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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Marc Gann Addresses the Zero Tolerance Law for Young Drivers

CMG YouTube Video Discusses What Individuals Need to Know About DWI Charges for Those Under Age 21 The start of summer, and particularly the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, has traditionally been a time of increased DWI arrests and heightened DWI enforcement.  While being charged with a DUI or DWI carries significant consequences for […]

Video Recording of Confessions: When Interrogation Goes too Far

By Rick Collins and Lucas Kessler* In the recently decided case of People v Thomas, the New York State Court of Appeals held that police questioning had gone too far.  The defendant’s confession was not his own; the police essentially put words in his mouth and forced him to confess.  The court reversed the conviction, […]

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 […]

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