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When Being the Village Idiot is a Crime: Alleged OWS Member, Jordan Amos, Dumps Human Waste in ATM Vestibule
Although it is not codified in the New York Penal Law, being a moron, putz or schmuck is arguably a damn serious offense and an epidemic plaguing many communities. If the allegations against Jordan Brooks Amos are true, then he should be thrilled that being an idiot is not a crime. According to the...
Manhattan Gun Crimes & Meredith Graves: The Unforgiving Reality of a Second Degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon Charge
Did Meredith Graves get a "good deal" from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. after she accepted his misdemeanor non-jail plea bargain? Did DA Vance do the "right thing" in offering a non-felony plea? Certainly, the technical answer to both of these questions is an unequivocal "yes."...
Athletes, just like the people who pay to watch them catch balls, shoot baskets and swing bats, sometimes put themselves in compromising situations. Brandon Marshall, a star wide receiver recently traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears, is no different. According to the NY Post,...
If one of Gotham's leading tabloids is correct, the dragnet for alleged "Mommy Madam" Anna Gristina's pimping accomplice is one step closer to exposing its target. According to the NY Post, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the NYPD have their eyes set on 30 year old VIP Life matchmaking...
Prosecutors Claim Multi-Million Dollar Manhattan Madam Asserted Connections in Law Enforcement During Five Year Investigation
If New York was the Biggest Little City in the World, then prostitution would be a taxable source of pleasure for the state and federal government. New York City, however, is not Reno and Anna Gristina is not the proprietor of the infamous Bunny Ranch. According to Cyrus Vance, Jr.'s Manhattan...
New York Penal Law 205.30: Is Dismissal of Other Arrest Charges a Criminal Defense to Resisting Arrest
Sometimes Resisting Arrest, pursuant to New York Penal Law 205.30, is the top count or sole "A" misdemeanor crime charged in a criminal court complaint. Whether it is in New York County (Manhattan), Kings County (Brooklyn), Queens County, or Westchester County, an arrest for Resisting Arrest is...
New York Gambling Record Crimes: Must Prosecutors Allege in an NY PL 225.15 Complaint that You Did Not Possess the Records for Personal Use?
Depending on the facts and circumstances, gambling in New York, outside of Native American Reservations and the horse tracks, is an illegal enterprise. Unlike Las Vegas, gambling in New York City or elsewhere in the State of New York can land you in jail and the winner of a criminal record. New...
The Value of Investigating a New York Assault Arrest: New York Criminal Lawyers Obtain Dismissal of Felony Assault Case
Any New York criminal lawyer can tell you an allegation is merely an allegation. It is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt, or, for that matter, proof of much at all. Whether you are arrested for a fight involving a neighbor or a stranger, the burden on the prosecution is to not only establish the...
From gravity knives to switchblade knives, whether in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or out in Westchester County, as an experienced New York criminal lawyer I have frequently seed defendants charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. A misdemeanor, CPW 4, pursuant to New York...
Although the New York City Police (NYPD) can easily arrest you and send you to Central Booking for any misdemeanor or "E" felony, in certain circumstances they can, and will, give you a Desk Appearance Ticket (often called a "DAT" or "Appearance Ticket") instead. While you have still been...