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Posts made in September, 2015

By on Sep 22, 2015 in Communication, Court, Podcast | 0 comments

I’m joined by my good friend Denice Gagner to talk about her former life as a prosecutor, visiting jail, and more! We had a lot of fun with this one.   You can download the episode...

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By on Sep 22, 2015 in DUI, Podcast, Trial | 0 comments

Here’s Part 2 of the trial prep episode. I discuss how the trial ended up and the process of the case that led to that finish. Let me know what you think!     You can download the episode...

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By on Sep 22, 2015 in DUI, Podcast, Trial | 0 comments

Here’s the first episode of my new podcast: NoahLawyerPodcast! This episode was recorded just two days before a DUI trial. I discuss the parts of the trial and what I’m trying to accomplish. Let me know what you think!   You can download the episode...

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By on Sep 22, 2015 in Communication, Podcast, Promotion | 0 comments

I am very excited to announce the launch of my new legal podcast series! This was a project I wanted to do for a while. As regular readers know, I like talking about the law.  This series gives me a new medium to do so!  When I was planning this, I was shocked how few legal podcasts there are out there, especially criminal defense ones. My hope is to continue producing and improving the show to be the preeminent criminal defense podcast. To that end, if you have any feedback for me, please let me know in the comments sections of the episode or send it directly to me. To celebrate the initial launch, I’ve released the first three episodes at once! I’m really excited to hear what people think. Thanks for listening, and tell your friends!  Each episode will be posted individually on this website or you can visit the show page here! I’m also on iTunes!  ...

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By on Sep 18, 2015 in Communication, Constitution, First Amendment, Funny | 0 comments

Good news! The First Amendment is still in effect! While the First Amendment has a lot of lovely provisions, one of the most celebrated is the right to “free speech.” Because we’re talking about the constitution, this amendment applies to the government (instead of, say, a private message board). Basically free speech means the government can’t fine someone or lock them up simply because it doesn’t like the words a speaker uses. While free speech isn’t unlimited, as I’ve discussed before, the government has a very high burden it must overcome before it can criminalize speech. It is very, very established law that permissible speech includes speech that is critical of the government. Unfortunately the town of Liberty, NY didn’t get the memo. William Barbazo received a traffic ticket while driving through there. Not happy with the ticket, he added some colorful language and sent it in with a payment. The court rejected his payment, forced him to come to court in person, then had him handcuffed and charged with…something. Even Liberty knew they couldn’t outlaw swearing, so they said his language was threatening…somehow. Clearly, whatever he was charged with was a response to someone’s petticoats getting in a bunch.  Mr. Barbazoa sued the town in federal court for violating his First Amendment rights. The federal judge agreed and the town will be facing a trial to determine appropriate damages for the false arrest.  Now what’s the takeaway from this? It’s (still) legal to tell a city or its representatives to perform an anatomical impossibility. But like many things in life, just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should. Many people express themselves to city officials or police officers and it’s rarely persuasive. Instead the government official is even less likely to cut a citizen a break, or help them at all. You don’t have to say anything at all, but if you do, it’s still better to be polite. Afterwards if you want to complain? I suggest...

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