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What happens in a juvenile 'fact-finding' hearing in New York?

When a child in New York who is between 7 and 16 years of age is accused of a crime, in most circumstances their case will be handled by the Family Court through a "fact-finding hearing" rather than through a criminal trial. In this type of hearing, the case will be decided by a judge rather than a jury. That being said, in certain cases, juveniles between the ages of 13 and 15 may be tried as adults.

What constitutes 'criminal mischief' in New York?

When one thinks of vandalism crimes, they may not seem too serious. However, depending on the degree of damage done, vandalism crimes in New York could range from a class A misdemeanor to a class B felony. Graffiti charges and other vandalism crimes fall under the crime of "criminal mischief." Criminal mischief can occur anywhere from first degree to fourth degree.

17 people accused of using counterfeit credit cards in New York

Most residents of New York City are aware that the creation and use of counterfeit paper currency is a highly illegal activity. Yet, credit cards can also be counterfeited. In fact, 17 individuals from New York have been accused of that very crime.

How does New York law define property for the crime of larceny?

As discussed on this blog in the past, the crime of larceny in the state of New York consists of the stealing of another person's property, whether for oneself or for a third person, with the intent to deprive the property owner of the property. One may wonder, how is the term "property" legally defined when it comes to the crime larceny?

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