Criminal Defense Blog NYC

Must I Obey a Subpoena?

Posted on October 16, 2018

You received a subpoena to testify as a witness in a criminal case in New York. Should you disregard it? Probably not.

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Your Guide to Orders of Protection in NYC

Posted on September 27, 2018

An order of protection is a court order that directs one person (the "subject") to avoid behavior directed at another person (the "protected person"). For example, an order of protection might direct John Doe not to communicate with Jane Doe.

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What Is Domestic Violence?

Posted on September 9, 2018

There is no single crime called "domestic violence" in New York. Domestic violence is a category of crimes, known as "family offenses", allegedly committed between “members of the same family or household”.

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Getting Arrested in New York City

Posted on August 22, 2018

What happens when the NYPD arrests you?

From first police contact to Criminal Court arraignment – learn what to do, and what not to do.

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8 Features of NY's Raise the Age Law

Posted on August 21, 2018


A law passed in 2017 raises the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18. Many provisions of the so-called Raise the Age Law go into effect October 1, 2018.

The long-overdue legislation will shield many 16- and 17-year-olds from the stigma of criminal convictions that would otherwise follow them for the rest of their lives.

Here are 8 important features of New York's Raise the Age Law:

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No DAT for DV in NYC

Posted on August 3, 2018

If police arrest you for domestic violence ("DV") in New York City, you won't receive a desk appearance ticket ("DAT"). You'll go through a full-blown arrest.

The purpose of the no-DAT policy is to get you "arraigned" by a judge right away, so the judge can issue a temporary order of protection ("TOP") before you're released from custody.

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