It is of the utmost importance that a criminal lawyer keep abreast of recent cases and rulings made by the courts. When trying a case, a criminal lawyer must be aware of their client’s constitutional rights and the essential elements in trial proceedings. In a recent case stemming from Queens County, People v. Sydoriak, decided August 27, 2014, the Appellate Division, Second Department reversed a conviction because the trial judge failed to consult with the defendant’s lawyer after getting a note from the jury during its deliberations. Instead of getting the lawyer’s input on how to proceed, the trial judge reconvened the trial, read the notes into the record, and responded to the jury’s questions. This violated the defendant’s rights pursuant to Criminal Procedure Law 310.30 and the case was reversed by the Appellate Division and a new trial was ordered.
As experienced criminal lawyers, we will apprise you of your constitutional rights and make sure they are protected.