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Criminal defense Archives

Understanding trespassing laws in New York

Whether the intent is to engage in some urban exploring for fun, to take a shortcut home or to satisfy your curiosity about a quirky neighbor, you and other New York residents should understand that the law does not consider trespassing a harmless activity. The same goes for those whose intentions may be less than innocent - say, for instance, entering someone's property without their consent to settle an argument or refusing to leave the premises of an establishment after closing time. The consequences of a trespassing chargecan be serious.

Is Your Night About To Get Lit? Safe Partying Tips

A night spent having fun with friends is the perfect way to cap off a busy week. You look forward to it. You think of your plans fondly at the end of a tough shift at work or a long day studying for your next college exam. When the day comes, you just want to let loose. You plan to laugh, tease, joke, eat and drink.

Why people admit to crimes they did not commit

You may have heard of defendants who confess to committing a criminal act only later to claim the confession was false. Many people react skeptically. Why would an innocent person ever admit to unlawful behavior? However, there have been numerous cases where DNA and other solid evidence backed up the defendant's false confession claim. There may be several reasons why a defendant might admit to something he or she did not do.

Understanding the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine and how it could save you from criminal conviction

"Fruit of the poisonous tree" is a rather Gothic-sounding phrase for an important evidentiary principle designed to protect the rights of defendants in criminal cases. It expands the boundaries of the exclusionary rule, which prohibits the government from using unconstitutionally obtained evidence to prosecute a criminal defendant.

What is the difference between larceny and embezzlement?

Larceny and embezzlement are two closely related but distinct crimes against property. Embezzlement, which New York statutes refer to as grand larceny embezzlement, involves the misuse of property that one can legally access. Larceny, on the other hand, includes gaining unlawful access to another's property. Both of these crimes encompass a large range of conduct and can be grounds for prosecution for other types of property crimes, such as billing fraud.

A Q&A: Know your rights if you get pulled over by the police

Everyone knows that sinking feeling when they see flashing red lights in the rearview mirror. Even if it is a simple traffic violation it is intimidating to get pulled over by a police officer. In light of recent news stories of routine traffic stops getting out of hand it is important to know what your rights are as a citizen when getting pulled over by a police officer.

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