What is a repugnant verdict?

December 6, 2016
repugnant verdict

It’s not unusual for a losing party to have plenty of negative things to say about a jury verdict.  But what is the difference between an unpleasant, unwanted or bad verdict and a repugnant verdict? Simply put, a repugnant verdict is one where the defendant is found guilty to the top charge, but not to a lesser-included […]


The New York State Drinking Driver Program

November 29, 2016
Drinking Driver Program

Plea bargains for first-offense DWI cases will typically include a conditional discharge, one of the conditions being the defendant’s participation in the New York State Drinking Driver Program (DDP). The DDP consists of a set of classes, totaling a minimum of 15 hours, which are meant to deter the defendant from committing future violations by […]


A Guide to Sealing Criminal Records in New York

October 11, 2016
sealing criminal records

If you’ve ever been charged with a crime in New York, one of your primary concerns will be how it affects your record. What information is accessible to employers and the public? What control do you have over the information included in your records? Can you seal your record to prevent that information from getting into […]


Student Loan Eligibility & Criminal Convictions

August 30, 2016
student loan eligibility

Even a good student can find him or herself on the “wrong” side of the law. When that happens, it doesn’t just affect your record–it affects your eligibility to receive student loans. Let’s explore further: How can a criminal conviction affect my student loan eligibility to receive Federal Aid? A criminal conviction can have a serious impact […]


What is Mandatory Minimum Sentencing?

August 12, 2016
mandatory minimum sentencing

In certain cases, the law requires that mandatory minimum sentencing be applied. In this article, we’ll explore what that means and under what circumstances it might apply to a case. Let’s start with the basic question: What is mandatory minimum sentencing? Mandatory minimum sentencing laws require judges to deliver sentences of a certain length for […]


Pressing Criminal Charges: Who makes the call?

July 26, 2016
pressing criminal charges

In movies and television shows, you frequently see that the victim of a crime deciding to “press charges,” or later wanting to “drop the charges.”  These are handy plot devices used to create twists and turns in the storyline, but in reality victims often have much less control over pressing criminal charges and, in fact, over the case […]


DWI Conviction and Travel to Canada

June 20, 2016
Travel To Canada

I have been arrested for a DWI or DUI offense.  Can I still travel to Canada? If you have been convicted of a DWI or DUI offense in New York or elsewhere in the United States, you may be refused entry into Canada on the grounds of criminal inadmissibility. It is important to understand how criminal […]


How to Get a Conditional License Following a DWAI or DWI

June 7, 2016
Conditional Drivers License in New York

When you are convicted of a DWI or DWAI in New York, your driver’s license is suspended.  Under certain circumstances, however, you may be granted a conditional license which will give you limited driving permissions. The Difference Between DWI and DWAI First, let’s explain some of these terms.  As you probably know, DWI is the […]


I Have Been Unlawfully Arrested by the NYPD

June 1, 2016
unlawfully arrested by NYPD

Simply put, police officers are only legally allowed to arrest you when they have “probable cause” to show that you have committed an offense. In order to show probable cause for an arrest, police officers must be able to show that there were objective circumstances and facts that lead them to believe that you had […]


DWI Refusal Hearing FAQs

May 17, 2016
DWI refusal hearing

If you’re pulled over for a DWI in New York and refuse to take a breathalyzer test or chemical test, you may be subject to a DWI refusal hearing.  Here’s a quick Q&A about that process: Question: If I am pulled over by the police in NY, do I have to submit to a chemical […]