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Driving on a Suspended License: What is Your Defense?

Hollywood actress Amanda Bynes may not be the best role model, but her troubles with the law help us understand the flexible nature of driving laws in California. It is possible to fight charges of driving on a suspended...more

Facing Burglary Charges? Here’s What You Need to Know

A New Jersey man was recently arrested for a Millburn home invasion that was captured on a nanny cam. The burglar allegedly broke into the home, beat a woman there in front of her child, and now faces charges of attempted...more

Common Criminal Defense Strategies

If you have been arrested, you should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. He or she can candidly assess your case, gather evidence, protect your rights and fight for you in court. ...more

Mistakes That Can Jeopardize Your Criminal Defense Case

Have you been arrested for a drug crime or other offense in Ohio? The criminal justice system is complex, and making the wrong move might cost you your freedom....more

Better News For White-Collar Defendants: Okatan Responds To The Supreme Court's Salinas Decision

The Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision United States v. Salinas raised a few eyebrows among white-collar practitioners because its focus on the need to expressly invoke the Fifth Amendment in order to obtain its protections...more

What To Look For In A Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve been charged with a crime, your freedom and your future are at stake. You shouldn’t be guided by jail-house rumor, flashy television ads or the Yellow Pages in selecting a lawyer to defend you....more

Understanding the Writ of Habeas Corpus

Strong legal counsel is essential to try and avoid conviction on criminal charges. It is just as important to get good legal advice if you are convicted. Given the unique facts of each case, and the possibility of errors at...more

New Language in Pittsburgh Proffer Agreement Increases Risks for White Collar Criminal Defendants in Western District of...

For those persons in the midst of a federal “white collar” criminal investigation, an oftentimes crucial – and always difficult – decision is whether to “proffer” to the government. That decision just became tougher in any...more

Liability Insurers May Have Duty to Defend Against Federal Prosecutions, California Court of Appeal Holds

The Second Appellate District of California held on May 1 in Mt. Hawley Ins. Co. v. Lopez that California Insurance Code section 533.5(b) does not eliminate a liability insurer’s duty to defend against a federal prosecution...more

Second Circuit Bars Criminal Defendant from Accessing Assets Frozen by Regulators

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently upheld a district court’s refusal to release nearly $4 million in assets frozen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to...more

Post-Conviction Relief: A Second Look At Conviction

According to The Innocence Project, nobody knows just how many innocent people are sitting in prison after being wrongly convicted. This organization works tirelessly with defendants who believe they were wrongly convicted to...more

Imposition Of GST On Criminal Defence Legal Fees Does Not Infringe Section 10(b) Of The Charter: Stanley J. Tessmer Law...

In Stanley J. Tessmer Law Corporation v The Queen, 2013 TCC 27, Justice Paris of the Tax Court of Canada confirmed that the general GST charging provision in section 165 of the Excise Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-15 (the “ETA”)...more

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