What to do after a False DUI Arrest in New York

Unfortunately, individuals are falsely arrested throughout New York on a daily basis. For instance, a New York Times photographer was falsely arrested by New York Police Officer Michael Ackerman. Ackerman claimed that photographer Robert Stolarik had repeatedly fired a flash in his face which blinded him when arresting another person. Another cop shoved Stolarik's camera in his face.  Upon being assaulted, Stolarik demanded the names and badge numbers of the officers. Allegedly, after t...

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Weapons Possession Charges In New York

New York State has the toughest laws in the nation for pure possession of weapons, without any additional criminal activity. The penalties are severe and rigid. The weapons possession offenses include four levels covering a wide variety of “weapons” – ranging from pistols and rifles to machine guns, stun guns, Chinese stars, and gravity knives. These charges depend very much on the definition of “weapon” within each statute. The possession element of these criminal statutes is co...

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New York Stop-and-Frisk | What You Need to Know

A New York federal judge recently ruled that the stop-and-frisk tactics used by the New York Police Department (NYPD) violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city. Stop, question and frisk is an NYPD practice in which police officers detain and question pedestrians, and potentially search them, if they have a "reasonable suspicion" that the pedestrian in question has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime. Presiding Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded in he...

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New York Stop & Frisk Database Purge

The New York City Police Department has recently agreed to stop storing the names of people who were arrested or issued a summons after being stopped and frisked — and later cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. For years, police have used the database to target New Yorkers for criminal investigations, even though it includes people who were victims of unjustified police stops. NYPD agreed to purge the database as a result of a ruling pertaining to a 2010 lawsuit brought forth in state court ...

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New York Criminal Defense Law Firm

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in New York, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight for your innocence.  The Law Office of Gilbert C. Parris handles various criminal charges throughout the five boroughs of New York City and surrounding counties. Our criminal defense attorneys fight for your rights by providing you sound legal counsel throughout the various stages of your case.  We successfully defend against serious felony and misdemeanor charges in s...

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Miranda Warnings: Know Your Constitutional Rights

Anyone who watches television crime dramas is familiar with the scene when the police officer cuffs the suspect and says: “You have the right to remain silent . . .” But if it is you who is being taken away in a squad car, you need to know much more about these important words – the Miranda warnings. What Are The Miranda Warnings? Under the United States Constitution, you have certain fundamental rights. The Fifth Amendment protects an arrested person from self-incrimination: being ...

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

You are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law if you have been arrested and charged with a crime. The presumption of your innocence is your legal right in any court of law in New York. The prosecution has the burden to present enough compelling evidence and testimony that is legally admissible and lawfully obtained, that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If anytype of doubt remains, then you will be acquitted. Unfortunately, innocent people are convicted of crimes in which th...

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Ignition Interlock Devices: Pros and Cons

One of the most innovative weapons in the arsenal against drunk driving is the ignition interlock device. Just a bit larger than a mobile phone, the device (IID) is generally attached to a vehicle dashboard. The driver breaths into the IID; if it shows a blood alcohol level above a certain limit, the car’s engine will not start. The driver must also give samples at random times during the vehicle’s operation. Currently, all 50 states have enacted laws allowing an ignition-interlock req...

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How Police Detectives Are Analyzing Social Media Networks to Investigate Crimes

Law enforcement agencies are starting to expand their use of social media networks to investigate criminal matters. Nowadays, because so many people have an online presence and share tons of personal information, investigators are able to gain new tips and insights into alleged crimes committed by suspects. Sometimes, police are able to get tips from suspects' "friends" after the suspect inevitably brags about his deviant behavior on the social networking site. Other times, detectives can gat...

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Embezzlement Crime Overview

Embezzlement occurs when there is a theft of property by a person in a position of trust or responsibility over the property. The most common form of embezzlement occurs when an employee of a business steals funds from his or her employer by misdirecting money by fraud. In New York, the crime of embezzlement is often charged as grand larceny by embezzlement. If you have been charged with grand larceny by embezzlement, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawye...

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