Running a successful business can be hard work, but it can also be a part of the American dream for many in New City, New York. When allegations of white-collar crimes surface, claiming a person committed computer fraud, embezzlement financial crime or business crime, a person's very livelihood could be put at risk. While such allegations can have an immediate effect on a person's life, the future ramifications could be disastrous.
It is an unfortunate fact that counterfeit currency is present in New York. A person may even unknowingly pass it on when purchasing goods. However, sometimes a person is accused of intentionally trying to use counterfeit money, leading to criminal charges.
Some states allow a person to expunge their criminal record -- that is, have it disappear forever. Unfortunately, New York is not one of these states. However, New York will allow a person's criminal record to be sealed in certain circumstances. What does that mean?
Drug trafficking can potentially involve many people, from the traffickers to the buyers. New City, New York, residents may be especially interested in the following story about a reported drug trafficking bust that allegedly took place in Rockland County.
Driving is not without its risks, and there are many potentially dangerous conditions that a driver may face. Not only could adverse weather conditions or improperly maintained roads create the possibility for an accident to occur, but there are also other situations in which a person is accused of a traffic violation that is simply not their fault. However, that does not mean that a person will avoid being ticketed or charged with a traffic offense.
Criminal procedure laws are put into place in order to protect the rights of an individual who has been accused of a crime and to ensure that individuals are not unjustly treated. One such law involves the legality of a police search or seizure. As part of the investigation or arrest process, police in New York may need to obtain a search warrant in order to search a particular building or person. According to New York Criminal Procedure Code, Section 690.05, the purpose of obtaining a search warrant is to allow police to seize property or to arrest a person. However, there are certain types of information that a valid search warrant must contain.
When it comes to drug charges, police need to determine what schedule of controlled substances they allegedly uncovered. This will dictate the type of charge and penalty the accused will face. According to New York Public Health Law section 3306, there are several schedules of controlled substances. Schedule I controlled substances include certain types of opiates, opium derivatives, hallucinogenic substances, depressants and stimulants. For the purposes of this law, all substances following under one of these categories by whatever name they may be called will be considered schedule I controlled substances.
Readers of this criminal defense blog may not be aware that currently, only New York and one other state set the age at which a person can be held criminally responsible as low as 16. However, a proposal has been made that aims to change New York's age of criminal responsibility.
Being charged with a drug crime in New York should not be taken lightly. Whether the charges are for mere possession of a small quantity of drugs or for more serious crimes such as drug manufacturing and trafficking, a conviction for a drug crime can have lifelong consequences in the form of a permanent criminal record.
Many New York residents will most likely never face a criminal trial. For those who do, however, it is important to know what to expect, so they can understand their rights and defense options.