Police in Verplanck, New York recently arrested two men, an 18-year old and a 20-year old, for possessing illegal drugs. The drug charges included misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic instrument. Both men were arrested at the same time in Peekskill, New York. The 18-year-old man was accused of possessing heroin, and the 20-year-old man of possessing cocaine, according to New York State Police.
With every crime comes a penalty, and while penalties differ depending upon the severity of the offense, no punishment is a walk in the park. Drug crimes, in particular, are harshly penalized and aggressively prosecuted. A conviction on drug charges can result in jail time, probation, fines and being barred from certain kinds of employment.
Two men in the city were recently accused of serious drug crimes. Police claim to have seized a large amount of evidence, though whether a search warrant was properly obtained may be an issue worth bringing up in the suspects' defense.
A healthy amount of skepticism is necessary these days when a criminal case draws a large amount of media attention. It seems that no matter what, many people who take news reports at face value want a conviction before even hearing the evidence against a defendant. While most criminal cases do require a plea deal to achieve the best outcome for the accused, it is still important to distinguish between the "court of public opinion" and the court of law.
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.
A 17-year-old girl was recently arrested after New York police responded to an alleged traffic violation. The girl is now facing drug charges, but was released from police custody under the supervision of a day-reporting program. A male passenger was also arrested in the same incident on different charges.Reportedly, police were responding to a reckless driving complaint at about 9:30 p.m. when they pulled over the 17-year-old girl's vehicle. A search of the vehicle purportedly uncovered five baggies of cocaine in the center console, in addition to 36 ecstasy pills on the girl's person. News reports did not reveal on what basis authorities searched the vehicle, the driver or the passenger. The 21-year-old male was also allegedly found to be in the possession of a loaded handgun.
A prominent figure in the music industry is facing more charges after a police raid. According to a recent news report, federal prosecutors in New York filed drug charges against hip-hop talent agent James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond this past summer. Now the prosecutors have added more charges against Rosemond for allegedly possessing a sub-machine gun and silencer. Authorities claim the possession was illegal.