Thomas Arthur Kenniff’s Answers

Thomas Arthur Kenniff

New York Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. What happens when a lawyer puts in a 30 30 motion

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. Matthew Scott Kam Tannenbaum
    2 lawyer answers

    The District Attorney will likely put in their opposition papers and the judge will usually decide the motion on the next court date. If the judges rules in favor of the defendant, the case will be dismissed. Yours truly, Tom Kenniff 212-274-0090

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  2. Can I go to court before the date of appearance?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. George Peter Conway
    3. Eric Edward Rothstein
    3 lawyer answers

    To the surprise of many, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk in NYC is a misdemeanor criminal offense. If the summons was issued in Manhattan or Brooklyn, it is probably returnable to the Criminal Court at 346 Broadway. If you are leaving the country on the 27th, the court will allow your attorney to appear on your behalf. I usually prepare an affidavit for my clients to sign stating that due to the fact that they are either traveling, or live, outside the New York area they are requesting the...

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  3. I have a E felony and this is my first arrest.. I was charged with tampering with business records what can I do

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. Benjamin Ari Greenwald
    3. Carlos Gonzalez
    4. Michael Prozan
    4 lawyer answers

    Any felony arrest is a serious matter but the fact that you have never been arrested before, and the fact that this is an "E" felony (the lowest level felony) puts a misdemeanor or even a non-criminal plea within the realm of possibility. Of course I would need to know a lot more about the facts of your case before I could give you more specific advise. The best thing you can do right no is retain a qualified criminal defense attorney to help you get out in front of this. The Nassau County...

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  4. Bail on criminal charge

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard A. Schwartz
    2. Joseph A Lo Piccolo
    3. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    4. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4 lawyer answers

    As my colleagues point out above, the judge is likely just trying to confirm that there is sufficient equity in the home to justify the bond. Unfortunately, given the decline in home values the last few years, many people owe more on their homes than they are worth, making their homes more of a liability than an asset. So long as your home value exceeds the amount owed, you should be fine. Best, Tom Kenniff

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  5. Possible time charged for 1st deg burglary, class b felony, NYS

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. Eric Edward Rothstein
    2 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry to hear about your son's situation. These things often take a greater toll on the family than the accused themselves. It sounds like your son is a predicate felon charged with a B violent felony. Under this scenario, the minimum sentence the judge would have to impose is 8 years. In order to get his time down near 3 to 5 the DA would have to be persuaded to offer a plea to a lesser charge, like attempted burg 1, a C felony, or perhaps some D felony offense. There's certainly no...

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  6. Traffic viloation tickets in NY: driving without license, no registration.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. Kevin Francis Guyette
    3. Eric Edward Rothstein
    3 lawyer answers

    If the tickets are returnable to a branch of the criminal court, you are probably charged with a VTL Misdemeanor (criminal offense) and you should hire an experienced criminal lawyer ASAP. If there returnable to one of the Traffic Violations Bureaus, you don't necessarily need a lawyer, but one could certainly be helpful, Yours truly, Tom Kenniff 212-274-0090

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  7. I have very little money...Can anyone suggest a lawyer that could help through this?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. Theodore W. Robinson
    3. Paula Jeanette Mcgill
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not sure what you could afford, but my firm offers discounted associate rates, that are substantially less than what I, as a partner, normally charge. If you desire a consult, please feel free to contact my Mineola Office at 516-742-7600. If the cost is still prohibitive, you can check the Nassau Bar Association or perhaps the Hofstra Law School Criminal Justice Clinic. Yours truly, Tom Kenniff

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  8. Suspended license in new york

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. Matthew Jay Weiss
    3. Eric Edward Rothstein
    3 lawyer answers

    I certified proof of mailing from the DMV of the notice of suspension is what the DA will use to prove that you should have been on notice. The prosecutor's position will be that the DMV can not be responsible if a defendant changes addresses without properly notifying DMV. As this is a criminal matter, you will need a lawyer. Most lawyers will not quote fees in this type of forum, but you might expect a fee range of between $1500 and $2500 for a traffic misdemeanor. Often if your...

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  9. Arrested for A3, cops were on my side, I have no record and she does, got a summons but I don't know what to do, bring etc,help?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. Eric Edward Rothstein
    3. Alexandra Vera Tseitlin
    4. Richard C. Southard
    4 lawyer answers

    The first thing you should do is retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Assault 3 is punishible by up to one year in jail in NY. Assuming the injuries to the complainant are serious, jail is an unlikely outcome. However, making sure the case is properly defended, so that you don't wind up with a permanent criminal record should be your priority. It may be best for your lawyer to have a licensed investigator visit the bar to try and obtain any video....

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  10. Would an underage drinking summons/violation in New York State (Long Island) show up on background checks?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas Arthur Kenniff
    2. David Brian Snyder
    3. Jeffrey Bruce Gold
    3 lawyer answers

    This is a violation and not a criminal offense is NY, thus fingerprinting will not occur. It's very unlikely that it would appear on a background check, and generally applications ask about arrests or criminal convictions. It sounds like you were neither arrested nor charged criminally, in which case you shouldn't have much to worry about. Best, Tom Kenniff

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