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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How Does Restitution Work in an NYC Criminal Case

If you get convicted of a crime chances are that jail time and fines won’t be your only punishment. Often, courts will ask you to pay restitution as well. Restitution is often associated with fraud or theft, but those aren’t the only crimes where it may be ordered. It can be ordered as part of…
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Can a Victim Drop New York Criminal Charges?

In television shows, a victim drops charges or refuses to press them, and a person who has been arrested for a crime, often the show’s “hero,” gets off scott free.  That is, however, sheer fantasy here in the real world. In New York only the authorities can drop charges, or refuse to press them. Once…
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A low-carb diet may lead to DWI charges

If you are looking to drop a few pounds, you may be restricting your carbohydrate intake. After all, as Mayo Clinic research indicates, low-carb diets may lead to greater short-term weight loss than their low-fat counterparts. When on a carbohydrate-restricted diet, your body metabolizes fat differently. This metabolic change causes the production of acetone, which you may…
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Do you have a right to record officers?

It is not unusual these days to see online videos of law enforcement recorded by someone stopped by them or by a bystander watching an interaction unfold. While often the recording shows nefarious acts by these officers, sometimes, they show acts of kindness. Obviously, if nothing of note happens when someone records a video, they…
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