Kew Gardens Criminal Defense Law Blog

What are the penalties for robbery in New York?

Robbery is unlawful in New York much like it is in any other state. You should realize that you don't have to use a weapon to be charged with that crime here in Kew Gardens or any other part of the Empire State.

All you have to do is point your finger under your clothes and give the impression that you have a weapon when you steal something to be charged with this crime. If you attempt to use a knife or gun to threaten or force someone to hand over their property, then this may result in you being charged with robbery as well.

Building a defense: Your attorney's purpose

You were out with friends, and they decided that they wanted to cause some trouble. You tagged along, but you didn't want to be part of the crimes they were committing. Despite your reluctance, you ended up being present when the police arrived.

Now, you've been arrested, but you want to defend yourself. You don't think you should be penalized, since you did nothing wrong other than being present.

Appealing isn't simple, but there are reasons to do it

A criminal appeal is a review of a trial court's activities to see if any legal errors were made. For example, you or your attorney may believe that a piece of evidence was tampered with or that the lower court made a serious error of law.

There are several reasons why you might want to seek an appeal including:

  • Believing the evidence isn't strong enough to support the verdict
  • A claim of ineffective assistance of counsel
  • A claim that the lower court abused its own discretion when making an erroneous ruling
  • Believing that the lower court made an error in interpreting the law or applying the law

Defense attorney claims improper handling of Oceanside case

When it comes to jury trials, the narrative around a case is vital. Prosecutors often try to build a specific story around how and why a crime occurred, clearly showing that the suspect is the person responsible for the consequences. Meanwhile, defense attorneys attempt to show the faults in that story or create a different theory about how a suspected crime unfolded.

Narratives are often based on eyewitness testimony and other sources that may be subjective, relying on a person's point of view. This is why specific rules on what evidence is considered and how it is presented govern how juries hear the stories.

Man arrested for stealing $2,000 worth of Target laptops

Retail stores put a number of different preventative measures in place to avoid theft. Unfortunately, these precautions do not always keep people from stealing valuable goods. This was the situation that occurred at a local Target store.

The police recently arrested a man from South Salem, New York who stole multiple laptop computers valued at roughly $2,000. Ryan Jensen received three charges of organized retail theft of less than $10,000, fifth-degree larceny as well as fourth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny after turning himself in to police.

Two men charged in theft of $260,000 bag at JFK airport

Law enforcement arrested a Delta Airlines ramp worker in late September on suspicion of stealing a bag containing $260,000 from John F. Kennedy International Airport. Quincy Thorpe became a suspect immediately after he called in sick from work the following two days. The FBI later found Thorpe at his home, brought him into custody and charged the former ramp worker with grand larceny.

Authorities have since arrested Emmanuel Asuquo Okon as well on suspicion of connection in the same illegal activity. Okon received a charge of theft from an aircraft in Brooklyn Federal Court for his role.

Why can 'crime of passion' be a defense for violent crimes?

If you have been accused of a violent crime, you need to consider all of your options. Exactly how the event played out may have a big impact on what type of charges you face.

One way to illustrate this is by examining the "crime of passion" defense. Essentially, you are saying that your emotions at the time clouded your judgment and made you act out of character.

Man faces arrest after violating parole with drug possession

Drug charges can change your life in an instant. You may go from living a normal life to finding yourself facing serious charges and being taken to the police station while under arrest.

One time you really do not want to get caught with drugs is if you are on parole for another crime. This happened recently in New York when a man from Hudson was arrested for felony drug charges.

Police investigate $353,000 jewelry theft at Trump Tower

Theft is a major issue across the United States and specifically in New York. The vast majority of these crimes are petty in nature. That said, there are plenty of examples of large-scale thefts that occur as well. In fact, two separate incidents at the Trump Tower in Manhattan resulted in the theft of a combined total of $350,000 of jewelry.

The first incident took place while one victim was away from her place between late June and early September. She returned to her residence on the 42nd floor to find that a ring, necklace and pair of diamond and emerald earrings were no longer there. The value of the stolen jewelry is $236,000.

Nassau County man faces weapons charges over registration

New York is one of the most populous and diverse states in the country, which brings a lot of different preferences and viewpoints to its cities and towns. One issue which is often at the top of people's minds is the right to bear firearms, as well as protections from the dangers that pistols, rifles and shotguns can pose.

Assault-style weapons, often used in the military, are perhaps the most contentious subjects under the laws of specific counties and towns. Many of these firearms are illegal in some or all parts of New York, although the circumstances of their purchase and use may also factor into the charges filed against their possessors.

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