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.
In New York and throughout the country, any time a person is arrested and charged with a number of crimes, the initial plea and subsequent criminal defense can be crucial to ensure that the defendant receives fair treatment under the law. The recent DWI and gun charges filed against a fourth grade teacher from Suffolk County illustrate the importance of having a strong criminal defense in protecting one's freedom.
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.
A 1977 New York state law makes it a violation to possess 25 grams or less of marijuana, resulting in a penalty of $100 for the first offense. However, drug charges involving possession of any amount of marijuana in public view is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine.
Two months after being convicted on five of nine domestic violence charges, the mayor of White Plains resigned. Initially determined to maintain his public office, he discovered that the fallout from the trial and lingering appeal were too distracting for the city's needs. He also said he had to focus on personal matters like clearing his name and reputation. The mayoral seat will be filled by the city's Common Council president, and a special election will be held later this year to name a permanent replacement.
Details are hazy in a local news report about a Peekskill man whom police have charged with assaulting a United States Postal Worker. The 18-year-old man is accused of third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor.
Art is big business in New York City. And when works of art are sold for tens of thousands of dollars, collectors and dealers have to be careful that the product they are paying for is authentic and not fraudulent. A New York real estate broker recently found out the hard way that some people will go to great lengths to pass off a fake work of art as a real one. As a result of an apparent art-transaction fiasco, the man recently pled guilty to charges of misdemeanor forgery and false-filing.
Recently, four New York men were arrested after a complaint was filed that an employee was selling marijuana at a convenience store, as well as from his apartment. After a search warrant was purportedly executed at the home, the four men were arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including third-degree criminal sale of marijuana and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.One of the men also faces charges of second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, though the details of that particular charge were not disclosed. Another man is additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Those charges range from misdemeanors to felonies.
A New York man who was wrongfully imprisoned may be headed back if he is convicted on new charges. The man, who spent 15 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit, is faced with prison time for drug charges, according to police.