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...
Trial of Off-Duty NYPD Officer

Not Guilty Verdict in Trial of Off-Duty NYPD Officer

Angelo MacDonald secured a not guilty verdict on all counts for Pappalardo & Pappalardo client "C.H." The bench trial concluded on February 26, 2018 before the Hon. Adam Seiden of the Mount Vernon...
the Fallibility of Testing DNA Evidence

Exploring the Fallibility of Testing DNA Evidence

For decades, forensic DNA evidence has been a useful tool in countless criminal investigations, both for incriminating and for exonerating suspects. Supporters of forensic DNA testing argue that teste...
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