When friends gather to socialize, alcohol is frequently involved in the mix. Most of the time, it is a convivial social lubricant that raises spirits among friends. But those good times with drinking buddies can head south in a moment's notice if too much alcohol is consumed.
Laws about marijuana are in a state of flux around the country. More states legalize both recreational and medicinal use every year, while municipalities decriminalize possession. New York is one of those local authorities that has taken steps to decriminalize marijuana. Those who regularly use this plant need to understand, however, that decriminalization only protects those using natural state marijuana.
Aggravated assault is a serious crime that can carry an accordingly serious penalty as the result of a conviction.
Recently, federal agents raided an apartment building in the Upper West Side of New York City and seized approximately 20 pounds of fentanyl and heroin. The apartment building was only a few steps away from Central Park. According to agents, the drugs found in the apartment were enough to cause death to almost half the population of the city. Investigators are valuing the fentanyl and heroin bust at over $3 million.
Property crime charges can range significantly, depending on the specific nature of the charges, but many people still have a very loose understanding of exactly what distinguishes theft from robbery, or how burglary is often entirely separate from either of them.
Intent matters in some criminal charges, but not always in cases of possession of illegal weapons. You may believe that the knife in your pocket complies with state law, but the courts may not agree with your interpretation of state laws.
Maybe a loved one worked in law enforcement or served in the military. Perhaps your grandfather just liked to collect unusual or rare firearms. It is not uncommon for firearms to be part of an estate, especially when those firearms are old, rare, or hold sentimental value to the original owner, heir or the family as a whole. Unfortunately for some people, those treasured family heirlooms could cause a host of legal issues. Just because your dad, uncle, grandfather or friend owned a certain firearm doesn't mean it was legal for that person, or for you, to possess that weapon.