There is no question that one of the single biggest developments in criminal investigative techniques — and the criminal law landscape — over the last several decades has been the emergence of DNA evidence. Indeed, it’s become a very powerful tool for prosecutors and law enforcement officials alike, with the latter developing a massive database of samples and increasingly sophisticated techniques designed to capitalize upon its accuracy.
State commission approves use of familial DNA searches
SCOTUS to decide another Fourth Amendment cell phone case
The Fourth Amendment expressly protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” Furthermore, it dictates that, absent certain exceptions, no searches may be undertaken by law enforcement officials absent a warrant supported by probable cause.
Michael V. Cibella Named by Super Lawyers for 3rd Year in a Row as a Top Criminal Defense Attorney in NYC Area
Michael V. Cibella, founding member at the Law Offices of Michael V. Cibella, LLC, has been named one of the top Criminal Defense Attorneys of 2016 in the New York Metro Area by Super Lawyers. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top attorneys in different regions via a multi-phase selection process that involves peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. This is the third time Mr. Cibella has been named one of the New York Metro Area top Criminal Defense Attorneys by Super Lawyers as published in the Magazine Section of the New York Times. Mr. Cibella was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015.
On post-conviction appeals and how they work
On behalf of Michael V. Cibella, LLC posted in Violent Crimes on Sunday, November 20, 2016. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that a criminal charge can change a person’s life. The potential consequences are severe; the mental toll is immense; and the impact can be felt by a person convicted of … Continue reading On post-conviction appeals and how they work
Violent crimes can lead to serous consequences
On behalf of Michael V. Cibella, LLC posted in Violent Crimes on Thursday, November 10, 2016. When terrible crimes are alleged, the person being accused of those crimes needs to protect his or her rights and get legal counsel as soon as possible. We don’t say this to excuse the alleged actions, because they are … Continue reading Violent crimes can lead to serous consequences
What are the “crimes against the person”?
On behalf of Michael V. Cibella, LLC posted in Violent Crimes on Saturday, October 15, 2016. There is a set of criminal offenses that fall under an umbrella called “crimes against the person.” This category involves many different potential charges that involve bodily harm, the threat of bodily harm or doing something to someone against … Continue reading What are the “crimes against the person”?
Is Fitbit data fit for murder case as valid evidence?
On behalf of Michael V. Cibella, LLC posted in Violent Crimes on Thursday, April 27, 2017. As time passes, society’s everyday norms change. Specifically, technology and how we all rely on technology changes. Many New Yorkers rely on laptops, iPads, cellphones and their watches as routine parts of their lives. A current out-of-state case highlights … Continue reading Is Fitbit data fit for murder case as valid evidence?
New York raises the age of criminal responsibility
On behalf of Michael V. Cibella, LLC posted in Violent Crimes on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Should juveniles ages 16 and 17 be automatically charged as adults in criminal cases? Until this week, New York laws stated that they should. On Sunday, April 9, New York approved legislation in the state budget to raise the … Continue reading New York raises the age of criminal responsibility
Federal prosecutors to target most violent offenders in 2017
On behalf of Michael V. Cibella, LLC posted in Violent Crimes on Friday, March 31, 2017. Violent crimes have become a priority for the U.S. Department of Justice. On March 8, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called upon federal prosecutors nationwide to investigate, prosecute and deter repeat actions from the most violent offenders. What does this … Continue reading Federal prosecutors to target most violent offenders in 2017
New crime? Man arrested for sending seizure-inducing Tweet
On behalf of Michael V. Cibella, LLC posted in Violent Crimes on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. A man from another state was recently arrested for sending a GIF with a strobe-like animation to a journalist on Twitter. The harm? The journalist, Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald, has epilepsy, and strobe lights can trigger seizures in many epileptics. … Continue reading New crime? Man arrested for sending seizure-inducing Tweet