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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Gavel on top of cash, signifying bail and discovery.

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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CDH Law discusses Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

What Was Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme?

While you may have heard the name Bernie Madoff and might associate it with financial crimes of large proportions and extensive jail time, you may not be familiar with what actually happened. Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison due to his role in perpetrating the largest fraudulent financial scheme in the history […]

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Police officer pulls over driver for one of New York's traffic law violations.

The Most Common New York Traffic Law Violations

At one point or another, most of us will receive a traffic ticket. Even the most careful of drivers find themselves going over the speed limit or driving with a taillight out. In New York, the New York City Police Department is, by far, the biggest distributor of traffic tickets in the state. The Nassau […]

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“Not Guilty” Verdict After DWI Trial

Our client was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Police arrested her at a restaurant, alleging her speech was slurred and she smelled of alcoholic beverages. No witnesses observed her driving her car. At trial, we pointed out a lack of evidence that our client refused the breathalyzer test as alleged.  This helped overcome the presumption […]

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CDH Law PLLC gives an overview of New York's drug possession charges and defenses.

New York Drug Possession Charges and Defenses

A drug possession charge varies in severity depending on a number of different factors.  Certain drugs considered to be more dangerous will likely come with more severe penalties. Larger quantities of the drug will likely result in heightened charges. While the penalties will vary in severity depending on the specifics, all drug charges should be […]

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CDH Law PLLC discusses how a New York DWI can be reduced.

Can a New York DWI Be Reduced?

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New York is a serious offense. Law enforcement has been working hard to try and reduce the number of DWIs and this means that they have been cracking down on those violating the state drunk driving laws. The good news is that, if you have been charged with a DWI, […]

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