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January 2014 Archives

New York executive accused of on-line drug trafficking

A New York City-based Bitcoin company executive has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.  The 24-year-old Chief Executive Officer was said to have conspired with a Bitcoin exchanger to sell over $1 million in Bitcoins to individuals who wished to sell narcotics.  The Bitcoins were claimed to have been sold on a black market website called Silk Road.

Officials arrest 18 'party-pack' sellers before Super Bowl

The Super Bowl typically generates a lot of excitement and business every year. Many New Yorkers are excited that this year, the game is being played nearby, and some people are taking advantage of the entrepreneurial opportunities. However, not all of the business endeavors are lawful.

Proposed bill could increase penalties for DWI in New York

The penalties for driving while intoxicated can be very harsh in New York. A DWI conviction can mean jail time, huge fines, increased insurance premiums and a stain on a person's criminal record. But as bad as these consequences already may be for drivers, they could be getting worse.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on cellphone searches

Many of the laws and amendments that protect the rights of American citizens have been in place for much longer than any of us have even been alive. In some cases, they were introduced more than 200 years ago in the Bill of Rights. With such firm roots in history, however, it can be difficult to implement some of these laws in a more sophisticated and modern society.

Former tennis star avoids criminal stalking, assault charges

It can be very upsetting to learn that you are facing criminal charges related to behaviors that may not seem to warrant such a serious response. This can often be the case when a person is charged with domestic assault, battery or similar misconduct that may stem from a simple misunderstanding. But rather than ignore what it at stake or assume that everything will work itself out, people in this situation may want to take action to protect themselves from the very serious consequences they could be facing. 

Weapons charges dropped against man with gun in carry-on bag

There are a number of state and federal laws in place that govern the use and possession of firearms. And because of the damage that weapons can cause, authorities are particularly aggressive in their pursuit to penalize those in violation of these laws. People who are convicted of a weapons offense in New York could be looking at some serious penalties, including jail time. Many of these offenses involve handguns.

Bullied teen faces criminal charges for school fight

When kids get into trouble at school, there is an expectation that the situation will be handled appropriately. They may face suspension or academic penalties, depending on what the situation may call for. And while parents may certainly be upset that their child has gotten into trouble, there should be the understanding that they will not be punished unfairly or to an inappropriate degree.

Recent study reports surprising arrest statistics

When we are young, many of us are taught that we can do anything and be anyone we want to be. But imagine starting your adult life with a strike against you because of a juvenile arrest. How many opportunities would be lost? How many lives will be a struggle because of a mistake or bad decision someone made as a kid?

'Knockout' assault elevated to hate crime

Many New Yorkers may be familiar with a recent and troubling trend that has made waves on city streets and online. The act is a type of random violence involving a person who punches an unsuspecting victim in a game referred to as "knockout." It has happened multiple times in New York, but is taking place elsewhere as well. No matter where the incident occurs, state and federal officials are taking the behavior very seriously.

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