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GunCharges

New York City Weapons Restrictions On Trial at U.S. Supreme Court

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

New York’s laws on weapon possession will soon be on trial before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the decision could expand Second Amendment rights – and therefore weapons charges – around the country, as well as related regulations covering background checks and weapon confiscations from individuals deemed to be “dangerous” by the court. The… Read More »

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BodyCams

New York Legislators Propose Mandating Body Cameras for Police: How This Could Affect Criminal Cases

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A current proposal to outfit New York police officers with body cameras and instructing state troopers as to when they should record their on-duty interactions could significantly affect criminal cases here in New York, especially when it comes to evidence that was collected in violation of an individual’s constitutional rights being barred from court…. Read More »

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Bail

New York City & Staten Island Defendants Soon to Be Released Under Bail Reform

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The criminal justice reforms that will go into effect as of January 1 here in New York are significant: As a result, not only will close to 90 percent of people arrested in the city be released without bail while their cases are pending, but perhaps most importantly, prosecutors will be required to turn… Read More »

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Congress Announces Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana at The Federal Level

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Regardless of steps that states like New York take to decriminalize the sale and possession of marijuana, as long as marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, individuals can always be prosecuted for federal drug crimes. However, that could soon change: In November, it was announced that a… Read More »

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CrimJustice

Criminal Justice Reform Coming To New York: Part II

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In Part I of our segment on criminal justice reforms headed to New York starting in January, we discussed some of the changes to both what is required in terms of what the DA has to turn over to defense and the timing of turning over this crucial information. Below, we discuss what is… Read More »

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Justice5

Criminal Justice Reform Coming To New York: Part I

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A number of criminal justice reforms going into effect in New York starting in January are expected to completely transform criminal trials here in New York, and will not only apply to new cases in moving forward, but all cases pending as of January 1, 2020 as well. As a result, not only will… Read More »

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Breathalyzer Tests – Though Often Inaccurate – Are Still Placing Drivers in Prison

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The New York Times recently ran an important investigatory article on alcohol breath tests, and just how precarious and unreliable they are. Still, in our criminal justice system, they are the devices that will ultimately determine whether someone goes to prison for a DUI. Although these devices are marketed as precise, they generate alarmingly… Read More »

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DNAEvidence

Private DNA Testing Company Applies for Forensic Identity Permit In New York, Raising Alarm

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Transparency and accountability are ongoing issues when it comes to forensic evidence that is used to convict defendants. Now, one out of state company, Parabon, has put forth a proposal to test DNA in New York cases that could lead to very little oversight here in New York, potentially resulting in wrongful convictions and… Read More »

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House Passes Bill to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime Everywhere

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late October, the House of Representatives passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, making animal cruelty a federal offense. While there have long been state laws against animal cruelty, previously, federal law only covered certain issues, such as animal fighting and the distribution of crush videos. However, the new law makes a… Read More »

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CrimLaw6

Is The Coming ‘Crackdown On Violent Crime’ Just A Witch Hunt Against Immigrants?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late October, Attorney General William Barr announced that there would be a new initiative to fight violent crime. According to the announcement, the initiative is geared towards targeting gangs and drug traffickers in high crime cities and dangerous areas. The administration has also announced that one of the purposes of the initiative will… Read More »

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Recognized.

"... 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.

Reviewed.

"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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