll live under certain restrictions. It is, nevertheless, better than jail. And New York does use them. Here’s what you need to know about how New York uses electronic monitoring, when it is used, and whether it will be a viable alternative to jail…
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Supreme Court Limits the Court’s Ability to Enforce Miranda Rights

When you are arrested, you are supposed to receive a Miranda warning. This was established in 1966 in the case Miranda v. Arizona. The words are familiar to anyone who has watched any cop dramas at all. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in…
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How to Avoid a Resisting Arrest Charge in Brooklyn, NY

A resisting arrest charge can make a bad situation even worse. It can be added onto additional charges, or can hover even when all your other charges are dropped and dismissed. You can also be charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration Defense, or OAG, which is very similar.  Worse, there are times when police officers slap…
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How to Exercise Your 5th Amendment Rights After Getting Arrested in Brooklyn, NY

Every day, NYPD arrests people for all manner of crimes here in Brooklyn. And many don’t know that what you do or don’t do after your arrest can make a big difference to how your case progresses. It is vital that you understand your rights and how to exercise them. Don’t wait for a Miranda…
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Why Do Brooklyn Defense Lawyers Accept Guilty Clients?

As a defense attorney in Brooklyn, NY, I’m not just here for the wrongfully accused. I’m here for the guilty, too—a fact that many people have a hard time understanding. Yet it is a defense lawyer’s duty to defend every client we accept, vigorously and to the best of our ability. This is part of…
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What Happens When Charges Get Dropped in Brooklyn?

DA Alvin Bragg Still Won’t Drop Charges Against Manhattan Woman Charged With Murder Who Say She Acted in Self-Defense. Or…Clumsy Photoshop of Guns Leads Queens DA to Drop Charges Against Man Accused of Menacing Ex-Business Partner. You see dropped charges in the news all the time, but they’re wildly misunderstood. Getting charges dropped or dismissed…
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What Brooklyn Residents Need to Know About False Arrests

What is a false arrest? You’ve heard the term before, but you might not understand it, or how it can be used to help your criminal law case. In order to arrest you lawfully, the police must have probable cause to believe that you committed a crime. They may also arrest you if they have…
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