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.
There is an increasing tendency for pedestrians and bystanders to video police interactions with suspects, particularly in New York City. Yet most people aren't sure whether it's legal, or in what circumstances police can ask them to turn off their recording device. Often, the individual attempting to video the police tries to do it without being seen. Others are very direct about what they're doing, almost as if it were a challenge to the officers.
It may begin with a celebration of a friend's birthday, with a promotion, or just a gathering to kick off the weekend. Whatever the reason, getting pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving is a stressful way to end an evening of celebration. Although you may be tempted to brush off the encounter, don't. If a stop leads to charges, it is important to take the charges seriously.
This year, the Department of Motor Vehicles instituted software changes to its facial recognition program. The program targets individuals who are attempting to obtain or renew invalid or fraudulent driver's licenses. The program has been in effect since 2010. In the five years since it began, thousands of New Yorkers have been arrested for possessing a fake driver's license or attempting to obtain a fake driver's license.
Recent Grand Jury decisions involving claims of excessive Police force in the cases of Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, has caused a great deal of outrage, confusion and questions regarding those decisions by the Grand Jury. With respect to the Brown case, that Grand Jury decision was released on November 24, 2014. The Eric Garner decision was released on December 3, 2014. You can read about both those cases in depth by just Googling their names. The purpose of this blog is just to talk about what a Grand Jury is.
Domestic violence does not discriminate. It is a societal problem and it transcends all different economic groups, from the very rich to the very poor. On August 7, 2014, approximately 3:30 a.m., Greg Oden, an NBA player, was arrested for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. The incident is alleged to have happened in Indianapolis. You can read all about it in the link below.
Justin Bieber, 19 years old, was arrested for DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI), RESISTING ARREST, and DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE on early Thursday morning, January 23, in Miami. The Miami Beach Police pulled Beiber over for DRAG RACING in a multi-million dollar Miami residential neighborhood. He was driving a rented yellow Lamborghini, which was returned to the rental company, rather than being seized for forfeiture by the county in which the incident occurred since the vehicle was not owned by Beiber.
Corey Dunton, who is only 16 years old, is being charged as an adult in the shooting that left two young men, one only 14 years old, injured. Unfortunately, the news reports that the 14-year-old may be paralyzed from the waist down.
"Wow! You mean I can do life for this?" You certainly can. It happens more often than one would think. Hello, I am a CRIMINAL LAWYER who practices CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW in QUEENS COUNTY, NEW YORK.
On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the former child star, Amanda Bynes, who is 27 years old, was arrested once again, this time for allegedly throwing a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th floor high-rise New York apartment building. The building manager, Rudy Toro, called the police when he allegedly saw Bynes smoking marijuana in the lobby of the luxury apartment building. When the police arrived and entered her apartment, it is alleged that there was smoke and the odor of marijuana. It was then that Bynes allegedly threw the marijuana bong out of the window. Oddly enough the bong was not recovered. That is a point an Experienced Criminal Lawyer should and would state to the Court hearing the case.