Police Have Qualified Immunity for K-9 Dog Bites

Police Have Qualified Immunity for K-9 Dog Bites

Learn why police have qualified immunity for K-9 dog bites in this educational article. If you have questions, contact our Buffalo lawyers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in McKinney v. City of Middleton, held that qualified immunity protected police officers who directed a police canine to “bite and hold” the arrestee for […]

Is Filming the Police Protected by the First Amendment?

Is Filming the Police Protected by the First Amendment

Yes. A police officer was not entitled to qualified immunity for interfering with a YouTube journalist and blogger who were filming a DUI stop, ruled the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court’s July 11, 2022 opinion said there is a First Amendment right to film police performing their duties in public, and […]

What is NY Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle?

What is NY Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle

New York Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 511 defines these three degrees of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 1. Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. (a) A person is guilty of the offense of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree when such person operates a […]

The Legal Rights of NY Human Trafficking Victims

The Legal Rights of NY Human Trafficking Victims

Criminal Conviction Vacatur Law Expanded New York became the first state in 2010 to enact legislation allowing trafficking victims to vacate criminal convictions resulting from their trafficking. The law at the time only provided for vacatur of certain prostitution charges and other sex-related offenses. While sex trafficking is the most discussed form of human trafficking, […]

Woman Not Guilty Of Enticing A Minor To Have Sex In New York

Woman Not Guilty Of Enticing A Minor To Have Sex In New York

An Ohio woman was acquitted of charges that she enticed a 15-year-old Jamestown, New York boy to have sex with her. An indictment was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York charging defendant, Priscilla Vogelbacher, with the following: From in or about November 2018 until in or about June […]

Charged With a Crime? Don’t Make These Mistakes

Charged With a Crime Don't Make These Mistakes

Were you charged with a crime? Don’t make these mistakes to ruin your criminal defense claim. Contact our Buffalo lawyers to get started now. Steps in a Criminal Case Criminal prosecution follows four basic steps. Arraignment is when a defendant is brought before the judge and assigned an attorney. The defendant’s charges are read and […]

4 Criminal Defense Tips

4 Criminal Defense Tips

Did you get arrested and need legal help? Check out these 4 criminal defense tips for guidance, then give our Buffalo lawyers a call today. 1. The Steps in a Criminal Case Criminal prosecution follows four basic steps. Arraignment is when a defendant is brought before the judge and assigned an attorney. The defendant’s charges are […]