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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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.

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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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The Alleged Switchblade that Wasn’t – [ *** Updated ]

Posted on June 19, 2018

*** A June 7, 2018 Court of Appeals decision relates to the original blog entry. 

The Penal Law defines "switchblade" as: "any knife which has a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife."

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