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Understanding Why Eyewitnesses Are Often Wrong

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Eyewitnesses play a crucial role in the investigation and prosecution of crimes. But, when you look at cases overturned because of DNA evidence, you will find that inaccurate eyewitness testimonies are often to blame. This shows that just because eyewitnesses tend to get a lot of support from the court and jury does not… Read More »

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A Man From Rochester Sentenced To Three Years For Computer Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to the United States Department of Justice, in August 2021, a 25-year-old man from Rochester, Monroe County, New York, was sentenced to thirty-six months in federal prison after stealing nude photos of dozens of female victims. The man was sentenced for aggravated identity theft and computer fraud in connection with his hacking of… Read More »

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Are You An NYC Employee, Freelancer, Or Independent Contractor With A Criminal History? Here’s Some Crucial Information For You

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In case you, as a New York City employee, freelancer, or independent contractor with a criminal history, still don’t know, the city’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) now protects employees, freelancers, and independent contractors with criminal records. The Fair Chance Act is an Act that prohibits employers from ruling out a job applicant based on… Read More »

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Parole Vs. Probation: Understanding The Difference Between The Two

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

When a person gets into legal trouble, they can face several consequences depending on the specifics of their case. Two possible legal penalties that you may face if convicted of a crime are parole and probation. The terms “parole” and “probation” are often used interchangeably in conversations, but there is a huge difference between… Read More »

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Two Men Who Spent More Than Three Decades In Prison For Separate Crimes Finally Freed

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to The New York Times, two men were recently set free after it was determined in separate cases that they were unjustly convicted on different counts. The two men had been wrongly convicted for murder more than thirty years ago. One murder occurred in 1989 in Queens and the other in 1990 on… Read More »

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New York Police Department Announces Citywide Crime Statistics For June 2021

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The New York Police Department, famously known as NYPD, is the main law enforcement agency within New York. Since its establishment in 1845, the NYPD has worked in partnership with the community to enforce the law, protect the people, preserve peace, reduce fear, and maintain order. NYPD’S vision is to foster a safe and… Read More »

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A Taunted Officer Risks Facing Criminal Charges After Attacking Handcuffed Suspects

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On July 22, 2021, a police sergeant in New York was charged because of attacking two arrested criminals in two separate events. The sergeant is said to have attacked the two suspects by kneeling on the back of one of them on a subway station floor and punching the other one in the face… Read More »

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Self-Defense In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

When charged with a criminal offense in the state of New York, you may have one or more defenses against the crime in question. When it comes to assault and domestic violence crimes, one of the most commonly used defenses is self-defense. In New York, a defendant may also use this defense if they… Read More »

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Directs New York State Hate Crimes Task Force To Help Investigate Anti-Semitic Attack In Flatbush

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On July 16, 2021, the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol shared a video of two people abruptly attacking another person who was walking on a sidewalk behind a bush. According to the Safety Patrol, the victim seen being beaten and robbed in the video is a man who was headed to a synagogue. A day… Read More »

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Some Important Information About The Constitutional Right To Remain Silent

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The wording used when an individual is being ‘Mirandized’ is quite plain and straightforward: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for… 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.


"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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