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Sealing Criminal Records in New York Until recently, New York State did not have a procedure for sealing criminal records. Previously, New York State did issue qualified individuals Certificates of Relief from Disabilities, which assisted those with a criminal history in receiving professional licensing. Now, eligible individuals will be permitted to apply to seal their…

This blog discusses proper dress code for a defendant to wear during pre-trial criminal court appearances (read: not for trial, testifying as a witness, serving jury duty, etc.). From experience, it absolutely matters what you wear to court. All of our clients are advised to dress properly, as we have witnessed it make a favorable…

At this time, recreational marijuana use is still illegal in New York State. In New York, the legal consequences of marijuana possession can range from a fine to a felony conviction and up to 15 years in prison.  [Sidebar: this information is for marijuana possession only- sale, cultivation, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the…

  In New York State, the only fireworks that are legally permitted to be set off without a permit or license are Sparkling Devices (aka “sparklers). Sparkling devices are defined by NYS as “ground-based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and…

With growing participation on social media and nearly unlimited access to the Internet, cyber, and computer crimes are on the rise.

We seem to all know that we have a right to a speedy trial, but what does this actually mean? What is a speedy trial? What happens if you don’t get what you’re entitled to? Can you get your case get dismissed? If your case does get dismissed, can you be re-charged? The Sixth Amendment…

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