What You Should Know About Police Brutality

If you have paid attention to the news, then chances are that you have heard the term “police brutality” more than once. This is more than a controversial topic of conversation, however, as people who suffer from police brutality often must deal with the legal, financial, and medical consequences for years afterwards. But what exactly is police brutality, and what should you do if you experience it? Continue reading “What You Should Know About Police Brutality”

What Happens When the Police Violate Your Rights?

The United States Constitution guarantees people a number of crucial rights that can help protect them against abuse from law enforcement. However, police officers can still violate these rights, resulting in serious potential harm as you suffer the indignities of the justice system. So what exactly happens when the police violate your rights, and how does the law protect your rights? Continue reading “What Happens When the Police Violate Your Rights?”

What Happens If You Are Arrested for a DUI?

Driving under the influence, more commonly known as DUI, is one of the most serious traffic offenses you can be accused of. Unlike most other traffic offenses, though, you can face far more serious consequences than simply getting a traffic ticket, or having points put on your license. Here are five things that may happen if you are arrested for a DUI: Continue reading “What Happens If You Are Arrested for a DUI?”

Five Reasons Not to Defend Yourself Pro Se

If you have been arrested by the police for allegedly committing a crime, you may believe you can handle things by yourself. You may feel there is no point in getting a lawyer, or that it is too expensive, so representing yourself pro se (without a lawyer) is a good idea. However, you may find that without a lawyer, you will have a much harder time defending yourself against criminal charges. Here are five reasons you should not try to defend yourself pro se: Continue reading “Five Reasons Not to Defend Yourself Pro Se”

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”

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?”

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”

New York Passes Law Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

As of March 31, it is now legal in New York State for people over the age of 21 to possess up to three ounces of marijuana for recreational purposes. In addition, certain people currently behind bars for marijuana-related offenses will have those sentences expunged. However, New Yorkers should still be wary about openly partaking in the substance, because it has not been legalized on the federal level. Continue reading “New York Passes Law Legalizing Recreational Marijuana”

Mental Health Courts Offer Alternatives For Some Defendants

Mental health courts (also called MHCs) have been a part of the New York criminal justice system for years, but they are an often underutilized alternative. While not appropriate for all defendants, they can help people who have come into contact with the police due to mental health issues. It can also help people suffering from mental health problems from being placed into the prison system, avoiding some of the worst consequences of a criminal prosecution. Continue reading “Mental Health Courts Offer Alternatives For Some Defendants”

What is an ACD, and Why Should You Care?

In most people’s minds, there are only really four ways a case can end: taking a plea deal, being convicted at trial, winning at trial, or having your case dismissed. However, in New York State, there is at least one other way your case might end: an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, also known as an ACD or ACOD. But what exactly does it mean to get an ACD, and how might it be beneficial to you? Continue reading “What is an ACD, and Why Should You Care?”