Queens Drug Attorney Discusses Difficulties for Andrew Cuomo’s Pot Decriminalization Plan

It looks as though New Yorkers will have to wait until the state legislature reconvenes in January to see any progress made in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to decriminalize marijuana in the state. Hoping to turn this bill into law by the end of the 2012 legislative session, Governor Cuomo has been thwarted by GOP […]

Queens Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Governors Call to Decriminalize Marijuana

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, has recently detailed his interest in reducing the penalty for public possession of small amounts of marijuana. This is a strong stance by one of the most influential politicians in New York and has the potential to help many individuals throughout the state who have been charged with […]

Queens Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Controversial Pre-Arraignment Interviews

Of the five boroughs in New York City, Queens has the distinction of being the only area in which suspects arrested without a warrant meet with prosecutors before their arraignment. This controversial practice by the Queens District Attorney’s office has been receiving quite a bit of press due to its potential to incriminate alleged criminal […]

Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests in New York City Drop by 13% with NYPD Enforcement Changes

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly advised NYPD officers to not arrest people for small amounts of drugs found in their pockets in a September memo, which said, “A crime will not be charged to an individual who is requested or compelled to engage in the behavior that results in the public display of […]

New Drug Charge Fabrication Testimony Reveals Widespread Police Corruption in Brooklyn and Queens Narcotics Squads

In 2010, Maximo and Jose Colon were cleared of falsified drug charges made by Detective Stephen Anderson and Officer Henry Tavarez, NYPD narcotics officers. Video tape revealed that the alleged cocaine deal never occurred, furthering the case in the Colon brothers favor. The two brothers later received a reported $300,000 in a tax-payer funded settlement. […]