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What are NY’s Collateral Consequences and How Might They Affect Me?

Just about anyone who knows about criminal law knows that if you are convicted of a crime or plead to a crime, you will generally be punished in one of three ways: incarceration in a jail or prison, probation, or payment of a fine. Sometimes, you may be assigned community service, forced to attend a rehabilitation clinic, or you may be given another, more peculiar punishment. However, there are other potential consequences to a criminal conviction, known as collateral consequences, that you should be aware of before you take a plea deal. Continue reading “What are NY’s Collateral Consequences and How Might They Affect Me?”

With End of Moratorium Comes a Wave of Evictions

In March of this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo instituted a moratorium on evictions throughout the state to alleviate some of the economic strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which is currently set to end on August 20. Even though the moratorium has yet to expire, landlords who have not been paid by their tenants are already filing in record numbers to evict delinquent tenants. As a result, many tenants may be facing eviction quite soon, causing confusion and chaos as tenants struggle to figure out what they will do once the moratorium ends. Continue reading “With End of Moratorium Comes a Wave of Evictions”

Third-Party Doctrine Applies in Cryptocurrency Searches

               In a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the court has ruled that cryptocurrency transactions are subject to the third-party doctrine. This means that cryptocurrency records are not protected by the Fourth Amendment and may be searched by law enforcement at any time, even without a warrant. This will make it significantly harder for criminal defendants to protect their identity in cryptocurrency transactions, whether made in New York or elsewhere, as they will effectively be unable to contest a law enforcement search of that data. Continue reading “Third-Party Doctrine Applies in Cryptocurrency Searches”

Landlords Accused of Harassing Tenants into “Self-Help” Eviction

The coronavirus pandemic has proved to be an exceptionally difficult time for many lower-income people, as many have lost their businesses or been laid off from their jobs. However, in New York and many other states, evictions were put on hold to prevent people from being forced onto the streets during the quarantine. The fact that people could not be legally evicted, however, did not stop landlords from threatening and harassing tenants into a so-called “self-help” eviction. Continue reading “Landlords Accused of Harassing Tenants into “Self-Help” Eviction”

Five Potential Consequences of a Drunk Driving Arrest

It should go without saying that no one should ever drive drunk, or while under the influence of any intoxicating substances. However, some people do wind up driving drunk regardless, and if they are arrested for it, they can face many potential consequences, even without being convicted. Here are five potential consequences for drunk driving: Continue reading “Five Potential Consequences of a Drunk Driving Arrest”

Crime Rate Drops Significantly During COVID Quarantine

Overall, the coronavirus pandemic has been a nightmare for most of the country. It has significantly taxed resources at the local, state, and federal level, and has caused a substantial strain on the American medical system. However, there has been a silver lining to it all: crime has dropped significantly across the country, with the drop in crime being particularly noticeable in large cities like New York City. Continue reading “Crime Rate Drops Significantly During COVID Quarantine”

Order of Protection Applications During the COVID Crisis

The coronavirus put most legal proceedings on hold for its duration, with nonessential matters delayed until courts could fully reopen. However, what many people do not realize is that this did not stop people from filing orders of protection in family court matters, helping to protect them from abusive family members. If you have been the victim of abuse or violence by a family member, you may want to seek an order of protection to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Continue reading “Order of Protection Applications During the COVID Crisis”

Landlords Use Sensitive Personal Information to Spy on Tenants

Due to the economic hardship resulting from the coronavirus crisis, rent payments in New York are under a moratorium until August, with many other states implementing similar measures. However, with stimulus payments on the way for many Americans, some landlords have been using tenants’ personal information to check on their payments and collect rent anyway. This practice, while seemingly uncommon, is illegal, and constitutes a serious breach of a landlord’s duty towards their tenants. Continue reading “Landlords Use Sensitive Personal Information to Spy on Tenants”

Suffolk Red Light Fee Increase Struck Down by Court

A New York State Supreme Court judge has struck down a $30 fee increase that Suffolk County attempted to impose on red light camera tickets. The fee increase was imposed to increase revenue to the county from red light camera tickets, as well as a way of deterring speeding through harsher penalties. However, the court determined that Suffolk County did not have the legal authority to increase the fee and ruled the increase unconstitutional as a matter of law. Continue reading “Suffolk Red Light Fee Increase Struck Down by Court”

Prevalence of Face Masks Confounds Facial Recognition Technology

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, wearing a face covering in public was limited to a handful of circumstances, such as protecting against cold weather or wearing a mask on Halloween. At most other times, wearing a face mask would raise suspicion, often associated with criminals attempting to conceal their identity from cameras. However, the coronavirus has made face masks a common sight, confounding facial recognition technology intended to catch criminals from camera footage. Continue reading “Prevalence of Face Masks Confounds Facial Recognition Technology”