Brooklyn Family Law, Matrimonial and Criminal Law Blog

What it means if you are issued a Desk Appearance Ticket (D.A.T.) in New York City

What it means if you are issued a Desk Appearance Ticket (D.A.T.) in New York City A Desk Appearance Ticket (commonly referred to as a D.A.T.) is a notice of court date that is given to someone who has been arrested by the police. The only difference between a D.A.T. and any other arrest is […]

Defending Assault Charges in New York

Self defense is a common legal defense in an assault case. People who have been charged with assault in New York State for simply defending themselves during an altercation can assert self-defense in an effort to have assault charges reduced or dismissed. When the accused raises self defense against assault charges, it is up to […]

Coerced Confessions Can Be Beat

It is not uncommon for law enforcement in the State of New York to use controversial tactics to coerce confessions out of suspects. Often the police will lead a suspect to believe that they are either not under investigation or that the evidence against the suspect is already sufficient to make an arrest. When faced […]

What it Means to be Charged with Vandalism (Criminal Mischief) in New York State

Anyone charged with “criminal mischief,” in relation to an act of vandalism, should know their rights under New York Law. In New York State, anyone accused of the act of vandalism will likely be charged with “criminal mischief.” Under the statute, a person accused of vandalism can be charged with Criminal Mischief in [...]

The Consequences of Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in New York State

When it comes to refusing a breathalyzer test in New York, many drivers are not aware of the rules. In New York, if you have a valid driver’s license issued by the state, you are automatically subject to New York’s implied consent laws. This means that you are legally required to submit to a chemical test […]

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Understanding How New York State Law Addresses Statutory Rape

If you have been charged with statutory rape in New York State, you may be worried about whether you can get a fair trial. There is a stigma attached to statutory rape cases and many defendants worry that no one will understand the unique situation that got them into this legal mess. Although the laws […]

Understanding New York State Shoplifting Charges

Knowing what to expect when you have been charged with shoplifting in New York State can make all the difference in the outcome of your criminal defense case. Getting arrested for shoplifting can be both embarrassing and stressful. If that isn’t enough, you may be facing criminal charges that carry potential jail sentences of up […]

New York State Considering Changes to Three DWI Laws

The state legislature is currently considering three bills that would result in an increase in drunken driving arrests and drunken driving charges in New York State. Since the start of the New Year, police across New York State have stepped up DWI enforcement resulting in an increase in DWI arrests. Now, with three bills being […]

Defenses to Domestic Violence Charges

Robert S. Gershon is concerned about allegations of domestic violence and he takes the rights of his clients very seriously. While there are certainly many victims of domestic violence, there are also many people who have been wrongfully accused. For anyone charged with acts of domestic violence, a strong defense is essential to protect their [...]

Prenuptial Agreements Can Help Couples Avoid Alimony Disputes In The Event Of A Divorce

Robert S. Gershon knows that a prenuptial agreement is a powerful tool that can avoid major headaches during a divorce. Many couples don’t consider signing a prenup when they get married because no one really wants to think of divorce ahead of their wedding day. However, signing a prenup doesn’t have to mean that there is a lack of [...]

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