The Bronx, NY asked in Legal Malpractice and Criminal Law for New York

Q: Something I got arrested for is now legal. Do I have a case?

I got arrested for having a taser in my purse during a car searched. It was $12 and ordered online from china. It made its way through customs to my front door. I had to pay a lawyer since I couldn’t get a public defender cause I was under 21 at the time and they made my mom pay. I also had to pay out of pocket to do community service like they made me pay them a lot of money to work for them. Can I get compensation cause now it’s legal to carry a taser?

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Peter J. Weinman
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A: Even assuming it's now legal to carry a taser in NY (which I could not confirm), since it was not legal at the time you committed the (former) "crime," you cannot be compensated now, unfortunately.

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