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Westchester County Criminal Defense Blog

  • We are very pleased to reveal that our very own Robert Schuster has been nominated and accepted as a 2017 AIOCLA’s 10 Best in New York for Client Satisfaction! This impressive award is handed out by The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, a national third-party rating organization that annually selects the Top 10 Criminal Law attorneys in each state. Thanks to his exceptional hard ...
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  • We are proud to announce that our very own Robert Schuster has been selected to the list of Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys for the 2017 season! The American Jurist Institute is a respected organization that determines the nation’s top attorneys according to area of practice, and selects the top 10 attorneys in 5 different areas across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Candidates ...
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  • The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys (AIOCLA) has recognized the outstanding service of Attorney Robert Schuster as 2017 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in New York State. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization which publishes a list of the Top 10 Criminal law attorneys in each state annually. Lawyers who ...
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  • Every holiday season, law enforcement agencies around the country amp up their efforts to crack down on intoxicated drivers. The police forces in Westchester, New York will be no exception. Police will likely be out in force and setting up DWI checkpoints around highly-traveled roads and highways, such as: Interstate 287 Interstate 684 Bronx River Parkway Hutchinson River Parkway Route 127 Last ...
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  • We are proud to announce that Attorney Robert Schuster has been selected as a “2016 Top 10 DUI/DWI Law Attorney” for New York by the American Jurist Institute (AJI).The AJI is a prestigious organization which selects the most qualified attorneys from each state in order to assist consumers in selecting only the best lawyers for their legal needs. This honor highlights Attorney ...
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  • The National Trial Lawyers is renowned for researching and recognizing the very best trial attorneys in the country. Westchester Criminal Defense Attorney Robert Schuster of The Law Offices of Robert Schuster has been selected to the 2016 list of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers. This title comes as a great honor and it is not the first time he has been included ...
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  • Attorney Robert Schuster has successfully secured a dismissal of felony grand larceny charges brought against 19-year-old model and Instagram star Sarah Snyder. Snyder, widely known for her relationship with actor and musician Jaden Smith, was accused of stealing a $15,995 Hermes handbag from a boutique store in Katonah, New York on June 15 th, 2015. Snyder turned to The Law Offices of Robert ...
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  • In New York State, repeat driving while intoxicated ( DWI ) offenders are most often penalized with the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). An IID prevents the vehicle from being started by anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.08%. An audit that included people with multiple DWI convictions in the state between the years of 2012 and ...
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  • We are proud to announce that Attorney Robert Schuster has received selections to two highly-respected legal organizations: the American Society of Legal Advocates “Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers” and the Best Attorneys of America by Rue Ratings. The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) recognizes only the most-elite lawyers in the country, who may join the organization through ...
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  • Robert Schuster is known as being not only one of the most prolific criminal defense attorneys in New York, representing clients in courtrooms throughout Westchester County and further afield, but also as one of the most effective attorneys in the state. An example of his success in achieving impressive results for his clients occurred earlier this year when he was able to secure a reversal of a ...
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  • When Sarah Snyder – known for her modeling and for her relationship with actor and musician Jaden Smith – was arrested for allegedly stealing a handbag valued at around $16,000, she came right to Attorney Robert Schuster of The Law Offices of Robert Schuster in New York for legal counsel and defense. The incident has since generated a considerable amount of buzz. To get the complete ...
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  • Mr. Schuster believes in the necessity to remain current with legal developments and new laws that govern our state. On November 8, 2009, New York passed a new law regarding DWI and children in the car at the time of arrest. According to NY VAT §1192-2a(b) , also known as Leandra's Law, it is a first-degree felony to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated and while there is a child ...
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  • A major legal development in 2013 is new gun legislation called the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 ( NY SAFE Act ). This new legislation signed by Governor Cuomo is designed to keep guns away from potentially dangerous mental health patients and to ban high-capacity magazines and other assault weapons. The legislation was passed by the New York State Legislature on ...
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  • The tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut was followed by a wave of anti-gun sentiment and heated political debates over the role that firearms play in American society. In the months following the event much of the nation settled back into the status quo, but certain states passed legislation to update their gun laws. New York took the most sweeping action, ...
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  • On Christmas Eve, Governor Cuomo issued a press release, warning drivers throughout New York that the State Police and local law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk driving throughout the holiday season. The period between Christmas and New Year's is among the most dangerous on the roads, when the rate of drunk driving accidents spikes sharply. More drivers are getting behind the wheel ...
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  • Westchester County is a community with a higher concentration of immigrants than in other areas of the state. More than 24% of the population in Westchester were born in another country, compared with 22% in the rest of the state. In light of this, criminal defense attorneys throughout Westchester County have taken note of a recent ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals. As reported by ...
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  • At the end of October, The Journal News reported on the fact that the DWI laws in New York are being updated to impose tougher penalties for those who are caught driving drunk in Westchester County and statewide. Specifically, a DWI law commonly referred to as "Leandra's Law" is being beefed up with a harsher possible sentence for a conviction for driving while intoxicated with a ...
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  • At the end of October, it was reported that the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a stay of a ruling from August in a case involving the "stop and frisk" procedures of the New York Police Department. The NYPD had come under scrutiny in recent months over the numbers of warrantless stops that officers were making in the city, and the issue had ended up in ...
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  • On August 9 th, Attorney General Eric Holder made an announcement that sent shockwaves through the legal community: Under his direction, the United States Department of Justice would be making a major shift in the way that it prosecutes federal drug crimes throughout the nation. In the 1980s, the Federal Government enacted a series of laws that imposed notoriously tough minimum mandatory ...
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  • On January 15 of this year, the State Legislature passed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, commonly referred to as the NY SAFE Act. The law was developed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting and the intense nationwide debate over gun control that followed in the weeks and months following that tragic event. Governor Cuomo has referred to the SAFE Act as being the ...
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  • Police officers and the state Sheriff's Association have questions regarding the constitutionality of New York's SAFE Act which now requires police to confiscate improperly registered guns. The Sheriff's Association has joined a lawsuit seeking to overturn this law and rallies have been held at the Capitol attended by those seeking to have this law repealed. The law lowers the limit of ...
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  • If you are found guilty of stealing computerized Wall Street trading code, you may face a longer prison sentence. Right now, it is illegal to copy computer software without permission and the penalties are not stringent even if you have been found guilty of stealing an investment firm's software. However, under new proposed changes, the unlawful duplication of computer-related material may be ...
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  • According to the NYS White Collar Crime Task Force, there have been some updates to the New York State's white collar crime laws. A cyber crime is any crime in which a computer, smart phone or the internet is found to have been used to commit or conceal a crime. This new proposal expands the definition of “computer material” in an effort to aid in the prosecution of those who ...
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  • A new state law that was first introduced by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2001 is in effect. It is called the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) law and it is essentially an online database to be used by physicians before they prescribe opioids and narcotic painkillers, and it is likely that this move to the on-line database may mandate that prescriptions be filled ...
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  • New York State has banned the sale, use, distribution and possession of bath salts or any product containing Mephedrone and MDPV. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the bill that bans the synthetic drug the NYS Medical Examiner's office said was found to have been the cause of death of two party attendees at the August 31 Electric Zoo concert. Bath salts are the chemical compounds Mephedrone, ...
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