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Category Archives: General Law

Rick Collins and Marc Gann Attend the 138th NY State Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City

CMG partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann are attending this week’s  New York State Bar Association’s 138th  Annual Meeting, taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.  Rick and Marc are joining with more than 5,000 members of the New York State Bar Association from around the state and beyond at […]

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 […]

CMG’s YouTube Channel Offers Timely Insight Into Criminal Law Topics

Collins, McDonald & Gann continues to offer valuable insight into many of the most important topics in criminal law through the CMG YouTube Channel – which has launched a new series of videos that will be appearing in the coming weeks and months.  The YouTube videos, which feature CMG partner Marc Gann addressing a wide […]

THANKSGIVING EVE: Thanksgiving Wishes – and What You Should Know – As We Head into What Has Become Known as One of the Biggest Nights of the Year for DWI/DWAI Arrests

As we get ready to welcome in Thanksgiving, we wanted to wish our colleagues and friends all the best for the holiday.  We also wanted to take this opportunity to address some of the things to keep in mind this holiday season, as we enter into what has become known as the biggest time period […]

The Decision to Testify in the Grand Jury

If you are arrested on a felony charge in the state of New York, in order for the District Attorney’s Office to take you to trial they must first indict you. What does that mean? It is the requirement that the District Attorney present evidence – testimony of witnesses, police officers, and/or physical evidence – […]

Bond Hearings: No Laughing Matter

The court appearance where a defendant is advised of the charges and the question of bail is addressed is often the arraignment or bond hearing.  This often occurs the morning after an evening arrest, and a defendant may still be under the influence of narcotics or other drugs.  While this video is an obvious lesson […]

When Prosecutors Go Too Far: Aaron Swartz, Prosecutorial Overreach and Our Criminal Justice System

Aaron Swartz’s suicide on January 11th has sparked great national debate about the power of federal prosecutors, the concept of prosecutorial overreach – and the role that prosecutors, particularly federal prosecutors, can play in literally destroying lives.  And while the nation continues to mourn the loss of this 26 year old Internet activist and computer […]

The Rise in Government Requests for Google User Data in Criminal Investigations

Anything You Say, Do – Or Search – May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law In recent weeks, the issue of Google searches and the law has been in the news – most recently with the announcement that the Florida sheriff’s office that investigated the disappearance of Casey Anthony’s daughter “overlooked evidence […]

The Right Lawyer Makes a Big Difference

A quick hypothetical.  Suppose you learned that a loved one was diagnosed with a heart condition and required heart surgery to remedy the matter.  Now suppose that your brother’s college roommate is a renowned knee surgeon.  Would you hire the knee surgeon to operate on your loved one’s heart?  If so, then maybe you need […]

Biological Passports: The Solution to Sports Fairness … or Another Example of how the Quest to “Catch a Criminal” is Hurting the Integrity of Sports?

The topic of “biological passports” has once again become news in recent months – when it was announced that the London Olympics would be the first summer games to use biological passports in order to deter cheating.  In addition, in July it was reported that six athletes received sanctions for an anti-doping rule on the […]


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