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Should a Defendant Testify at Trial?

Should a Defendant Testify at Trial?

A big question for many criminal defendants is whether they should take the witness stand. Particularly when the defendant is innocent, they often feel compelled to testify in order to tell the jury that they didn’t commit the crime with which they’ve been charged....

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5 Steps to Building a Strong Criminal Defense

5 Steps to Building a Strong Criminal Defense

If you’ve been charged with a crime, it’s crucial to build a strong case and develop an effective defense strategy. Although facing a criminal accusation can be stressful and overwhelming, it’s important to understand that you are innocent until proven guilty — you’re...

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What is the Burden of Proof in a Criminal Case?

What is the Burden of Proof in a Criminal Case?

Under the protections provided by the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution, a defendant in a criminal case is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Importantly, the prosecution must meet a substantial burden of proof to obtain a conviction — they must...

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What is the Exclusionary Rule?

What is the Exclusionary Rule?

In the criminal justice system, specific rules are in place to protect the Constitutional rights of the accused. Courts apply a doctrine known as the "exclusionary rule" to prevent the prosecution from using evidence obtained through illegal search and seizure. Under...

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NY Criminal Records Sealing: What You Should Know

NY Criminal Records Sealing: What You Should Know

The NYC criminal defense firm of D’Emilia Law often receives questions from clients about criminal records and how to seal or remove them. We will address some of the most commonly asked questions here and provide some updates. Could you explain the difference between...

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Immigration and NYC Criminal Defense

Immigration and NYC Criminal Defense

Undocumented immigrants who are arrested in the U.S. will first face criminal proceedings. Their top concern is typically whether or not they will go to jail if convicted.  But afterward, they will typically face additional civil proceedings in immigration court....

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Gun Laws in NYC and NY State

Gun Laws in NYC and NY State

New York has some of the most intricate gun laws in the United States. You need a handgun license before you can make a purchase, and you then need licenses to carry and conceal a firearm in New York State. If you do not have those licenses, you may be fined and...

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