Statement On Current Events

Posted by Steven Brill | Jun 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

As lawyers who have dedicated their careers to defending our clients' civil rights, we are horrified by the unspeakable murders of African Americans like Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.  With iPhones these images may be new and ghastly to some, but minorities in New York and thro...

The unemotional rule of law

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Oct 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are looking for an example of the power of the rule of law and the core principle that justice be blind and emotional, look no further than the New York Appellate Division's ruling in case of People v. Simon Watts.  Mr. Watts was a former New York City school teacher who was charged with 1...


Posted by Steven G. Brill | Jun 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

            This past week, government officials and media outlets have been reporting that beginning tomorrow, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) will be sending deportation agents to 2,000 immigrants that have been issued deportation orders in major cities throughout the United States,...

New York State’s Proposed Jury Duty Reform

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Individuals of New York State are not eligible to serve on a jury after a felony conviction. However, that may be changing as Bill S09194 approaches a vote in the Senate. This Bill proposes that individuals with a felony conviction who have finished their sentence and reintegrated into society wo...

Sullivan & Brill Defends Client in RICO Conspiracy

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Aug 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

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...

Let Us Help You Get Your Car Back After a DWI Arrest

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Jun 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 c...

Our Clients Deserve More Opportunities Post-Conviction

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Mar 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The criminal law can be unforgiving. If you happen to find yourself convicted of a New York State or 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 on...

What Happened to Getting a Second Chance?

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Nov 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 tho...

Understanding Bail in New York

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Oct 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

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...

Prison and Sentence Reform on the Horizon

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Jul 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

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...

Shakespeare Had It Wrong: Don't Kill All the Lawyers.

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Jul 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 c...

Here Come Laws Against Cyber Bullying!

Posted by Steven G. Brill | Jun 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 ...

When Art and Real Life Collide in the Courtroom

Posted by Steven G. Brill | May 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 - whe...

Revenge Porn: The State of the Law in New York

Posted by Steven G. Brill | May 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 st...

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