Fourth Amendment

Opinion: Fourth Amendment Waivers Are Unconscionable

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. The views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the writer only. They are not necessarily the views of the law firm or any of its attorneys. Protecting the consti...
plea-bargaining

When an Innocent Person Accepts a Plea Bargain

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. Getting arrested and charged with a crime can be one of the scariest things to happen to a person. But what if that person is truly, factually innocent of the crime? When f...
Predicate-Felony

Predicate Felony Sentencing in New York Criminal Courts

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. When it comes to sentencing, a person’s criminal history matters. If a person has prior convictions – whether for violations, misdemeanors, or felonies – the prosecutor and...
sexually-motivated-felony

Sexually Motivated Felony Charges in NY

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. When a crime has been committed but is not a sex offense, there may have been a sexual motivation. In New York, such can be charged as a “sexually motivated felony.” When t...
central-register-child-abuse

NY’s Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. An allegation of child abuse or maltreatment can lead not only to criminal charges. Such can lead to a parallel investigation by a child protective agency. If they determin...