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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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Man Faces Hate Crime Charge After Sucker Punching A 55-Year-Old Asian Woman In NYC’s Chinatown

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On June 1, 2021, Yuh-Line Niou, a New York State assembly member, posted a video showing a man sucker-punching an Asian woman while walking on the street. In the security camera video, one can see people walking on a sidewalk next to what looks like a restaurant’s outdoor setting. An Asian woman is seen… Read More »

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District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Wants 90 Convictions Tied To Ex-NYPD Detective Accused Of Perjury Dismissed

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In April 2019, a New York grand jury indicted Joseph Franco, who worked as an undercover NYPD detective. The jury indicted Franco on charges of official misconduct and 16 counts of first-degree perjury. Three months later, Franco was indicted on ten more counts of perjury. The indictments come from four incidents in which Franco… Read More »

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3 Reasons To Have Your New York Criminal Record(s) Sealed Or Expunged

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

When convicted of a crime anywhere in the United States, in addition to facing the well-known direct consequences such as spending time in jail, probation, and/or paying monetary fines, you risk facing other less-known indirect consequences (i.e., collateral consequences). Unfortunately, many people overlook the indirect consequences of convictions, only for them to end up… Read More »

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What Is A Mistrial And What Are Some Of The Common Grounds For A Mistrial?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Usually, criminal trials end with a guilty or not guilty verdict. However, sometimes, mistrials occur. When a mistrial occurs, the prosecution has the right to bring another trial or choose not to bring another trial. Often, when the prosecution feels they can’t win a conviction even with a second trial, they choose not to… Read More »

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The Insanity Defense

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

After being accused of a crime, you must reach out to a qualified criminal defense attorney. Once you reach out to a defense attorney, they will develop a defense strategy to help you. How your defense attorney handles your case depends entirely on the specifics of your case and the level of information you… 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.


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