May 3, 2023

Forcible touching and other sex offenses

  A person is guilty of forcible touching when such person intentionally and for no legitimate purpose forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person or for the purpose of gratifying his or her sexual desire. That includes […]
April 15, 2023


   Arraignment is the initial Court appearance in a criminal court after the person is arrested. In New York State once the person gets arrested, he or she may be issued a Desk Appearance Ticket (“DAT”) after being fingerprinted and processed at the police station and directed to appear in […]
April 3, 2023

Order of Protection and its Violation

In our extensive criminal defense and family court practice we often come across the Order of protection violations. In New York State, two types of Courts may issue Orders of protection – Criminal Courts and Family Courts. For the Criminal Court Judge to issue an Order against any person, that […]
July 6, 2022

Uncontested divorce

  There are two types of divorce proceedings – contested and uncontested. Today we would like to talk about the uncontested divorce. This type of divorce action assumes that the married couple discussed all essential issues of the divorce and agreed on them before the filing of the legal action […]
June 10, 2022

Arrest for domestic violence

Domestic violence is a general term describing various crimes and offenses committed between spouses or former spouses, between parent and child, or between the members of the same family or household, as this term is defined in the New York Family Court Act (“FCA”). Domestic violence crimes include crimes committed […]
February 10, 2022

Petition for child support in Family Court

Today we would like to discuss how to file a petition for child support in New York State. As a matter of law, all parents are deemed responsible for the financial support of their children, regardless of whether they are divorced or were never married. All parents in New York […]
February 4, 2022

Why do I need to hire a private attorney if a free lawyer was appointed by the Court?

Sometimes our clients who have been charged with a crime are asking us an interesting question – why do I need to hire you, a private attorney, if I already have a free lawyer appointed by the Court? It is definitely a legitimate question, and people who are unfamiliar with […]
December 28, 2021

What Happens After You Are Arrested for Assault?

A person can get arrested for an assault charge as a misdemeanor or a felony. A person is guilty of an Assault in a Third Degree (misdemeanor) when he causes physical injury to another person with the intent to cause such injury, recklessly, or negligently by means of a deadly […]
December 28, 2021

Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument – Fake License Plates

Today we would like to discuss a common criminal charge in connection with the fake (forged) motor vehicle license plates. Most of these cases are charged as class A misdemeanors (a crime)- Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree in violation of NY Penal Law (“PL”) section […]
August 27, 2021

Desk Appearance Ticket (“DAT”). Showing up on DAT in criminal courts.

Our firm has a lot of clients who received a Desk Appearance Ticket because they were arrested for a misdemeanor crime, photographed and fingerprinted in the police precinct and let go with a Desk Appearance Ticket to appear in a Criminal court at a later date. Some of these clients […]
March 26, 2021

Jury Trial in Criminal Case

What is a jury trial? When does it take place?  Does it always take place?  Who decides if the case will be tried? Is jury trial a good option for a criminal defendant? Jury trial (JT) is a trial, a process when a panel of 6 jurors (in a misdemeanor […]
February 10, 2021

Family Court petition for an Order of Protection

If you are a victim of domestic violence, your rights in New York State are protected by law and you may apply to Court for Order of Protection. Domestic violence is a general term describing various crimes and offenses committed between the members of the same family or household, as […]
November 4, 2020

DMV Refusal Hearing

Many drivers, arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”) are asking whether they should have agreed to a chemical test offered by police. Under the law, if you are driving, you are giving implied consent for such a test on a lawful request from the police officer. Nevertheless, you will be […]
July 22, 2020

Criminal Case – From Arrest to Disposition

When the person gets arrested for the first time, he or she will be most likely terrified and shocked and will have tons of questions regarding the process and its outcome. Often, family and friends get involved in looking for the criminal defense attorney and they as well will have […]
June 18, 2020

White Collar Crimes in Federal Court

   Among the cases our firm handles in the Federal courts, the absolute majority are the cases related to white-collar crimes, such as wire fraud, money laundry, and related conspiracies. What is the difference between the state and the federal court system? As it relates to criminal cases, Federal Court […]
June 15, 2020

Facing a Felony Charge in New York

   A felony charge in New York is a serious criminal charge when an accused faces potential punishment of over 1-year imprisonment.  A felony charge is more serious than a misdemeanor, which is a criminal charge when an accused faces potential punishment of imprisonment of up to 1 year. A […]
January 25, 2020

Arrested for DWI?

  Among other criminal cases, our law firm (DWI Lawyer) specializes in Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”) or Driving Under Influence (“DUI”) and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. It is very important that these kinds of cases are handled by the specialist, DWI Lawyer and not the general practice lawyer, […]
September 3, 2017

When Contacted by Law Enforcement Officer

    I got a call from a law enforcement officer asking me to meet and answer questions.  Should I talk to this detective? Do I need an attorney? Often times in our practice we get a call from a potential client who was contacted by a police detective asking him […]
December 15, 2017

Sealing of Criminal Record

Sealing of Criminal Record. On October 7, 2017, a new law went into effect in the State of New York, that allowed for sealing the criminal record under certain conditions.  This was codified in New York Criminal Procedure Law (“CPL”) section 160.59 “Sealing of Certain Convictions.” This section provides that […]
July 1, 2020

Medicaid Fraud Investigations in New York

  Sometimes our clients are asking us why they are being directed to appear for an interview with NYC Medicaid fraud investigators in their offices. Usually, the client gets a letter in the mail from the NYC investigator directing him to appear in the Manhattan office for a Medicaid fraud […]