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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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“Blame My Brain”: The Increasing Effectiveness of Neuroscientific Evidence in Criminal Defense Arguments

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The argument that genetic abnormalities are linked to behavior and should therefore serve to provide leniency in terms of criminal defense and punishment is gaining traction in US courts. Now, one case in front of the New Mexico Supreme Court could set a powerful precedent for the rest of the country with respect to… Read More »

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New York Called On to Enact Additional Criminal Justice Reforms

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Many criminal justice advocates are calling on the state of New York to go even further in enacting and implementing additional criminal justice reforms in an attempt to overhaul New York’s criminal justice system. Those advocating for additional reforms have specifically called on Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to prioritize reforms that include due… Read More »

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Being Profiled & Charged with Sex Work In New York: Will It Soon Change?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Police taking advantage of New York’s prostitution and loitering laws has been an ongoing issue in terms of violating a number of New Yorkers’ civil rights and engaging in police abuse. Every day, a number of people in New York fear for their lives in being stopped by police simply for being of a… Read More »

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Federal & State Officials Increasingly Cracking Down On Drug Busts In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On May 8, federal drug agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Enforcement Agency, as well as the New York Police Department, made what was announced as the largest cocaine seizure in New York City in recent years. The arrest involved a reported 19 defendants (two of which have been accused as operating… 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, on May 9, 2014.


"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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