Category Archives: Criminal Defense

LOCAL JUSTICE COURTS PART 1

There are numerous justice courts throughout each county in the state. Erie County has various Town and Village Courts. Local justice courts have jurisdiction to hear small claims cases and civil cases where the amount in dispute is under $5000, vehicle and traffic cases, misdemeanor criminal cases, and evictions. Although a local justice court can arraign… Continue Reading

WHEN CAN THE POLICE ENTER YOUR HOME TO CONDUCT A SEARCH

Enjoyment of the sanctity and expectation of privacy in one’s home is perhaps one of the most profound rights we expect.  The home is greatly protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.   Absent a search warrant there are few exceptions to justify law enforcement’s entry into one’s home.  There are, however,… Continue Reading

CONVICTED OF A DRUG OFFENSE, CONSIDER A CPL §160.58 MOTION TO SEAL YOUR RECORD

Drug offenses are among the most common charges and criminal convictions in the criminal justice system. This is because there is a significant amount of the population that suffers from the disease of addiction. Despite the scientific community, medical community, and now the legal community recognizing addiction as a disease, there is still a social… Continue Reading