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Can A New York Driver Refuse To Take A Field Sobriety Test?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In the state of New York, there is a law known as an “implied consent law.” According to this law, once you get a driver’s license and begin driving on New York roads, you automatically consent to take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content when requested to take one. Refusing to… Read More »

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Drug Possession In New York: Difference Between Actual And Constructive Possession

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

New York has very tough drug laws. When it comes to drug possession crimes, for instance, for you to be charged and prosecuted in New York, the drugs the police claim you possessed don’t have to have been found on your “person.” This is because New York drug laws allow prosecutors to push forward… Read More »

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Disorderly Conduct In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Disorderly conduct is a term used for various offenses that do not result in a criminal record. Offenses that constitute disorderly conduct are usually punishable by minor penalties. In the U.S., disorderly conduct laws differ from State to State. Because of the different rules, what constitutes disorderly conduct in one State might not constitute… Read More »

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Some Crucial Information About Ignition Interlock Devices In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Among the many strategies that the government is using to keep drunk drivers off the road is requiring drivers found guilty of DUI to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in any vehicle they own or use. In simple words, an IID is a breathalyzer that connects to your vehicle’s ignition system and will… Read More »

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Threatening To Report Someone To ICE Is Now Illegal In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On October 9, 2021, Legislation (S.343-A/A.3412-A), which was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul, gives an immigrant or any individual the right to report to the authorities once threatened with being reported to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The legislation classifies certain threats to report an individual’s immigration status as coercion or extortion. Before… Read More »

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Some Crucial Information On The Implied Consent Law

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to the CDC, approximately 29 people die in the United States every day in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This means that one person dies every fifty minutes. With such many drunk-driving-related deaths happening daily, it is no wonder DUI is a very serious charge in the nation. If convicted of… Read More »

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A New York State Employee Arrested After Leaving Cocaine At Work

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Tejuan D. Carter, a 44-year-old man from Albany, New York, who works with the Department of Taxation and Finance, was on October 25 arrested and accused of dropping cocaine while he was leaving his workplace. According to NEWS10 ABC, Tejuan’s arrest came after State Police responded to a call at the Harriman State Campus… Read More »

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Advantages Of Accepting A Plea Bargain

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

While there are no precise estimates of the number of cases that are resolved through plea bargaining, researchers estimate that approximately 90 to 95 percent of criminal cases are resolved through this process. If this information is accurate, it means that only 10 or less than 10 percent of criminal cases actually go through… Read More »

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Can A Court Case Be Both Criminal And Civil?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The justice system in the U.S. consists of two different bodies: Criminal laws Civil laws Criminal laws apply when a person commits a crime such as murder, robbery, embezzlement, arson, bribery, assault, or any other kind of crime. In contrast, civil laws refer to laws that apply to almost all other disputes. Civil laws… Read More »

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Federal Mail And Wire Fraud Charges

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The federal mail and wire fraud statutes are among the most commonly used tools in federal prosecutions of white-collar crimes in the United States of America. This might be because, in this day and age, nearly all frauds are alleged to have involved some means of communication that does not require people to meet… 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.


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