Calls Recorded By Jails Can Be Used By Prosecutors

If you’ve ever received calls from someone in jail or prison, you’ve likely heard a recording prior to accepting the call. And it usually states that the phone call will be monitored and recorded....

Use of Jailhouse Informants In Criminal Cases

While in jail, inmates will chat with one another about their criminal cases. Sometimes, an inmate will confess his or her crime. But in other cases, an inmate can lie about what they have heard other...
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Additional Reforms in the NY Criminal Justice System

As discussed in last week's blog, the legislature recently passed sweeping bail and discovery reforms. There are also several other reforms taking place. Here, we discuss a few more of the changes to...

Reforms Made to New York Bail and Discovery Laws

As discussed in our recent blog, the New York legislature was considering revisions to the state's discovery laws. Many of these reforms have passed, and effective January 1, 2020, the laws on bail an...

Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders

In New York, some persons who have committed sex offenses are considered too dangerous to live the community. This is even after they’ve served the prison sentence for their offense. These individuals...
Lowering BAC Threshold for DWI

TASC and Substance Abuse Treatment in New York

If you're charged with a drug crime or with a drug- or alcohol-related driving offense, your attorney may tell you to start seeing a counselor for treatment. Substance abuse counselors can identify if...

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...