Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Minimum Mandatory Gun Sentences May Have More Flexibility Than You Think

The Sandy Hook massacre sparked a massive nationwide debate on gun laws. In New York, this resulted in the enactment of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE Act). Under the new gun legislation, high-capacity magazines and assault weapons are banned in the state of New York. There are also… Read More »

Fighting Crime in the 21st Century — on Facebook

With the advent of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, police have a new tool at their disposal to fight crime. Oftentimes, unsavvy criminals expose their guilt with a tweet or a status update. However, police also use the internet to prevent crime via social outreach. At the New York City Police Department,… Read More »

The Sad Aftermath of New York’s Rockefeller Drug Sentencing Laws

In a recent edition of National Public Radio’s Prison Time Media Project, a victim of the Rockefeller drugs laws shared his tragic story. In the late 1970s, George Prendes was a young Cuban immigrant facing eviction from his apartment. Desperate to pay the bills, Prendes reluctantly agreed to sell a pound of cocaine in Rochester…. Read More »

Know Your Rights When You’re Under Arrest

In New York, the police take their duties very seriously — even when it comes to laughter. Long Island resident Robert Schiavelli was chuckling in his living room until police charged him with disturbing the peace. Allegedly, Robert Schiavelli’s laughter was audible from across the driveway. Oftentimes, a criminal arrest is just plain laughable, or… Read More »

Need Gun: Got Printer?

The control of guns is a big issue in New York and throughout the United States. With the disturbing upswing in senseless shootings and the approach of the anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings, the next new gun manufacturer just may be in the garage next door as 3-D printing comes of age. … Read More »

The Flip of a Coin: Alternative Currencies

Deep Web, Bitcoin, Silk Road…together, what might these words mean?  Bitcoin is an open-source alternative currency that can often be used without revealing your identity. You can use Bitcoin in marketing enterprises in the Deep Web, a vast cyber world that underlies the area of the web cultivated and captured by conventional search engines.  And… Read More »

The Problem of Prescription Drugs in New York

As aggressive criminal defense attorneys in New York City, we provide strategic representation to physicians and others facing serious drug charges. With the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing (I-STOP) program, New York hopes to grapple with the problem of addicts and doctor shoppers and reduce the flow of illicit prescription drug use.  In October… Read More »

Revolving Doors: Anthony Marshall Out Again

I talked earlier about fiduciary duty and the conviction of Anthony D. Marshall, the son of Brooke Astor, on charges that he breached that duty while handling her financial affairs at the end of her life. In a six-month trial, Mr. Marshall was convicted on 14 charges including fraud and financial exploitation. Sentenced to one… Read More »

The Curious Case Concerning Edward Snowden

In June, the United States filed criminal charges against Edward J. Snowden. The charges were expected in light of the disclosure by Mr. Snowden of top secret information about United States and British domestic spying programs.  The complaint against Mr. Snowden lists three charges:  Theft of government property Unauthorized communication of national defense information Willful… Read More »

Let’s Make Kendra’s Law Permanent … and Enforce It

In 1999, Kendra Webdale was waiting for an N train at the 23rd Street subway station under Broadway. Suffering from schizophrenia and not taking his medications, Andrew Goldstein pushed Kendra onto the tracks into the path of the train as it arrived. In response to this fatal incident and other incidents of violence committed by… Read More »

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