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January 2017 Archives

How can I defend myself against domestic abuse charges?

All relationships have their ups and downs, and conflicts are inevitable. Strong disagreements can lead to regrettable emotional outbursts. And as long as things don't escalate to a physical altercation or excessive verbal abuse, there should be no need for police intervention.

Pleading the fifth to protect yourself from self incrimination

The term 'pleading the fifth' has become very common on television shows and in movies. Even those who have no connection with the law have heard this phrase on television. The phrase actually refers to the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and states that defendants and witnesses cannot be forced to incriminate themselves on the stand. Sometimes during a case it is better to remain silent, and that is when pleading the fifth becomes a good idea.

Racketeering charges can go beyond organized crime

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was enacted by Congress in 1978. The intent of this Act was to battle organized crime. Prior to the establishment of RICO, prosecutors faced much greater challenges when trying to convict the heads of organized crime rings.

Did the results of a breath test lead to your arrest?

The penalties for drunk driving in New York are steep and, depending on your DUI history, could result in life-altering consequences. However, there are times when it is appropriate to challenge the case against you or question the legality of your arrest, such as when law enforcement makes an arrest based on the results of a breath test.

Severity of robbery charges can vary greatly

If you are arrested for a criminal offense, there are many different factors that can contribute to the severity of the penalties you may be facing. Take for example the crime of robbery. Let's say you are accused of robbery. Essentially, robbery involves there being a victim present when a theft is committed. If no victim is at the scene, then the theft is classified as a burglary.

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