Criminal Law's Cool!

Your Weekly Deep Dive into Real Live Criminal Court CaseS guided by New York City Criminal Lawyer Don Murray. 

 New York City criminal lawyer Don Murray

Hi.  This is Don Murray.  Here at Criminal Law's Cool!, you can learn about principles of Criminal Law and the real life practice of criminal law using recently decided real life cases I have carefully selected to serve as examples.  Along the way, I will provide the insight that only an insider to the system can provide, and I will do my best to make a complex system understandable for those without legal experience or training.

Whether you are interested in a particular topic here, or whether you just want to learn about the actual practice and experience of criminal law in New York City, I hope you will find the articles here of interest.  On a related note, if you are a high school social studies teacher, click on the following link for some suggestions for new ways to present Fourth Amendment issues.


Take a long leisurely dive into the world of automobile presumptions using the New York Appellate Division Second Department case of People. v. Drayton Archer, decided March 21, 2018.  Join me on a trip through this home grown (Queens County) case, and you will learn about the automobile presumption, when it applies, how it works in real life, why is it such a powerful tool, and are there any exceptions?  How better to spend a Saturday night?


Take a brief but deep dive into a case decided by the New York Appellate Division Second Department (People v. Jose Fuertes) on March 28, 2018.  This case seems short and unremarkable, but with me as your guide, you will soon see how this case illustrates a very important lesson about the difficulty of success at pretrial suppression hearings in criminal cases.  In this dive, you will explore what pretrial suppression hearings are and how arguing about whether a witness should have been believed or not on appeal is an argument you never want to have to make.  The lesson here is that, where credibility is concerned, except in the rarest of circumstances, whatever the trial level judge says...goes.


Here is a deep dive into a common result on appeal when defendants complain about the police having lied to them and used trickery to convince them to make incriminating statements.  Often people assume that the police "can't lie" but not only can they...they do, and often to suspects during interrogations.  Our Courts routinely approve of this process and decline to interfere in it, and this case (People v. Plass) is no different.  Learn about why this is, and how when accused of a crime, silence truly is golden, despite how tempting it may be to "cooperate".