Battle for the Breathalyzers Records Round 2: NYPD Launches Appeal

July 15, 2014

The NYPD just doesn’t want you to know what’s going on with their breathalyzer machines. Last year we scored an important victory in our fight for government transparency when New York Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan ordered the NYPD to produce all records of maintenance and inspection for every Intoxilyzer machine in the city.  The […]


Is Digital Privacy As Good As Gone?

January 22, 2014

Whether you agree with Edward Snowden’s actions leaking information on classified NSA programs or not, it is hard to argue with the fact that he has started a debate on civil liberties issues in the United States.  For more on the parameters of the debate, you may want to look at the piece that our […]


Should I Take a Breath Test?

January 6, 2014

More than any other question in DWI, clients, friends, and colleagues always ask: “If I get stopped for suspicion of DWI, should I take the breath test?”  It is an easy question but not one with easy answers.  Like many things in life, it depends.  Hopefully, the comments below will give you some guidance. New […]


When Can Police Conduct a Search Without a Warrant?

January 2, 2014

In a previous post, we discussed search warrants in detail. A search warrant is a legal document that gives law enforcement officers judicially sanctioned authority to conduct a search for evidence of a crime. In general, police need to have a search warrant in order to conduct a search. This requirement is based on the […]


Defenses to Criminal Charges

December 24, 2013

If you are facing criminal charges, you may be wondering what defenses are available to you. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand whether you have a viable defense to the crime with which you have been charged. As you may already know, a prosecutor must prove that a criminal defendant is guilty […]


What is a Search Warrant?

December 18, 2013

This post will discuss what a search warrant is and the steps law enforcement officers must take to get one. If police have served you with a search warrant, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. A search warrant is a legal document that authorizes law enforcement officers to search a specified place for […]


Can Police Tap My Phone?

December 10, 2013

Some of the most popular crime movies and television shows feature “tapped” phones and law enforcement officers listening in on suspects’ phone conversations. In Goodfellas, Henry Hill is obsessed with whether or not investigators have tapped his phone. In The Wire, members of Avon Barksdale’s drug empire use “burners,” or “disposable” phones, to avoid having […]


Can Police Conduct a Body Cavity Search on Anyone?

December 3, 2013

Earlier this month, civil rights lawsuits filed against New Mexico law enforcement officers after they conducted highly invasive body cavity searches made headlines. Two men, who were each pulled over for traffic violations, were forced to undergo body cavity searches after a drug dog alerted to their cars. One of the men was subjected to a […]


Major Developments in New York City Stop-and-Frisk Case

November 19, 2013

In a previous post, we addressed the controversy surrounding the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York City Police Department. We also discussed Floyd v. City of New York, the class action lawsuit alleging that New York City officials and NYPD officers violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of people via the NYPD stop-and-frisk […]


Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Case About Federal Firearms Law

November 11, 2013

Next week, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in a case about a federal firearms law. The case, Rosemond v. United States, involves the offense of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime. The statutes at […]