Nassau County Criminal Attorney David Galison, Publishes Website Providing Nassau, Suffolk and Queens County Residents with Valuable Information for Those Facing Criminal Charges in New York State.
One feature of the new site is the frequently updated criminal law blog that David Galison updates and contributes to several times a week. The blog includes commentary and articles written by David Galison and includes coverage of legal issues pertaining to the Nassau County Court system. The blog invites your comments, tips and insights.
David Galison regularly appears in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens County Criminal Courts. Mr. Galison is licensed to practice law in the State Courts of New York, Florida and Massachussets, as well as the Eastern District Federal Court.
David Galison is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. In addition, Mr. Galison received the Dean’s List Award in Commercial Transactions.
For more information, visit http://www.criminalattorneynassaucounty.com or contact David Galison at 516-424-4477 or by email to email@example.com.
About The Law Office of David Galison, P.C.:
At the Law Office of David Galison, P.C., it is understood that an arrest and conviction for any crime can affect the rest of your life. With such serious consequences on the line, every client receives personalized attention. Clients are kept fully informed of their case’s progress and actively participate in their defense throughout all stages of the proceedings. It is the personal service that David Galison, P.C. provides to the client that sets the office apart from other law firms.
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On Friday, February 18, 2011, the Nassau County Crime Lab was ordered closed by County Executive Edward Mangano. The closure of the crime lab is based upon allegations that Nassau County Police supervisors may have know, as early as September of last year, about inaccuracies in the testing of the drug Ecstasy. Kathleen Rice, the District Attorney of Nassau County, was quoted in Newsday as saying that she had asked County Executive Mangano to shut down the lab “because supervisory activity and potentially intentional personnel conduct relate not only to the drug chemistry testing performed at the lab but to the entirety of the lab.”
Prior to the closure of the Nassau County Crime Lab, the lab had the dubious distinction of being the only police lab in the country to have been placed on probation twice. The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors had placed the lab on probation back in 2005 and again most recently in December 2010. The recent probationary status was due to 15 serious violations that authorities found in the lab. Among the violations listed were defects in the maintenance and calibration of the equipment that measures blood alcohol.
The county’s Acting Director of the Forensic Evidence Bureau, Pasquale Buffolino, Ph.D., recently issued a letter to Mr. Robert Stacey, Staff Inspector of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, which addressed the violations. To view the letter that addresses the labs deficiencies click on the following link: Crime Lab Issues
As a result of the lab’s failure to properly perform drug testing, and maintain and calibrate the equipment used to measure blood alcohol, motions are currently being brought by Nassau County defense attorneys to set aside criminal convictions. Roughly 9,000 drug cases from between 2007 to 2009 are being called into question. The number of DWI cases that could be affected by recent revelations is unknown at this time but clearly it is significant.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases where breath readings were taken using machines maintained by the Nassau County Police Department are particularly troubling since it has been revealed that the calibration devices in the police lab were not checked yearly as is required by national standards. The lab’s failure to adhere to national standards makes prosecuting these cases questionable, difficult and perhaps unjust.
What is even more troubling for the Nassau County Police Department and District Attorney’s Office is that on Thursday, February 17, 2011, Detective Lieutenant James Granelle, former Nassau County Crime Lab Director, admitted while testifying before the Honorable George Peck that he had informed his commanding officer(s) about the problems at the lab as early as 2006.
Meg Reiss, Kathleen Rice’s chief of staff, indicated recently that U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, who heads the Eastern District of New York, will be keeping in touch with Rice and may step in if it becomes necessary. The Nassau County Police Department and District Attorney’s Office are each conducting their own investigations into the issues with the police lab, however many defense attorneys say this is not enough and that a special investigator should be appointed.
Newsday has had excellent coverage of the Nassau County Crime Lab fiasco, for more information visit the following link, Newsday Coverage
At the Law Office of David Galison, P.C., we strive to ensure that your rights are protected. If you are charged with the possession or sale of any drug or alcohol related driving offense in Nassau, Suffolk or Queens County, contact the Law Office of David Galison, P.C. at 516-242-4477 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your case. Visit our website at: David Galison, P.C.
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Think twice before answering your cell phone if you’re driving a motor vehicle in New York. A motorist who is ticketed for talking on the cell phone without a hands free device will now receive two points on their driver’s license if they are convicted. While two (2) points may not seem like a lot consider the following:
Insurance carriers can raise your premiums for years based upon the amount of points on your license.
Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties are sure to start issuing traffic tickets for these cell phone driving violations, as part of a show of force in support of the new legislation. These enhanced efforts to ticket drivers who do not use hands free devices can be expected to last for the foreseeable future in hopes that it will create a deterrence effect. According to Newsday on February 16th, 2011 Suffolk County Sheriffs issued 19 cell phone tickets in the morning rush alone, while Nassau County Police issued 3 cell phone tickets as of the afternoon.
Given the potential serious consequences outlined above it is extremely important to retain the services of a qualified attorney to defend your case. Traffic tickets can be dismissed if the police don’t prove every element of the offense alleged. At the law office of David Galison, P.C., we strive to ensure that your rights are protected, and we explore every possible defense available. If you are charged with any traffic violation, please call the law office of David Galison, P.C. at 516-242-4477 to setup a Free consultation to discuss your case. Law Office of David Galison, P.C.
The office of David Galison, P.C., routinely defends drivers charged with the following traffic related offenses: speeding tickets, red light tickets, stop sign tickets, cell phone tickets, failure to signal tickets, failure to maintain lane tickets, driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired.
In Nassau County the majority of traffic tickets are handled by the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency located at 16 Cooper Street in Hempstead, New York. In Suffolk County the majority of traffic tickets are handled by the Department of Motor Vehicles Traffic Adjudications Bureau located State Office Building, 2nd Floor, Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788.
* If you receive six points on your driver record during a period of 18 months, the annual assessment is $100. The minimum amount that you must pay each year is the annual assessment. The total assessment for the three years is $300. If you receive more than six points on your driver record during a period of 18 months, the annual assessment is $25 for each point more than the original six points. The minimum amount that you must pay each year is the annual assessment. The total assessment for the three years is $75 for each point more than the original six points. (See the DMV website link provided above for further information)
On January 30th, 2011, Newsday published the Nassau County Police Department salaries and overtime pay for the year ending 2010. Newsday Article
For a complete list of officer income for 2010 click the following link. Newsday Published Salaries
These massive overtime figures lead one to consider the following questions:
Happy 2011, and welcome to DWI Attorney Nassau County Law Blog. Our mission: to scour the universe for compelling stories in several related areas: DWI law, criminal law and and traffic law. Current changes in these laws offer broad interpretations, encompassing such recent news as the Leandra’s Law, and Jack Shea’s law which eases restrictions on collecting blood in intoxication cases. We’ll write about industry news and legal trends, with a sprinkle of good old-fashioned gossip.
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A few brief words about me. I am David Galison, Managing Partner of The Law Firm of David Galison, P.C.. I regularly appear in the Nassau County Criminal Courts and have been quoted in Newsday. I have appeared on a television new broadcasts with respect to a dog bite attack in which I established a charitable fund for the juvenile victim. I have been a guest commentator on AM radio having been asked to talk about DWI / DUI laws and enforcement. Case decisions upon which I was the lead defense attorney have been published in the New York Law Journal. Along with my ruminations, this blog will include bits and bites from articles in the the New York Law Journal and Legal Newswires.
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