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P&P Mourns the Passing of Attorney Gary A. Jenkins

It is with very heavy hearts that we share with you that on Sunday, March 29, 2020, Gary A. Jenkins, Esq. died of complications resulting from COVID-19 (coronavirus). More than an attorney, Gary was a...

Gravity Knives No Longer Illegal In New York

On May 30, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill removing criminal sanctions for the possession of gravity knives. This bill brings the state’s laws into line with a recent federal court decisio...

Orders of Protection in New York Criminal Cases

An Order of Protection issued in a criminal case will prohibit a defendant from having contact with an alleged victim. Called a restraining order in other jurisdictions, an Order of Protection is an o...

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...
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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...

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...