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 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 […]
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 […]
December 4, 2018

Arrest For Petit Larceny In New York

When a person gets arrested for, detained or charged with a Petit Larceny offense in New York, {s}he will undoubtedly have a lot of questions about what will happen next. Petit Larceny is a class “A” Misdemeanor, (PL 155.25), which is a crime in New York State. People convicted of […]
December 4, 2017

Hit and Run: Leaving the Scene of an accident with property damage or personal injury

New York State law requires that if a motorist gets involved in a traffic accident that results in property damage or personal injury, he or she must exchange their information, such as name, address, insurance policy information, with another driver. In case there is no other driver involved (e.g. you […]
December 4, 2017

Difference between Felony and Misdemeanor charges in New York

  Felony and Misdemeanor charges are both criminal offenses.  Misdemeanor is a criminal offense where a person charged faces up to 1 year in jail, in addition, to other penalties such as fines, surcharges, etc. Felony is a criminal offense where a person charged faces over 1 year in prison, […]
September 1, 2017

Arrested For Domestic Violence Offense. Criminal and Family Court

  Domestic violence is a general term describing various crimes and offenses committed between the members of the same family or household, as this term is defined in New York Family Court Act (“FCA”). This includes not only spouses or former spouses, parents and children but also people who are […]
September 1, 2017

Driving with Suspended Registration

Driving with a suspended registration is a crime in New York. Common scenario: The driver gets car insurance, pays for 1 month, and gets an insurance card for a period of 6 months. Diver fails to make next insurance payment on time and insurance sends a letter to driver /registered […]
August 25, 2017

Suspended Driver License

  Suspended driver license or driving privilege means it will be taken away for a period of time before it is returned. Period of suspension depends on several factors including your prior driving history as well as ground for initial suspension.  You may also be required to pay a suspension […]
May 25, 2020

Domestic violence and Covid-19 pandemic

  During this challenging time of Covid-19 pandemic and resulting Stay at home Orders covering 90% of the United States population, there have been reports of increased rates of domestic violence arrests in New York and elsewhere in the country. This is understandable, because people are locked down in their […]