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What is the Fine for a Felony in New York?

Incarceration is often the first penalty defendants worry about after being charged with a crime.  However, going to jail or prison isn’t the only consequence of a criminal conviction.  If you are found guilty of a felony offense in New York, you can also be heavily fined, potentially thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.  New York drug possession lawyer Seth Koslow explains how criminal fines work under New York’s criminal code, which is called the NY Penal Law.
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Is Concealed Carry Legal in New York City?

Every state takes a different approach to the enforcement of laws regulating the purchase and possession of firearms.  Some states are known for lenient gun laws, but New York has adopted a tough stance on weapons, heavily restricting the use and ownership of firearms within city limits.  New York weapons possession attorney Seth Koslow reviews New York City’s concealed carry laws, and goes over some of the penalties that can result from a violation.

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What Class Misdemeanor is a DWI in New York?

Like many other states, New York categorizes each criminal offense as either a misdemeanor or a felony.  Though felonies are more serious, misdemeanors are also capable of leading to costly fines, incarceration, and other penalties, while simultaneously giving the convicted defendant a criminal record.  New York DWI defense lawyer Seth Koslow explains how misdemeanor drunk driving offenses are classified, some of the factors that make DWI a felony offense under New York’s laws, and the potential consequences of a conviction.
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What is the Statute of Limitations on Drug Charges in New York?

In criminal law, the statute of limitations is the amount of time a prosecutor has to file criminal charges against a suspect.  If the statute of limitations runs out, the prosecutor can no longer file charges for that particular alleged offense.  However, the statutes of limitation for drug crimes vary widely in New York.  For certain offenses involving controlled substances, there is no statute of limitations at all.  New York drug crime attorney Seth Koslow explains the time limits on prosecution for crimes involving the sale, possession, and trafficking of narcotics.
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Is Assault a Felony in New York City?

It is very common for people to be arrested for assault in New York City.  According to NYPD statistics, more than 50,000 people have already been arrested for assault so far this year.  Nearly 1,200 of those arrests occurred during a single week in October.  Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a situation where you have been charged with committing assault – but if you are, it’s important that you understand the consequences.  New York assault lawyer Seth Koslow explains when assault is charged as a felony under state laws.
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What is a Grand Jury?

It seems that every day the news releases another report that a grand jury has charged a person with a criminal offense.  However, many people are often confused about what exactly a grand jury is, what they can do, and what they don’t do. This blog post will explore what a grand jury does throughout the United States, and what their role is in the New York criminal system. Continue reading

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Have You Been Charged with Hit and Run or Leaving the Scene of an Incident without Reporting?

In New York, the commonly known term “Hit and Run” is referred to as Leaving the Scene of an Incident without Reporting. However, despite the difference in what it may be called, if you are charged with this offense it could lead to jail and serious penalties. If you are involved in a car accident in New York, the law requires that you stop your car and share your insurance and license information with the other person involved. If you don’t stop to share your information, but leave the scene instead, you could face serious criminal charges under New York law, the severity depending on the resulting damages or injuries. Continue reading

Have You Been Charged With Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle?

In New York City one of the most common misdemeanor charges that the lower courts hear is Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle (“AUO”).  The relevant law or statute in New York is Vehicle and Traffic Law §511.  Driving with a license that has been suspended, revoked or otherwise withdrawn by the DMV is a criminal offense.  There are three degrees of aggravated Unlicensed Operation, first, second, and third. Each of these criminal charges carries certain fines and potential jail time. Continue reading