New York Civil Rights And Criminal Defense Lawyers

Month: February 2017

What should I do after a car accident?

After getting hit by a negligent driver, the typical New York resident will be shell-shocked to say the least. Adrenaline will be pumping through your bloodstream and it will be hard to stay focused. For that reason, you may want to keep a list of the following steps handy. Here are the things you should do after a car crash: -- Don't leave the accident site: Not only is it illegal to leave the scene of a car crash, but you will also want to help any injured parties in need of assistance. -- Check up on everyone involved: Go around to all the people involved in the crash and ask them if...

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Will you be arrested at a protest?

As America's political climate grows more contentious, people of all political affiliations are taking to the streets to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech and to petition the government for a redress of grievances by assembling in public, usually through organized marches. Unfortunately, mass action does not always stay peaceful, and when that happens, local law enforcement are obligated to move in. Sometimes, police actions seem unmotivated, but they can be easier to predict if you understand why and how officers arrest people at a protest. After that, it becomes easier to...

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What’s the difference between a civil right and a civil liberty?

New York residents should know the difference between civil liberties and civil rights. Traditionally, the term civil rights has referred to the right to be free from unequal treatment. This includes freedom from discrimination based on gender, race, sex, etc. in the realms of housing and employment. As for civil liberties, this term refers to the guaranteed human rights and freedoms outlined in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Civil rights also include rights that have been interpreted by lawmakers and courts throughout the years. Civil rights include: -- The right to...

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Premises liability and nightclub attacks

New York nightclubs are for fun and enjoyment. They're not for fighting and violence. However, when push comes to shove, a verbal altercation can turn into a physical altercation in a heartbeat. When these situations happen, the participants in the altercation and innocent bystanders can get seriously hurt. In a lot of nightclub fight situations, the nightclub itself might be liable for the injuries suffered the patrons in some cases. Indeed, under premises liability law, entertainment establishments must take reasonable action to ensure the safety of the people and customers on their...

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Discrimination against people with disabilities

Disabled people endure discrimination and unequal treatment all of the time. Sometimes this unequal treatment is a violation of the disabled person's civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As per the act's definition of "disabled," New York residents can seek protection under the act if they have a mental or physical limitation that prevents them from performing a major life activity like seeing, walking, learning and talking. Here is how disability discrimination commonly shows up: -- On the job: Disabled persons often suffer from discrimination when employers do not hire...

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