The City of New York has reduced the severity of a number of lower-level crimes from misdemeanors, which are criminal matters, to infractions, which are civil cases punishable by fines and community service. The crimes in question include public urination and public drinking, for example.
Governor Cuomo recently announced that law enforcement across the state of New York will be cracking down on underage drinking and possession of fake IDs at summer festivals and concerts. Investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state police have already been performing fake identification sweeps and making arrests.
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?
If you're concerned that New York City maintains essentially a school-to-prison pipeline, you'll be alarmed by these numbers on how our kids are treated by police in school. These are statistics required by 2015 amendments to the city's Student Safety Act which were published by the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Generally speaking, aggravated assault is a form of assault that is more severely punished due to the seriousness of the crime.
How long can a criminal record follow you? A long time, as a so-called "Cocaine Cowboy" for the 1980s Medellin cartel is just finding out.
There are a lot of different issues that come with facing a criminal charge. These can vary greatly having to do time in prison to having to live with the consequences that come with being branded as a felon. If you are facing a criminal charge, your defense is your best option for only dealing with minimal consequences. Of course, if you are convicted, you will most certainly have to deal with some consequences. Keep these five collateral consequences, which aren't imposed by the court, in mind as fuel for your defense planning.
Facing weapons charges makes you feel the world is against you, especially as a male. Many assume you chose to turn to a weapon and cause harm to others, but you know that's not the case. Charges like these often make the news, making it easy for your reputation to suffer damage and for you to face scrutiny from those around you. Fortunately, you have the right to defend yourself and protect yourself against weapon crime charges.
Anybody, regardless of age or status, can make a mistake that leads to trouble with the law. This is even more so the case among college students, as these individuals don't always make the right decisions.
As you probably know, robbery is a serious crime that can have serious implications on your life. For this reason, it's imperative to understand how to implement a defense strategy that provides the best opportunity for avoiding punishment.