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  • Sealing Criminal Records in New York

    || 6-May-2017

    There is finally some good news when it comes to criminal justice reform. A bill just signed by Governor Cuomo, entitled CPL §160.59, gives a court the discretion to seal up to 2 convictions for all crimes other than sex offenses, violent crimes, or “A” Felonies. There is a 10-year waiting period on this type of record sealing, which runs from the date of conviction or the date of ...
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  • Attorney Steven Brill Appears on Today's Verdict Program

    || 7-Dec-2016

    Attorney Steven Brill recently appeared on the BronxNet program Today's Verdict with host David Lesch. David and Steven's discussion focused on sex crime laws here in New York, their ramifications, and how they differ from other states' statutes and federal laws. Attorney Brill also offered insight into the challenges of navigating these cases both as a defense lawyer and as a member ...
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  • The Unconstitutionality of Setting Bail on Those Who Can't Afford it

    || 23-Aug-2016

    I remember early in my career as a public defender I appeared in night court during the arraignment shift. The purpose of arraignments in New York State Criminal Court was for a defendant to be informed of his charges and the judge to make a bail determination – or in other words, hold a bail hearing. Most Judges would set bail irrespective of a defendant’s means to post that bail. But ...
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  • Sullivan & Brill Defends Client in RICO Conspiracy

    || 5-Aug-2016

    Sullivan & Brill is now defending a client charged in a criminal indictment in the SDNY charging alleged members of organized crime families with a RICO conspiracy. The charges included accusations of Health Care Fraud, Illegal Sports Gambling, Unstamped Cigarette Distribution, Firearm Possession, and Extortion. The case involves alleged criminal acts by different organized crime families like ...
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  • Let Us Help You Get Your Car Back After a DWI Arrest

    || 22-Jun-2016

    If you have been arrested and charged with DWI in New York, it is likely that your car was seized as well. The seizure of your vehicle can make an already traumatic situation much worse. Even if you have not been found guilty of the charge, the NYPD has authority to seize your car because under civil law they will claim that there is cause to believe that your car was used as an instrument of the ...
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  • Our Clients Deserve More Opportunities Post-Conviction

    || 21-Mar-2016

    The criminal law can be unforgiving. If you happen to find yourself convicted of a New York State of Federal crime – whether misdemeanor or felony – the conviction plants itself on your record forever – literally. In effect punished a second time by wearing that conviction like a scarlet letter only to rear its head license applications, property owner and job background checks. ...
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  • What Happened to Getting a Second Chance?

    || 23-Nov-2015

    In 1993, a 25 year old woman living in New York pleaded guilty to bank fraud, and received one day in jail, six months of house arrest, and four years of probation. She did her time, began to pursue nursing school, and was able to move forward and put the whole incident behind her - or so she thought. In 2010, while in her last semester of college, the woman filed a petition for expungement of her ...
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  • Understanding Bail in New York

    || 14-Oct-2015

    When it comes to the inner-workings of the criminal justice system, there is no other component more integral but less understood than bail. The main reason for this confusion is that each state has its own way of handling the bail process. For example in New York State, bail is typically imposed in 2 forms: cash or bond. In other words, following a bail hearing or an arraignment, a judge will set ...
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  • Joseph Sullivan & Steven Brill Selected by Super Lawyers for 2015

    || 7-Oct-2015

    Sullivan & Brill, LLP, a New York City based personal injury and criminal defense law firm with offices in Puerto Rico, is pleased to announce that its founding partners, Joseph Sullivan and Steven Brill, have been selected as Super Lawyers for 2015. Both Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Brill were named New York Metro Area Super Lawyers for the second consecutive year in the categories of ...
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  • Sullivan & Brill, LLP is pleased to announce a positive development in the case of Vitaly Korchevsky, our Ukrainian client who is currently charged with cybercrimes and insider trading. On the morning of August 26, Attorney Steven Brill, against considerable resistance from the Honorable Raymond Dearie, successfully argued for the bail release of Mr. Korchevsky until the start of his criminal ...
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  • Prison and Sentence Reform on the Horizon

