If you have spent any time in Manhattan, it may come as a surprise to you that drinking in public is actually against the law. While it is a daily occurrence, the police can and often do arrest people for violating the law, especially if it is done in a flagrant manner or a person … Continue reading NYPD to go Easy on Drinking in Public in Manhattan
Texting and driving is a serious public health issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates there were 431,000 people injured in accidents involving distracted drivers during 2014, and smartphones and text messaging undoubtedly played a role in a significant number of these incidents. Because of the significant dangers posed by texting and driving, … Continue reading “Textalyzer” may be Coming to New York
In New York, you must have the proper permission to purchase, own, or possess a handgun. Before you buy or possess a gun, you must apply for a Pistol Permit with the proper licensing authority in your city or county, which is generally the County Sheriff in most upstate counties and the New York City … Continue reading Bribing for a Gun License in NYC
A woman in New York made headlines after she was arrested for forging a license plate, among various other offenses. The 28-year-old woman allegedly took a piece of cardboard and attempted to replicate the New York license plate with yellow and blue paint. When police spotted the fake plate, they pulled her over and discovered … Continue reading Forged License Plate Could Lead to Arrest
False eyewitness identifications are the leading cause of wrongful convictions in the United States. Approximately 1 in 4 eyewitness identifications are incorrect. Despite a high rate of error, eyewitness testimony is considered to be some of the most powerful evidence against a suspect. Surveys show that the majority of jurors rely heavily on eyewitness testimony … Continue reading How to Prevent False Eyewitness Identifications
A presumption is a conclusion of fact that is assumed to be true unless and until that presumption is proven to not be true. The linchpin of the great American criminal jurisprudence is that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A statutory presumption occurs when a proven or basic fact is established, some … Continue reading Statutory Presumptions: What are they and how will they affect your case?
In the United States, everyone hauled in front of a court of law on criminal charges is innocent until proven guilty. But, what does this mean exactly? In criminal cases, it is the prosecutor’s responsibility to establish the burden of proof. The defendant doesn’t have to prove their innocence. Rather, the state must prove they … Continue reading What does the Burden of Proof Mean?
Stalking is a serious criminal offense in New York. Under New York Law, there are four classifications of stalking—Fourth Degree, Third Degree, Second Degree, and First Degree. Even the least serious of stalking charges can have a lasting impact on your life. If you have been accused, you probably feel scared and confused. You may … Continue reading Stalking Creates Element of Fear
According to New York Law, larceny is the left of property with notable value. It occurs when an individual wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds property from the rightful owner, with the intent to deprive the owner. Property is defined as any substance or item of value. This can include money, personal property, intangibles, contracts, credit/debit … Continue reading What’s the Difference between Petit and Grand Larceny?
If you are caught with OxyCodone, you can be charged with a criminal offense, even though it is a legal, prescription drug. Commonly referred to as OxyContin or Percocet, it is a narcotic pain reliever prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Although it is a legally prescribed drug, there are still some serious side … Continue reading Caught with Oxy, What Now?