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Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids Laws in New York

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. If you go to a convenience store, gas station, or smoke shop, you may see colorful packets at the register labeled as “incense” or “synthetic marijuana.” Often times, these...
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How Self-Checkout Could Lead to Criminal Charges

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. While self-checkout lanes have been around for decades, they really came to prominence in the US in the early 2000s. Now, most supermarkets as well as many other types of r...
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New Concealed Carry Permit Laws Take Effect September 1

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. Gun possession is a hot topic in New York. As covered in our blog back in June, the US Supreme Court struck down part of New York’s concealed pistol carry permit licensing...

Federal Criminal Offenses of Mail and Wire Fraud

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. In the movie The Firm, Tom Cruise’s character helps the FBI get the bad guys in his law firm. But not by exposing their more serious offenses. Instead, he helps the FBI pro...
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Arson Charges in New York and Federal Courts

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. When firefighters respond to a fire, often times the fire was started unintentionally. However, when a fire is deliberately started, this can lead to an arson investigation...
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Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. Recently, there was coverage in the news of a large operation to combat human trafficking at the World Games in Alabama. Homeland Security Investigations headed-up “Operati...
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Lying to Law Enforcement – When It Becomes a Crime

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. When law enforcement investigates a crime, they often speak with witnesses. There is an expectation that those witnesses will tell the truth. Sometimes, however, those witn...
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Hate Crimes Against the LGBTQ+ Community

By Jill K. Sanders, Esq. June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. While we’ve previously blogged about hate crimes in New York, Pride Month is a good time to highlight that the LGBTQ+ community is particularly...
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