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Pappalardo & Pappalardo responds to indictment related to Tappan Zee boat crash

Pappalardo & Pappalardo represents John Schumacher, who was one of the passengers on the boat which crashed into a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge on the night of July 26, 2013. Mr. Schumacher fully cooperated with Rockland County authorities in their investigation, and while authorities continue to pursue Jojo John and allege he was intoxicated by yesterday’s indictment, we maintain that a contributing factor in […] read more »


Minor arrest record could hinder future employment

A U.S. Department of Justice report released in June of 2012 showed that students who have criminal records, even for minor criminal charges, face obstacles in obtaining employment, even when they are otherwise qualified for the position to which they are applying. Having a criminal record “will keep many people from obtaining employment, even if they have paid their dues, are qualified for the job and […] read more »


Justice Scalia Reminds Prosecutors that the Constitution Isn’t Optional in Melendez-Diaz

The recent United States Supreme Court holding in the case of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts is a huge victory for criminal defense attorneys, and more importantly for the rights of defendants and the sanctity of the Constitution.  The attorneys at the Westchester, New York criminal defense law firm of Pappalardo & Pappalardo have been actively following this case, and are in a position to utilize it for […] read more »


New York State’s Tough New Drunk Driving Laws

On November 18, 2009, Governor Patterson signed into law the Child Passenger Protection Act (Leandra’s Law).  As a result, New York State now has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the entire country.  While much of the law covers situations where a young child is injured or killed, several provisions of the law provide significant punishment for first time or comparatively minor offenses.  For […] read more »


Drunk Driving or Drag Racing May Cost You Your Car

Criminal defense attorney John Pappalardo of the Westchester New York law firm of Pappalardo & Pappalardo, an expert in both Driving While Intoxicated and Illegal Speed Contests law, spoke in front of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, providing legal expertise that helped shape a new law which allows the County to confiscate the cars of certain offenders. As such, Pappalardo & Pappalardo is in a […] read more »

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Driving While Intoxicated: Increased Media Interest, Increased Penalties

This very recent double-fatality DWI Case in Putnam County highlights the horrors of DWI and the importance of retaining a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience and knowledge of New York State DWI Laws. This unfortunate DWI double-fatality case is yet another example of the potentially devastating effects of Driving While Intoxicated. While most people will never be involved in a situation as serious as Mr. […] read more »

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