Blog Posts in December, 2015

  • What Is an ACD?

    || 28-Dec-2015

    One of the possible settlements on a criminal case is called an ACD or an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. However, many people are never explained what this disposition actually means. An ACD means that a case will be adjourned for a period of time that is set by the court. This is usually a six month or one year's time period. Should the Defendant not have any further issues with ...
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  • When Can You Record Another Person in New York State?

    || 21-Dec-2015

    I am often asked whether or not one can record another person. This issue comes up most often during custody issues when allegations are contradictory as to what is being said between parents. The answer to this question can be complicated but the short answer is one can record another person so long as one party to the conversation knows that it is being recorded. As such, a recorder cannot be ...
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  • Confidential Address in Domestic Violence Cases

    || 14-Dec-2015

    In certain circumstances individuals can apply to the courts to have a confidential address. This often occurs in Family Court proceedings where an individual or the children have been the victims of domestic violence, whether it has been alleged or proven. An application must be filed with the Court stating the reason why a confidential address is being sought and thereafter a Judge will ...
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  • What Is Personal Service?

    || 7-Dec-2015

    When a Court orders that personal service take place on an individual this can be accomplished in several different ways. The first is to have a process server or an individual who is 18 years of age or older and not a party to the action deliver the summons and court paperwork directly to an individual and personally hand it to them. If a person cannot be found, the summons and court papers can ...
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