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February 2014 Archives

Claim: Kennedy DWI linked to sleep aid, not alcohol

Facing charges related to drunk or drugged driving can be devastating, especially for people who are considered to be public figures. Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the entire scenario in which someone was arrested can be reported, replayed and scrutinized by the media and the public. However, just as is the case for any person facing DWI charges in New York, he or she is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to defend themselves in court.

New York Knicks player cited for multiple weapons violations

It may not seem all that uncommon to read news stories about professional athletes getting into some legal trouble. Quite frequently, we learn about a player getting arrested for DUI, assault or other criminal offense and the story makes national headlines. But people who are not high-profile or public figures face these very same challenges every day. Their story may not be the top story on the news, but it can certainly be one of the most difficult and upsetting events in their lives.

Judge: 'Revenge porn' is a poor decision, but not illegal

There is a very thin line between engaging in ill-advised behavior and engaging in illegal behavior. However, defining this line can be crucial when a person is facing criminal charges, and it can all come down to how a particular law is interpreted.

Ray Rice arrested for domestic assault after minor altercation

When an argument spirals out of control, it can happen very quickly and people can react in surprising ways. If and when this involves physical contact, it may not be long until police show up to break up the situation. 

Teen may have gotten her 'selfie' in some big trouble

Parents of teenagers have always had trouble when it comes to understanding why these young people do what they do. We were all teenagers once, and yet it can be easy to forget that we have probably all made mistakes at that age that we are not proud of. But fortunately for us, those mistakes were not shared all across the Internet like they are today.

False confession tied to wrongful conviction in Brooklyn case

Being interrogated by the police can be a very frightening experience; and this can be especially true when people are young and unsure of what their options are. Even if they have done nothing wrong, young people can be very susceptible to police questioning tactics that are aimed at getting a confession at just about any cost, so it is crucial for our readers to remember that you have the right to speak with an attorney before making any statements to police.

3 arrested in New York after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Many people were saddened to hear of the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Reports indicate that the acclaimed actor, who had a long and troubled history of drug addiction, died as a result of an apparent heroin overdose. As devastating as the event was, it may be no surprise that authorities quickly launched an intense investigation to determine where the heroin found in Hoffman's apartment came from.

5 young New York men fight back after false weapons charges

Being approached by a police officer can be a very frightening experience. Even if you haven't done anything wrong, there are some situations in which an officer may confront you and accuse you of unlawful behavior. In the event that this happens, people should try to remember to stay calm and consider contacting an attorney. Being accused of a crime -- even by a police officer -- does not mean that a person is guilty.

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