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Supreme Court Considers Cell Phone Searches

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Supreme Court Considers Cell Phone Searches

Many years ago, the United States Supreme Court approved what has come to be called “search incident to arrest” — a warrantless search of the person and immediate grabbing area of a person being arrested — in United States v. Chimel. The rationale for allowing a search under these circumstances was not only to protect… Read More »

Understanding New York’s New Gun Possession Law

The recent mass shootings in the United States, most notably the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has led many state legislatures to hastily enact new criminal statutes regulating the possession and transfer of certain types of firearms. In New York, the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act is such a law. Understanding the… Read More »

What To Do If You’ve Been Served With A Civil Complaint

For a small business owner or an individual, being served with a civil lawsuit can be a jarring experience. Many people cannot help but take it personally. Others make the mistake of ignoring it and hoping that it goes away. While there is no reason to panic after receiving a summons and complaint, it is… Read More »

Mediation As A Civil Defense Tool

It is often said there are no real winners when a case goes to trial. Even if you, as a defendant, prevail, you likely have spent thousands preparing and presenting your defense. While there are situations in which taking a case to the courtroom is necessary to achieve a just result, defendants are increasingly looking… Read More »

Special Problems When Prominent People Divorce

Divorce is an intensely personal process for both spouses. However, under certain circumstances, it is very easy for the unpleasant details to become public. We frequently see the details of divorces involving celebrities and politicians reported on the evening news. But, privacy and discretion during divorce can be just as troublesome for people of more… Read More »

Recent Developments With “Stop And Frisk”

New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy — under which NYC police engaged in pat down searches of individuals with little or no reasonable suspicion — has been tremendously controversial. Even after the 2013 ruling by a United States District Judge that the practice was unconstitutional, the controversy continued with an appeal by the City… Read More »

New York City Divorce Statistics

As an individual going through the process, a divorce can easily seem to consume your life. For the legal system, however, your case is just one of many. It can be easy for individual cases to get lost in the shuffle — causing mistakes and unnecessary delays — unless they are closely shepherded by an… Read More »

New Proposals For Helping NY Penal Code Confront High-Tech Crimes

As crime continues to grow more technologically advanced, criminal codes across the nation — many of which were principally written more than 100 years ago — become outdated. Legislatures in many states have recognized this and have taken steps to change their penal codes to cover crime committed with new technology. In New York State,… Read More »

Special Challenges For Same-Sex Divorcees In New York

Same-sex divorce is, of course, an inevitable issue in states like New York that have chosen to recognize same-sex marriage. States that have gone this route have taken great care to craft laws that apply equally and without distinction. In theory, same-sex divorce should proceed in the same manner and be governed by the same… Read More »

Bringing A Family Business Through Divorce

Even if your assets are straightforward, such as bank accounts or even a family home, property division during divorce is subjective and often contentious. When a family business is involved, the process becomes even more challenging. Valuation and management issues abound and every delay has the potential to seriously diminish the future profit potential of… Read More »