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NYC weapons possession defense attorneyIn the State of New York, the illegal possession of firearms and many other types of weapons can result in serious criminal charges. If a law enforcement officer finds an illegal weapon on your person or your property, you could face fines, imprisonment, and other consequences that could affect you for the rest of your life, especially if you have a prior criminal record. A criminal defense attorney can help you fight the charges you are facing, and one possible defense depending on the circumstances is a demonstration of transitory possession of the weapon.

Criminal Weapons Offenses in New York

Some of the types of weapons that can result in criminal charges in New York if possessed illegally include:

  • Handguns: The possession of pistols and other types of handguns is illegal throughout the state without the required permit, license, and registration.

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NYC domestic violence defense lawyerSince March 2020, stay-at-home orders in New York and throughout the United States and the rest of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic have meant that many families are spending more time in close proximity to each other than ever before. Unfortunately, many experts report that along with this increased togetherness has come an increase in reported cases of domestic violence. If you have been accused of domestic abuse during this difficult time, you need an attorney who can help you understand and protect your rights.

Why Are COVID-19 and Domestic Violence Connected?

Domestic violence is a widespread problem even under normal circumstances, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that 1 in 4 women, 1 in 10 men, and 1 in 7 children have been victims at some point in their lives. Stay-at-home orders and other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated many of the factors that often lead to domestic violence, including economic anxiety related to unemployment, as well as stress, depression, and other mental health challenges. Those who experience abuse may also have fewer safe places to escape to during the pandemic, and some experts suggest that domestic violence is even more widespread than we know, as victims may struggle to find a way to seek help without their abusers interfering.

Defense Against Domestic Abuse Charges in New York

Domestic violence is certainly a problem during this time, but even as reports increase, it is important to note that not all alleged abusers are guilty of the accusations they face. If you have been charged with harassment, assault, or other crimes related to domestic violence, an experienced criminal defense attorney can work to ensure your fair treatment in court and the New York criminal justice system. Depending on the situation, we can help you build a defense based on an argument that the allegations against you lack sufficient evidence, or that you were acting in self-defense.

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New York City DWI defense attorneyWhile the term “driving while intoxicated” seems to imply that offenders can only be arrested when they are driving, the definition of the offense under New York law is actually slightly broader. State statutes specifically declare that “no person shall operate a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition,” which means there is a possibility of facing charges in certain situations other than when you are actively driving. With this technicality in mind, it is especially important that you understand your rights if you are arrested and the possible penalties you may face if you are convicted.

What Does it Mean to Operate a Motor Vehicle?

As you might expect, operating a vehicle includes any situation in which you are behind the wheel while the vehicle is moving. An intoxicated driver in motion poses a clear threat to other drivers on the road, and a law enforcement officer can pull over and arrest a driver with probable cause to believe that he or she is intoxicated. The officer may also ask the driver to submit to a chemical test to measure blood alcohol concentration, and a result of 0.08 or higher can be used as evidence to prosecute DWI charges.

However, you may also be arrested for DWI while sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car while the engine is running. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors may see this as a sign of your intent to drive while intoxicated, or possibly as evidence that you have driven while intoxicated if you are found at a location that is a significant distance from your home or the place where you were drinking.

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New York City criminal defense attorney domestic violence

In New York State, “domestic violence” is an umbrella term used to define a wide range of crimes between members of the same family or household. Although the term domestic violence is used broadly, there is no mention of it in New York State law. Domestic violence, being a broad subject, applies to any of a person’s actions intended to control or harm a family member or someone with whom he or she is in an intimate relationship. New York courts refer to these crimes as “family offenses,” which all have corresponding definitions according to the Penal Law. These crimes include but are not limited to:

  • Assault

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New York City criminal defense attorney order of protection

If you are accused of domestic violence, your accuser may decide to file for an order of protection against you. Should this happen, it is important to understand what the criminal consequences of the various protective orders are, what you can and cannot do because of them, and under what circumstances you can contest them. Domestic abuse is difficult, emotionally turbulent terrain, and if you are ever accused of such, you should contact an experienced domestic abuse lawyer immediately. With professional legal help, you may be able to protect your rights, lessen any charges, and receive or retain fair custody or visitation rights of any children you may have.

Orders of Protection in New York

Orders of protection can be issued by a Judge in a Family Court matter or a Judge in a Criminal prosecution. In a criminal prosecution, the court issues the order of protection against the defendant charged with committing a criminal offense. The parties may or may not be known to each other. In a Family Court matter, the parties must be known to each other and the order of protection can be filed from one person to another if their relationship is spousal, if they share a child, if they are related or married, or if their relationship can be qualified as “intimate.” In this case, intimate does not relate to sex, and can simply include a longstanding history.

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New York, NY DWI defense attorney

The legal implications of a car crash caused by drunk driving become significantly more complicated if there is a child in the vehicle. The New York Child Protection Act, also known as Leandra’s Law, took effect in 2009. Leandra Rosado was an 11-year-old girl who was killed in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver who lost control of her vehicle after allegedly drinking for hours before she got behind the wheel. Leandra’s father fought for these stricter laws to be put in place. Because of this, it is essential to understand the consequences of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Regardless of the details surrounding a car accident, you must work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend yourself against criminal charges related to drunk driving. 

Child Protection Act/Leandra’s Law

Leandra’s law is designed to protect children from intoxicated drivers. The law’s initial form only punished drivers for being intoxicated while they had a child under 16 years of age in the vehicle. However, the final form of the bill goes one step further and requires that all drivers convicted of misdemeanor or felony drunk driving charges (even if they are a first-time offender) must equip an ignition interlock device (IID) on any vehicle they own for at least six months. At the time, New York was one of only 10 states to have a first offender ignition interlock law.

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Bronx theft defense attorney

If you are accused of theft in New York, this charge can encompass a variety of criminal offenses. Therefore, it is worth understanding the extensive rules that define what these crimes can be and how they might be punished. This will play a large role in how you and your defense attorney will proceed. In some cases, the penalties may include fines and prison time. There is no better way to develop a solid defense than to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. With that said, it is important to understand how New York laws might affect your case.

New York Larceny Laws

Larceny is an old English word that equates to theft. There are two main categories of theft in New York: petit larceny and grand larceny. Both involve a person intentionally depriving another of his or her property. Theft by wrongful taking of another person's property, tricking, embezzling, false pretenses, false promises, and extortion are all considered larceny under New York law. It is important to note that if a person is aware that he or she has acquired lost property but does not put forth an effort to return it, he or she can face similar theft charges as those of someone who purposefully takes someone else's property. Extortion is a broad category that includes obtaining someone else's property through threats to physically harm someone in the future, to damage property, to engage in other criminal activity, and other willful acts.

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New York, NY drug charges defense attorney

Many states have updated their drug laws related to cannabis, making the drug legal for recreational use in some places. The punishments for possessing and using marijuana in New York have relaxed somewhat in the last couple of years, but they can vary depending on the circumstances. It is important to understand how these revised rules may affect you. However, if you are facing charges for any drug crime, it is imperative that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine how to best present your case and build a strong legal defense. 

Is Recreational Marijuana Legal in New York?

Recreational marijuana usage is not legal in New York, but the laws pertaining to its usage have relaxed. For instance, if you get caught possessing under two ounces of marijuana, you will not be arrested, but you can be fined $50 to $200. If you are found with more than two ounces, you face stronger fines and jail time. Possession of an amount less than eight ounces is classified as a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

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