Recently, federal authorities investigated the use of the international banking group HSBC by a group of NYC men accused of trafficking in drugs. The men were additionally accused of laundering money, and the investigation ultimately resulted in a $1.9 billion settlement between the bank and the federal government.
Recently, DJ Paul, a member of the rap group Three 6 Mafia, was arrested after leaving a New York restaurant and charged with weapons possession and public drinking. The rapper was arrested when spotted by New York police drinking an open container of beer after leaving a local restaurant, and a search of his person turned up a taser gun. DJ Paul claimed to carry the taser gun for personal protection. He was released after pleading not guilty to the charges, and is due back in court in December.
Recently, Standard Chartered Bank has been forced to pay a large fine of $340 million to the state of New York for allegedly laundering money to Iran over a time period of seven years. The state of New York's action in this case raises the question of the appropriateness of a state's prosecuting these particular felonies. Federal authorities had the information necessary to prosecute the bank for five years, but they did not act before the state authorities did.
In the aftermath of the recent high-profile shootings, a series of five bills introduced in the New York State Senate would make New York into the state with the toughest gun control laws in the country. The new laws are intended as a response to the recent uptick in violent crimes.
Drunk driving charges are generally classified as misdemeanors but state prosecutors may use certain factors to elevate the charges to the felony level. Felony DWI is a more serious charge with more serious consequences. In New York, one of the elevating factors is an aggravated DWI, which is where the driver's blood alcohol content is more than over 0.15. The legal limit is 0.08.
New Yorkers will be interested to know that state legislators are seeking to increase penalties for crimes related to domestic violence. The New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed a bill that names new felony and misdemeanor crimes. For the legislation to be made in to law, the next step is for the governor to give his approval.
No matter what crime an individual has been accused of, it is never a good idea to run from authorities. Running can be seen as presumptive of guilt, even if the person flees out of fear and not because a crime has actually been committed. In any case, trying to elude police can certainly make a bad situation worse, which one New York man recently discovered when he was arrested and charged with DWI.
Two New York City police officers claim their reason for flagging down a driver recently in Queens was that the man's windows were tinted too darkly. Despite such a dubious probable cause, the traffic stop resulted in very serious charges against the 34-year-old driver.
Recently, an early-morning car accident in Yonkers led to a felony charge against a young man who was apparently driving the wrong way when his car crashed into a pickup truck. The 22-year-old has also been charged with several misdemeanors, including driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
The Violence Against Women Act has been a major issue lately in New York and throughout the country. The reauthorization of the bill was recently approved by the U.S. Senate, and Senator Charles Schumer from New York called on members of the House of Representatives to also pass the legislation.