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Sealed Criminal Cases in New York

January 31, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Expungement, Sealing

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New York expunges criminal cases that don't result in criminal convictions. This is known as "sealing". Sealing eliminates public access and, for the most part, government access to records of criminal cases.

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The Alleged Switchblade that Wasn’t

January 23, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Switchblade, Weapons

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Police recently arrested my client for allegedly possessing a switchblade knife.  The knife in question was a Gerber Assisted Opening Knife.  It’s pictured above in the closed position (and below in the opened position).

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Speaking with the District Attorney

January 22, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in District Attorney

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Do You Have a Choice?

If you’re a witness in a criminal case, you might wonder whether speaking with the district attorney is mandatory.

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Don’t Surrender Your Smart Phone

January 21, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Smart Phone, Arrest, Voluntary Surrender

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Don’t Do It!

Given the choice, don’t surrender your smart phone.

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Don’t Fall for Fake Check Scams

January 20, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Forgery, Fake Check, Grand Larceny

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Don’t deposit your friend’s check into your bank account.  You could be convicted of a crime.

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Your Right to a Speedy Trial

January 19, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Speedy Trial

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You have the right to a speedy trial.  It’s an extremely powerful right.  Violation results in the dismissal of all criminal charges – your case is over; sealed; a legal nullity.

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I-Cards, Arrest Warrants and Bench Warrants

January 18, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Bench Warrant, I-Card, Arrest Warrant

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Police frequently misinform suspects that they’re named in "arrest warrants".   Most of the time, suspects are named in “i-cards”, which are issued by police, or "bench warrants", which are issued by courts.

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Have Cash Bail Available at Your Arraignment

January 18, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Bail, Arraignment

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It’s always a good idea to have a close friend or family member present in the courtroom with cash bail in hand at your arraignment.

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10 Ways to Get Caught Violating an Order of Protection

January 15, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Domestic Violence, Order of Protection

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The judge couldn’t couldn’t have been clearer: “Stay away from Jane Doe wherever she may be.  Stay away from her home, her school, her place of business.  Don’t communicate with Ms. Doe.  Don’t contact her by telephone, text, email, carrier pigeon, smoke signal,

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Limitations of Sealed Criminal Records

January 11, 2018 / by Bruce Yerman posted in Sealing

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Sealed criminal records are designed to protect your privacy.  Unfortunately, these well-intended laws provide only limited protection.

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