LaMarche Safranko Law Reopening Protocols

Consistent with the Governor’s orders, LaMarche Safranko Law plans to reopen its 3 law office locations on June 3, 2020. The following guidelines will be followed for our safety and yours: LaMarche Safranko Law Protocols All clients will be given the option to continue to meet virtually by Zoom or other video conference. All LaMarche […]

Giving Thanks to Special People in the Capital Region

How Our Lawyers Are Honoring Our Local Unsung Heros. As we continue to fight Covid-19 all of us at LaMarche Safranko Law are thankful for the people who continue to make sacrifices to help keep us all safe. In order to give thanks, we will be giving away ten $100 restaurant gift certificates to someone […]

Child Victims Act Takes Effect

First Sexual Abuse Victims File Suit in New York State  In a New York Times opinion piece published on August 14, Jennifer Araoz describes how, at age 14, she was recruited and groomed to be a sex toy for wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. In the fall of 2001, she writes, she was approached outside her Manhattan performing arts high school […]

Bystander Death in Police Pursuit

Albany Pedestrian Injury Lawyer Explains Cobleskill Bystander Death in Police Pursuit A pedestrian death during a police chase in Cobleskill underscores the inherently risky tradeoff between bystander safety and police exemption from speeding laws during criminal pursuit and other emergencies. At around 10 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018, two Cobleskill Police officers in separate […]

Schenectady Police Officer Exonerated

On October 19, 2018, a Schenectady County grand jury cleared Schenectady Police Officer Mark Weekes of criminal wrongdoing in the death of a man in police custody, declining to file any criminal charges against him after being presented with the case by the New York state attorney general’s office. Officer Weekes was under investigation by […]

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 […]