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Monthly Archives: June 2021


District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Wants 90 Convictions Tied To Ex-NYPD Detective Accused Of Perjury Dismissed

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In April 2019, a New York grand jury indicted Joseph Franco, who worked as an undercover NYPD detective. The jury indicted Franco on charges of official misconduct and 16 counts of first-degree perjury. Three months later, Franco was indicted on ten more counts of perjury. The indictments come from four incidents in which Franco… Read More »

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Three Common Types Of Insurance Fraud

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Insurance fraud is among the most common types of fraud in New York. Often, insurance fraud is committed by people who knowingly and with the intention to defraud present false information to insurance companies in the underwriting and/or claim phase. One of the main reasons this type of fraud is prevalent is the misconception… Read More »

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3 Reasons To Have Your New York Criminal Record(s) Sealed Or Expunged

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

When convicted of a crime anywhere in the United States, in addition to facing the well-known direct consequences such as spending time in jail, probation, and/or paying monetary fines, you risk facing other less-known indirect consequences (i.e., collateral consequences). Unfortunately, many people overlook the indirect consequences of convictions, only for them to end up… Read More »

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What Is A Mistrial And What Are Some Of The Common Grounds For A Mistrial?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Usually, criminal trials end with a guilty or not guilty verdict. However, sometimes, mistrials occur. When a mistrial occurs, the prosecution has the right to bring another trial or choose not to bring another trial. Often, when the prosecution feels they can’t win a conviction even with a second trial, they choose not to… Read More »

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The Insanity Defense

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

After being accused of a crime, you must reach out to a qualified criminal defense attorney. Once you reach out to a defense attorney, they will develop a defense strategy to help you. How your defense attorney handles your case depends entirely on the specifics of your case and the level of information you… Read More »

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What Is The Alibi Defense?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

As much as it is a commonly used term, not many people understand the meaning of the term “alibi.” If you or someone you know currently stands accused of a crime, you need to learn the meaning of alibi to understand when and how to use such a defense. Additionally, as a defendant, it… Read More »

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Two Aggravating DWI Factors In New York All Motorists Need To Know About

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In New York, motorists can be charged with different types of DUI-related offenses. Often, law enforcers charge people with DUI, DWI, or DWAI. DUI (Driving under the Influence) means that a driver is impaired by alcohol or another substance such as heroin, marijuana, or even prescription drugs. DWI (Driving while intoxicated) is often incorporated… Read More »

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Attorney General Announces The Establishment Of A COVID-19 Fraud Task Force

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Unfortunately, whenever people become exposed to vulnerability, criminals take advantage of the situation. That is what happened after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US. Since the onset of the pandemic, criminals have been using various tactics to profit off the pandemic. So far, Americans have been scammed in many ways. For example, some people… Read More »

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"... Mr. Cohen's effort... in everything he has done before the Court, is A-Plus... [R]ecently, in another case... [before me], the result he achieved for his client... was quite impressive." Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"So I have very sophisticated counsel here and, Mr. Cohen, [your client] is very fortunate in having you as his attorney, and I hope he appreciates that." – Quote from the Honorable Denise L. Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"As Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer who has tried cases throughout the city and was a prosecutor in the Bronx, pointed out, there is a saying among defense lawyers in New York." – As provided in the New York Times City Room Blog.

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