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November 2013 Archives

New York police targeting drunk drivers this holiday weekend

In our last post, we discussed the connection between the holiday season and domestic assault calls. But another issue that typically increases during holidays such as Thanksgiving is drunk driving and underage drinking arrests. Many New Yorkers may find themselves pulled over and asked to comply with a sobriety test this weekend, as police in this state have announced that they will be cracking down on citing people for intoxication.

Domestic violence can be triggered by the holiday season

Many people across New York are getting ready to celebrate and spend the holidays with friends or family. However, there are many people who are not so festive. This time of year can be very difficult for people who are lonely, suffering from depression or dealing with high levels of family stress. The holiday season can often magnify these feelings and person can end up engaging in some dangerous behaviors.

'Tis the season shoplifting allegations in New York

As we approach the hectic holiday season, people all across New York will be heading out to stores to purchase gifts for loved ones. It can be a chaotic time for consumers, but is also a time that retailers depend on in order to end the year with strong sales. This makes the holiday shopping season a prime time for people to face shoplifting allegations.

Mandatory minimums come under fire in federal weapons, drug case

Minimum sentencing requirements have long been a controversial topic in New York and nationwide. On one hand, they were established in the hopes that the harsh sentences would dissuade people from getting involved in criminal activity. On the other hand, people argue that the minimums are too rigid and are simply not appropriate in all situations.

Central Park Five seek justice for wrongful convictions

On a night in 1989, the lives of five men changed forever when a young woman was attacked while jogging in Central Park. The five men were tried and convicted for the assault and sentenced to prison. But over a decade later in 2002, another man confessed to the crime and the men were exonerated.

New York teen charged with attempted murder

Many people generally associate adolescence with an uncomfortable time between childhood and adulthood. Young teenagers want to be treated like grownups, but they are often too immature and inexperienced to understand just what that can mean. When a young person gets involved in situations far beyond their maturity level, the consequences can be quite upsetting. 

Probation for New York widow accused of stealing $26 gloves

Being accused of a crime can be upsetting to any person, no matter what their background is. It can be frightening and embarrassing to face criminal charges, especially these days when news spreads quickly and widely. Before people can even come to terms with what they are facing, they may see their face and name splashed across a newspaper or website next to a description of what they are accused of. This experience can be very difficult for any person, no matter how seemingly minor the allegations may be.

Do minorities face unfair fraud accusations by Barneys?

Many people across this state have recently read about the accusations that iconic department store Barneys New York has engaged in discriminatory practices. And it's not their hiring, advertising or design practices that have come under fire. It is the accusation that the store unfairly targets minority customers and accuses them of credit card fraud and other unlawful behaviors.