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Was that search and seizure legal?

Imagine heading out of town to go hit the beach with some of your friends. You were looking forward to a nice weekend getaway, soaking up the sun and enjoying a good party. However, before you even made it out of the city, a police officer pulled you over and your weekend was interrupted by an arrest for drug possession. The law enforcement officers searched your vehicle and found marijuana, but was the search and seizure legal?

Were you accused of growing marijuana in your basement?

Marijuana laws are changing rapidly throughout the United States. In some states, certain individuals are permitted to grow their own personal supply of marijuana plants, but not in New York. Unless you're one of the 10,000-plus patients approved to use medical marijuana in our state, the drug is off-limits.

Treatment for drug offenders more economical than incarceration

America incarcerates a greater percentage of its own citizens than any other country in the world. And one of the largest contributing factors to our high prison population is the way in which drug crimes are addressed in the criminal justice system.

Fighting back against drug charges

The state of New York takes drug trafficking very seriously. Not only is the possession of drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine illegal, so is the possession of any substances or materials used to make them. However, the laws are complicated which means that there are multiple classifications for drug possession. There are five different degrees for selling illegal drugs, with the fifth-degree being the least severe.

Tens of thousands of convictions dismissed due to lab tech fraud

The criminal justice system is only as fair as those who work within it. Most men and women who do this important work are honest. But it only takes a few bad actors to cause serious havoc and call the integrity of the entire system into question.

New York not up to speed on medical marijuana usage

For many years, patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments have used marijuana to help relieve the side effects. After your recent diagnosis, it seemed like a good idea to have something on standby to ease the nausea once you begin your treatments. Unfortunately, it was not in the cards. After you purchased a half-ounce of the drug, the police pulled you over for a minor traffic infraction, searched your vehicle, and arrested you for drug possession.

Cheap police drug-testing kits continue to cause serious problems

Laboratory testing has become very sophisticated in recent decades. Forensic science has managed to convict individuals based on DNA evidence and clear wrongfully convicted individuals in the same manner. In a lab environment, drug testing is usually also accurate and reliable.

School Resource Officers: What to Do When They're Not Helping

Schools have long had security guards, but over the past several years these guards have been replaced by police officers, often called school resource officers. While most school resource officers and students have at least a civil relationship, dealing with school resource officers is not the same as dealing with teachers.

Governors also issuing pardons for certain drug crimes

There’s been a recent trend in the U.S. criminal justice system to decriminalize marijuana possession and to fix what many see as unduly harsh sentences for certain offenders. For example, The New York Times reported that Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont, a Democrat, has pardoned 192 people who had been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession. These pardons had been given to people who had no previous violent crimes or felony convictions, and who had no DUI or reckless driving convictions.

A Facebook Confession? Social Media Postings as Possible Evidence

Late last December 2016, a young woman had been arrested on a number of charges--driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance and with defective equipment, and marijuana possession. She posted bond from jail and was released the same day. What's unusual is what she did next.

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  1. Pedro from Nassau County

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  5. Pedro from Nassau County

    “I was arrested and charged with being the getaway driver during a knife point robbery. The police stopped my car a block away from the robbery with my co-defendant in the car with me. The victim identified my co-defendant to the police within 5 minutes of the robbery...

    - GREAT JOB MR. DiDIO!”
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