NY criminal law

4 Mistakes to Avoid if You’re Under Investigation for White Collar Crime

By Lee Koch | November 6, 2021 | Comments Off on 4 Mistakes to Avoid if You’re Under Investigation for White Collar Crime

Finding out you are the target of a federal criminal investigation is terrifying. After all, only 2% of federal defendants even make it to trial, and most who do are found guilty. The federal government has resources and time on its side, and they typically don’t move in until they’ve got very strong cases. Your…

Accused of Insurance Fraud?

By Lee Koch | October 14, 2021 | Comments Off on Accused of Insurance Fraud?

Recently 18 former NBA players were charged in a $4 million insurance fraud scheme involving fraudulent medical claims. Clearly even individuals with every advantage are tempted to commit insurance fraud. Experts assert that insurance fraud is responsible for the theft of about $80 billion every year. Some of this is medical insurance fraud, some is…

Is Doxing a Crime?

By Lee Koch | September 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Is Doxing a Crime?

Doxing is a cybercrime that occurs when you take real world information about a person and circulate it online without permission. It doesn’t matter how you got the information: it’s doxing if the victim trusted you enough to give it to you, it’s doxing if you hacked their machine, and it’s doxing if you just…

This Tennessee Case Provides a Great Reason to Hire Your Own Lawyer

By Lee Koch | April 29, 2020 | Comments Off on This Tennessee Case Provides a Great Reason to Hire Your Own Lawyer

It’s not a case that got a lot of press coverage, but in 2008 two Tennessee detectives posed as federal defense attorneys to try to get incriminating information out of one of their suspects. They told the suspect they were his federal public defender. They even talked him out of cooperating with his own, real…

Can You Be Arrested for Violating Social Distancing Orders?

By Lee Koch | April 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Can You Be Arrested for Violating Social Distancing Orders?

COVID-19 has created a lot of confusing change in a very short period of time. For those of us living in New York City, the biggest change has been the way that New York City has essentially been shut down in the wake of the PAUSE order.  “PAUSE” stands for “Policies Assure Uniform Safety for…

What is a Writ of Habeas Corpus?

By Lee Koch | September 29, 2019 | Comments Off on What is a Writ of Habeas Corpus?

“Habeas corpus” is Latin for “you have the body.” A writ of habeas corpus can be an important tool in any criminal case. It is meant to protect your Constitutional rights. This writ is used to challenge any form of confinement or restraint which takes place in an unlawful manner, or to an unlawful degree. …

What Are the Conditions of Making Bail in NY?

By Lee Koch | January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on What Are the Conditions of Making Bail in NY?

If you are arrested and charged with a crime in NY, you don’t immediately have a criminal trial. There are several, very important, steps that happen in between. First, you have an initial hearing, which can be coupled with arraignment in federal or state court. During your arraignment, the charges against you are read by…

How Should You Define Cyber Terrorism?

By Lee Koch | November 14, 2018 | Comments Off on How Should You Define Cyber Terrorism?

Our team at Koch Law has a particular focus on defending cybercrimes, including cyber identity theft, computer fraud, cyber warfare, DDOS attacks, and cyber terrorism. Unlike many traditional practice areas of criminal law, for example, assault or murder, the exact definition of many cybercrimes is consistently changing. What is the reason for a shift in…

Can You Be Charged with Attempting a Crime in New York?

By Lee Koch | October 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Can You Be Charged with Attempting a Crime in New York?

At the time of your arrest or during questioning by the police, you might be shocked to hear charges for attempted robbery or attempted rape. Similarly, you could be formally charged with attempted identity theft or attempted embezzlement as a federal crime in New York. Have you identified what makes these criminal offenses different from…

Searching Cell Phones: When Can the Police Search Your Devices?

By Lee Koch | October 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Searching Cell Phones: When Can the Police Search Your Devices?

Last month, we wrote an in-depth blog post on searches of your home and other personal property. This sparked a lot of conversation around searches, warrants, and when law enforcement is permitted to search your property. While the law around searching your home might be well-known and established, the rules around cell phones, tablets, computer…