Bassett’s Blog

“There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance.” – Siddhartha Gautama

After someone is either found guilty after or they’ve pled guilty as part of a plea bargain, typically the matter will be put over for them to be interviewed by a government agency. In New York State Court, it’s the Department of Probation, while at the Federal level it’s the Pretrial Services Agency. In either...

At the State Level, on all Indicted Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Violations you would plead “Not Guilty” at the arraignment (a Violation is not a crime as defined under New York State Law but can be punished by up to 15 days in jail). On Unindicted Felonies, you would enter a general denial at the arraignment...

Getting behind the wheel of a car under the influence of alcohol, drugs (illegal or prescription), or a combination of these substances can have serious consequences in the state of New York. If you are arrested for drunk driving or after you took drugs, the specific criminal charges you will face depend largely on the...

When hiring someone to represent you on a criminal case, you should look for an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who’s spent their career cultivating a reputation as an Exceptional Trial Attorney. The reason for this isn’t just because it gives you the best possible chance at a trial. It is also vitally important because hiring...

Here in New York, moving violations result in points against your driving record. This is the state’s way of monitoring offenses and punishing drivers for violations. The number of points you earn for each violation is dependent on the severity and nature of the violation. Once a driver reaches 11 points in an 18-month time...

An Order of Protection limits or prevents contact when one person claims to feel threatened by another and when the court feels protection is warranted. As part of a domestic violence incident and investigation, an Order of Protection may be ordered by the criminal court to keep the parties separate while the case is ongoing....