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Thomas Arthur Kenniff

Thomas Kenniff’s Legal Guides

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    Arraignment is a "critical stage" in a criminal case triggering an accused’s right to counsel (Hamilton v Alabama, 368 US 52). This guide explains the important rights at stake at arraignment and det

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  • Received a Pink Summons for Public Urination in NYC?

    Public Urination in NYC If you receive a summons for public urination in Manhattan, you will most likely be given instructions to appear at a certain date at the branch of the New York Criminal Court located at 346 Broadway. This matter cannot be disposed through a payment via m...

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  • The Ins and Outs of the Marijuana ACD in NYC

    Summary of Marijuana-related Offenses in New York According to an article in The New York Times on February 11, 2011, last year in New York City, more people were arrested on charges of marijuana possession than during the entire period from 1978 to 1996. A total of 50,383 people...

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  • Charged with Shoplifiting in NYC? Here's the 411.

    Given NYCs status as the retail capital of the world, it should come as no surprise that shoplifting cases are among the most common criminal cases in the New York City Criminal Court. Whether you are reading this because you, or someone you love, succumbed to a poor lapse in jud...

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  • Understanding Orders of Protection in New York

    New York recognizes both temporary and permanent orders of protection. A temporary order of protection refers to an order that remains in place while a case is still pending i.e., before a defendant has went to trial and been either acquitted or convicted, or has pled guilty as p...

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  • An Overview of New York's Revised Rockefeller Era Drug Laws

    Although many people still face mandatory periods of incarceration, the New York's new drug laws now focus on rehabilitation and reduce prison sentences for simple possession offenses. The new laws create a Judicial Diversion program, which allows offenders to seek treatment. Th...

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  • An Introduction to the Misdemeanor Process in New York

    THE MISDEMEANOR PROCESS In New York State a misdemeanor is defined as a crime punishable by less than one year in jail. There are three categories of misdemeanors in New York i.e., class A misdemeanors, such as Petit Larceny (Penal Law ? 155.25) and Assault in the 3rd Degree (Pen...

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  • An Introduction to Felony Criminal Practice and the Grand Jury Process

    FELONY PRACTICE In New York State, felony practice is considerably more complicated because of the plea-bargaining guidelines, procedural issues, and the complicated nature of felony sentencing. Felonies are defined by classifications and levels, which will be explained further...

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