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.
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).
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.
Don’t Do It!
Given the choice, don’t surrender your smart phone.
Don’t deposit your friend’s check into your bank account. You could be convicted of a crime.
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.
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.
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.
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,