Author Archives: Jay Butchko
When Is The Best Time To Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney?
No one ever wants to have to hire a criminal defense attorney, but if you have been arrested, it is in your best interest to hire a defense attorney. While you probably already know that you should hire a criminal defense attorney, you might not know when you should do so. Should you hire… Read More »
How Do You Prove Mistaken Identity In A Criminal Case?
Being arrested and charged with a criminal offense can be distressing. But what is even more painful is being arrested and charged with a crime you did not commit. Unfortunately, getting convicted is still possible even if you are facing false accusations. Wrongful convictions are common in the US. According to the Innocence Project,… Read More »
Getting A Hardship License In New York
In most DUI cases, a defendant’s license is suspended at arraignment. If a defendant’s license is suspended at arraignment, they will have no driving privileges until their case is concluded unless they get a hardship license, also known as a conditional license. A hardship license can allow you to drive legally under restrictions placed… Read More »
Do I Need An Attorney If This Is My First Time Getting Arrested?
If you’ve recently been arrested and it is your first time getting arrested, you might wonder whether hiring a criminal defense attorney is necessary. Getting the answer to the question, “Do I need an attorney if this is my first time getting arrested?” from a criminal defense attorney might seem like you are getting… Read More »
Understanding The DUI Police Report
When a person is arrested for a crime, the police write a report. It is no different in the case of a DUI arrest. It is crucial that you understand what information is contained in a DUI police report and the facts about DUI police reports. A DUI police report generally contains all the… Read More »
Reasons Your Domestic Violence Charges May Be Dropped
Being arrested and charged with domestic violence can be a traumatic experience. If a person is arrested and charged with domestic violence, they risk facing fines and a prison sentence. If a domestic violence charge arises from a sex offense, the accused could end up being required to register as a sex offender. Additionally,… Read More »
What Makes A Competent Witness In A Criminal Case?
When an individual is facing criminal charges, the court cannot consider just any evidence. The court can only consider competent evidence in a criminal trial. Competent evidence is that which is legally admissible, relevant, and material. Competent evidence is evidence that a reasonable individual might acknowledge as adequate to support a conclusion. Even the… Read More »
Can My Criminal Defense Attorney Tell On Me?
If you are facing criminal charges and working with a criminal defense attorney, one of the questions you might be asking yourself is whether your attorney can reveal the information you share with them to another person. In other words, you are likely asking yourself, “Can my criminal defense attorney tell on me?” So,… Read More »
New York Police Department Announces Citywide Crime Statistics For December 2022
On January 5, 2023, the New York Police Department released the crime statistics for the month of December 2022. Once again, New York City saw a decrease in overall crime. To be precise, December 2022 saw an 11.6% decrease in crime compared with December 2021. In December 2021, the NYPD recorded a total of… Read More »
6 Reasons It Is Best To Avoid Being Your Own Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing criminal charges, you can represent yourself or hire a criminal defense attorney. There are many reasons a criminal defendant may wish to represent themselves and avoid hiring an attorney. For example, you may want to represent yourself because you think you cannot afford an attorney or it is not worth… Read More »