A jury sitting in on a criminal court case.

What Happens If There Is a Mistrial Due to a Hung Jury?

A criminal trial does not always end with a guilty or a not guilty verdict. Sometimes, a mistrial is declared. A mistrial is a trial that has essentially been deemed invalid due to an error that occurred in the proceedings or because the jury was unable to reach a consensus regarding the verdict. If the […]

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The Importance of Health Care Directives in Your Estate Plan

Estate planning means so much more than drafting a will. There are other estate planning legal tools that are critical to protecting you and your family. For instance, health care directives are an important part of establishing a comprehensive estate plan that maximizes the protections available to you. Health care directives are legally binding documents […]

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Our COVID-19 Precautions and Protocol

We are living in unprecedented times. The spread of COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all of our lives. Here at CDH Law, we want to make it clear to our clients and our community that your health and well-being are our top priority. As we continue to serve our community by providing dedicated […]

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Judge holding gavel after hearing suspect's guilty plea.

What to Expect During a Guilty Plea

If you have been charged with a crime, you will have to make a very big and very serious decision. This decision is whether or not you want to enter a guilty plea. There are many factors to take into account when making this choice. Hiring a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible […]

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What Happens If My Ex Stops Paying Alimony?

Spousal maintenance, commonly referred to as “alimony,” is a court-ordered payment that one former spouse must make to the other former spouse for an amount and for a period of time established in the court order. Sometimes, the former spouse obligated to make alimony payments, the “payor” spouse, will fail to make the required payments. […]

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A courthouse where an arraignment is taking place.

What to Expect During Arraignment

After an arrest, arraignment is the first step into the criminal process. In its most basic sense, arraignment is a court proceeding where a person accused of a crime is formally advised of the charges levied against him or her. The defendant is also asked to enter a plea. Arraignment is an important part of […]

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Woman taking off her wedding ring, considering divorce.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in New York?

Even under the most amicable of circumstances, divorce is difficult. It involves major changes to a person’s life, plus dealing with the legal system can be a headache in and of itself. This is why one of the most commonly asked questions about divorce in New York is, “How long is this going to take?” […]

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Recent Changes to Discovery and Bail Laws in New York

In 2019, New York lawmakers made it a priority to improve the state’s laws regarding bail and discovery. The changes brought about as a result of these efforts went into effect on January 1, 2020. The new bail law resulted in the expansion of pretrial freedom as well as significantly lowered the number of pretrial […]

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Government official reading in his car.

Defrauding the Government

Defrauding the government is a serious crime and one that carries serious penalties as well. A person accused of defrauding the government is essentially a public servant who looks as if he or she has violated a position of trust for personal gain. Prosecutors will zealously pursue a conviction for someone who stands accused of […]

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