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The Effective Use of PowerPoint Presentations in Jury Trials - Jackson Bergman

The Effective Use of PowerPoint Presentations in Jury Trials

April 4, 2017, was an important day for trial attorneys . . . for attorneys who do jury trials.  On that day, the Court of Appeals issued two decisions in criminal cases which addressed the use of Power-Point by attorneys during closings/summations.  In today’s technological age, in the opinion of ... Read More

Can I Relocate To A New Area With My Children? - Jackson Bergman

Can I Relocate To A New Area With My Children?

It is not uncommon for a custodial parent wanting to relocate to a new geographical area.  The desired move might be to a different city, different county or even a different state.  When parents are no longer together, and the non-custodial parent has visitation rights, relocation to a ... Read More

I have Been Charged with a Felony, what Happens Next? - Jackson Bergman

I have Been Charged with a Felony, what Happens Next?

Initial Considerations in a criminal case If you find yourself charged with a felony in New York there are a lot questions you are going to have about the process.  In this blog post I want to cover with you your initial arraignment and the time frame that you ... Read More

Historic Decision on Gay Marriage - Jackson Bergman

Historic Decision on Gay Marriage

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015), issued a historic decision concerning gay rights and marriage.  The Opinion of the Court was delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy.  Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan joined in Justice ... Read More

What will my First Court Appearance be Like? - Jackson Bergman

What will my First Court Appearance be Like?

The Arraignment I am often asked this question.  The day or night that you are arrested you will be given some paperwork by the police.  These tickets will have the date and time you are to appear in court.  The first court appearance that you will have ... Read More

Why do I Have Two Different DWI Tickets? - Jackson Bergman

Why do I Have Two Different DWI Tickets?

Under the per se DWI law in New York State, the prosecutor will need to prove that on any given date at a certain location and time that you were operating a motor vehicle when your blood alcohol content was a 0.08 or higher. It is not related to how you ... Read More

Florida Stand Your Ground Law and How it Relates to NYS Law - Jackson Bergman

Florida Stand Your Ground Law and How it Relates to NYS Law

As criminal defense attorneys that routinely handle firearms and weapons charges we are often asked about the recently highly publicized Trevon Martin case and how the charges and the verdict relate to NY weapon laws.  While NY does have significantly more strict laws regarding firearms than Florida does, there ... Read More