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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking a Plea Bargain?

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking a Plea Bargain?

Most criminal cases are resolved through the process of a plea bargain. While we at Scott Russell Law always look for other solutions first, the truth is there are going to be times where we advise our clients to take the deal. Every plea bargain should be weighed carefully and on an individual basis to…

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Why You Shouldn’t Talk About Your Criminal Case

Being charged with a crime is one of the most traumatic things that could ever happen to you. It’s natural that you’re going to want to talk about it. You’re going to want to “explain what happened” to the police. You’re going to want to talk them into letting them go. Even if you’re smart…

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What Happens When Charges Get Dropped in an NY Criminal Case?

One of the best outcomes we can get for our clients are those times when the charges get 100% dropped. Dropped charges mean you aren’t going to be convicted of any crime.  No trial. No additional jail time, even if you’ve already been arrested. No criminal record. What do dropped charges really mean? There are…

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6 Mistakes People Make When Charged with a Crime in New York

There are few things more stressful than being charged with a crime. It’s not unusual to make some fairly major mistakes very quickly once the process begins. Yet if at all possible, you should work hard to avoid making any of the six blunders below. These are the blunders that tend to result in cases…

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5 Acts that Can Get a New York Resident Convicted of Credit Card Fraud

Most people know that using a counterfeit credit card, a credit card they just picked up on the street, or skimmed credit card data could land them in some real hot water. Yet there are some more “routine” actions that New York residents take every day that could also get them accused of credit card…

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Can You Get Arrested for Insulting an NY Police Officer?

Sooner or later most of us have some sort of interaction with the police. Knowing how to deal with them is a vital life skill.  Some interactions with the police run hot. They are stressful, and losing your temper might feel natural. The good news? Your First Amendment Rights protect your freedom of speech here.…

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What Does it Take to Prove Actual Innocence in a NY Criminal Case?

When you are accused of a crime your attorney does not have to prove actual innocence. While your innocence can be a defense, the standard for a criminal case is that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  A jury is not supposed to convict you if your attorney can build reasonable doubt in their …

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What is a DWAI in New York?

A DWAI in New York is what might be called a DUI in other states. You may be guilty of a DWAI any time you get behind the wheel “while ability impaired.” DWAIs can cover a broad range of impairments. They can cover drug use, including the use of legal or prescription drugs. They can…

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What You Need to Know About Marijuana Driving Laws in New York

As of March 31, 2021, New York state has legalized recreational marijuana for anyone 21 years old or older.  Yet that does not mean that it is now legal to operate a vehicle under the influence of marijuana. If you are found driving under the influence of recreational marijuana you will still be charged with…

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What to Do if You Get Pulled Over in New York

Getting pulled over is stressful, and it’s very easy to make a wrong move that could result in either receiving a ticket that you didn’t have to receive, or getting arrested. It is vital to know exactly what to do when an officer pulls you over on the road. By following these simple steps you’ll…

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