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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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  • 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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  • Governor Cuomo Signs New DWI Law

    || 18-Dec-2015

    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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  • Robert Schuster Defends Celebrity Client in the Media

    || 12-Oct-2015

    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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  • New York State Laws Affecting Drivers

    || 6-Jan-2015

    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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  • New Gun Legislation Affecting Criminal Defense Cases

    || 22-Dec-2014

    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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  • 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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