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Recent Posts in New York Criminal Law Blog Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maximilian Schell and How Art Imitates Life

    || 2-Feb-2014

    The news that Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell died yesterday got me thinking. Schell made his mark in Hollywood – and won an Oscar – for his role as a criminal defense attorney in the movie "Judgment at Nuremberg." In the move, Schell played the role of Hans Rolfe, who was given the job of defending four Nazi Judges on trial for sentencing innocent victims to death. ...
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  • Did Chris Christie Commit Crimes in New Jersey?

    || 22-Jan-2014

    The following blog post was written by Kenneth Del Vecchio, a well-respected New Jersey criminal defense Attorney, a former New Jersey Judge, a legal book author, a prolific filmmaker, and a good friend of Sullivan Brill. As U.S. Attorney of New Jersey, Chris Christie would have been frothing at the mouth at the potential prosecutions of a governor and parts of his administration for involvement ...
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  • A sharply divided Second Circuit Court of Appeals (9-6) issued a decision in Poventud v. City of New York, et al that clarified the Circuits understanding and application of Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994). The fundamental issue the Court considered was whether or not a § 1983 plaintiff, who had plead guilty to a lesser charge arising out of the same facts of his originally indicted ...
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  • STOP THE PRESSES! LET”S WAIT FOR THE EVIDENCE DA Oversteps Boundaries in Announcing Arrest of 106 NY Police Officers and Firefighters Certainly, a hot button issue in New York City has been, and will remain, any news connected to the 9/11 attacks. News that might relate to the first-responders involved in 9/11 and its aftermath, particularly allegations that implicate police or fire-fighters ...
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  • Odds are the call will come at the most inopportune time – middle of night, during your work day. The important thing to do is to get information that will help an attorney help your family member as quickly and efficiently as possible. First of all, keep in mind that the first step in the arrest process is the arraignment. The arraignment is the first formal court proceeding where your ...
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  • In an effort to minimize what are considered excessive prison sentences and help reduce prison overcrowding, federal judges and prosecutors are collaborating on programs that have been adopted at the state level in a growing number of states. The special treatment programs are meant to minimize what had long been considered significant prison times for defendants who are drug addicted, The New ...
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  • The issue of how bail is determined and how bail is paid were addressed this week. The Conference of Chief Justices just adopted a new resolution calling for an overhaul to the way in which individual states’ court systems determine bail for their pre-trial defendants. Also, a pilot program implemented with the New York Criminal Court has been expanded to allow for some credit card bail ...
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  • The issue of how bail is determined and how bail is paid were addressed this week. The Conference of Chief Justices just adopted a new resolution calling for an overhaul to the way in which individual states’ court systems determine bail for their pre-trial defendants. Also, a pilot program implemented with the New York Criminal Court has been expanded to allow for some credit card bail ...
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  • Google asks "Where's Your Warrant?"

    || 27-Jan-2013

    Google, Inc., the internet giant, recently announced that it would require warrants from law enforcement officers before releasing information relating to its e-mail service, Gmail, or any data stored through its cloud service. The announcement came within days of Google’s most recent “transparency report,” ( ...
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  • The SullivanBrill criminal lawyers are thrilled to announce that the case against their client for looting in Coney Island the day after Hurricane Sandy was dismissed by a Brooklyn Grand Jury. Last week, SullivanBrill's client exercised his right to testify in a New York State Grand Jury so he could explain to the grand jurors that he was innocent of looting. Despite cross examination from the ...
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  • A 19 year old life long resident of Coney Island in Brooklyn was arrested and charged with Burglary and other related charges when a NYPD officer claims to have seen him coming out of a fruit stand that was severely damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Nothing found on him was connected to the fruit stand and no one observed the new client stealing or damaging any property inside or outside the ...
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  • Mitigation when it comes to Federal Sentencing

    || 26-Oct-2012

    If you want to understand the power of mitigation factors at a federal sentencing hearing, look no further than the sentencing of Rajat Gupta before Judge Rakoff in the SDNY. Mr. Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs board member, was convicted of 3 counts of securities fraud and 1 count of conspiracy for passing inside information (regarding Warren Buffet’s involvement with Goldman). Prior to ...
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  • Self Defense and the "Castle Doctrine"

    || 25-Oct-2012

    There is an old 17th Century English saying: a man’s home is his castle. Those words rang loud and clear in a recent case in Kalispell, Montana where an unarmed man was shot dead when he entered his neighbor’s garage to confront the neighbor about an affair he was having with the man’s wife. Because of the self-defense laws in Montana (similar to the ones in at least 20 other ...
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  • New York's Stop and Frisk Policy Front and Center

    || 21-Oct-2012

    The NYPD says that it has made major inroads in improving their stop and frisk policies: but that remains to be seen. Presently, there are potentially three class-actions lawsuits against the City of New York and the NYPD alleging improper stop and frisk practices. If one believes the statistics calculated by the New York Chapter of the ACLU, in 2011, the NYPD stop and questioned people 685,724 ...
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  • Cyber Crime - The Crime of the Future

    || 10-Oct-2012

    If you were not a PNC Bank of Bank of America customer, you may not have heard that hackers had infiltrated databases making it impossible for customers to do their banking on-line. Other than some majorly inconvenienced customers, no money was stolen. But, the event, although not highly publicized, was a greatly symbolic when it comes to the world of cybercrime. It underscored what the criminal ...
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  • Was Scattered Bacon at Site of Muslim Gathering a Hateful Act? Posted August 27, 2012 in Criminal by Richard Dahl The New York Police Department Hate Crimes Unit is investigating an incident involving the scattering of raw bacon on a Staten Island park site prior to a religious gathering of Muslims observing the end of Ramadan on Aug. 19. A handful of event organizers saw the bacon and removed it ...
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