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Should You Testify on Your Own Behalf in a Criminal Case?

Many of our clients ask us whether or not it’s a good idea to testify in their own criminal cases.  Whether the case is a New York State case or a federal one, testifying on your own behalf is fraught. It comes with a lot of dangers, and usually with few benefits.  Most of the…
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What is the Crime of Conspiracy?

Sometimes, criminal defendants come to us not because they themselves have committed a crime, but because they have been caught up in the eddies of another person’s criminal act. They’re being charged with conspiracy, often either in a drug case, money laundering case, or fraud case.  Many people in this situation are deeply in over…
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Post-Conviction Options in a Federal Case

It’s happened: you’ve been convicted of a federal crime. On TV, the lawyer confidently turns to the client and says: “Don’t worry. We’ll fix it on appeal.” In reality, the post-conviction options are a lot more complex, and appeals don’t always get you where you want to go. What is an appeal? An appeal is…
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Should You Go to Court if Accused of a White Collar Crime?

When you’re charged with a white collar crime then you’ve got some tough decisions ahead. One of them is to decide whether to take a plea bargain or whether to take your day in court.  Though it’s impossible to give you specific legal advice without seeing the facts of your case, there are some general…
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Understanding The Federal Crime of Bankruptcy Fraud

As projections say that millions of Americans will file for bankruptcy in the coming months, it’s a good idea to review the federal crime of bankruptcy fraud. According to the US Department of Justice, one out of every 10 bankruptcy filings involve some element of fraud. While this is not a bankruptcy law office, we…
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Can You Go to Jail for Gambling Online?

There’s a reason why reading the fine print on almost any gambling site will tell you the site is being run out of some small country overseas. Online gambling is illegal in all 50 states.  Technically, you can be brought up on charges for placing bets online.  It is rare for individual gamblers to be…
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