Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

A criminal conviction may have an impact in a person’s life even after the person has served their sentence and resumed living a law-abiding life. Beyond the social impact of having a criminal record, a conviction can have a number collateral consequences that...

Intoxication as a Defense

When some people have had too much to drink or were under the influence of drugs, they say that they were “not themselves.” That is, that any actions they took while in an intoxicated state were influenced by the drugs or alcohol, and were not something...

Immunity From Prosecution When Testifying

Cooperating with law enforcement officials during a criminal investigation can sometimes lead to an offer of immunity. If the person cooperating could also be charged with a crime based on the information provided to law enforcement officials, a grant of immunity can...

Interacting With Police Officers During an Arrest

Sometimes police arrests do not go smoothly, and people get hurt or die while in police custody. With this issue gaining national attention, it is not uncommon for people to pull out cell phones and start recording when the police try to arrest their friends, family...

Constructive Possession Drug Charges

Drug possession charges can lead to many years in prison if a person is convicted under New York’s drug laws. While this result may seem clear cut when the charged person is arrested in actual possession of the drugs, it may be more confusing to hear of a...

Selecting a Jury for a Criminal Trial

  When a defendant decides to choose a jury trial over a bench trial, where the case is heard by a judge only, jury selection becomes very important to the outcome of the trial. The defense is required to follow certain procedures in selecting, and excluding,...

Murder By Extension: The Felony Murder Rule

It may seem unbelievable that a person can go to prison for murder when the authorities know that a different person killed the deceased and these facts are presented to the jury. However, it is possible for a person under certain circumstances to be legally charged...

New York State and Revenge Porn

There have been many reports of people’s intimate and explicit videos being shared online without their knowledge or consent. The videos and photographs have been of both celebrities and everyday people, and there are even websites dedicated to hosting these...