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Monthly Archives: September 2021


Understanding Some Basics About Hearsay Evidence

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

After being arrested and formally charged with a crime in New York, you need to work with a criminal defense attorney who can help you gather evidence that can help your case. When gathering evidence, your attorney will ensure they only collect evidence that can be used in court. There are various types of… Read More »

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A Man In New York Pleaded Guilty To Attempted Murder As A Hate Crime After Stabbing A Teenage Girl During Her Family Visit

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A man from New York recently admitted that he attempted to murder a 17-year-old black girl he did not know. On September 14, 2021, 36-year-old Robert McCallion from Westchester County pleaded guilty to fourteen felony charges, including attempted murder as a hate crime. Robert was indicted in August last year over the violent, race-based… Read More »

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Reputed NYC Crime Boss Among Mobsters Arrested On Racketeering Charges

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On September 14, 2021, the NYPD and FBI busted over a dozen mobsters, including the 87-year-old Andrew “Mush” Russo and 83-year-old underboss Benjamin “Benji” Castellazzo. Russo and Benji are allegedly long-time members of the Colombo crime family. The mobsters were arrested for various charges, including labor racketeering and extortion fraud scheme. According to the… Read More »

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A 70-Year-Old Dentist In Long Island Was Recently Arrested For Giving Prescription Drugs To Women In Exchange For Sex

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On 25 August 2021, a Long Island dentist, Dr. Barry Arnold, was arrested and charged with administering prescription drugs to women in exchange for sex. According to news sources, Dr. Barry, a practicing dentist with an office in Valley Stream, was charged with writing illegal prescriptions to women for Xanax, oxycodone, and Percocet in… Read More »

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The Crime Of Escape: The Differing Degrees Of The Crime

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In New York, the crime of escape can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the specifics of the case. It is important to note that any incidences of escape are taken quite seriously, and the crime of escape is aggressively prosecuted in the State of New York. Therefore, if you… Read More »

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Understanding Why Eyewitnesses Are Often Wrong

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Eyewitnesses play a crucial role in the investigation and prosecution of crimes. But, when you look at cases overturned because of DNA evidence, you will find that inaccurate eyewitness testimonies are often to blame. This shows that just because eyewitnesses tend to get a lot of support from the court and jury does not… Read More »

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Manhattan Prosecutors Charge Pair With Selling Fake Coronavirus Vaccination Cards

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A New Jersey woman was recently charged in a conspiracy to sell hundreds of fake coronavirus vaccination cards over Instagram. Jasmine Clifford, 31, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, was charged alongside Nadayza Barkley, 27, who works at a medical clinic in Patchogue, New York. According to prosecutors, Ms. Clifford sold approximately 250 forged cards over… Read More »

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2 Strong Defenses That Can Help Individuals Charged With Assault

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

An accusation of a violent crime such as an assault crime can lead to harsh penalties. For instance, in New York, assault in the third degree carries a prison sentence of up to one year. On the other hand, assault in the second degree carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 2 years and… Read More »

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A Man From Rochester Sentenced To Three Years For Computer Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to the United States Department of Justice, in August 2021, a 25-year-old man from Rochester, Monroe County, New York, was sentenced to thirty-six months in federal prison after stealing nude photos of dozens of female victims. The man was sentenced for aggravated identity theft and computer fraud in connection with his hacking of… 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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