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Each and Everyday in New York, people are arrested when the initial contact with the police is from a simple motor vehicle stop. When you find yourself pulled over by the police, this tips will avoid having the situation escalate beyond a traffic stop.  Continue reading

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Under NY law, there are instances when the ticket a cop wrote is invalid on its face and, if you know the law cannot be enforced in court and must be dismissed. However, this knowledge and legal work must be known and done by YOU, because the court is not there to be your advocate. The circumstances which give rise to your ticket being invalid on its face is when  Continue reading

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Often time when accused of a crime or traffic infraction people want to explain their side of the story to defend themselves. This is often not wise, as what people believe will exonerate them often ends up helping the prosecution’s case in convicting them. This is because  Continue reading

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Every single day people confess to the police. It never ceases to amaze me as to why. You should never, ever talk to the police. Period. However, if you don’t believe me,then perhaps you will believe former United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson when he says, “[A]ny lawyer worth his salt will tell the [client] in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances.” Watts v. Indiana, 338 U.S. 49 (1949).  Continue reading

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At Palumbo & Associates, PC, our law firm settles most speeding and moving violation cases through a plea bargain, a method by which we negotiate with the prosecutor as to what you are going to plead guilty to. A classic example is when a person is charged with speeding, NY VTL Sec. 1180 for doing 75 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, which carries 4 points . Rather then take the case to trial, we’ll negotiate with the prosecution for a parking ticket under NY VTL 1201, Continue reading

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On June 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court, in Utah v. Strieff, limited your 4th Amendment Right against unreasonable search and seizures by trimming back the branches of the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine. However, before you can understand what the Supreme Court did and how it effects you, you need to understand  Continue reading

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You’re pulled over in a traffic stop, but you weren’t driving. The police start to question you, ask for your ID, and ask to search you. Do you have to comply? What are your rights? Do passengers face the same requirements as those behind the wheel? Continue reading

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There’s recent story out of Suffolk County, New York about one Eric Dunbar, a man that was pulled over for speeding and upon investigation the police realized that he had 88 license suspensions against his NYS driver’s license and privileges. How is this even possible? Actually, it’s a lot easier than you may think.  Continue reading

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Movie stars, ball players, singers, dancers, magicians, circus clowns, and yes, even comedians get speeding tickets. Our office has represented them all. Our most recent famous client is none other than actor, comedian, funny man, and working class “every man” Vic DiBitetto. Vic was recently

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Civil Action Summons-page-001In an unprecedented lawsuit, the Law Firm of Christopher J. Cassar, Esq., located at 13 East Carver Street, Huntington Village, New York 11743, phone number (631) 271-6596 has commenced a multi count federal class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York under Index Number 15-3097 against the Suffolk County Traffic Violations Bureau, alleging wide spread and systemic civil

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