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  • Gun Arrests Spike Under the SAFE Act

    || 10-Feb-2014

    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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  • DWI Checkpoints on New Year's Eve in Westchester County

    || 31-Dec-2013

    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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  • Do Judges Have to Warn About Deportation?

    || 24-Dec-2013

    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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  • Tougher DWI Laws for New York

    || 11-Dec-2013

    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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  • Robert Schuster on "Stop and Frisk"

    || 20-Nov-2013

    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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  • Lighter Sentences for Federal Drug Crimes?

    || 5-Nov-2013

    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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