• 4th Amendment Update

    Written by: June 15, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The Supreme Court recently released an opinion that further solidified the rights of the citizen against the state when it comes to searches and seizures on private property. In Collins v. Virginia, the Court held that police cannot search an area around a private home, including its vehicles, without getting a warrant first – even […]

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  • Marijuana & Declining to Prosecute

    Written by: June 7, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    It seems like prosecutors across the country are becoming increasingly tolerant to low-level drug possession, particularly marijuana, in spite of the reversal of the Department of Justice on enforcing the law. Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is another agency which has decided to […]

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  • The Blotter – May 2018

    Written by: May 29, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Here is another edition of the blotter, where we round up the most unusual or stupid crimes that we can find around the world. Let’s start with Florida first (of course!). Society demands perfection and beauty, especially in women. A 61-year-old woman in Bradenton, Florida capitalized on these pressures and began running an illegal Botox […]

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  • Robocallers & Criminal Intent

    Written by: May 14, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Computers have made the commission of crimes so much easier, from stealing someone’s identity to hacking into bank accounts, and of course, with making fraudulent phone calls to vulnerable people. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission has been cracking down on the latter, called ‘robocalls,’ and last Thursday got its largest fine in history. Adrian Abramovich, […]

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  • Indigent Defense Counsel

    Written by: May 21, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Thanks to a plethora of cop shows on TV, most individuals can recite their Miranda rights, including the fact that they have the right to an attorney, and if they cannot afford one, the state will appoint one to them. According to some studies, about 80 percent of all criminal defendants will qualify for legal […]

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  • Schlitterbahn Water Park- who should be charged with murder?

    Written by: May 2, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    White collar crime is usually something that you associate with securities fraud or tax evasion. But lately, the United States has started holding companies and their executives accountable for their actions which have resulted in harm to others, including environmental damage, personal injury and financial ruin. The latest case dealing with criminal liability in a […]

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  • Got arrested in NY- what happens now?

    Written by: April 29, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Some of the biggest worries potential clients have for criminal defense lawyers is what happens next. The criminal justice system can be confusing for those unfamiliar with its landscape. Many individuals base their knowledge on what they see on T.V. or in films. This article will provide a general overview of what to expect once […]

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  • The Blotter 4.26.17

    Written by: April 26, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Welcome to the next edition of the Blotter, where we take a look at some of the weirdest and dumbest crimes that have occurred lately around the world. First up, we travel to Arizona. Alberto Saavedra Lopez worked for Bank of America, where he was then accused of stealing over $5,000.00 from the bank within […]

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  • Hearing Aid Scam

    Written by: April 20, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Healthcare fraud takes many forms – often with attempts to defraud the government or insurance entities by filing false claims. The government (and as a result, the taxpayers) are clearly victimized – but what about the patients who are the unwitting pawns in such a scheme? Recently, a father-son team was convicted for their role […]

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  • Martin Shkreli

    Written by: April 15, 2018
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Martin Shkreli, the guy everyone loves to hate, was recently sentenced for securities fraud last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  He became well-known after he inexplicably and sharply raised the price of an essential HIV drug, Daraprim. As CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Shkreli raised the price from […]

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