2014 Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Update

On Friday, October 24th, Andrew Safranko presented an ‘Update in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure’ at the Lake Placid Mirror Lake Inn  Resort and Spa on behalf of the Federation of Bar Associations Fourth Judicial District  . This update focused on the relatively new legislation on sealing criminal records for drug offenses in New York, […]

Supreme Court of the United States Scores One For Privacy Rights

“Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple—get a warrant.” On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that police officers may not search through the cell phone of a person upon making an arrest […]

Car Insurance Recap in New York

In the State of New York, in order to register a vehicle, you must have New York State issued automobile liability insurance.  If there is a lapse in auto insurance, the DMV will suspend your vehicle registration and driver’s license and you will be required to pay significant fines. The State of New York requires […]

Points, what they mean for a person’s driving record and insurance…

In New York State the rules of the road are contained in the Vehicle and Traffic Law. If a person is convicted of breaking one of these rules, it can have serious consequences which include fines, possible jail time, points on a driving record and in some instances, a criminal conviction. Points, by definition, are […]

Statutes of Limitation

In New York, all civil actions must be pursued within a set period of time. This is known as a statute of limitations. In most cases, if the injured party fails to bring a case within the time limit, then the action cannot be pursued. Even if the case was a winner, it can still […]

Potholes-Who’s responsible?

Recently, in East Lansing, Michigan, a pothole repair crew got stuck….in a pothole.  Although this may be humorous and ironic, it brings up a reminder for our readers.  Each spring many new potholes are exposed and sidewalks crumbled by the thawing ice, snow, and salt from winter’s wear and tear.  What’s worse, street signs, road […]

Resentencing For Individuals Sentenced Under The Rockefeller Drug Laws

On January 29, 2014, the Second Department Appellate Division handed down the decision of People v. Brown.  The opinion in this case affirmed the ruling of the Queens County Supreme Court, holding that a parolee is considered “in custody” within the meaning of the recently amended Criminal Procedure Law.  This ruling is very significant, because […]


Recently, Andy Safranko was asked by the Guilderland High School School newspaper – The Journal – to answer a few questions related to cyberbullying. We thought it would be appropriate to supplement that Q & A with a brief background on cyberbullying and how it impacts everyone. What is cyberbullying? There are several similar definitions, but […]

Happy New Year

2013 was a great year for us at Dreyer Boyajian LaMarche Safranko Law. George and Andy were selected in the 2013 edition of Superlawyers ; George was honored as one of the Capital District Business Review’s 40 under 40; and Andy was selected for the fifth consecutive year in Best Lawyers in America. We continued […]