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Monthly Archives: May 2023


How To Get An Order Of Protection Dismissed In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In New York, orders of protection, also known as restraining orders, are issued by a judge to protect a person from another person who is harassing, abusing, intimidating, and/or threatening them. Orders of protection are also issued when a person has committed a crime against another person. In other words, the primary purpose of… Read More »

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Tips For Preparing For Your Parole Hearing

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

After you are sent to prison for committing a crime, you may have a chance of being released early before completing the maximum sentence. One way for this to happen is for you to be released to parole supervision by a parole board. To be released early before completing your maximum prison sentence, the… Read More »

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Contentious Bail Law To Be Toughened To Give Judges More Discretion

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Several years ago, a new law was passed in New York that, among other things, eradicated cash bail for most crimes. This law which seemed to add a measure of justice to a system that was criticized for punishing the poor was celebrated by New York’s Democratic lawmakers. The idea behind the bail reform… Read More »

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Probation: Frequently Asked Questions

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

After someone is convicted of a criminal offense in New York, one thing that can happen is they can be sentenced to probation instead of jail. Probation can be an incredibly useful tool when you are convicted of a criminal offense. If you were recently convicted of a crime in New York and sentenced… Read More »

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New York Pre-Trial Hearings

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

If you were recently arrested and charged with a crime, it is crucial that you understand the steps involved in a criminal case. You probably already know that arraignment is the next step after an arrest. But do you know what happens after an arraignment and before the trial? The next step is the… Read More »

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New York Police Department Announces Citywide Crime Statistics For April 2023

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On May 3, 2023, the New York Police Department released the crime statistics for the month of April 2023. For the month of April 2023, the overall index crime went up by 3.8% compared to the same month last year. In April 2022, the city of New York witnessed a total of 9,616 criminal… Read More »

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Signs You Had Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

After losing a criminal case and being sentenced, you may have grounds for filing an appeal. One of the grounds for filing a criminal appeal is “ineffective assistance of counsel.” According to the Supreme Court, criminal defendants not only have the right to legal counsel. They also have the right to effective assistance of… Read More »

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What Should You Do If You Are Being Investigated By The Police?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

If the police are investigating you, it does not automatically mean you will be found guilty and sentenced. However, to increase your chances of not being found guilty and sentenced, you must take the matter seriously and take several steps. It is easy to become overwhelmed during a criminal investigation. But regardless of how… 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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