AD1 Unanimously Reverses Conviction and Dismisses Indictment

On May 10, 2018, the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously reversed our client M.V.'s conviction and dismissed the indictment against him. The court held that criminal contempt for violating a stay-away order repeatedly, over nearly two months, could not be charged as a single crime. Each violation was a distinct crime and had to be charged separately. The indictment's defect was apparent "in the language of the indictment itself, and it did not depend on the trial evidence or the court's charge." M.V. was represented by Scott Henney and Matthew Bova.