Apple Vs. Law Enforcement On iPhone Privacy

As law-enforcement agencies find ever-more-sophisticated ways to hack into iPhones, Apple finds equally sophisticated ways to block them and protect its customers’ privacy. And it doesn’t appear this smartphone tug of war is likely to end soon. The issue came under public scrutiny after a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., which killed 14 […]

Get Out Of Jail Free?

In January, New York State bail laws came under scrutiny when Governor Andrew Cuomo joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the end of bail as we know it. As part of a larger package of criminal-justice reforms, Cuomo proposed eliminating the cash bail requirement for those in the state facing misdemeanors and nonviolent […]

Interrogation Law: The Cameras Are On

A new state law requiring law enforcement agencies to video record custodial interrogations with individuals accused of serious crimes, including homicides and violent felony sex offenses, went into effect on April 1, 2018. Introduced in 2017 as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s criminal justice reform package, and passed by the state legislature last year, the […]

New Gun Laws in New York State

On March 31, a bill that would require domestic abusers in New York state to turn in all their guns sailed through the Senate and Assembly and was promptly signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill expands on previous legislation requiring abusers to turn over only their handguns, and also broadens the scope […]

Safranko Speaks Out On Controversial Troy Police Shooting

On January 30, retired Troy Police Chief John Tedesco published an opinion piece in the Troy Record defending the Troy Police Department in general, and Sgt. Randall French in particular, regarding the April 2016 incident in which French fatally shot motorist Edson Thevenin after a traffic stop. Tedesco’s piece countered recent criticism of the department’s […]

New York Expands Records Sealing Law

  Thanks to a new provision included in the New York State budget that was passed on April 12, and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, tens of thousands of New Yorkers will be eligible for relief from the lifelong stigma of a criminal record, allowing them to have a broad range of eligible […]

Motorcycle Accidents: Prevention and Response

If you are one of the more than 240,000 motorcyclists in New York, you are no doubt taking advantage of the longer days and (hopefully soon) warmer weather to get out for a ride. Maybe you’ll be heading to the Adirondacks this weekend for the 35th annual Americade in Lake George, or the 16th annual […]

Should I Refuse to Take Tests if I am Stopped for DWI?

Let’s say you had a glass of wine or a beer at dinner, are driving home from the restaurant and are pulled over by a police officer. The officer suspects you’ve consumed alcohol and asks you to exit the car, walk a straight line, stand on one leg, or blow into a hand-held breathalyzer. Should […]

First Offense DWI in New York? What You Need to Know

If you are charged with an alcohol-related offense—whether in a car, motorcycle, ATV, or other motor vehicle—the impact can be serious and far reaching. Consequences include fines, license restrictions, and possible jail time. It is important to understand the charges against you and know your rights. Photo by: KOMUnews Your first step should be to […]