Marijuana Legalization Bill Signed Into Law in New York

New York previously considered the legalization of recreational marijuana. And in 2019, laws went into effect which decriminalized the drug. Yet possessing small amounts of marijuana would still resul...
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Veterans Treatment Courts in New York State

Veterans are people who served the United State in active military, naval, or air service. In New York alone, there are 700,000 vets. In general, they are less likely to come into contact with the cri...
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RAI for Sex Offense Registration May Change With New Bill

In New York, persons convicted of certain sexual offenses are required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act (“SORA”). They are assigned a risk level, mostly determined by their score on...
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The “Gay Panic” Defense: Outlawed In New York

In the summer of 2019, New York became one of several states to ban “gay panic” defenses in homicide cases. Now, defendants cannot defend against a murder charge by claiming they were under extreme em...
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Protective Orders in Criminal Prosecutions in New York

A protective order is an order that prevents the disclosure of certain information under certain circumstances. In New York criminal prosecutions, protective orders are being sought by prosecutors and...
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Opinion: Why We Needed Bail Reform

By Jill K. Sanders 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.   Beginning January...