    || 17-Jul-2015

    When it comes to prison and sentence reform, the winds of change are starting to blow. Recently a small number of non-violent, drug offenders were granted clemency from serving multi-year and life sentences and yesterday, for the first time ever, a sitting President visited a federal prison. Also, perhaps for the first time, the President publicly recognized that sentences for nonviolent crimes ...
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  • Last month, TV viewers were captivated by HBO's true crime documentary series, The Jinx, and its enigmatic subject, real estate heir and three-time alleged murderer, Robert Durst. Among them was Attorney Steven Brill, who has now lent his legal insight on the series' shocking, final "confession" to Huffington Post. In the final moments of The Jinx, Robert Durst exits an interview ...
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  • The Huffington Post has published a new and thoughtful piece by Attorney Steven Brill. The article, "Everybody Deserves a Second Chance, Right?" explores new efforts on the state and federal level to help make those with a criminal record more employable—and the many obstacles those individuals still face. In the piece, Attorney Brill details recent measures taken all over the ...
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  • The Huffington Post recently published an article written by Attorney Steven Brill that discusses the role of the grand jury in the headline-making Ferguson and Staten Island cases. In both cases, the actions of white police officers resulted in the deaths of unarmed black men. The grand jury decisions to not indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have resulted in ...
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  • Shakespeare Had It Wrong: Don't Kill All the Lawyers.

    || 23-Jul-2014

    How many times have we heard a lawyer called a name like "ambulance chaser," "shark," and "shyster?" Usually, this derogatory, name-calling is triggered by cases in which an attorney represents a person who has been injured by another's negligence or misconduct, or represents a defendant who is charged with a serious crime. Ironically, where you hear these ...
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  • Here Come Laws Against Cyber Bullying!

    || 6-Jun-2014

    Some may be interested to know that laws against Cyber Bullying are coming. If a new law out of Albany County, New York, is any indication, then the writing is on the wall that this controversial trend is a high priority for government and is about to be addressed. The Albany County law that was enacted recently makes is misdemeanor to relay "private, personal, false, or sexual ...
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  • When Art and Real Life Collide in the Courtroom

    || 8-May-2014

    The relationship between art and real life has been the source of great debate. Recently, questions surrounding the relationship between art and life have entered the courtroom – more specifically the courtroom hosting a federal criminal trial involving charges related to drugs and violence - where the debate is no longer abstract and the stakes are high. At an increasing rate, federal ...
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  • Revenge Porn: The State of the Law in New York

    || 5-May-2014

    At the moment there is no specific statute criminalizing what is commonly known as "revenge porn" in New York. As it is generally understood, revenge porn refers to the unauthorized publication or dissemination of nude or otherwise sexually compromising photographs or video. There are existing statutes that would possibly address some types of behavior—specifically, where the ...
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  • New York's City Council is about to vote on a new bill that will ban private business from asking potential job applicants if they have ever been convicted of a crime – until after the job offer has been made. The Bill, which is known as the "Fair Chance Act," would permit private employers to rescind a job offer if they discovered a prior conviction. To many of our clients ...
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  • A person accused by the United States of committing a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But he faces a foe of powerful might and vast resources, intent on seeing him behind bars. That individual has the right to choose the advocate he believes will most ably defend his liberty at trial. The words above come from a recent Supreme Court decision and eloquently ...
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  • In the Eastern District of New York, over the last year, judges appear to setting a stricter standard for police when considering whether or not to suppress evidence obtained in a warrantless search. In five different decisions handed down since April 24, 2013, judges have granted defendants' motions to suppress firearms obtained either through searches incident to unlawful stops or arrests ...
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  • Federal Sentencing for Drug Crime is about to get smarter; or at least that is what some people think. In what could be a significant change in the Federal Sentencing laws for drug crimes, Senator Richard Durbin sponsored a bill – "The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013" or SSA - that was introduced to the Senate in August of 2013. There is no word on if and when the bill will become ...
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  • Oscar Pistorius and the Criminal Justice System

    || 14-Mar-2014

    What exactly happened on the night of when Oscar Pistorius' finance was found dead in her bathroom and Mr. Pistorius was found with a loaded pistol in his possession. The South African prosecutor claims that as a result of a domestic dispute, Mr. Pistorius shot her with the intention to kill. Mr. Pistorius denies these allegations and claims that he thought an intruder had entered his home so ...
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  • When one hears the words "revenge porn," the images conjured up are not pleasant ones. The term revenge porn stems from the idea that a way to get back at – or take revenge – on an ex may be to publically send out nude or sexually compromising images of the ex by means of the web. Given the ease at which one can take a picture, edit it, and disseminate it, makes this a type ...
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  • The death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman from a heroin overdose has triggered an interesting debate as to whether the individuals who sold Mr. Hoffman the drugs should be criminally liable for his death. Presently however, New York State has no crime on its books that specifically addresses this issue. Should an overzealous District Attorney seek to explore any potential crimes, the charges ...
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