The New York Criminal Law Blog

February 2013 Archives

Public Urination Laws in New York

Drinking in public has many related issues. And public urination is one of these issues. As a result, it’s no surprise that many states and cities work on addressing these issues. Just as public intoxication is a misdemeanor in many states, in some states or cities, public urination can lead to jail time. In others, it’s an infraction.

Interestingly, New York has no specific laws addressing public intoxication when dealing with alcohol. There are, however, laws governing public intoxication with substances other than alcohol.

You Can't Kill to Speed Up Your Inheritance or You'll Lose It!

You’ve heard of black widows. Not the spider — the human.

These are people who kill their spouse to collect insurance money or some other sort of financial benefit.

But in New York, there’s something called the slayer statute. It’s a law that crosses the line between criminal law and estate planning law. Here’s how it works:

Can You Talk Your Way Out of a Speeding Ticket?

Who says you need a lawyer? If you've been caught speeding, you don't have the luxury of having a lawyer present.

And besides, it's really not always worth it to hire a lawyer so that you can fight a pesky speeding ticket. After all, your legal fees might be more than the ticket itself.

So you need to know how to smooth-talk your way out of a speeding ticket. Here are five ways it can possibly be done:

The Difference Between Assault and Forcible Touching in N.Y.

Where does New York draw the line between simple assault and a sex crime?

Or, to phrase it a different way, when does touching become a sexual offense?

In New York, forcible touching is a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the offender would have to register as a sex offender.

How to Sue the NYPD

If you've been arrested and were injured, or felt that your arrest was in some way wrongful, you may have legal recourse. In fact, the number of people who sued the New York Police Department jumped by 35% over the previous fiscal year, The Huffington Post reports.

In many cases, victims allege that their constitutional rights have been violated. At times, these violations include claims under the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause.

While police brutality cases involve lawyers and court battles, there are steps you need to take before a court will even hear your lawsuit. In New York, there are specific procedures in place for suing the NYPD.