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Felony charges come with many different penalties

Criminal cases come with a host of impacts that can flow out into every aspect of your life. There are effects for every type of criminal matter, but they are the greatest when you are facing a felony count. It is imperative that you understand exactly what you are up against.

It might be tempting to focus on the obvious impacts of the charge, such as incarceration; however, you might find that the other consequences are even greater. Think about these points as you decide how you are going to handle your defense:

Possible robbery leads to stabbing death of Brooklyn couple

Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a recent Brooklyn double murder. New York police believe the murders are connected to the possible robbery of the dead couple's home. The two had been walking home from work when they were stabbed outside their residence. Witnesses told cops they spotted a man wearing a ski mask fleeing the property. 

Police responded to a 911 call for a robbery at the residence. The deceased woman apparently stopped the intruder from getting to the second floor of the home before she and her husband were both stabbed. The woman died at the scene, while the man was taken to hospital with wounds to his head and neck. He later died.

New York man charged with drug crime after cops seize fentanyl

A Bronx resident has been arrested for allegedly possessing enough fentanyl to kill a million people. Reportedly, the illicit drug was hidden with boxes of chili and fish. At first the police thought the drug was cocaine, but lab tests apparently identified it as fentanyl, which is about 50 times more powerful than heroin. The New York Police Department had apparently been watching the accused for a suspected drug crime for some time.

After purportedly spotting a couple boxes in the man's car, police got a warrant to search the boxes in which were contained coolers made of styrofoam. The coolers not only contained chili and fish, but potential lethal doses of fentanyl. A couple years back, a report from the Department of Health indicated that fentanyl contributed to 47 percent of drug overdoses in New York City.

New York mom facing grand larceny charges

A woman with more than $1 million in her bank account is in some hot water for allegedly defrauding Medicaid. The 37-year-old Queens, New York mother has been charged with grand larceny, falsifying her business records and welfare fraud in connection with apparently getting more than $70,000 from Medicaid over a three-year period. She allegedly told Medicaid that the money her husband earned in a month -- about $1,750 -- was not enough to make ends meet for four children and two adults. She began receiving public assistance in 2012.

But when authorities began to investigate, they found that joint bank accounts she shared with her husband allegedly showed deposits of more than $1.3 million. The woman's bail was set at $5,000 and she had to give up both her Israeli and U.S. passports. Her most serious charge could see her facing prison time of up to 15 years. Her husband declined comment

Suspects allegedly zip tie Bronx robbery victims

Cops are asking the public to help them identify three suspects in the recent violent robbery of a Bronx apartment. Apparently, all eight people inside the apartment were zip-tied. One male victim suffered facial injuries after allegedly being pistol whipped by one of the suspects during the New York robbery. The trio purportedly made their getaway in a luxury sedan after having stolen $5,500. The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. 

Authorities say the two male suspects and one female suspect entered the apartment after one of the occupants -- a man in his early 60s -- answered the door. They supposedly showed the man their weapons and forced their way in. Despite all occupants apparently being zip-tied, no other injuries were reported to police. 

3 things to know about fraud

Like other criminal charges, a fraud conviction can come with very serious consequences. Punishments might range from fines to jail time and, if you are a professional, it could also mean that you might lose your professional license. Since this kind of criminal conviction can affect almost every aspect of your life, it is important to have a proper defense.

In general, fraud is a term that applies to various dishonest activities. In its most basic form, fraud is an intentionally deceptive act an individual commits in order to achieve a monetary gain at the expense of another.

Drug crime: 11 face charges in alleged New York drug ring

Nine men and two women are facing a number of charges in relation to the trafficking of heroin and fentanyl. The alleged New York drug crime took place on the streets of Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn as well as a neighboring state, according to police. The feds said that the group apparently even tried to tempt people who were in drug rehab. Police are still looking for one of the suspects as the other 10 are in custody.

Police say each of the crew members apparently had their own parts to play in the drug ring. Some worked in stash houses, others made sure drugs were available for distribution and one of the women purportedly lured customers. Two of the accused are husband and wife.

Two men charged with murder of four, robbery and other crimes

An Xbox and a TV may have been the motives behind the murders of four people recently. Two men, both from Schenectady, ages 24 and 38, have been taken into custody and charged with murder, burglary, possession of stolen property and robbery in connection with the brutal killings of a family of four in the area of Troy, New York. Apparently, one of the accused was friends with one of the victims, according to a family member of one of the deceased.

Dead are a 36-year-old woman along with two of her children -- a male, age 11, and a female, age five -- as well as the woman's 22-year-old girlfriend. Police suspect the murders happened five days before the bodies were found. All four were tied up and had their throats slit. Police said they allegedly found two knives close to the deceased. The 36-year-old victim's 15-year-old son was away on a trip at the time of the murders. 

The scent of pot leads to drug possession charge

The pungent odor of marijuana led police to a driver who, they say, was stashing the pot in his vehicle. The rookie New York Police Department officers drove by the man as he was about to enter his SUV, but purportedly hesitated when he spotted the police. Because of that, the rookies, who were being trained by a veteran cop, stopped to investigate. They say they discovered marijuana in his vehicle, and the man is now facing a drug possession charge.

When the officers looked into the vehicle, they reportedly spotted a quantity of marijuana on the console. Upon searching the vehicle they claim to have discovered 120 small bags of pot and three large bags of weed along with eight oxycodone pills. They arrested the 58-year-old man and charged him with criminal possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of pot and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

New York ex con charged with murder and drug possession

An ex con is facing a battery of charges, including murder, in connection with an incident at a bar recently. The 30-year-old was nabbed by police in Harlem after he allegedly shot a man in the head at a popular Times Square bar, after the man spoke to the girlfriend of the accused outside the bar. The New York resident is also charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell. Police said he had the drugs on him at the time of his arrest.

Police said the accused had previously been arrested 19 times -- most recently for criminal possession of a controlled substance, for which he was released on parole after spending almost three years in prison for the criminal sale of a controlled substance. He also served time from April 2009 to August 2011 for criminal contempt. Police arrested the accused on these current charges after viewing a video of the incident and interviewing witnesses.

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