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December 2013 Archives

Nonviolent drug offenders among those pardoned by President Obama

For many years now, law enforcement has taken an aggressive stand on drug offenses. Mandatory minimums and elaborate sting operations are among some of the tactics used to identify and prosecute people accused of committing a drug-related crime. People all over New York are receiving extremely harsh sentences for a variety of offenses, even those that are not considered to be serious. 

Judge dismisses charges against couple accused of theft

Handling finances for another person can be a very challenging responsibility. Every transaction can be scrutinized and when something suspicious happens with an account, people will often assume that criminal behaviors or financial mismanagement are to blame. However, this is not always the case.

Judge: Homicide charges dropped against drunk driver

Being charged with drunk driving can be upsetting enough without worrying about the possibility of also facing a stack of additional charges. This can often happen when a drunk driver is involved in a car accident. What could have ended with a single charge of drunk driving can quickly turn into multiple charges, including manslaughter or vehicular homicide.

Will New York students face criminal charges for hazing incident?

There are many people facing criminal charges in New York who never intended to hurt anyone. People make mistakes and in some cases, they are the only ones affected by their choices. In other cases, however, there are victims who are directly and negatively impacted. Even if no harm was intended, people can be held accountable for their actions if another person is hurt or worse.

Controversial ruling for affluent teen drunk driver

A recent drunk driving case made national headlines because of the controversial and unpopular defense of the young teen who was involved. Although it was heard in another state, the case touches on some important topics that any person in New York could be dealing with as well. 

Proposed bill would decriminalize marijuana in New York

We have seen a dramatic shift in public opinion regarding marijuana use and possession in recent years. People are becoming more tolerant of marijuana and less tolerant of the overly aggressive enforcement efforts to arrest and convict people for nonviolent drug offenses. As it stands, hundreds of thousands of people have been arrested for possession of marijuana in New York City since 1997.

Weapons charges dismissed in New York because of technical errors

Many people fail to realize how complicated state and federal laws can be. It is not as simple as saying someone committed a crime and then convicting that person of the crime. There are a number of details that must be established and procedures that must be followed, which an average person facing these charges might not realize. It is for this reason that many people who are charged with a crime choose to work with a criminal defense attorney to defend themselves. 

'Employee of the Month' facing embezzlement charges

When we read about people who are charged with white collar crimes such as embezzlement, the people are often employed as accountants or other jobs that put them in charge of money. Regardless of if they committed an offense, these are often the first people that authorities in New York suspect and arrest when allegations of missing money are made.