If you have an outstanding low-level summons warrant, now is your chance to get it cleared. The Queens district attorney is co-hosting a free event that is offering people a chance to start fresh and clear their names.
Did you know that the state of New York can seize your personal assets even if you have not been convicted of a crime? Criminal defense attorneys know this practice as "civil asset forfeiture," and it happens more than you might think. Defendants often suffer serious setbacks when officers seize vehicles, bank accounts, cash and other assets simply because they are thought to be connected with criminal activity. You do not even have to be charged with a crime for this seizure to occur! In all, reports show that annual revenues from civil asset forfeiture pad the state's coffers with an additional $28 million per year.
A New York pharmacist is facing serious sanctions during his criminal trial for actions that led to the deaths of multiple patients. The man mounted a criminal defense against allegations of mail fraud, racketeering, and second-degree murder in the case. After being convicted of the white collar crimes - but acquitted for the second-degree murder charges - the man is now awaiting sentencing that is set for June.
There has been a push in recent years for police to be armed with an unexpected weapon: body cameras. These cameras, supporters argue, will help protect police against allegations of brutality while also better ensuring that the public they serve can trust these officers. After all, the argument goes, their actions are being recorded.
Former New England Patriot's football player Aaron Hernandez may attempt to introduce controversial evidence about drug use into his upcoming murder trial. The professional athlete is mounting a criminal defense against two first-degree murder charges, but reports show that his legal team may seek to establish that Hernandez' drug use caused psychological impacts that compromised his judgment. Hernandez' team of attorneys have said that he was smoking up to an ounce of marijuana per day at the time of the murders, which may lead to reasonable doubt if a major psychological effect can be demonstrated.
New York takes drunk driving seriously. This was recently highlighted in a case that involves a Ferrari sports car and a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction.
The New York General Assembly is considering a dozen criminal justice reform bills. The provision considered most likely to pass is one that would raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. Currently, New York is one of two states (the other is North Carolina) in which youths as young as 16 are charged as adults.
Super Bowl weekend is known as a time to get together with friends, cheer on a team and let go of reality for a couple of hours. Unfortunately for some, reality may hit when you see red and blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror as you head home after the game.
Professional basketball player Matt Barnes is facing criminal charges in connection with an altercation in December in New York City. Barnes, who is a forward for the Sacramento Kings, is mounting a criminal defense against misdemeanor assault charges for his alleged involvement in the incident, which happened at a night club in Chelsea. Barnes, age 36, and his teammate DeMarcus Cousins are both implicated in the assault charges. Authorities say the fight occurred after Barnes bumped into a woman and she slapped him. Cousins and Barnes allegedly began beating a male victim after that initial encounter.
New York takes driving while under the influence (DWI) seriously. State officials showcased this stance recently when they stepped up efforts to enforce DWI laws over the holidays.