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Thomas Arthur Kenniff

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  • What does this mean ?

    A Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge one for falsely filing a police report and A Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charged for reporting an accident that didn't happen ? This is my first time being arrested is ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. LoPiccolo's answer. For an attorney client relationship to function at all, the client must have trust and confidence in his lawyer. If you are unsatisfied, you should confront your attorney and try and correct this. Otherwise, you should look to consult with another lawyer.

    Best,

    Tom Kenniff

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  • I get assaulted by 3 guys but I get arrested for assault 3. I just want this to disappear. What's the best thing to do?

    so I have 3 rum and cokes in a bar and the owner tells me to take my money off the bar cause it makes the bar look bad. I do but then i give him the finger. He comes around the bar tries pushing on me and says get out. I slap his hands away and kn...

    Thomas’s Answer

    The best thing to do if you are facing criminal charges is hire a qualified criminal defense attorney. There may be video of the incident that can be recovered if you move quickly.

    Best,

    Tom Kenniff
    212-274-0090

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  • Can a first offense/misdemeanor non violent crime include jail time. If so how to avoid prison and a criminal record. im over 18

    Accused of return merchandise theft from employer. did not physically take merchandise from store just added value to gift cards.The D.A would offer misdeamenor even if it is a felony.They still did not decide if it was felony. dont know if misd...

    Thomas’s Answer

    As indicated above, jail is unlikely, but you need to make sure your case is properly handled so that you avoid the stigma of a misdemeanor conviction and a permanent criminal record.

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    Tom Kenniff
    212-274-0090

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  • How many times can a criminal case be adjourned while the person is also being remanded ?

    This person also have a parole at the time he was arrested

    Thomas’s Answer

    It really depends on whether or not the defense is asking for, or consenting to, the adjournment. If the defense is not opposing the adjournment, and there are legitimate reasons why a defendant may not oppose an adjournment even though he or she is in custody, there is virtually no limit to how many times the case can be adjourned.

    If the defendant believes their speedy trial rights are being violated, they should be speaking with a qualified criminal defense lawyer ASAP.

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    Tom Kenniff
    212-274-0090

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  • Bail on criminal charge

    my nephew is on bail,i put up my house and $4700 to get him out,everything got approve by the bails bond,I had a hearing about the bail i went, but the judge refuse bail because he need an appraisal,i'm afraid the judge might asked for more after ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    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.

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    Tom Kenniff

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  • I was arrested about 3 years ago for shoplifting and arrested again Pettit larceny. What can i be faced with?

    I am 33 years old a single mom of two and just began a new job, I really cant afford an attorney, but when i went to court two weeks ago they gave me another date and asked me to bring an attorney. I don't have a criminal record except for the pri...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Technically the worst case scenario is a criminal conviction and 1 year in jail. However, depending on the outcome of your prior case, and the value of the property your alleged to have stolen on the new case, an outcome that does not result in a criminal convicton may very well be possible. I invite you to check out my legal guide on shoplifting cases in NYC:

    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/charged-with-shoplifiting-in-nyc-heres-the-411

    While your funds may be limited, many criminal attorneys offer free consultations, offer payments plans and take credit cards.

    Happy Holidays,

    Tom Kenniff
    212-274-0090

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  • Arrested

    My husband is arrest on gun charges and he had other gun charges in the past,he is on bail,the question is a family member of his put up her property and myself put up money in cash,I was told to show prove and the problem is i'm illegal and he is...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Often the defendant's attorney can provide proof to the DA regarding the source of the money, assuming you have some documentation, such as paystubs, account statements, letters, etc., showing or explaining the source of the money, in which case the DA will consent to lifting the surety hold. Given the seriousness of the charges, I recommend you focus on finding a qualified criminal defense attorney as well as on posting bail for your husband.

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    Tom Kenniff
    212-274-0090

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  • Arrested for shoplifting.

    I am a 18 year old that got arrested for the first time for stealing 75$ worth of clothes. I was set free the day of and received a D.A.T. Does this mean I will get a criminal record? Also, how will this affect me in the future? Is there anyway I ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Assuming this occurred in NYC, an ACD is a very likely outcome. Since you are charged with a criminal offense the court will require that you have an attorney. Please feel free to consult my legal guide on shoplifting cases in NYC at:

    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/charged-with-shoplifiting-in-nyc-heres-the-411.

    Best,

    Tom Kenniff
    212-274-0090

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  • If i plead guilty by mail for a public urination charge will this go on a criminal record.

    I cannot attend the summons date as I am out of the country. I went to the court to tell them this and they gave me a Guilty Plea by Mail form. I can plead guilty and pay a $50 fine but I do not want a criminal record. I am from outside the US ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    In my experience, the Criminal Court at 346 Broadway will not accept a plea by mail but will allow an attorney to appear on your behalf and dispose of the matter for you. I have done this for many clients who cannot appear personally.

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    Tom Kenniff
    212-274-0090

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  • Pink summons on probation.

    Hello, my name is Mike. Like one month ago i got a summons for disorderly conduict but im still on one year probation for smoking weed. The point is that: my probation is not like all, i dont have officer checking me, and im a imigrant. Please l...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answers, while a dis con is considered a violation, and not a crime, it falls under the penal law of NYS and since you are already under the supervision of probation, or subject to the terms of an ACD, you want to make sure this matter is handled properly.

    Yours truly,

    Tom Kenniff
    212-274-0090

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