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...

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...

The Basics of Handling a New York Criminal Appeal

As a follow-up to our recent post about the basics of New York's criminal justice system, here we'll provide a brief overview of what happens when you appeal a criminal conviction in New York. After a...
legal-books

How to Lower Your SORA Sex Offender Registration Level

When a person convicted of a sex offense is sentenced, or when that person is released from prison, there will be a hearing to determine his or her level of registration pursuant to the Sex Offender R...
Trial of Off-Duty NYPD Officer

The Basics of the New York Criminal Justice System

If you’re being investigated for a crime, or even if you’ve already been arrested, you may have some questions about how the criminal justice system in New York works. Understanding a few basics, alon...