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Administration Announces NYPD Officer Will Not Be Charged in Eric Garner’s Death

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On July 16, the Department of Justice announced that they will not be bringing a deadly force case against the New York police officer who was involved in choking Eric Garner to death in 2014, sparking outrage amongst civil rights advocates. The issue has not only sparked protests over the issue of excessive force… Read More »

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Sports Betting No Longer a Crime In New York, But Only Under Specific Conditions

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Approximately one year after the US Supreme Court lifted the ban on sports betting, New York officially joined the list of states that no longer designate wagering on sports to be illegal crime. New York is officially the ninth state to legalize it after the state game commission approved regulations. Some now claim that… Read More »

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A Look at The Federal & State Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein & Defenses He May Put Forth

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The case against Jeffrey Epstein in New York has received a significant amount of attention in news headlines. After his 2007 negotiation with the US attorney’s office in Miami prevented him from going to prison, a number of people are wondering if he will serve time this time around and to what extent current… Read More »

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New Child Victims Act Expands Statute of Limitations to Bring Child Sex Abuse Charges In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Since the #MeToo movement and allegations against Jeffrey Epstein have captured news headlines, a new law here in New York has also gained attention, as it provides alleged victims with additional chances to file criminal charges against their accusers here in New York. Specifically, New York legislators passed the Child Victims Act this year,… Read More »

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New York City Bill Goes After Gang Database Used by NYPD to Arrest People

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A new bill has been introduced in New York City to alter the New York Police Department gang database, which many argue is used as a surveillance tool to arrest and turn people of color (especially juveniles) into criminal defendants, especially when it comes to particular communities, which are unquestionably surveilled more than other… Read More »

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New York Bans “Gay and Trans Panic” Criminal Defense

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On June 30, New York banned the gay and trans panic defense, which has historically allowed for criminal charges related to violent crimes, including homicide, to be reduced under the justification that the criminal defendant committed violence against the victim upon realizing their sexual or gender identity. In other words, the victim’s sexual orientation… Read More »

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Marijuana Laws and Regulations in New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In the past several years, many states have either decriminalized or legalized marijuana. This can be very bewildering for individuals who have been stopped by law enforcement or accused of a crime when they may not actually have done anything wrong. Currently, marijuana has been legalized in ten states and Washington, D.C. Moreover, thirteen… Read More »

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The Laws & Consequences of Driving While Intoxicated or Impaired in New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Many people find themselves driving home after a party and being pulled over by law enforcement agents. This can lead to a very tricky situation resulting in criminal charges, fines, loss of driving privileges and even jail time. It is imperative for individuals being charged with any sort of crime or citation to seek… Read More »

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Narcotics Charges & Consequences under Federal Law

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Narcotics possession and/or distribution charges are extremely serious and can carry heavy penalties with extensive jail time. Furthermore, the fines associated with such offenses can be crippling for many. Having legal counsel to guide you through this process is necessary and imperative. Both federal and state laws play a part in criminal charges related… Read More »

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The Gravity of Domestic Violence Charges in New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Domestic violence charges are extremely serious and can result not only in jail time but also loss of wages, visitation, custody, job and may have other far reaching consequences. What constitutes domestic violence can be confusing and having legal counsel to assist in defending against such allegations or charges is vital. What is Domestic… 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.

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"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, on May 9, 2014.

Respected.

"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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