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  • Published: November 17, 2023

Introduction: The Self-Checkout Dilemma Picture this: You're at your local Wal-Mart, navigating the self-checkout machines like any other day. But this time, something goes wrong, and before you know it, you're accused of shoplifting. This scenario is becoming all too common in New York, as arrests for shoplifting at self-checkout machines, legally known as Petit Larceny (OR Grand Larceny depending…Read More

  • Published: October 16, 2023

Did you find yourself in the uncomfortable, unfortunate situation of being handcuffed and escorted out of a WalMart store in Hudson Valley? Charges, such as shoplifting or larceny under penal law section 155, can be daunting. But take a deep breath. There is hope. Understanding The Charge: Shoplifting/Larceny First, let's get the basics right. If you've been accused of shoplifting…Read More

  • Published: September 28, 2023

Breathalyzer machines are the most common method used by police in impaired motorist investigations. In addition to a breathalyzer, a motorist’s B.A.C. can be determined under state law by testing blood, urine, or saliva. Still, the question of whether breathalyzer machines are accurate or foolproof remains prevalent. My response? Hardly. A 2019 New York Times article highlighted many of the…Read More

  • Published: September 28, 2023

If you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated in New York State, you may be wondering about the Breathalyzer machine (often referred to as the “Breathalyzer instrument”) and whether its results are accurate. You simply do not believe the breathalyzer’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C.) results returned in your case. You are not alone.…Read More

  • Published: October 28, 2021

Human beings are fallible, and everyone makes mistakes throughout their lives. Making mistakes can be part of our learning and growth processes, and at the very least can be considered a normal part of the human experience. Unfortunately, some mistakes are bigger than others, and some of those bigger mistakes come with very serious consequences. If you have ever found…Read More

  • Published: June 4, 2018

Being stopped by a police officer is never high on one’s list of welcomed events. Most people would rate it somewhere between a hospital visit and helping a friend move. Still, the specter of a police cruiser’s lights and siren behind that precipitates the dreaded pull-over does not mean the encounter must end poorly. Emerging from a police stop with…Read More

  • Published: March 25, 2017

Whether you have been charged with a DWI or a simple traffic ticket, having an attorney by your side can help you have the most successful case possible. Below are five questions you should ask before hiring a Hudson Valley NY criminal defense lawyer: How many cases of this type have you handled and what percentage of your practice is…Read More

  • Published: March 1, 2017

Biases. We all have them. Police officers are no different. Most of us, officers included, may be reluctant, even loathe, to accept this premise. It is true, though. Biases exist. Even among the police… Biases can be positive and negative. Obvious or imperceptible. One distinction involving police bias is that it can impact the public. That means you. Let us…Read More

  • Published: January 15, 2017

The country is, again, reeling. There is discord. In some areas, outrage. For good reason. Questionable police shootings of civilians in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and elsewhere follow a string of “questionable” use-of-force incidents in communities around the country in recent years. Such incidents continue. In an unspeakable reverse series of events, ambush-style shootings targeting police have occurred. Officers have died…Read More

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