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Five Mistakes People Make When Accused of a Crime

There were more than 250,000 people arrested for alleged criminal acts throughout New York State in 2020, or around 700 people every day. However, even people arrested for the same crimes can have wildly different outcomes to their cases, depending on what they choose to do after their arrest. Here are five common mistakes people make when accused of a crime, which can negatively affect their ability to defend themselves: Continue reading “Five Mistakes People Make When Accused of a Crime”

Five Ways Social Media Can Cause Problems in a Divorce

More than 220 million Americans have at least one social media account, and most of them use social media on a regular basis. While this is not strictly a problem by itself, the ways people use social media can potentially cause problems, especially for someone involved in divorce proceedings. Here are five ways that social media can cause problems in a divorce: Continue reading “Five Ways Social Media Can Cause Problems in a Divorce”

What is Brady Material, and How Could it Impact a Case?

In the American justice system, evidence is king. You cannot legally make any assertion unless you have some kind of evidence to back it up. However, there is a certain type of evidence found in criminal proceedings that can often be a major source of contention between defense and prosecutors, known as Brady material. But what is Brady material, and why is it so important to criminal cases? Continue reading “What is Brady Material, and How Could it Impact a Case?”

When Does a Landlord’s Neglect Become a Legal Issue?

Every landlord has a duty to their tenants to ensure their property is safe to live in. This is known, in legal terms, as the “implied warranty of habitability,” and no lease agreement can get around this basic obligation. Not every landlord keeps up this responsibility, though, failing to respond to tenants when they complain about problems in their rented spaces. If it goes long enough, neglect can stop being merely inconvenient, and start becoming a legal problem. Here are a few signs to look out for that might tell you it’s time to consider getting a lawyer: Continue reading “When Does a Landlord’s Neglect Become a Legal Issue?”

Five Things You Need to Know About Warrants

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution states that no one will be subject to an “unreasonable search or seizure” without a warrant backed by probable cause. However, most people would not even know what to look for if they ever were served a warrant, so they can make sure it is valid. Here are five things you need to know about warrants: Continue reading “Five Things You Need to Know About Warrants”

What Types of Property Get Divided in Equitable Distribution?

Divorcing couples must go through the process of equitable distribution, in which their shared marital property is divided between them. One of the potential complications that can arise, though, is figuring out exactly what counts as “marital property” for the purposes of equitable distribution. What fits into that category, and how might that affect what both sides get in the divorce? Continue reading “What Types of Property Get Divided in Equitable Distribution?”

When Can You Legally Break Your Lease Early?

When you sign a lease agreement to rent an apartment, typically you do so with the intention of staying in that apartment for the whole duration. Sometimes, though, you may want to leave an apartment before your lease is up, but doing so may mean you face financial or legal penalties. So when is it legal to quit your lease early, without getting in trouble? Continue reading “When Can You Legally Break Your Lease Early?”

Potential Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

Among all of the potential crimes one might be accused of, there are few with more far-reaching implications than a domestic violence conviction. Even relatively minor domestic violence allegations can carry major consequences for the accused, and a conviction can result in consequences that follow a defendant long after they have served their time. Here are five potential consequences of a domestic violence conviction: Continue reading “Potential Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction”

Five Things You Need to Know About Being Interrogated By the Police

There are few things more stressful than being interrogated by the police. Even if you are not under arrest, or even if you are just being asked questions as a witness, it can be easy to say something that can come back to haunt you. If you want to protect your rights during a police interrogation, you need to remember a few essential facts: Continue reading “Five Things You Need to Know About Being Interrogated By the Police”

Five Things You Should Know About Child Support

Child support is the payment awarded by the court to a custodial parent from a non-custodial parent to cover the costs of raising and caring for a child. In any divorce where child custody comes up as an issue, it will almost always follow. If you are in a divorce proceeding and you are concerned about this subject, you should keep these five things in mind: Continue reading “Five Things You Should Know About Child Support”