False Confessions: Do They Really Happen?

Many people assert they would never admit to something they hadn’t done. And they believe that anyone who confesses to a crime must be guilty. The reality of false confessions, however, is much more c...
Criminal Law

Burglary vs. Robbery: What’s the Difference?

When talking about burglary and robbery, many people use these words interchangeably. However, in New York the legal definition of these terms shows they are two separate and distinct crimes. Here, we...

Predictive Policing: Stopping Crime Before it Starts

Nearly two decades into the twenty-first century, it's clear that computers have changed nearly every aspect of our lives. When it comes to crime, the age of technology has impacted each part of the c...

Will Marijuana Be Legalized in New York?

New York is often considered one of the most liberal states in the United States. Yet in 2019, it still has laws prohibiting the possession of marijuana. New York's governor has proposed changes to th...
Drinking and Driving

Are You Eligible for a Hardship Privilege?

If you’re arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”), your license will likely be suspended at your arraignment. But what about getting to work? How about attending classes at school? Or if you ne...

What is Restitution, and Will You Have to Pay it?

In some criminal cases, a prosecutor will seek restitution from a criminal defendant. Restitution is money the prosecutor claims the victim lost as a result of the crime. Here, we’ll discuss precisely...

The Rape Shield Law in New York

In New York, there are limitations about the cross-examination of complaining witnesses about their sexual history. This evidentiary rule is commonly referred to as the “rape shield law.” It prohibits...

The Stages of a New York Criminal Case

If you have been arrested in New York, you are at the beginning of what could be a long journey through the criminal justice system. Here, we discuss the steps that most criminal cases follow - from a...