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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Avoiding the Most Common Charge in New York

In 2012, drug offenses were cited as the most common cause of arrest in the United States, totaling approximately 1.55 million. According to recently released FBI statements, most of these offenses were for mere possession. About 82 percent of the arrests were for possession offenses, and about 42.4 percent were for marijuana possession alone. That […]

United States Sentencing Commission Shifts Gears In Punishing Drug Offenders

As the population of federal prisons continues to rise, due in significant part to the continued incarceration of non-violent drug offenders at high rates, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) has taken a big step in reducing the harsh “war on drugs” approach of incarcerating drug users and traffickers for extended periods of time.  According […]

Affording a Lawyer If You’re Arrested

Being the subject of a criminal investigation or arrested for a crime is often one of the most frightening and stressful times in a person’s life.  Regardless of whether you’re innocent, guilty, or somewhere in between, the experience can be devastating and leave a lifelong scar.  A qualified criminal defense lawyer should be promptly retained […]

Rick Collins’ New Huffington Post Blog Appearing on HuffPost Politics

Rick’s Latest Huffington Post Blog Addresses New Clemency Guidelines – and Even Greater Need for Criminal Record Sealing Rick Collins, a blogger for the Huffington Post Crime Section, is featured in a new blog post now appearing on Huffington Post Politics.  The blog addresses the recently announced new clemency guidelines, where Rick applauds the Administration’s […]

Injecting Constitutionality into the Death Penalty

While the death penalty is falling out of favor with the American public, sixty percent of Americans continue to support it.  And since 1976 (after a brief hiatus), the death penalty has been sanctioned by the Supreme Court.  In three decisions that year, collectively referred to as the Gregg decision, the nation’s high court upheld […]

Justice for All: Making Sure Everyone Who Needs Legal Help, Gets It

Recently, I received a call from a worried friend seeking my legal opinion on a traffic-based criminal matter he was facing.  During our call, he regretfully mentioned that “I wish I could use your firm but I just don’t think I can’t afford you.”   His statement got me thinking … and wondering if others out […]

Oxycodone Physician Investigations on Long Island: When Doctors Are Accused of Illegally Prescribing Oxycodone and other Controlled Substances

Since the 2011 Medford pharmacy murders, there has been a heightened federal crackdown on doctors accused of illegally prescribing oxycodone and other opioids.  On Long Island and throughout New York State, there have been numerous instances of doctors being visited by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, issued search warrants, and having their patient files seized […]

CMG Partner Marc Gann Succeeds in Having Prosecution Dropped Against Glen Head Middle School Gym Teacher

  CMG partner Marc Gann has succeeded in having all charges dropped against client Aaron Kozlowski, the Glen Head gym teacher accused in April of watching pornography in his office.   All charges against Kozlowski, which were based solely on the stories of four middle school students, have been dropped – with prosecutors telling the judge […]

When the News Media Goes Beyond Just Reporting on Crime

It used to be that the news media was a mirror of the events of the day.  A newsworthy event would occur and the media would investigate and report the facts.  Today however the news media goes far beyond telling us the who, what, where, when, and why of a particular story.  Instead, news outlets, […]

When Good People Do Bad (Stupid) Things!!!!

Ask any criminal defense attorney what is the most common question they are asked by family and friends and I guarantee they will all say the same thing: “How can you represent someone you know is guilty?”  My standard answer is a simple one, “Fortunately in this country everyone accused of a crime is entitled […]

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