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December 2014 Archives

Woman charged with felony DWI following accident

According to authorities with the North Greenbush Police Department, a woman was taken into custody on Dec. 23 for felony DWI and other charges following an accident. Reportedly, the accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. on West Sand Lake Road.

New York man detained for drug and weapons offenses

Law enforcement officers with the Trenton Police Department took a 19-year-old man into custody for alleged weapons and drugs offenses on Dec. 19. Reportedly, officers from the Violent Crimes Unit were in the area to investigate tips concerning open-air drug sales.

NY woman arrested for DUI after trying to apply for driving job

According to authorities with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, a woman who was allegedly drunk attempted to apply for a job as a driver on Dec. 17. Reportedly, the woman's blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit for driving in the state of New York.

Drug charges in New York heroin case

A Dec. 18 press conference held by the Nassau County District Attorney and others included an announcement about nine people being detained in connection with drug trafficking. The drug charges are related to millions of dollars in heroin and other substances being sold by means of Craigslist. The alleged drug pipeline in the case was reportedly used to move the illegal substances from Mexico to the Long Island and New York City areas.

Man detained for DUI in New York

A 27-year-old New York man was detained on suspicion of drunk driving on Dec. 6 after allegedly speeding. Deputies pulled the man over after they say they found him traveling at 61 mph in a 40-mph zone. They followed him into a 30-mph zone where he allegedly drove 55 mph.

Former Madoff employee gets sentence of 2.5 years

On Dec. 10, a 48-year-old man was the fourth former employee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. to be convicted and sentenced on securities fraud charges and conspiracy. The man worked as a computer programmer from 1991 to 2008, an era of Madoff's Ponzi scheme that cost investors billions.

First-degree murder penalties

New York law categorizes murder as one of the most serious crimes a person can commit. In accordance with this stance, the punishments for first-degree murder are among the most strict that can be handed down by the court. Not all first-degree murder cases are handled in the same way, and not all of these cases may result in identical sentences. The actual circumstances of each particular case can have a profound impact on the way that the sentence is carried out.

What is involved in a Ponzi scheme?

Individuals in New York may have heard of Ponzi schemes. A Ponzi scheme is an illegal investment scheme in which money is generated from new investors. It is named for a man named Charles Ponzi who ran a fraudulent investment scheme in New England in the 1920s related to postage stamp speculation. Ponzi told investors they would get a 50 percent return after 90 days. After first supporting his scheme with international mail coupons, he then turned to using the funds of new investors to pay longer-term investors in the way that Ponzi schemes are known for today.

Prior convictions play controversial role in sentencing

Prior convictions are playing a central and controversial role in the sentencing of a New York man who was convicted on a number of narcotics and robbery charges. The outcome of the man's case could influence the way prior convictions are handled in other federal criminal prosecutions. The controversy has to do with the federal prosecutors' use of 851 enhancements, which tack on time to sentences based on prior convictions. The enhancements are meant to punish repeat offenders, but critics say they're used to bully defendants into guilty pleas.

Allegedly drunk driver charged after falling asleep

According to authorities, an alleged drunk driver fell asleep while driving in Staten Island on the West Shore Expressway around 2:10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The driver, a 39-year-old Allentown, Pennsylvania, man, was apparently in the New Jersey-bound lanes when he fell asleep while in backed-up traffic.

Field Sobriety Testing

Any New York resident who drives regularly may be curious about how police test drivers to determine whether they are driving under the influence. There are three tests recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which measure the driver's responses to stimulus and ability to follow instructions. Each test is intended to be something that a sober person could pass.